But what I want to talk about is something my old boss at Jezebel, Anna Holmes, says in the piece. First, she says that when she founded Jezebel in 2007, she felt there was a real sense of fun and possibility in the women's blogosphere that isn't there anymore. Holmes left Jezebel in 2010 and says that now it "feels like a much more insular, protective, brittle environment than it did before. It's really depressing."
Part of the reason that the fun was sucked out of it, and something Goldberg doesn't get into in her piece, is that there has been a blurring between writing and activism. When I started at Jezebel in 2007, I certainly considered myself a feminist, as did everyone else on staff to my knowledge. But we weren't activists. We were journalists putting out a website. A website with the tagline, "Celebrity, sex, fashion for women. Without airbrushing."
I never had the sense that I was being held accountable to a larger feminist body that was judging my writing as sufficiently or insufficiently on message.