02.3.14 // Ask GeekGirlCon: What Is Your Favorite Feminist Website?
Written by AJ Dent, GeekGirlCon Staff Copy Writer
Ask almost anyone these days to list ten things they’d struggle to live without, and you can bet that most would mention the internet. Provider of wondrous cat videos, pictures of all your favorite people, and maps that know where you are before you do, it’s a not-so-imaginary friend you can keep inside your pocket.
When we GeekGirlCon staff members aren’t out at an exciting event or watching the latest Dr. Who episode, we love to use the interwebz to keep up on feminist news and discussions! This month, the staff was asked to speak about their favorite feminist websites, and they were eager to dish.
President of the Board and Twitter Administrator Kristine Hassell answered, “In my role as Twitter Administrator for GeekGirlCon, I have an ample folder of bookmarked sites that I visit during the week to find interesting content for our tweeps. I will always have mad love for Jezebel, but I’ve realized more and more, I’ve enjoyed reading other sites with a different focus. Two that spring to mind quickly are Reappropriate and Racialicious. As a WoC, they get much of my love.”
Adrienne Roehrich, Vice President of the Board and Manager of Editorial Services, stated, “My favorite feminist website isn’t really a website, it’s a podcast called ‘Citizen Radio.’ They have a website where you can subscribe to the show, all the social media of the hosts, Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, and participate on discussion boards. The show is actually a progressive political news comedy radio show and doesn’t focus solely on feminism. However, more and more in social justice, you cannot focus on a single thing – this leads to imbalance. By focusing on the intersectionality of social justice movements, Citizen Radio covers many of the feminist news items that I also hear covered in other circles, but they add commentary on how race or gender-rights or body size or mental health issues are also affected by the story. This expands my understanding of the situation and has definitely grown my own understanding of social justice. They aren’t my only source, of course. There’s so many great feminists and feminist websites, but they are my favorite.”
Manager of Programming Alison Kozar replied, “I’m really fond of tumblr. Your experience there is really what you make of it, but the wide abundance of blogs and thinkers on the site make it easy to mix and match fandom, art, and feminism. Some examples include medievalpoc, which examines the erasure of people of color from classical art education. The scholar running this blog frequently posts uncropped artwork showing faces and figures of non-white people that have been cropped out of the textbooks, but also takes on the broader topic of POC representation in modern media from time to time.
“Gradient Lair is another of my favorites: Trudy writes regularly on topics ranging from the intersections of sexuality and race, and street harassment, to analysis of music (like Beyonce’s recent visual album,) and television (I’ve really enjoyed her posts on Scandal.)
The Internal Acceptance Movement advocates self-acceptance, body positivity, recovery, and the acceptance of all people, regardless of what they look like, who they identify as, what they have been through, and where they come from. This blog isn’t just about feeling good; while it’s definitely an uplifting place, I find most postings also cause me to step back and re-examine myself, my worldview, and my interactions with others.”
As a copy writer for GeekGirlCon, I enjoy keeping up on feminist undercurrents via the witty and well-written The Mary Sue. There I can find bite-sized articles on geeky fashion, shows, often featuring a feminist point of view. Though the posts aren’t as frequent, my other favorite go-to site is Feminist Frequency. I had the honor of briefly meeting its creator and media critic Anita Sarkeesian at GeekGirlCon ‘13, and always come away from her videos with a sharpened perspective on the treatment of women in pop culture. I highly recommend both (and all of the above!) sites to anyone wanting to know more about feminism and the world at large.
What’s your favorite feminist website?