14 March 2013

In Defence of Young, Silly, Female Writers

I, as a writer, know a lot of other female writers or women would like to call themselves a writer one day. Whether we call ourselves journalists, bloggers, songwriters or authors - we love to write. We write about our feelings, feminism, equality, sexuality,  motherhood, technology and anything else people will pay us to talk about. 

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Most of us are considered "young", anywhere from 24 - 35 and we would write even if no one paid us to do so.  As the skin on Lady Gaga's left arm states:

“Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?”

The answer for us is always yes

Yesterday over on The Atlantic, Jamie Tarabay questioned television's puzzling fixation on with who are writers - specifically Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham's character in Girls, and Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker's infamous character on Sex and the City. Why exactly having two TV shows, one that began in 1998 and the other in 2012, that dare to have a TV show led by a female writer is puzzling, I'm not sure. 

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08 March 2013

"Men don't do this! They just get on with it!"

Since writing my last post about women-only networking events, I've been thinking a lot about feminist conversation and how women talk about themselves.

Sheryl Sandberg's latest "social mission" and book titled Lean In focuses on the idea that if only women leaned in to their jobs more aggressively and tried harder, we'd break the glass ceiling and diminish the patriarchy. Just by leaning in. Like Michael Jackson in the "Smooth Criminal" video.


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See, this is where we've been going wrong, ladies! We've all been leaning the wrong way! 

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21 February 2013

Do We Need Women-Only Networking Events?

There comes a time in every girl's life when she realises she is going to have to face the inevitable.

The inevitable being an evening stood in a poorly lit room full of strangers all trying to pluck conversation from thin air, while wearing a name tag on their right boob and trying desperately to project confidence and professionalism while attempting to eat chunks of cold chicken off an over-sized toothpick without looking like a barbarian. 

That's right, ladies. You are going to have to network. (Like in person. No, Facebook doesn't count.)

 

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13 February 2013

Hashtag Fashion, Hashtag Whimsy

 

FASHION FILM from Matthew Frost on Vimeo.

 

"I haven't posted anything recently because my guy friend who is good at computers is reformatting my blog."

 

22 January 2013

What I've Learned About Success

This last Friday marked that last day that BitchBuzz, the online magazine that I founded four and a half years ago, would be updated. We made the decision to shut it down for many reasons.

One of the main reasons, as I stated in my farewell letter, is that the market has changed, and the nature of the industry has changed. This online community of female bloggers and journalists is now very full and heavily saturated with blogs and personalities that are all trying to make it - get a book deal, radio show, press coverage - and this fashionable rat race has grown truly tiresome.

I've been blogging and writing online in various forms for going on 8 years. In those 8 years, I've seen what it takes to become a 'Super Blogger' - and it is just not for me.

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