Goodbye, Courtney, and thank you

Today is Courtney Martin’s last day at Feministing. I’m sad to see her go, but very excited to see what she’ll do next. Courtney has long been one of my favorite writers on and off the internet — and what she does, I think better than almost anyone else, is write with a compassion, openness and empathy that is too often lacking in online spaces. Courtney is, basically, a big ol’ hippie with a heart of gold, who writes from a place of love — and so consistently putting love first is extremely difficult to do, especially in feminist spaces. When I find myself near flying off the handle, or frustrated, or worn down, Courtney’s work and her point of view is what I channel (it doesn’t always work, obviously). But her ability to write generously and to take care of herself and to afford others respect and kindness even when she disagrees or she’s hurt or she’s angry is inspiring.

She leaves us with some thoughts and open questions which are well worth a read. And I am so looking forward to see what she does next. Thank you, Courtney, for all your work.

2 comments for “Goodbye, Courtney, and thank you

  1. September 15, 2011 at 6:12 am

    Goodbye, Courtney! Empathy is probably the most important human virtue but something we all forget from time to time (very guilty of that myself!) Good luck in your new endeavors!

  2. September 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    She’s become a huge influence on my own writing. As I left in comments over there, her optimistic attitude has often lifted my spirits. In many ways, she’d make a good liberal Quaker. Her personality reminds me of many people I know and have known.

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