Two things. Firstly, we’re going to be limiting the carnival to two posts per blogger from now on (three if the host really really wants to!). The host may or may not decide to include a highlighted/new voices section if they wish. Hopefully this will make DUFC easier to absorb, and also will help bring attention to voices who are not heard as much as the more established or prolific ones! Thanks to everyone who had input on this. Remind me to stick this on the guidelines.
Secondly, we’re taking another look at the logo. A cis Downunderfemblogger, whose permission to be named I’ve not asked, suggested that we consider changing the female symbol aspect of the carnival logo to make it more inclusive to trans people. Now, this was not to say that trans women aren’t included by the category of female because they were assigned otherwise at birth, but rather to say that this symbol, or the thinking around it, has been used in feminist spaces that unthinkingly or purposefully exclude trans women. Obviously, everyone who has their hand in DUFC, trans or cis, tries to make it a positive space for trans people, but, as this blogger pointed out, perhaps using this symbol isn’t as actively welcoming or inclusive as would be ideal. I took this further and said that the symbol tends to have connotations of “woman” more than anyone else, even maybe more than “feminist,” which doesn’t take into account the people of other genders, binary or no, trans or cis, we’ve had contribute to and read the carnival.
Anyway, what do you reckon? By using the symbol in an event that does strive to incorporate the writing and sensibilities of trans women, are we changing the kind of power it has? Does this symbol have connotations more of woman/female to you than feminist, and therefore should we change it? If so, what should we change it to? Also, this logo has been around longer than I’ve been a blogger, so I’m not sure of the history and conversations that might have gone into its creation. Am I missing out on prior conversations here? Most importantly, the person who brought this up and I are both cis women, and I don’t want to simply change it and speak over the feelings of inclusiveness or otherwise felt by trans women in particular and trans people and people who aren’t of binary gender in general.
So, input, please.