Happy Delurker Day

Taking a cue from Creek Running North, I’m declaring this Delurking Day 2005.

I get curious sometimes. Who are these readers? What are their lives like? Do they like [our] writing, or do they show up regularly to see what new horrors [we’ve] unleashed on the world? Do they think I’m a bad person because of my [navel-gazing]? Are they here for the politics, the [personal], or the pictures of [the feminist-by-proxy pets]?

Chris’s words slightly altered for relevance.

Delurk thyself, readers. And a hearty welcome from us to you.

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86 comments for “Happy Delurker Day

  1. September 21, 2005 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve commented before, so I’m not entirely a lurker. But I don’t comment often–perhaps I’m a quasi-lurker or a semi-lurker?

    Either way, I shall delurk just for you!

  2. September 21, 2005 at 12:20 pm

    i’ve never commented here before but i’m a regular reader of this blog. in the last month or so it’s become one of my favorites. good stuff!


  3. Allah
    September 21, 2005 at 12:20 pm

    Consider me delurked. I show up regularly to see what new horrors etc.

  4. September 21, 2005 at 12:20 pm

    Hola, Panda! Long time no see.

  5. September 21, 2005 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve read the blog for a good while and have commented more than once. I blog elsewhere but I’m a big fan of eclectic blogs like Feministe, so I guess you could say I’m here for the feminist stuff, the photos, the anecdotes, the music, the garden porn, etc. and so on. It’s kind of like how I feel about James Lileks…I don’t care much for his politics, but I love reading what he writes about his day-to-day life with his daughter.

    Rock on Lauren.

  6. Becky
    September 21, 2005 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve been lurking for months after a search for blogs with a female voice led me here, as well as to Pandagon, Rox Populi, and Shakespeare’s Sister.

  7. September 21, 2005 at 12:46 pm

    my name is betsy. and i’m a quasi-lurker. (whew, glad i got that off my chest)

    better to semi-lurk than post drivel (i have my own blog for that) … but i do read your site every day!

  8. Deth
    September 21, 2005 at 12:48 pm

    I’m a long-time lurker, first time poster. I read your blog because feminism is something i believe in and you offer a unique perspective on it.

  9. September 21, 2005 at 12:51 pm

    I lurk, therefore I am. And now you know that I am.
    I’ve been reading this blog for a while, having found the link on my friend Redpanda’s site.

    Excellent stuff. Keep up the good work; I promise to try to comment more often!

  10. September 21, 2005 at 1:02 pm

    I may have commented once or twice but mostly I lurk. My friend Jason (negroplease) turned me onto you I think both because we have similar political/feminst stances but also because I’m not so far away from you in Indianapolis.

  11. September 21, 2005 at 1:09 pm

    I used to read and comment on Jill’s Third Wave Agenda, but when she moved over here, I found myself commenting very rarely. I’m reading from Boston, but I haven’t been as dedicated lately–though only because the new layout doesn’t work very well with Safari.

  12. agog
    September 21, 2005 at 1:12 pm

    I’m a quasi-lurker.

    I comment occasionally, but more often just read because someone has either already said what I would say, or I have nothing constructive to add.

    I love the site, read it everyday, don’t always agree with everything, but I agree with most of it. And i can understand the point of view, even if I don’t agree with it.

    I found this site thru Pandagon, where I also quasi-lurk, but my comments are not approved there yet, despite a few attempts (I quit wasting my time after the first three, I think).

  13. Annie
    September 21, 2005 at 1:22 pm

    I mostly lurk – I think I’ve commented a couple of times. I lurk over at Chris’s place too.

    I’m almost 9 months pregnant and just generally don’t feel like I have intelligent things to say lately, so I read the intelligent things you and your commenters have to say. I love reading the stuff you post – I agree with your politics, but what you write still leaves me thinking about where I stand.

    What’s my life like? I’m a liberal feminist SAHM of (almost) 3 who dreams of one day becoming an anthropologist and changing the world. In a nutshell.

  14. Edna Sednitzer
    September 21, 2005 at 1:41 pm

    Hi from Amsterdam, The Netherlands!

    I come to this blog to remind myself that there are still women who care. See? Everyone thinks of The Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular, as the land of tolerance and open mindness. Drugs are allowed, prostitution is legal, euthanasia, gay marriage, etc. etc.

    The Netherlands is also the country with the lowest percentage of female workers in the whole European Union. The second worst country “in the world” (http://www.cnn.com/2004/BUSINESS/02/24/globaloffice.women.biz/), in term of women achieving top postions (Pakistan in last place, NL in second but last). The Netherlands is also the country where a political party with 2 seats in Senate and 3 in the Lower House actually does not allow females to become members (http://www.expatica.com/source/site_article.asp?subchannel_id=19&story_id=23452&name=Religious+party+loses+funding+over+its+attitude+to+women). This party also achieved the number of seats by presenting a platform that proposes to ban women from the workplace and elliminating female suffrage. The Netherlands is also the country where, the average net salary for a female is 1200 Euros and putting a child through day care costs 1000.

    Before I moved here 10 years ago, I had never looked at gender issues, but now I am considered, by some to be a rabid feminist ;)

  15. TW
    September 21, 2005 at 1:45 pm

    Not entire lurker but I forget where I comment and I hate not remembering to go back and look so I tend to lurk more than anything but…well my life is like this: partner to one, mother to numerous (we have 3 kids each from 22-7, the two oldest don’t live with us buttttttttt one of them stops by nearly every day for mothering and his friend seems to be living with us at least part time), and of course the “can you build me/ write me a quick webpage or legislative pitch” woman at work.

    Like the writing, the vague feeling of doing something mildly progressive and activist without actually doing anything more than reading my bloglines. (Lazy feminist mom who at one point was a women’s studies major scandalized by the complete disinterest in women’s issues exhibited by middle aged moms. )

  16. Earl
    September 21, 2005 at 1:47 pm

    SAHM? Straight Asian Home Mother?

    Anyway, I started reading this blog after the recent argument on Political Animal re: female blog authors; I tried Katha Pollitt but find her writing to be banal and lacking insight. I’m probably to the right of 90% of your readers. I voted almost entirely republican through the 2000 elections (except I repeatedly voted for Feingold and Tammy Baldwin.) Since 2000 I’ve voted an almost entirely Democratic ticket, though that has more to do with the incompetence of the current administration/congress than any true loyalty to the Democratic party. I’m pro abortion — at any time –, pro death penalty, pro gay marriage, socially liberal, fiscally central/central right.

    I’m also finishing a math degree and wish there were more women in math classes. I think the highest ratio in more than 10 upper level classes is 25% — and most of them were just there for a teaching degree, not real mathematicians.

  17. September 21, 2005 at 1:50 pm

    I always read your blog, but I comment only when I have something to add that hasn’t been said by someone else.

    I’m quite a lot older than the two of you and I really like reading what you have to say about your lives and feminism from your perspective. I’m often sad that so many of the issues I became aware of in my 20’s are still issues and surprised and heartened by those that don’t seem to be so much of a problem any more.

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  19. Jim H from Indiana
    September 21, 2005 at 1:54 pm

    Frequent visitor and sometime commenter. I come to Feministe for the great writing, humor and all-around world-view. Absolutely one of the best blogs on the Internet!

    I want the world to be able to offer my daughter the full monty (so to speak) without having to worry about her gender, orientation or whatever else some of these nutjobs want to worry about.

    As for me, I’m a college graduate, definitely liberal, pro-feminist, pro-choice, married white guy from Indiana (and I survived the Hoosier state after all these years!)

  20. September 21, 2005 at 1:55 pm

    Forgot to add: I love your sense of humor.

  21. Grace
    September 21, 2005 at 1:57 pm

    I’ve commented a couple of times before, but I mostly lurk.

    I found your blog a couple of years ago through the blogroll at Alas, a Blog (I think) and I’ve been reading it daily ever since.

    I’m a public school English teacher in the midwest, so I am always curious to read anything about education. Plus, I love to read things like this: “most of them were just there for a teaching degree, not real mathematicians” and, you know, just think about it on my drive home :)

    I also spent a long time being one of those feminists who declared she wasn’t a feminist and for the first time in my life I’m starting to give a lot of thought to gender issues. I find your blog to be a comfortable starting point for me consider those issues, if that makes sense.

  22. September 21, 2005 at 2:09 pm

    I’m a lurker mostly. I read through an RSS reader pretty much every day though.

