I would like to introduce everyone to a dear friend of mine. This is Feminist Hawk. She’s a new associate editor here at NewsReal Blog. She’s in charge of editing our new Feminist Hawks’ Nest sub-blog.
Feminist Hawk was created by my friend, the extraordinary artist Bosch Fawstin, creator of Pigman and author of such works as Table for One, Propiganda, and the forthcoming series The Infidel. He and I collaborated on the basics of her look and design but most of the credit for the success of her belongs to Bosch. There are several images of Feminist Hawk that Bosch has created that we’ll be unveiling and using for different purposes. (And maybe if Feminist Hawk really starts to take flight then we’ll be able to get Bosch to create some more.)
What does it mean to be a Feminist Hawk? Why do we use that term? The meme originates in a single issue: Islamofascist misogyny. This New York Times article identified David Horowitz and FrontPage Magazine as examples of Feminist Hawks. According to the Times‘ piece to be a Feminist Hawk was to take a hardline on Islamist regimes because of the Muslim world’s mistreatment of women. The Godmother of Feminist Hawkdom, Dr. Phyllis Chesler, was unfortunately not mentioned — an unacceptable injustice akin to ignoring Albert Einstein were one talking about physics — though she wrote about it here in a must-read essay which further defined the term. Robert Spencer, another crucial figure in this developing movement, also blogged about it here and listed numerous articles he’d written on the subject.
Here at NRB we want this to only be the starting point, though for what it means to be a Feminist Hawk. To be a Femininst Hawk is not only to champion this vital cause but also to adopt a style and an attitude. Feminist Hawks are confident, aggressive, and confrontational. They fight and will not be bullied. And our Feminist Hawk superheroine is meant to both symbolize and inspire these sentiments.
And just as NRB’s big brother Discover The Networks seeks to reclaim the word “liberal” from the leftists who have hijacked it, The Feminist Hawks’ Nest seeks to take back “feminist” from the Marxists who have stolen it. Who are the real liberals today? Who are the real feminists? Those on the Right who stand up for the rights of all persons, not just those of an “oppressed” political constituency.
The Feminist Hawks’ Nest is NRB’s sub-blog devoted to exploring these themes. Posts relating to Islamic misgoyny, feminism, and conservative women will appear here. It features every NRB commentary — no matter the subject — by some of our bloggers who most embody this spirit: Jeanette Pryor, Lori Ziganto, Cynthia Yockey, Jenn Q. Public, J.E. Tabler, and Kathy Shaidle. But men can be Feminist Hawks as well. FrontPage Magazine’s managing editor Jamie Glazov has been a continual advocate of these issues and his rhetorical style certainly fits with the Feminist Hawk mentality.
So please make a point to visit The Feminist Hawks’ Nest. And prepare as Feminist Hawk emerges with her talons ready.