Environmental Femme goes live today, right now as you read this! That sentence is so many things: an actual dream come true, the product of two plus years of coaxing and convincing myself I could do this, so nerve wracking and so exciting all at once!
It is a bizarre thing to have something that has lived in your brain for so long become an actual thing that other people can google and experience on their own. It feels like my baby and my prom dress dress all at once. Like, here is this thing I birthed! Will people like it? Is it on trend or is it totally unrelatable? What will people say? Who am I to even presume people will talk about it?
Producing your dreams is scary. I think in part because making public something that you care so personally about comes with a risk. Vulnerability is hard and we all know the Internet is not always the kindest place for us to share parts of ourselves. This is why for years I didn't even write comments on things. I was too gripped by the fear of people's responses to speak my voice into the void. But I don't want to live my life too scared to try things I care about--even if that thing is seemingly as simple as commenting on a blog. Because while the potential for harshness is real, the potential for community creation is also just as real. I see all the time the power of positive commenting on videos + posts and it can foster genuine human interaction across the globe and that can be really very touching. And I want to be part of that. I want to speak into the void and hope for someone to shout back from the other side.
If you feel like no one wants to hear what you have to say, I do. Write your comment to me, just me, and I'll respond. It's hard to press 'post,' trust me I get it, but I want this to be a space where we feel bold. New community guideline for Environmental Femme: Be Bold.
So, you're probably wondering, "What's in store for launch week?"
Here's a sneak peak of what you have to look forward to:
- Some really foundational pieces on environmentalism, gender studies, ecofeminism, and the importance of intersectionality in these movements.
- Making lists of how to reward yourself.
- As always, a Friday round up.
Enjoy, beloved readers, as we begin the EnviroFemme adventure together!
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