Double X closes up shop

Slate's 6-month-old women's magazine is shutting down, but it will live on as a "more intimate" blog

Published November 16, 2009 10:17PM (EST)

Today, Double X editors Hanna Rosin and Emily Bazelon announced that the newish ladymag is about to return to its roots as a ladyblog. Or, as Gawker put it, "Six months after the Slate Group launched Double X as 'a new kind of women's online magazine,' it's being transformed into a section of, a very old kind of men's online magazine." (Which led to our favorite comments: "Slate is a men's magazine?" Followed by, "And Salon is for women. Angry, angry, angry women.")

Rosin and Bazelon assure readers, "For many of you, this won't much change your experience of reading us. We will have many of the same bloggers and writers, and Hanna and Emily will continue to run the project. The decision is being made for business reasons rather than as an editorial judgment." No layoffs have been confirmed yet, but a business decision that results in only "many of the same bloggers and writers" working for them does suggest that there will be some sad changes as they transition to a "more intimate version of the community we have built." Such is the nature of journalism these days, unfortunately; in even sadder news, Window Media, the country's largest publisher of LGBT newspapers, announced today that it's closing six papers.

On the plus side, innovation and new models are also the nature of journalism today. Editors at the Washington Blade, one of the closing Window Media papers, are already regrouping to plan a new publication -- and Double X, of course, will continue on as a part of Slate. We wish everyone there the very best, and we look forward to reading what comes next. There are worse gigs than being part of a women's issues blog on a larger news and culture site, we can tell you that much. 

By Kate Harding

Kate Harding is the author of Asking For It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture--and What We Can Do About It, available from Da Capo Press in August 2015. Previously, she collaborated with Anna Holmes, Amanda Hess, and a cast of thousands on The Book of Jezebel, and with Marianne Kirby on Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere. You might also remember her as the founding editor of Shapely Prose (2007-2010). Kate's essays have appeared in the anthologies Madonna & Me, Yes Means Yes, Feed Me, and Airmail: Women of Letters. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a B.A. in English from University of Toronto, and is currently at work on a Ph.D. in creative writing from Bath Spa University

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