Shoot. Has it been that long? This blog is going to turn five in the fall? Should I plan on sending it to kindergarten?
Anyway, listen. I think we need to have just a brief “state of the blog” address here. See, this thing you are reading, it’s just some words put on a screen by a gal who likes to put words on a screen. It is, like it says over to the right there, about “about completing the task of living with enough spontaneity to splurge some of it on bystanders, to share with others working through their own travails a little of your bonus life.”
I don’t believe Donnell Alexander ever thought that would be used as a feminist’s manifesto (but he’s on the internet, so, if you’re inclined, you can ask him), but I do consider those words an excellent description of my feminist project–to splurge on you, who are going through your own shit, a little of my life. If you don’t want it, fine. Don’t come here. Don’t read me.
But if you do come here and you do read me, get that it’s a gift and it’s rude to dictate what gifts you’re given. So, if it doesn’t work for you, again, don’t come here.
I consider this a feminist project because it allows me to say outloud what I see, to admit the pressures I feel, not to gain your sympathy–I don’t want your sympathy–but to say, in public, the things that aren’t right, the ways that the things that are wrong or right with the world express themselves in my personal world. It is a great and novel luxury for a woman to have a public voice. In the whole history of the world, it’s a great and novel luxury for a woman to have a public voice, to be able to be unseemly and loud and rude and funny and sad and happy and passionate and opinionated in public, where everyone can see. And I revel in that luxury.
But this is mine.
If you think things should be done differently, said differently, handled differently, then there’s the whole wide internet. Do it your own way. More power to you.
But if you’re going to read me and realize that it means you can’t be online anymore… well, best of luck to ya, but that’s pretty fucked up.
(And when does the day come when someone reads me and realizes that they cannot rest until their face is buried in my cooter? When, I ask you, does that day come?)