  23. Alice 1
    September 21, 2005 at 2:10 pm

    Ok, but only because I forgot Monday was “Talk Like A Pirate” Day.

    Enjoy the blog, follow your links, send them on to others.
    Myself: feminist, 45, married, child-free by choice, card-carrying liberal. How’s that?

  24. September 21, 2005 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve commented a few times, so I’m not a full-blooded lurker.

    I came here after deciding to face fear. It was introspective.

    I remain out of interest in the perspective.

  25. September 21, 2005 at 3:07 pm

    Hi. I lurk, and even have Feministe blogrolled. I found the site, as well as Feministing, Pinko Feminist Hellcat, and Rox Populi, via Amanda’s links when she came on at Pandagon. I like the variety, the sense of personal voice that one gets from a weblog that doesn’t limit itself to a one or two narrow subjects. So I come here for the feminism, the politics, the pictures of cats, the feminism, the personal reflections, the Friday Random Ten, the feminism, etc. (My experience is that when I say the words, “I’m a feminist” in conversation, most of the time people’s immediate assumption is that it’s deadpan humor.)

  26. Rachael
    September 21, 2005 at 3:12 pm

    I’m a chronic lurker.

    Who are these readers? – social sciences grad student.

    What are their lives like? – um, busy and interesting and fun and exasperating.

    Do they like [our] writing, or do they show up regularly to see what new horrors [we’ve] unleashed on the world? – The fomer!

    Do they think I’m a bad person because of my [navel-gazing]? – Of course not! I adore the navel-gazing. Hell, that’s part of what I do as a career.

    Are they here for the politics, the [personal], or the pictures of [the feminist-by-proxy pets]? – Hmm. I’d have to say all three. And the witty writing style.

  27. September 21, 2005 at 3:12 pm

    I’ve commented a few times but haven’t really “introduced myself,” so to speak. I found the blog last month sometime but I forget how, presumably it was linked by another that I read. I added it to my regular “rotation” and link to it in my own blog.

    I’m trying to be a writer–that is, I am a writer, I’m just trying to get more people to pay me to be one. I’ve had one play produced, yay.

    I am a feminist, but mostly just ’cause I think smart chicks are hot. I’m 34 and single, possibly because I use the word “chicks”. No children of my own but I do have a nephew and a couple of cats, all of whom I love.

    Let’s see what else…I’m a liberal. Oh, and according to that quiz, I’m 10% more girlish than either Lauren or Jill.

  28. September 21, 2005 at 3:13 pm

    Not a lurker at all, but I come for the mix of the personal and the political. That includes an appreciation of new hairstyles and tales from the teaching trenches.

  29. elw
    September 21, 2005 at 3:17 pm

    I lurk full-time, in fact this is probably only the second time I’ve been to the site. I read through bloglines, and just haven’t had anything new to offer. I love to read blogs by intelligent women, I wish I was one.

    You rock, keep it up.

  30. September 21, 2005 at 3:19 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever commented before, but I may have. I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while now, after being referred by Dylan of SRWU.net fame.

    I would like to say that I always find your writing to be quite thought provoking, and it moves me to think more about the patterns I have as a man and how I want to amend those patterns to be a better man. I would consider myself to be a male feminist, but as with anything, there is still so much I have to learn in order to continue my growth in that arena. This is a safe place for me to learn.

    Thanks for inviting me to de-lurk. Sometimes courage to speak is not enough, and you have provided me with an excuse to not need any courage to do so. Thanks.

  31. September 21, 2005 at 3:26 pm

    I’m a full-time lurker and part-time commenter. I don’t usually have anything to add and/or don’t have time to write a thoughtful comment.

    I was a teenage bride and mother who grew up in poverty but luckily got out of it. I am remarried and loving life now. My 19 y.o. son is in now the Army and my 16 y.o. daughter is a junior in high school. I am a full-time secretary and a 3/4 time undergraduate living in Orange County, CA. I love reading here because you address a lot of issues that are important to me! (Even if I don’t feel articulate enough to comment most of the time.) Keep it up!

