@katiemcgillicuddy Thank you Edith!
In a freaky coincidence, I spied this graffiti on Wednesday right after reading about the change..
I would like to propose a toast. Edith, this is the best goddamn place on the internet and we have you to thank for it. I can say, without reservation, that The 'Pin has made me a better person, period. The wit, the thoughtfulness, and the camaraderie here, both in the posts and in the comments, are unmatched. So, fare thee well, Edith, and I look forward to reading what I'm assuming will be a 50-year series of celebrity profiles featuring Chris Evans.
/puts down salad, stops laughing
//raises glass of Qream
To Edith! ¡Salud! Sláinte! Cheers!
@ThatWench So, I never really read Jane's make-up columns for the technical advice, since I'm a very minimalist make-up wearer. I also never really bought anything from the Friday Bargin Bin, online shopping also not really being my "thing".
I did, however, read all of Jane's columns faithfully. She had such a hilarious and caring way of writing about things, and the way she imparted the information was so very far from your Typical Women's Magazine. The thing is: many women DO want to talk about make-up and clothes. Usually it is the same women who want to talk about tiny houses, feminist theory, dating, racial and class inequalities, bowls of hummus, motherhood, ghosts in cell phones, and what it's like to be adopted/have a mental break-down/get a colposcopy (PS - Jane wrote an article about that on the 'Pin).
To me, that is what makes the 'Pin different from the mainstream. The editors never try to deny that we get all het up about homophobia and anti-choice legislation, and they also don't try to deny that a lot of us care about nail polish and cleaning products. They don't set up things that are traditionally feminine as bad; they also don't try to sell us on the idea that the ONLY WAY to be female is to adhere as closely as possible to the jerkcircus's idea of what a woman should be ("leggy blonde", anyone?). There was absolutely nothing dissonant to me about reading make-up articles on the Pin, just as there was nothing weird to me about Asking a Spider for advice on my love life.
@Nicole Cliffe @Jolie Kerr Thank you both for being so honest and direct with the comments section; I'll keep following you both wherever you may go, because you're brilliant.
I think, lately, the Hairpin has been feeling like the summer before you leave home; you've had years in your small town and you know eeeeeverybody and it's great and so easy, and then, one by one, people all start going off to their own colleges and new towns.
And you know that it will be amazing when you all get there, and you'll all still be friends! and it will be great!, and your circle of friends will only get wider, and your life will be bigger and better,
buuuuuuut for the minute, your friends are all splintering off to settle into their new circles, and you're still kind of frightened, and nervous, and what-if-it's-not-so-good, and it-will-never-be-the-same-again sad. Even though you know it will absolutely be alright, and probably better than ever. Still nervous. Even though it's for the absolute best.
@femme cassidy YES YES YES. I reeeally hope the site maintains it's queer/trans-inclusive attitude in general - I love Nicole for many things, but that she made an effort to post LGBT-aimed stuff outside of AQC is number 1 for me.
@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose
Hmmmm. I disagree with part of your statement. I don't think there's anything wrong with wondering why people are leaving the site in droves.
I agree with feeling unmoored. Additionally, to speak personally, over the past few weeks and months, I have felt everything from anger to sadness to excitement to abandonment w/r/t this site and the changes that have been happening.
Part of the anger comes from feeling like I'm being gas-lit by the editors/Powers That Be. I'm not stupid: when Jane - one of the most beloved people on this site - left without so much as a goodbye, I sensed that not all was right in the 'Pinverse. Jane posted pictures of her wedding on the site because we all loved her so much that we wanted to share in her special day, however vicariously. That's not the kind of person who leaves without saying goodbye.
Then Jolie left, and concurrently, the advice columns started being phased out/got really weird. Then Nicole left - NICOLE, who for me was as vital to this site as an immune system, or muscle, or bone would be to a healthy body. And now Edith's gone. Edith, who created this nearly utopian internet community.
You're right: technically, no one "owes" us any kind of explanation. But we're not stupid. It's not weird to feel like we're not being told everything. Maybe everyone is just leaving because of Opportunities. But man, I don't think we need a scolding for feeling restless and jittery about all this change. Look at the comments on this page: this site and its ensuing community mean a LOT to most of us, and the disturbance in the force has definitely been felt. Quite frankly, I think we're all being pretty mature and emotionally circumspect about everything that's happening, all things considered.
Edith, thank you so much for creating the Hairpin. Much like other commenters, this has been one of my favorite hang-outs over the last two years.
Interacting with the content and other commenters has made me a more thoughtful, tolerant, intellectually critical, and happier person. Two good "meat-space" friends came into my life because of this site, as well as countless amazing internet pals. The support, camaraderie, banter, and genuine love that I encounter in this community is so unique and so fortifying. Y'all encourage me to refine my viewpoints, expand my consciousness, and post zillions of Sherlock GIFS, all in the same place. Edith, that kind of community would not have been possible without you, and for this I send you genuine thanks.
I'm so sad to see you go. I hope that whatever you pursue after the Hairpin brings you happiness, contentment, and joy. Please know that your "low-key cocktail party among select female friends" has been a source of humor, strength, and solidarity for so many of us.
Emma, welcome to the 'Pin. We're a pretty solid lot, and we're looking forward to see what you'll do. :)
I really enjoyed this chat. What a lovely way to introduce Emma. Welcome Emma! Do you.... wanna talk about RuPaul's Drag Race?............ (#TEAMJINKX)
EDITH I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU DO NEXT!!!!!!!!
Edith! You built a place on the internet that is persistently delightful and you did it without relying on nastiness and snark! I'm taking a moment to marvel over how genuinely nice, and how utterly improbable, the Hairpin is. It seems sort of miraculous, and I thank you!
I am less sad when I think about Edith and Melis and Nicole and Jane going away to spread this sort of awesome in foreign parts.
@Absurd Bird ALSO, re: Why is everyone leaving?!
Anyone else feel like the little kid who is wondering if their parents are divorcing because of them? I do, and yeah, I clearly am too emotionally attached to this site. I think a lot of having ALL OF THE FEELINGS, stems from the fact that when Jane left, it felt like she didn't say goodbye. So now when someone else leaves, it's great to get a goodbye, but it kind of dregs up that feeling of "why are you going, is it because of meeeee?!" Obviously, the people who work for the site/contribute for the site have no obligation to say goodbye or explain why they are leaving, but I think it just goes to show how good the site and the writing is, if we have all managed to become so attached.