I’ve been intrigued and enlightened by many of the Re-Thinking Walking Posts at Flip Flopping Joy. They have inspired many different blogs to do nature and walking posts as well. These posts all have celebration and introspection at the center and are mostly localized reflections. Now the discussion has gone both global and rural with a two-part, joint effort, from Words Without Borders and Orion Magazine. Their posts include general reflections on nature, architecture, and its meaning to the communities in which the essays are based, and also specific reflections on walking and nature. While they lack the specific feminist focus of much of the BFP & Jess authored or inspired posts, and are translated a little too literally in ways that wraps description of women and the poor in a bluntness likely missing from the original texts, they add another element worth thinking about.:
- WWB Sept. 2009 “Walking the World“
- WWB Aug. 2009 “Into the Wild“
- Orion Magazine Sept/Oct 2009 “Nature, Culture, Place“
In keeping with this blog’s determination to interrogate the politics of publishing, I must point out that Orion Magazine, unlike Words Without Borders, has no people of color (including woc) on their editorial board but do have roughly a 50-50 split of white women and men; and they have only one woman on the society’s leadership board. This reflects back on ongoing discussions about nature and who is centered in narratives about it both at BFP’s and Vegans of Color, and a larger discussion about the progressive imaginary here at my blog.
One of the things I have found most thoughtful about the larger Rethinking Walking Posts at BFP’s is that the authors took time out to think about representing difference, not about “diversity” but rather how they represented their own intersecting identities in their writing and what it meant for opening or closing discussion for other ppl reading and also considering their relationship to nature. In so doing, they opened the door for multiple and competing expressions of ability and walking, location and its meaning to connecting with the body and nature, etc.
My hope in linking to these other sites of discussion is to expand the way we think about nature into a global discussion, one that further grounds concepts of place, and perhaps inspires all of the feminist voices already participating in BFP and Jess’ series (Tangland has some great ones) to revisit and expand, as I have.