  32. lurker4hire
    September 21, 2005 at 3:32 pm


    I lurk because I get too easily involved. Posting represents a commitment to following the conversation I don’t feel I can make. Plus I’ve been doing the internet thing for long enough to have been burnt out on community messaging. One too many flame wars for me =\

    But, love your site… one of my daily reads, I’ve written and discarded several comments since I’ve been reading :)


  33. Sara
    September 21, 2005 at 3:37 pm

    I am a lurker. A bloglines reader. Mainly because your design currently isn’t very friendly with my browser (Safari). And, of course, because I’m one of those people who hit hte web for content to stuff my brain with as much as for discussion.

  34. September 21, 2005 at 3:38 pm

    I think I’ve commented here before…but I’m not sure! I read a lot of political-action/feminist-related blogs, and I comment randomly. :) I can’t remember if I came here via MediaGirl or Body and Soul, though. Either way, I stuck around because I, too, am feminist, and I love your takes on things. I also like that you don’t cover the same old stuff like many of the blogs seem to do. Plus, I am also a native (and still there!) Hoosier, even though I’m very liberal. Go figure. :)


  35. September 21, 2005 at 3:39 pm

    I’ll delurk, then–funny how all I needed was the invite. Love the blog–been reading it every day for a couple weeks. Found it linked through a bunch of my other favorites, and I’m glad I did–it’s just the kind of feministygoodness I love. And I’m a fan of garden porn.

  36. Teresa
    September 21, 2005 at 3:46 pm

    Also a regular reader though I’ve never commented. You have wit and tend to focus on issues that are important to me.

  37. Andrew
    September 21, 2005 at 3:55 pm

    I’m a lurker too. I’ve been reading this site for about one and a half weeks and it’s somewhat interesting. I agree with most of what you write, except the stuff about John Roberts. I don’t get why feminists and liberals are surprised that Bush is nominating a conservative to SCOTUS. And Roberts isn’t all that bad for a Bush nominee. I can think of several of other nominees that would be worse than him.

  38. September 21, 2005 at 3:58 pm

    This has to be the second thread this week where I left a comment before other Ryan did. I’ll take the opportunity to say hello to all of my fellow Ryans out there. It’s a great name, huh?

  39. September 21, 2005 at 4:02 pm

    Does “usually reading Feministe via Bloglines but occasionally clicking on the site to comment on something” count as lurking? No, I guess not…

  40. September 21, 2005 at 4:04 pm

    Ooh I LOVE this game! Good thinking, Lauren.

    To the lurkers: Now I’m curious about your lives. Tell us more! Where are you from? How did you find us? What do you do? I know privacy is a big issue for people, so if you don’t want to tell us anything, then don’t. But any info you care to share, I’d love to know…

  41. jer
    September 21, 2005 at 4:12 pm

    i’m a 20 year old canadian who can’t quite remember how i found you. i’m definitely more interested in the feminist-political stuff, but i’ve got nothing against the personal stuff. errr….i can’t think of anything else to say. this is why i don’t post.
    back to lurking!

  42. calicajun
    September 21, 2005 at 4:17 pm

    I think I’ve commented once or twice before, but I mostly lurk. I found your blog in the wake of one of the “where are the female bloggers” fracuses (fraci?), and have especially been drawn to feminist blogs (written by both men and women) since the pie fight brouhaha. I’m a young-ish academic and have a great appreciation for the combination of politics and culture (especially music stuff) here and at places like Pandagon and Michael Berube’s website, but usually when I’m tempted to comment on something, I tend to get guilt pangs and feel I should be writing something related to teaching or research (there goes one right now). Keep up the good work.

  43. Tapetum
    September 21, 2005 at 4:19 pm

    Another quasi-lurker here. I think I’ve commented about five times in over six months of steady reading.

    OK – life – SAHM of two young boys, 36, working on a novel (2 more weeks! 2 more weeks!), lived the first twenty-plus years of my life as a moderate, and then discovered that the country seemed to be marching right quickly.

    Not into gardening, love to knit, spin, read, have an orange belt in karate, generally a lousy housekeeper…other stuff.

  44. September 21, 2005 at 4:30 pm

    I’m a lurker from Austin, TX. I come here for the politics, because you like to say everything I like to hear.

  45. sara
    September 21, 2005 at 4:35 pm

    I’m a quasi-lurker; I’ve commented a few times.

