How Blogs Save Lives: Shakesville

Reading blogs has played a critical role in my survival over these past few years. I started with reading food blogs (food blogging does exist at the most-basic-needs level of Maslow’s hierarchy, does it not?) and over time found my way to a range of explicitly feminist blogs. I found much of the writing produced at these sites both nurturing and challenging, and the feminists who write for them have helped me expand my own approach to gender from a purely academic approach to a set of lenses critical to understanding…well, kinda everything. From cultural and political perspectives to a deeper understanding of my most intimately personal experiences.

And so, for quite some time now, I’ve wanted to say thank you to the writers who have mattered to me most. I sent my first such thank-you note this week to the incomparable Melissa McEwan of Shakesville.

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