Playing to the cock market

Feministing's Jessica Valenti explains how to get the attention of the blogosphere.

Rebecca Traister
May 16, 2006 6:20PM (UTC)

There is a kick-ass interview with Feministing founder and Broadsheet friend Jessica Valenti in Gothamist this week.

It's terrific to see general-interest online media notice that young feminism is alive and well and getting stronger every day on the webnets. And there's a reason Valenti is emerging as a young leader: She's funny and smart and unafraid to say what she means.


In this conversation, I especially liked her examination of what kinds of Feministing entries tend to pique the interest of the rest of the blogosphere: "The posts that get the most play in terms of comments and links [are] generally the least 'hard' feminist ones. One that got a whole lot of attention was a post, 10 Reasons Why Liberal Men are Better in Bed ... We'll cover all these serious news stories and talk about race and class issues or the sexual violence in Darfur and no one gives a shit. We write a post about cock and all of a sudden DailyKos is linking to us. Im just saying ..."

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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