Celebrating Feminist Bloggers
SBAI is featuring feminist bloggers for the month of June! Feminist bloggers set the trends and raise critical voices in pop culture, politics, news, and more. They are at the forefront of feminism and social justice. They are shaping and creating conversations about important issues. Most importantly, they are making visible the struggles (and victories) that mainstream media miss. Check them out!
(Note: the views of bloggers and blogs listed aren't intended to represent the policies of SBAI and are unrelated to SBAI)
Mia McKenzie founded her blog, Black Girl Dangerous (BGD) to help amplify the voices of queer and trans* people of color. BGD is a place to talk about important issues and also reflect the artistic talent of its contributors. It is an online place to express “our biggest, boldest, craziest, weirdest, wildest selves.” McKenzie’s first novel, The Summer We Got Free, was a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award and she is the recipient of the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award in 2009. McKenzie’s work has been published on Jezebel.com and in The Kenyon Review.
In 2004, sisters Vanessa Valenti and Jessica Valenti founded Feministing.com. The website is viewed as a pioneer in engaging feminist dialogue online and is one of the largest online feminist communities. Vanessa is now the Managing Editor of the website. She is involved with several feminist organizations including Girls for Gender Equity and Planned Parenthood. She is a winner of the Hillman Prize. Gloria Steinem describes Valenti as "one of the young women who inspire her and will ensure that the feminist movement continues." She is also co-founder and partner at Valenti Martin Media, which is a consultant agency for online communication as a means of social change.
Marie Lyn Bernard
Editor-in-Chief Marie Lyn Bernard (aka Riese) founded Autostraddle in March 2009 with Design Director Alexandra Vega. Autostraddle is the most popular independently-owned lesbian website worldwide and self-described as “a progressively feminist online community for a new generation of kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies (and their friends).” The website won the 2012 Bloggies’ Weblog of the Year Award and has been nominated for “Outstanding Blog” by the GLAAD Awards. Riese’s writings have been shown in many magazines including Marie Claire, Curve, and Interlude. She has also presented at BlogHer 2011, Yale, New York University, The University of Chicago, and The Museum of Sex.
Kortney Ryan Ziegler
Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler originally
created blac(k)ademic in graduate school as a place to engage in
conversations about black queer visibility outside of the classroom. In
December 2006 the site became inactive even after winning Best Topical Blog in
the Annual Black Weblog awards, and receiving notoriety on several top ten
feminist blog listings. Having finished graduate school, the website now
features Ziegler’s critical essays and is focused on intellectual inquiry. The
website has been nominated for Outstanding Blog in the 2013 GLAAD Media awards
and for Best Blog in Transguys Community Awards in 2012.
Bevin Branlandningham's blog Queer Fat Femme follows her on her mission to “make the world a safe place for people to love themselves, regardless of their differences.” Branlandingham is interested in queer activism, body liberation, and self-love. She is a burlesque dancer, emcee, workshop leader, conference steering committee member, and also the host and producer of the podcast “FemmeCast.” In 2008 she was recognized by the Mayor of Jersey City for her work within the LGBT community and was a top entrepreneur in GO magazine in 2011. Her writing has been featured in many publications including the recent book Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme.