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I'm Maya Dusenbery. I'm an Executive Director at Feministing. I'm also a freelance writer, editor, speaker, and Mother Jones-trained fact-checker.

Contact me at maya [at] feministing [dot] com and follow me on Twitter.
3 March 14
desifeminista:

pizzafeminism:

"Women come from a whole range of backgrounds. If our visions of peace don’t include these differences, then our peace will be partial."~Kimberle Crenshaw

AMEN. 

desifeminista:

pizzafeminism:

"Women come from a whole range of backgrounds. If our visions of peace don’t include these differences, then our peace will be partial."~Kimberle Crenshaw

AMEN. 

Reblogged: desifeminista

10 February 14
This seems to the biggest confounding variable in Gottlieb’s theory. As far as I can tell, the common problem the busy professionals and uber-involved parents who populate her piece seem to have is they just don’t have enough time to do it–or at least not to do it well. Between jobs, child care, and housework, there are almost literally not enough hours in the day for sex, which is squeezed in “during a window between 10:30 and 11 p.m. when they [are] both tired but not yet asleep.” The piece is filled with stories of “two exhausted equals” trying in vain to “meet each other’s sexual needs.” And these are the privileged elite! If the upper-middle-class couples who populate Gottlieb’s small world are stretched so thin, the crunch is undoubtedly even worse for the minimum wage workers who need to juggle two jobs just to get dinner on the table. If those couples who are trying to balance the work most equitably still find there’s just too much, then maybe we should focus on transforming American work culture. I’m thinking a four-day work week, a universal basic income, and mandatory paid parental leave would be a boon to everyone’s sex lives.
— There’s no time for sex, and 4 other alternatives theories you could draw from Lori Gottlieb’s New York Times Magazine piece called “Does A More Equal Marriage Mean Less Sex?”
2 February 14

Reblogged: mocada-museum

13 December 13

mizoguchi:

Beyonce’s historically re-defining the meaning of Friday the 13th 

Reblogged: pussy-strut

Posted: 10:18 AM
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20 November 13

It was my writing for Feministing—not my j-school background—that helped me land my first jobs in journalism. It gave me a way to show editors I could come up with interesting angles, that I followed certain topics closely, that I was a passionate writer, that I could do my research. My comments on my fellow contributors’ draft posts were the first editing I ever did. Feministing was my first glimmer of hope that I could marry my journalistic skills with my political beliefs and the sum would be greater than the parts.

The popular narrative of bloggers transitioning to full-time punditry involves a handful of young men in Washington, D.C. But this is my story, too: I used Feministing as a career springboard. It was the first public, online space where it seemed like my opinion mattered. Before, I’d been one of those young women who said, “Aw, I don’t really know that much about this” and “Who cares what I think about that?” Feministing proved that I did know, and people did care. Learning that was more important to my future career than anything I absorbed in j-school.

Unlike those other blogger-dudes’ sites, which were folded into mainstream websites as those men were hired and promoted, Feministing has stayed independent. This has had upsides and downsides. It’s remained fierce and outside the mainstream. It’s not associated with just one person or a small group of people—the site now boasts three co-executive editors, a dozen contributors, and dozens of emeritus writers and editors. But it also puts the “labor” in labor of love. Feministing has a bigger staff, readership, and workload that most venture-capital-funded media startups, with none of the financial backing. That has taken a serious toll.

— Read Ann Friedman on how Feministing helped her become the amazing journalist she is today. And then considering donating so we can make it even better.
5 November 13
Burrito babes! [Via]

Burrito babes! [Via]

20 September 13
Thrilled to be joining these two brilliant women as the new co-Executive Directors of Feministing, humbled to be taking the helm from this incredible lady, and so excited about our whole crew and the big plans we’ve got in the works. 

Thrilled to be joining these two brilliant women as the new co-Executive Directors of Feministing, humbled to be taking the helm from this incredible lady, and so excited about our whole crew and the big plans we’ve got in the works. 

23 August 13
Morning at the cabin.

Morning at the cabin.

26 July 13

Crater Lake, OR.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh