Oh, HAI! Nice for you to stop by! I’m Shelby – a 23 year old feminist activist, speaker and writer who has, thus far, been too busy (read: too scared) to join the amazing space that is the feminist blogosphere. Today, that changes.
Actually, I used to have a blog. I updated it when something particularly egregious was said or done and no other feminist blogger got to it first or covered it adequately. Because our community is robust, on the ball and at least someone is on point most of the time, I didn’t post all that much. This was fine by me – I share my ideas and thoughts by traveling across the country and speaking to audiences about sex education and feminism and am usually too busy rushing between airports and buses to put down coherent thoughts in anything other than Twitter form. Plus, there was that absolutely-terrified-of-putting-myself-out-there-and-being-eviscerated thing.
Yet, I’ve recently felt the pull of the blogosphere. As I become more outspoken in my feminism, I want to put my thoughts and ideas out there for the community to bounce off of, to critique, and expand upon. Most of all, I want to showcase what I see as I travel across the country: a vibrant network of young gender justice activists organizing in ways very specific to our generation.
I’m writing a book on this cohort, what I’m calling the ‘Forth Wave’ of feminism. Many of us in the Forth Wave found and continue to develop our feminism online. We use the internet to consciousness raise, plan rallies and fundraisers and readings, and collectively expand our movement. To opt out of this community, to continue to lurk and comment but not contribute, is for me, no longer an option.
So, here I am. A new blogger. A new feminist blogger, to be specific. I’m making a commitment to you and to me to post as often as possible, to try to be brave in my writing, to make mistakes and to try to correct them. I’m making a commitment to be real in this space – to allow others in on my personal journey in hopes that other young women will be encouraged to do the same.
I want this blog to be one that uplifts women’s voices and stories and is a tool in the battle against all forms of oppression that make the world less free and safe for all of us. To that end, I’ll post on women’s representation in the media, women’s history, on-the-ground activism and happenings in the young gender justice movement, as well as my personal experience as a Forth Wave feminist coming into her own. Check out the site and let me know what you think so far. I would be ever so grateful for guest posts, tips and links, and suggestions on how to be a better and more effective blogger. Of course, I’d also appreciate readership, tweets, and comments!
Welcome to what I’m sure is going to be a wild ride – honored to have you along for the journey!