The Randian Feminism (RandFem) mailing list is a forum for people who share a common interest in Feminist philosophy, issues and perspectives, and in Ayn Rand's ideas and philosophy. Feminism from a Randian or Objectivist perspective - and Randianism or Objectivism from a feminist perspective. What are the similarities, what are the differences, and where may the one learn from the other? We aim for insightful discussions in a benign social environment.
The idea to create this list was inspired by the publication of the anthology, Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand, edited by Mimi Reisel Gladstein, and Chris Matthew Sciabarra, published by Pennsylvania State University Press on February 2nd, 1999. There is a web site about this book at: http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/femstart.htm.
The RandFem list alternates between periods of structured discussion and periods of free format discussions when anyone can raise whatever topic they want for discussion.
Currently the list is unmoderated, alternating between free-format discussions and quiet periods.
August 16 - 28 1999: Structured discussion of Charles Wieder's Objectivity essay, Who is Dagny Taggart? Art Versus Philosophy in Ayn Rand's Writings on Male/Female Relationships. This essay is available at: http://www.ifi.uio.no/~thomas/po/whoisdagny.html.
March 1 - July 12 1999: A moderated and structured discussion of Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand (see schedule below). The entire discussion is available in the web-based, searchable archives of the list (see archive info at the end of this document). A highlight of the discussion is available at: http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/fem/femdis.htm. The discussion was moderated by Thomas Gramstad (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bryan Register (email@example.com). It was divided into 17 sessions, each allotted one week of structured discussion (see schedule below). The exception from the one week rule was session 5, which overlapped with easter, and it also proved necessary to add an extra week extension in the mid of may because of "discussion lag".
Session: Author(s): Moderator: Date: 1 Sciabarra/Gladstein,Tuana Register March 01 2 B. Branden Register March 08 3 Gladstein, Wilt 1(ch 3) Gramstad March 15 4 Loiret-Prunet Gramstad March 22 5 Vacker Register March 29 6 Brownmiller, Harrison Register April 12 7 McElroy Register April 19 8 Wilt 2(ch 10) Register April 26 9 N. Branden, Taylor Gramstad May 03 10 Presley Gramstad May 10 11 Brickell Gramstad May 24 12 Love Brown Register May 31 13 Sheaffer, Paglia Gramstad Jun 07 14 Michalson Gramstad Jun 14 15 Gramstad Register Jun 21 16 Hardie Register Jun 28 17 Conclusion Gramstad Jul 05
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