Lovely to meet you.

Hi Feministe!

:: waves ::

So, I’m one of the summer guests! And I’m very honored, not to say a little surprised to be here. My own blog is a teeny-tiny affair, and because I have roughly as little tech knowledge as one could reasonably have and still run a blog, I never have any real sense of how broadly anything gets read or by whom – but the internets, man, you never know where you’ll wind up! So here I am, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

But who the hell (you ask yourselves, and quite reasonably too) are you?

I’m a professional freelance writer. I wrote for many years in big newspapers and smaller magazines, doing news, op/eds, features, and book reviews and/or serving as a foreign correspondents’ assistant at a few really-big newspapers (Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post).

All of which means that since the bottom fell out on print media in 2008, followed closely by the bottom falling out on the world of finances, my byline has barely appeared anywhere. So it goes. I still do book reviews! And write a lot for leftie/progessive PR firms and leftie/progessive nonprofits.

As I mentioned, I also blog, posting at my own place (Emily L. Hauser In My Head) and crossposting at Angry Black Lady Chronicles. I started my internet life as an active commenter at Jezebel (where I was known as ellaesther), but went out in a blaze of Midwestern polite disagreement over their new commenting policies like, two years ago or something, so it’s entirely possible that the policies have changed again and are currently really quite human and lovely, but I wouldn’t know.

Other than that: I’m a straight white lady married to a straight white dude, living in the suburbs of Chicago with our two white kids (sexuality yet to be determined, as far as I know). I drive a station wagon, and volunteer at my kids’ schools.

I’m a feminist who actually managed to march (as a high school freshman) for the ERA before it was killed. I spent a good few years as a rape crisis counselor. And I’ve written in several national newspapers about the fact that I’ve had an abortion. I’m to the left of Obama and to the right of Kucinich. I volunteered in the 2008 Obama campaign & intend to do so again in 2012.

I’m also Jewish, American-Israeli, pro-Palestinian, pro-two-states and a Zionist (meaning I’m often very lonely in my little Venn diagram), and I often write about Israel/Palestine and the conflict — but then again, I also often don’t. Recently, for instance, I’ve written about Marcus Bachmann, a fucking awesome Planet of the Apes-techno mashup, and weird rules that exist in my house (“no biting the table,” for one).

So. Here I am! :: jazz hands ::

My approach to comments is as follows: I’ll wade in there with y’all, but I ask that people remember the humanity and the dignity of everyone. Which is to say, if you disagree with me (and some of you are likely to disagree with me, right? It’s the internet!) or with anyone else in a thread, please express that disagreement in a way that sheds more light than heat.

But enough of my yakkin’! Let’s rock n’ roll!

Or: I’ll be back to rock n’ roll a little later with a real post. But I will stop yakkin’ now.

(Ooh, and also, too: As Hexy warned when she hopped on the train [and congrats on the regular gig, Hexy!], I am of course doing this while I do a million and twelve other things. Please don’t fret if you appear caught in moderation. I promise I’ll get to you as soon as I can).

Oh and PS! I can also be found on the Twitters. Follow me, won’t you?

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15 Responses to Lovely to meet you.

  1. Nahida says:

    Warmest welcomes! =)

  2. Alison says:

    What a happy surprise! So glad to see you here, Emily. I always look forward to your posts at ABLC :)

  3. Glenn says:

    I just started reading your blog recently, after seeing it linked to during one I/P flareup or another. What a nice surprise to see your voice over here too!

  4. Lori says:

    Welcome, Emily! I look forward to reading your posts.

  5. Shoshie says:

    Yay! I’m really excited for you to be blogging here. I really like your post about calling yourself a Zionist. It’s something I struggle with a lot too, and your words really resonated with me.

  6. dmf says:

    ee is broader than broadway, congrats

  7. asiangrrlMN says:

    Congrats, ee. You’re taking over the blogosphere, one site at a time! I’m firmly in your corner, and I have your back.

  8. Emily Hauser says:

    Thank you one and all! [With, I can’t help it, a special shout-out to dmf and asiangrrlMN, with whom I have wandered about the ‘webz for some real chunk of time now!:) ]

    Now to post an actual post! Off to give it a try.

  9. DouglasG says:

    Thank you for a Bachmann piece taking that particular view that I can live with. Having been put into conversion therapy against my will when a minor, I have been getting severe cramps lately in response to all the things I’ve been reading making snide cracks about what a Big Fairy he is, the worst of which speculate on when he’ll come out and how people may then actually welcome him – and mostly from those “on my side” too.

    While I can accept all the points about attraction (and thank you for your phrasing), I wish I could say that (even though it really doesn’t work like that) he’s forfeited his right ever to play that card. I just become ill at the thought of sharing any sort of community with anyone who has perpetuated that particular evil. It’s been particularly depressing besides that those of us who have been subjected to this harm have basically been silenced by those who profess themselves to be our supporters, an experience which I suppose is unfortunately all too common.

  10. La Lubu says:

    I’m a feminist who actually managed to march (as a high school freshman) for the ERA before it was killed.

    Me too! In Grant Park, as a 12-year-old, with a busload of women from my dad’s union. That’s where I learned I could lead a picket line. I just hollered out chants and everyone fell in behind me; not just those that knew me, either! That blew my mind; that I was listened to.

  11. Elena says:

    How nice to check in here and find an old friend. Nice to “see” you again, Emily!!!

  12. Emily Hauser says:

    La Lubu:
    I’m a feminist who actually managed to march (as a high school freshman) for the ERA before it was killed.

    Me too! In Grant Park, as a 12-year-old, with a busload of women from my dad’s union. That’s where I learned I could lead a picket line. I just hollered out chants and everyone fell in behind me; not just those that knew me, either! That blew my mind; that I was listened to.

    Well then sister, we were there together, because that’s where I did my marching.

    High five!

  13. Emily Hauser says:

    Elena:
    How nice to check in here and find an old friend.Nice to “see” you again, Emily!!!

    Um, Elena? From the school of “I am the President of Syria and that is my car”?

    HOLY CRAP it is you! HI ELENA!! How’s it shakin’? Shoot me an email, girl! Mine hasn’t changed.

  14. Shadow's Mom says:

    Just keep at it, ee! Soon the intertubes will be yours. I’m so pleased for you that you were invited to guest blog here.

    Woot!

  15. k___ says:

    ee! Yay! Have fun w/ your guestblogging self

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