    Let’s see: I’m a singer, a conductor, and a teacher, but right now trying to figure out what I’m supposed to be. This is, of course, because the boy and I moved for his job and I have nothing to do here as of yet. Therefore I am online ALL THE TIME.

  46. OGeorge
    September 21, 2005 at 4:38 pm

    As an old man reading the blog of an attractive young woman, I don’t like the term lurker, but I’m here every day Lauren (and now Jill). I just like to hear what people with different life experiences but similar political leanings have to say.

  47. Laura Shapiro
    September 21, 2005 at 4:46 pm

    ::disengaging cloaking device::

    Hi there. I’ve been reading your blog for about six months — something in me snapped that day, and I went on a feminist blog spree. Now yours is one of a handful that I visit regularly.

    I’m a fangirl, a geek, a lover, a cat-owner, a weight-lifter, an editor, a reader, and a feminist, not necessarily in that order.

    I really enjoy your perspectives on things, and it’s great to read the news through a like-minded filter instead of the usual mainstream hogwash. Bless the blogosphere.

  48. September 21, 2005 at 4:52 pm

    Just passing through Lauren. You and I both guestblogged for Roxanne Cooper and David Scott Anderson.

    I live in Tampa. I have been blogging since 2001. Back in the days people called blogs diaries.

    I often wonders who reads my site. I get hat tip links, but people rarely comment on the post. I guess I don’t do a good job of creating a sense of community. Our mutual friend Joe does a better job of that.

  49. Don Drennon
    September 21, 2005 at 4:56 pm

    Cheers from the heart of red-state America!

    DD in SC

  50. KnifeGhost
    September 21, 2005 at 5:03 pm

    My name is Ryan (holla), I’m in Montreal for my second round of the university thing (applying for grad studies in Sociology for the winter or next year), my life is good if a little quiet, I love Montreal, and I love Sociology.

    I’m #1 a Pandagon fan, but I also swing by Feministing and here every once in a while. Came for the commentary (and because spunky feminists remind me of an old friend from Victoria), stayed for the sass.

  51. JenM
    September 21, 2005 at 5:04 pm

    Hi –
    I fall into the quasi-lurker category. I’m 35 and live in Dallas, Texas. I kept seeing references to this site from Pandagon and also Norbizness. I found Norbizness through his comments on the Burnt Orange Report which I found after doing a web search on rumors I’d heard at a dinner party about Governor Perry. This blog has become a daily read along with Atrios, Kos and Pandagon. I like this blog for its political content, but also for the links to other interesting and weird sites. Now that I read blogs, I feel like I always have something to talk about – keep up the great work!!

  52. September 21, 2005 at 5:20 pm

    Um, you guys, you know I love you.

    You’re the sassiest fix for relevant news. And you’re hot. In a “I’m-not-sexually-harassing-you-I-promise” kinda way.

    I’m not really much of a “lurker” seeing as how I’ve been “posting comments here all week,” “annoying you with email,” and “linking to you from my site.” Nevertheless, I’m feeling left out from the lurk love fest. And I guess I’m kind of new. After a difficult period of internet deprivation between college ethernet and workplace DSL, I’m back to reading feministe like a fiend.

    So, hi, I’m Hissy Cat. I’m 22, in the Bay Area, working a job I can’t stand. I write. I blog (hissycat). I have a cat.

  53. sasquatch
    September 21, 2005 at 5:27 pm

    I read feministe about three times a week, and have been for over a year. Found it through Alas, A Blog.

    me and my life: 25, white, single, pink-collar worker in the SF Bay Area. Busy all the time. No kids.

  54. September 21, 2005 at 5:28 pm

    Hi, I am reading this blog for the first time, I entered here via link from fluxblog, I was drawn to it because of the feministe title. I intend to be an active reader in the future. Actually I was browsing throught audioblogs, trying to background music for my videoclips at youtube.com

    I am an feminist activist and I live in Reykjavik, Iceland. We founded the Feminist Association of Iceland in 2003 and I was on the leading team from 2003-2005 , I administered our website and all on-line activites. See some information at our English website http://www.feministinn.is/generaltfeministafelagid/english.htm and I report also on our activitites on a flickr group about feminism that I founded, here it is:

    I am now on sabbatical and live right now in Barcelona, Spain. I am very happy to find blogs of feminists and I strongly believe that blogs (also including videoblogs, audioblogs) can be a medium for social change – a channel were voices supressed by traditional media can speak out. I am right now interested in the power of telling a story/describing the reality/making documentaries confronting the views in mainstream media.

