Saturday, July 21, 2007

Check me out on Feministing!

Yes, it's true -- there's an interview with me that just posted -- please visit me there, and do feel free to leave comments because sometimes on Feministing there will be an endless array of comments for a very short post, but an extensive interview will get none!

Anyway, I love being involved in conversations about feminism, since those are the conversations that have inspired me...

5 comments:

Kathleen Bradean said...

sorry, this has nothing to do with your post, but I read this and thought of you.
http://www.wiretapmag.org/race/43167/

annaham said...

Hey Mattilda,

Great interview! I read Nobody Passes a few months ago and loved it. Your work is so inspiring. There is no non-cheesy way to say this, but I wanted to thank you--both as a feminist and a fibromite--for your continually interesting, provocative and always fabulous work.

mattilda a.k.a. matt bernstein sycamore said...

Kathleen, no need for a direct connection to the immediate post, I am not so linear -- I will check out the link, for sure!

And AnnaHam, thanks so much for such sweet praise, and understanding on both the feminist and fibromyalgia (and feminist fibromyalgia? fibromyalgia feminist?) fronts. And fibromite is a fascinating word...

Love --
mattilda

Jessica B. Burstrem said...

Hey, I enjoyed so much about your interview. I added a quote from it as an addendum to one of my own recent articles. I was particularly interested in this line, though:

"growing up in an upper-middle class, supposedly 'liberal' family of origin where misogynist violence played itself out in appalling ways, and where I was completely powerless as a child, a broken toy for my parents to shred—that experience has made me very suspicious of the 'liberal,' upper-middle-class worldview and the conventional definitions of marriage and family."

That's particularly relevant to my own work. Where do you talk about that more - Dangerous Families? I look forward to your reply.

Best -

j

P.S. I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia before ... but that's a long story.

mattilda a.k.a. matt bernstein sycamore said...

Jessica, thanks so much for writing! I checked out your article, and especially appreciate your thoughts about choice -- and, of course, thanks for adding the interview quote as an addendum!

As for the violence lurking behind upper middle class "liberal" norms, several people definitely address this in Dangerous Families. I talk about it a bit in my intro to Nobody Passes as well, and I think these issues underlie a lot of my writing about surviving abuse, including many of the early entries on this blog, starting with "a letter to my dying father" in October.

And it's also something I'll be writing a lot more about...

Love --
mattilda