Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Carnivals Make Me Happy

Hosting carnivals is a lot of work; those of you who have hosted them know the joys of reading so many articles & posts and selecting what you think is the best of the best, sometimes being criticized for your selections. And, if your carnival is based on serious issues (as opposed to cute cats or something), the process of hosting can also bring you down.

For example, when Mike hosted latest edition of Carnival of the Liberals (at Clashing Culture) this week he found himself a bit worn by the task, saying, "Doing the Carnival of the Liberals makes me grumpy, because I realize when reading the submissions that the world is not going to live up to my ideal no matter how I try."

But, he bucked-up and found what he calls the best ten posts "written by people who are trying to apply the brakes as we slide towards the bottom."

Overall, carnivals make me happy because they increase discussion and awareness ~ especially when the host makes the effort and takes the time to realize how important discussion & awareness are. So, I'd like to thank Mike, aka Tangled Up In Blue Guy, for including my post, What does the economic crisis mean for prostitutes?, in his carnival, putting issues of sex work into mainstream discussion.

On a related note, I just hosted the 10th edition of the Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy (at XXBN). Please read both carnivals and continue the discussions.

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