    Some more info about me:
    Videoclips I make:
    My pictures on flickr:
    My blog (icelandic)

  55. Don Drennon
    September 21, 2005 at 5:28 pm

    …hey, Ryan:

    The source of all truth is available by the pint at Hurley’s on Crescent St…..


  56. September 21, 2005 at 5:36 pm

    I read Feministe every day, via Bloglines, and come over to read the comments pretty often.

    I’m 28, live in Glasgow (Scotland) and am a project manager.

  57. moonshower
    September 21, 2005 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve been lurking here for about a year. I love the site, but by the time I get around to reading & posting a comment, someone has already said what I wanted to. Oh well.

    24, live in WI & work full time.

  58. prefer not to say
    September 21, 2005 at 6:44 pm

    I am on the tenure track. I come here a lot when I feel like procrastinating on what I have to do to stay on the tenure track. I also come here because I’m terrified that I have forgotten how to think like a feminist.

    I don’t comment a lot because I’m on the tenure track. And I’m terrified that I have forgotten how to think like a feminist.

  59. Liss
    September 21, 2005 at 6:56 pm

    Oops, just made my first ever comment(s). So not strictly a lurker any more. Anyway…

    Found you through, I think, a round-up in the Guardian newspaper.

    From which you may gather that I live in the UK (London, to be exact). I’m finishing up a doctorate in English lit. Before that, I did a master’s degree in women’s studies. This clearly makes me a certified feminist.

    I come here partly because I think you are cool and funny, and partly because, when stuck alone with piles of continental philosophy and a computer, I often also become terrified that I have forgotten to think like a feminist.

  60. jenofiniquity
    September 21, 2005 at 7:03 pm

    I lurk most of the time, but read you, Bitch. PhD, Majikthise, Pandagon, Twisty’s blog & Alas every day. I agree with the previous 2 posters – I come here to remember why I’m a feminist in the first place. I’m too rushed usually to compose coherent posts, so I generally don’t open my mouth.

  61. Leslie
    September 21, 2005 at 8:05 pm

    somtime lurker, sometime commenter. mother of 3, owned by 4 cats, professional artist, rabid feminist. I come by every day – especially lately since I’m laid up with a broken ankle. I’m older than you two – 44 – and it’s interesting to see how many issues are the same and how many are different or non-issues since I was in my 20s

  62. September 21, 2005 at 8:16 pm

    Happy Delurker Day.

    I’m a steady reader and very occasional commenter here. I adore the family stories (I’m still laughing about “scary john kerry” from last fall), but I also greatly appreciate this site as a go-to resource for solid, timely feminist content.

    I’m a Canadian who has lived a whole bunch of other places and currently works in state politics in Virginia. And a great fan of Lauren and Jill. :)

    Did I find Feministe from the “What She Said!” Blogroll…hmmm…maybe. Actually, I think I was reading you via several other people’s blogrolls before that. And it is a great delight to find so many familiar names in the comments.

    There really is a women(/women-positive)’s blogging community, even if we don’t make a big to-do about it.

  63. Olive
    September 21, 2005 at 8:20 pm

    I’m a 20-year-old mechanical engineering major, and I want to work on human presence off of earth some day. I also think about teaching high school.

    I like to read liberal blogs and I like to read journals about other youngish women and how they get on in life, with kids and jobs and school. It helps me get a feel for what young kids are like, and all sorts of interesting things. I’m just about to get spat out of my undergraduate education into real life, so it helps me think about what I really want to do in the upcoming years.

    I also think cats are cute, but I’m intensely allergic to them. So there’s some vicarious cat-loving, maybe.

  64. September 21, 2005 at 9:01 pm

    Hi. I came over one day from Bitch Ph.D. or Pharyngula and have been reading for a few months – haven’t commented, though. So am delurking as requested.

  65. September 21, 2005 at 9:02 pm

    I comment occasionally but I still consider myself a lurker. Anyway, hello from Australia.

  66. Tom
    September 21, 2005 at 9:14 pm

    Delurked: one 45-year old software engineer from Canada who reads political blogs and enjoys this one. keep up the good work/play.

  67. September 21, 2005 at 10:54 pm

    I actually have posted before, but I could probably count the # of times I’ve done so on one hand:) So I’m mostly a lurker. I’m a 28 yr. old Tennessee woman; I have two jobs (substitute teacher, waitress). Oh, the stories I could tell! (particularly re: the teaching), but in the interests of my students’ privacy, I generally don’t. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, also, that I’ll be able to afford to go back to college sometime next year, finances depending….

    I love your (both of you) writing, and sometimes you gals inspire me to blog on the topics you discuss. And how I found you? Both of you made a wise decision to be listed on Feministblogs.org; I’ve been reading Feministe for a year & a half, and I used to read Jill at Third Wave Agenda. Also found Amanda, Kameron Hurley, Media Girl, Marian’s blog, and countless others this way:)

    Re: personal: Hell, the blog belongs to you and Jill. I’ve never understood why people go insane when a blogger discusses her/his personal life on her/his own blog.

    Well, time to let someone else stand up & introduce her/himself.

  68. Ivan
    September 22, 2005 at 12:12 am

    I am a pseudo-lurker and Ph.D plant biologist at Major Midwest University. I too came here after the Kevin Drum “where be the women bloggers?” kerfuffle. I stuck here b/c I liked the writing and liked reading a local blogger.

    I spend way too much time reading blogs, which is why I try to avoid commenting too much.

    Lauren- if you ever get some free time, come on down to Drinking Liberally some thursday night, it’s a good time.


  69. Gayle
    September 22, 2005 at 12:42 am

    Full-time lurker, daily bloglines reader, originally came here via fluxblog link. Favorite posts…. music, personal stories, love the gender stuff, sometimes skim the political cuz I’m Canadian and American politics makes my head hurt. And I love kitties.

    24, Toronto, Full-time MEd student in sociology, women’s studies-y, cultural studies-y things.

    Why don’t I comment? Too many other blogs to read, and I’ve never been much of a commenter/poster in general.

  70. September 22, 2005 at 1:00 am

    Hail to all lurkers. Lurk and learn. Or not. I lurked for centuries.

  71. fab
    September 22, 2005 at 1:03 am

    I was linked to your blog via Feministing about three months ago. I lurk for a daily dose of politics and feminism from two young verbose, and intelligent writers with an amusing and witty edge. I have never commented because it takes work and I am already a busy person. I enjoy reading comments though.

    I’m in my 20’s, reside in southern California and a mother to an infant, partnered and currently have my nose in different projects and an insanely active person. I read a millionth as well. Considering grad school for urban planning or public policy in the next year or two.

    To single out what I enjoy from the two of you, Jill I love the ambition, limitless drive you embody being single and childfree, very outspoken about race and women’s issues and now endeavors in law school, and unemcumbered life in NYC (I see the pictures), that I sometimes go green about in a good way :-P.
    Lauren, I love that you love cats, have three myself, your awesome photographs, beautiful child, you’re an insightful and articulate writer that stands her ground tactfully on thought provoking controversial subjects, teaching stories, and the hairstyles that by the way blonde and brunette you are beautiful.
    You two are genuises, make a good team and thank you for the invite to delurk, otherwise I probably never would have.

  72. Ann
    September 22, 2005 at 1:39 am

    Oooh, I love this!

    I’m 33, married, live in a small, conservative town in Northern California but originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, full-time secretary and full-time student working on my Bachelor’s of Business Management. and eventually my MBA, a feminist, and lonely democrat. I’m owned by two cats and two dogs.

    I can’t remember how I got here, but I can tell you that reconnecting with some voices that sounded like my own, and the ones in my head, was a huge relief. I think I almost cried the first time I visited this site. It’s tough to hear, in the year 2005, that I am irresponsible because I don’t have children (from women) or a control freak because I don’t have children (from men) or that liberal and feminist values have ruined what was great in this country (at school).

    I never comment because after a long day of work and school I have nothing but sputtering gobbledygook left to contribute. Mainly I scream ‘Right on!’ or ‘Hell yeah!’ or ‘You’ve gotta be f’ing kidding me!’ while I read. So I guess I do comment.

    I love you guys, you keep me sane, and I visit everyday.

    Much gratitude!

