Feminism Is: Lindy West— Seriously Funny

December 12, 2014

Lindy West applies her insightful, snarky brand of comedy to feminist issues in her contributions to the books How to Be a Person and The Book of Jezebel, at the Seattle alternative paper The Stranger, and until just recently, as a staff writer at the feminist blog Jezebel.  Her articles cover topics from film criticism to fat body positivity to anti-rape activism to pop culture news.  Access her Jezebel articles here.

She left Jezebel to focus on other projects such as writing a new book of humorous essays and founding the blog I Believe You | It’s Not Your Fault, whose message to girls and young women surviving abuse, sexual harassment, and rape is:

“…your body is YOURS, that consent is not a gray area, that it doesn’t matter what you were wearing, that fitting in isn’t as important as it seems (though caving to peer pressure isn’t the end of the world either), that you have the right to set and defend your own boundaries, that you have the right to have fun, that some things get better and other things, honestly, kind of don’t.”

In honor of her simultaneously brave and witty work monitoring the outrages of American public culture, West received the Women’s Media Center Social Media Award in 2013.


Alena Amato Ruggerio
Alena Amato Ruggerio, Ph.D., is Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of Communication at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon. She has served on SOU’s Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Council for fifteen years, and was the Interim Coordinator of Women’s Studies for one year. She also served for eleven years on the EEWC-Christian Feminism Today Council, and has delivered plenary addresses and workshops at several CFT conferences. Dr. Ruggerio is the editor of Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers (Lexington Books), and a contributor to Talking Taboo: Christian Women Get Frank About Faith (White Cloud Press). She lives in the southwestern corner of Oregon with her husband Bradley and their two astonishingly adorable cats.


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