I started this blog for three reasons.
1. While I’ve followed print and on-line music publications for many years, I’ve often been dissatisfied with how popular music is traditionally covered, particularly ignoring, marginalizing, or tokenizing the contributions made by women and girls.
2. It turns out, a lot of my feminist/queer friends feel the same way and often avoid music journalism for that very reason. Yet, some of them feel out of the loop and want a communal space to find out about and discuss popular music without dealing with boys’ club politics.
3. After completing my master’s degree in spring 2008, I didn’t get into a PhD program to continue my studies. However, rather than blame the academy or the economy (or myself — an old script!), I wanted a space where I could think, research, write, and critique contemporary music culture from an explicitly feminist perspective. I also wanted to create a space where anyone interested in gender and music culture–regardless of educational training–could follow along and participate.
4. In fall 2011, I began my studies as a PhD student in UW-Madison’s Media and Cultural Studies program. Now I’m finally getting paid to do what I love. This blog is an extension of that.
Thank you for reading. I’m so happy that you’re here. Feel free to comment, though please be respectful.