  73. September 22, 2005 at 10:02 am

    I’ve commented once or twice here, I think, but generally feministe is one of the first things I read at work while I drink a huge coffee and try in vain to wake myself up. I enjoy your perspective and appreciate the news articles and blog posts that you link to since you both seem really adept at finding stuff that pushes everyone’s buttons. I have a zillion blogs bookmarked on my work computer, but for speed and convenience I have a sort of rotating folder called “A List” of the ones I read almost every day. Yours and Fafblog! are the only two that have stayed on the A List for the entire past 6 months.

    I’m 23, live in Chicago, work as a trained monkey in a law firm while I get my law school applications together – Jill, it’s encouraging to hear that people really do get into law school. Congratulations and I hope you’re enjoying it.

  74. September 22, 2005 at 10:56 am

    Semi-lurker. Single mom. Libral. Use you for most of my news.

  75. Caitlin
    September 22, 2005 at 12:18 pm

    Damn, stay home sick once and miss de-lurker day. Oh well, I’ll announce myself anyway.

    I’m a 20-year old Tucson native. I work for a small law firm and occasionally wait tables when the mood strikes me. I’m fascinated by politics, sociality and and gender issues. When I’m not yammering over coffee about the latest outrage, I’m hopefully either riding my Harley (hot, young, intelligent, feminist biker chick?) or relaxing on the front porch with the love of my life.

    I found this blog the way I found most: randomly wandering around lost on the internet, trying to stave off boredom at work for a few more hours. I have yet to start commenting anywhere, mostly because I know I wouldn’t stop, and I don’t know how much less actual work I can get away with doing here.
    I love the blog, love the sense of humor, the politics, the pics, the commenters and definitely the navel gazing. Thank you for the hours of entertainment (and the now-expired invitation to come out of hiding)!

  76. September 22, 2005 at 2:07 pm

    Lurker. Don’t comment because I don’t have anything interesting to add. Like now, for example.

  77. September 22, 2005 at 2:38 pm

    Lurker of sorts, read nearly every post via RSS, don’t feel the need to throw in my 2 cents much. But my web site down at the moment, so I’ve got to perform my daily quota of typing somehow. Like the tenor of your site too, mostly the politics, but the ‘human’ element is nice, makes you seem more like somebody I know.

  78. Kristjan Wager
    September 22, 2005 at 3:14 pm

    I read this blog often, but have seldom commented here. I’m fairly sure that I found the blog through Alas, a Blog, though I might have found it through Pandagon.

    I’m a 30 year old student (Computer Science), living in Copenhagen, Denmark. I should probably mention that I’m male, since it seems like many people are confused by my name (it’s a old Nordic version of Christian).

  79. Jeff
    September 22, 2005 at 3:32 pm

    I’ve commented two or three times, I think, but never introduced myself. (There are other Jeffs around these parts too, I believe, but they aren’t me.) Not sure how I discovered this place, but I’ve been here for several months and love it. I have to get my daily dose of feminism from you, Bitch PhD, and Pandagon to make it through the day. Well, mainly I come here for the vegetable porn.

    I’m a 20-year-old college student from Iowa, currently studying in Scotland.

  80. Erin
    September 22, 2005 at 4:48 pm

    Lurker. I usually don’t have time to compose the responses that I want to so I just don’t. I’ve learned a lot by reading this blog and the ones linked off of it though.

  81. Caja
    September 22, 2005 at 10:47 pm

    I found this blog a year or so ago when I went on a search for more feminist blogs (decided that was definitely missing in my daily political reading), and of the 6-10 I started reading, this one has remained as one of the, oh, 3? feminist blogs that I keep up with. Primarily for the news and the humor with which y’all address it :) though I do find the personal writing interesting, too.

    I try to read it daily, but as a grad student (studying architecture), I find I suddenly have less free time than when I was working full time. Or maybe I was just a slacker at work :)

    Vitals: female, 30, living in Denver. Your pets might eat my pets, as mine are small and covered with feathers.

  82. Jen
    September 23, 2005 at 6:01 am

    Hi. My name is Jen, and I lurk.

    I’m a 30-something teacher in Wisconsin. I read this blog nearly every day, mainly because I find such interesting and though-provoking things here. I don’t comment though, but don’t take it personally!

    I’ll go back to lurking now…

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