Sunday, October 24, 2010


Welcome to the Hairpin!

Hello and welcome! The Hairpin is a ladies' website run by Edith Zimmerman and Liz Colville, two grave young women who spend all their time online. A hairpin is also a small tool for keeping your hair in place, and a kind of dramatic turn. For more information on those hairpins, stay on this page or slowly click through our entire archive — there's surely something back there to answer your questions.

More about us: The Hairpin is a general-interest blog, meaning we'll be linking to the stories of the day that appeal to us, from politics to makeup to the whereabouts of penis-shaped rainclouds, and is a ladies' site insofar as it is run by women, will feature writing by women (although guys should feel free to get at us if they see a place for themselves), and will (hopefully!) be read by women. In addition to commentary on the day's offerings, we'll also be running original content from our contributors, in the form of text, video, illustration, and maybe even media that hasn't been invented yet. If you'd like to submit, please do.

Thanks for reading, and we hope you'll stick around.

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CONGRATS LADIES!!!!! How exciting! Love it!


Well this is a wonderful development!


Welcome, welcome!
This is fabulous!


Yay! Looking forward to this!

sorry your heinous

I signed up before realizing it was a site for women. I saw: Edith Zimmerman and Liz Colville and new Awl site and that was that.


It may be women, but that won’t stop me from reading it.

I use Secret deodorant sometimes, too. It’s strong enough for a man!

sorry your heinous

I will definitely read. I, too, have used Secret out of necessity and a spirit of kindness toward other humans (and dogs) [that said, I still go back to my NBA-endorsed Right Guard, because I imagine how bad I'd smell if I was in the NBA and figure it must be good stuff]


Wow - what a cool surprise!

This should be a great site. Looking forward to reading it!


Fantastic! Very happy to see this!


I am a lady! YAY!


There is a ton of great stuff up in here already!

Edith Zimmerman

Mathnet, I'm so glad you like it! I need to get a grip on all these exclamation points but it's SO HARD to not press them!!!

sorry your heinous

I'm assuming the site is headquartered in Transfăgărăşan, yes?


Hurray! I often wake up with my head still full of hairpins but waking up and just reading one instead is a much more responsible idea.


You know what this reminds me of? A square, but a little bit longer. Can't wait to read what's in this long square!

Edith Zimmerman



#2? Oh come on. In what universe are you only #2.

David Cho

The numbers will be gone in a few minutes...


I like that this website exists!

Edith Zimmerman

Thank you so much, you guys. We're VERY EXCITED!


Very much looking forward. Mazel tov!

Liz Colville

Thanks everybody! This is the most fun I've had on a Sunday night in ...ever!

mary hk choi



Hey, this is a thing! What a neat thing!

Julie Fredrickson

Super excited for the site guys! Could not be prouder to be supporting.


yayayayayayayayayayaya! this site is going to be aaamazing.


Huh. I mostly intend to complain bitterly about misandry in response to everything. Except Edith’s drawings, which will never spark complaint. I FEEL VERY SORRY FOR MY SEX BUT REALLY ENJOY THE MICROPENIS.


Sorry, I deleted my original comment above because it was accidentally double-posted.

In case you’re wondering what Multiphasic was responding to here, my original comment said: “I like puppies!!”

danielle johnsen

So very excited about this. Was pretty bummed to hear Edith was leaving Vulture and then this came as a lovely surprise.


I knew that meant good news.


Eek, so excited for this!



Lane Brown

I love everything here, but especially "Teeth News."

Sarcastic Meow

I broke almost all of my nails yesterday. This blog could not have come at a better time. I\'m replacing all of my nails with hairpins!


I can handle one period-related story a day, no more. Got it?



(There, got that out of the way. We can all move on.)


o yay! this looks fun...


But ... but ... does this mean "Letters to the Editors of Women's Magazines" will no longer be on The Awl?

Jolie Kerr

My Wordpress generated password contained two exclamation points, which bodes well for what I can expect of this place!! (See what I did etc.?)


Well, well. May I play, too?


Best Monday morning surprise in a while.


This is so cool. When do the bannings begin?


Oh thank God you're finally here.


oh I'm so excited!

Uncle Grambo

Congratulations, Edith. I anxiously await your ongoing series, "Atrocities Committed Against The Female Figure With Microsoft Paint."


I would like a hairpin, that says 'hairpin', like that hairpin. Very excited to hang out with the hairpin people/ladies/gentlemen/trans/multi/people.


Hurrah! A ladysite that does not have TRIGGER WARNINGS (I hope) or REVIEWS OF SHAMPOOS (I pray). Keeping my fingers crossed for good stuff here.

Carolyn Yates

I am super excited about this site. (I am also against exclamation marks or there would be one there).


You had me at penis-shaped rainclouds.

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I am very excited about this, despite the fact that you decided not to go with my suggestion of calling it “The Forcep.” Which was, in retrospect, a terrible suggestion.

Hero of the Beach

I am SO PSYCHED. Hairpin is winning the morning! I can't post comments! Is it because I'm a dude? Fffff

Hero of the Beach



You had me at Edith.

Congratulations. Very excited about the site.

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