HuffPost Women will be hosting a panel at this year’s SXSW Conference, and they’ve asked me to join their conversation. According to its description, we will be discussing the following in depth:
Over the past year and a half, media (websites, TV, books) created by women has often been accused of being too girly. When women’s sites XOJane.com and Hello Giggles launched in May of 2011, journalist Tricia Romano wrote in the Daily Beast that both sites suggested that “women want to read about boys, cute animals, their periods, and they want to read it in a Valley Girl accent.” Lena Dunham’s hit HBO show “Girls” (April 2012) and Sheila Heti’s acclaimed novel “How Should A Person Be?” (July 2012) provoked very similar criticism — and subsequent defenses – in the blogosphere and a range of media outlets from Gawker and Mother Jones to the New Yorker to Buzzfeed. Do female journalists and writers undermine themselves (and other women) by publishing odes to frozen yogurt, writing about their breakups or creating a cable show about female friendship? Or does “girly” media surface and acknowledge women’s experiences as important and worth hearing?
I look forward to an exciting and engaging discussion about women and their images- and how it affects stereotyping and public perception.
About the Author: I’m the Editor-at-Large for HelloGiggles, as well as the Executive Editor over at The Conversation. I have an unparalleled passion for the fundamentals of basketball. I once lost a spelling bee on the word “civilian” and have never misspelled it since. I am the co-founder of ParksFernandez. You can follow me on Twitter or check out my life in pictures on Instagram.