Sunday, May 22, 2016

About that xojane piece

I'm not going to rehash the latest controversy to plague the women's blogging world, nor am I going to offer a moral imperative against shaming mentally ill people (which should be a given, and every other blog and its second cousin, Tumblr, has already done just that). But I would like to remind anyone who's even tangentially involved in "women's blogging," or hell, "women's writing," that this didn't happen in a bubble. xojane is a major offender, but still a small part of an environment that rewards women for splaying themselves open and revealing the worst. There should be a space carved out for provocative writing, but it needs to be done well and it can't exploit women for clicks. I just hope people remember that through all the hand-wringing.