Bustle is an excellent website. At Bustle, you can find many articles, about lipsticks but also who is running for Queen next England. Bustle is the perfect site for women who read but also enjoy being a wine desk for a Tall Man. Bustle: isn't it time you were reading it right now this time?
@JessieGarn05 Leone Takata is making $87 what does Leone know that you don't Jessie
@estelle_firefly Oh man that French dude post is when I stopped reading even though I was aware of the problems waaaay before (all my favorite commenters were being run off, for ex). It had to be years ago but I'm surprised at how you said "the french dude post" and I can still remember it. Fuckin' gross.
I really enjoyed Jezebel in the first few years. (also Deadspin when Will Leitch was there)
I know it's cliche to say it but the site makes me cringe now. There's nothing original or interesting about anything they're posting. I get why and what happened. It's just a totally different website. I think Anna Holmes is great and anytime she has an article anywhere else I read it and enjoy it. But the idea of the Book of Jezebel just kind of bums me out.
@Jolie Kerr WHAT IS MORE SOPHISTICATED THAN DOLL NEWS??
@likethestore Same! I read Jezebel for a least a year, but became increasingly disillusioned after Anna left and the content changed so much. The French dude post was a huge red flag, the blatant disregard for triggers, and then finally the video featuring a rape that was quickly taken down and replaced with screen caps. It was through rage comments on that post that I found the Hairpin.
@likethestore The comment policy is the #1 reason I refuse to read Jezebel now. The whole stars/featured comment thing is complete bullshit.
There was this very specific time in my life, when I was in my mid to late 20s and sort of exploring the idea of myself as a feminist adult that Jezebel was perfect for-- Feministe was so serious and I didn't like the layout of Feministing, but Jez gave me gender, politics, fashion, pop culture, and a strong commenting community. I remember spending my 27th summer at various shit temp jobs and trying to become a starred Jez commenter (25 followers!), and being unreasonably proud when I hit it.
I started to drift away from Jez when the open threads closed down and my friends established communities on message boards and Tumblr, but the line in the sand was the infamous French dude post. I'd already become disappointed when Megan and Anna left, and I just couldn't get excited about where Jessica was taking the site.
I check it about once a week now-- I see a few commenters I remember, I love Erin, Lindy, and Dodai's writing, but I don't feel as invested as I used to. What Jezebel did for me was introduce me to women who presented ideas outside of my suburban white girl life, both in their writers and commenters. I've got friends all over the world from my time at Jez, and that's the best thing that came out of it.
@likethestore It's funny, this interview made me realize I discovered Jezebel shortly after it started and jumped ship not long after Anna left. Everything they were doing at that point seemed click-baity or just designed to induce useless rage, and my blood pressure couldn't handle sticking around for the stuff that I still enjoyed. Then I got on board the Hairpin so I guess that wacky/weird girl blog thing really appeals.
Does anybody else remember Hortense? She was my favorite Jezebel-er at one point and then she just kind of vanished. I remember reading her Tumblr and it seemed like she had some personal life issues, but I hope she's doing okay.