Feministe is one of the oldest feminist blogs online designed by and run by women from the ground up.
Lauren founded Feministe as her personal blog in 2001, and brought Jill in as a co-blogger in 2005. In the years since, the blog grew and grew in readership while still remaining essentially a personal blog, just with more bloggers and increased running costs (thus why Feministe started running ads to cover those costs). Lauren (mostly) retired from active blogging at Feministe in 2010, and several more co-bloggers have come and gone as the tides of the Internet have ebbed and flowed. Currently the active blogging roster consists of Jill, Caperton, Sally and tigtog, augmented by many marvellous Guest Bloggers and the occasional random appearance from one of our bloggers emeritus.
As of September 2013, Feministe now has a Mission Statement:
Mission Statement Overview
Feministe is a blogging collective which prioritises women’s voices. This blog is where we share our opinions on anything and everything, as the mood takes us. Each of us speaks only for our individual selves unless otherwise specified.
The full Mission Statement page includes a preamble and several specific corollaries and clarifications regarding the Overview statement above.
The tagline “In defense of the sanctimonious women’s studies set.” dates back to a notorious blogosphere storm regarding Feminism Ruining Real Politics in 2005 (read more about the mindset behind that and subsequent similar incidents in this 2008 post by Thomas).
This blog runs on WordPress and is currently sporting a child theme of Retrofitted by Justin Tadlock, customised by tigtog. The banner illustration was designed by Lauren. We thank the internet gods for the Akismet anti-spam plug-in.
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