Genderfork:You can call me____

February 7, 2012 § 3 Comments

When beginning my review, I was certain that I would pick a blog/website that I was familiar with such as Jezebel.com, Feministing.com, thefeministwire.com. I changed my mind completely when I came across Genderfork.com. It had a completely different dynamic than what I had expected and also different from what I am used to. At first glance, genderfork is not a website that’s strictly news-based (such as the websites I named above); it is real life blogs and real life people. It is a site by and for feminists.

The original layout is quite simple. I was not overwhelmed when searching through it like many websites tend to do. There are five simple categories that you can search through: all content, photos, videos, quotes, and profiles. On the right hand side of the page is a simple “about” section where you can search the volunteers who make the blog possible, as well as a hyperlink that brings you to the page’s frequently asked questions. Below these links is a section titled: participate. This is where bloggers can post their material. The blogs offers their personal rules and guidelines to the posts. Not everything written to the site is posted. I actually like this rule. It allows the blog to be exactly as the creators want. If the editors feel like posting something controversial or not- they have that ability. I feel like this allows bloggers to feel comfortable posting their feelings and experiences because the editors have the availability to weed out inappropriate comments. Not every website has that kind of comfort level for its writers.

The hyperlink titled: Define Yourself is my favorite link in the Participate section. Here, bloggers get to share their gender experiences with the world. If you do not know what to say, don’t worry, this section gives the blogger fill-in-the-blanks. Below is an example on the site that blew me away:
You can call me… Huu, Miska, Mr. Who
I identify as… a wanna-be-philosopher, vegan, sister, lover and poly, but mostly just queer.
As far as third-person pronouns go, … I prefer they/he. I’m so happy we don’t have gendered third-person pronouns in Finland.
I’m attracted to… queer women. Femmes are the bomb, but it’s the personality that really makes me purr.
When people talk about me, I want them to… realize that gender is not relevant to me. If you have a problem with me not having one, it’s your thing to deal with, not mine. You don’t get to ask me personal questions unless you’re my close friend, or if I’ve given you permission for it.
I want people to understand… that gender just isn’t the best way to describe who I am. Get to know me and you’ll find out who I am. I’m not a scary person.”

It is always such a difficult thing to describe someone with a pronoun. I thought that it was absolutely amazing that this section allows the blogger to say what they prefer. It is an awkward situation avoided with one simple answer. Another important blank is the “I want people to understand”. This allows the blogger to say whatever he/she wants. There are so many things that are judged before you know someone, and this section is perfect for a writer to express themselves in any way they wish.

The blog also has links that you can recommend a site or photo, a clothing store, or a book. This website is made by every day people. If it is interesting, then you can tell the blog and share it with anyone willing to read it. There are also books recommended by the blog as well as comments stated by bloggers. There is a section full of different blogs you can search as well as different categories and topics you can sift through to search for exactly what you want to know. The range of information on this blog seems virtually endless. The photo, video, and quotes sections permit the bloggers to post whatever they want. It is the epitome of self-expression, and it is all about gender.

After searching and clicking through this blog, I put it in my bookmarks on my search engine. It is so easy to use, and is so interesting to read. This is different than most sites you see. It is real life people and real life experiences. I highly recommend checking this blog out, it won’t disappoint.

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§ 3 Responses to Genderfork:You can call me____

  • Jeana says:

    I also wrote my media review over Genderfork and completely agree that it is so interesting to read. No two people answered a question exactly the same & you never knew what to expect. I’m glad someone else appreciated the blog as well.

  • Thanks Melissa and Jeana for exploring this site. Melissa: your post doesn’t mention that the site addresses “genderqueer, unisex and androgynous” people. Why not? Also, the site doesn’t identify itself as feminist.

  • mlitwicki says:

    I was mainly focused on how accessible and comfortable the site allowed its bloggers to be. I wasn’t in any way trying to ignore different groups who did post. It is so versatile that essentially anyone could take part in and experience this blog.

    I know that the site doesn’t actually say feminist, I think I might have gotten overly excited. In the eyes of a feminist, this blog was just so ideal for me. Absolutely anyone can blog and feel comfortable doing it. The ideas and issues brought up by the bloggers are also feminist issues. My comment might have been a reach, but is fair to say that I believe many feminists would really enjoy and support the great job that this site does for all different kinds of people.

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