On Broadsheet's Demise

Last week Salon announced that Broadsheet, a trailblazer for feminist blogs like this one, and breeding ground for great feminist writers like Rebecca Traister, and Tracy Clark-Flory, was being shut down.

Salon’s executive editor Kerry Lauerman explained:

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Feminist bloggers around the web mourned the end of what was, without a doubt, a superb site. While I fully sympathize with their sadness — I will miss it too, and not only because I have written for it — I also wonder if this isn’t something to celebrate. Isn’t the reason we need these feminist sites because women’s issues and news are still marginalized, while things pertaining to men are still classified as general interest? (Sometimes it seems like the Forward is one of the only places that puts women’s issues front-and-center of its news section, while also maintaining this vibrant women’s issues blog.) Because big, important things like, say, making and raising human beings, are still considered something only ladies read about? Along with not insignificant matters like gender equity, body image and, often, sex? We don’t get the space to report on and discuss these things in traditional, mainstream sections so we rely on women-only sections to get the job done.

Well it seems like that after six years of running Broadsheet, the editors are ready to take these issues out of a feminist context and present them as, gasp, news. If the editors stick by their word, Salon’s great arsenal of writers will bring their feminist point-of-view to the publication’s arts, culture and news coverage; at Salon, feminism won’t be a niche perspective or a specialization, it will be the ubiquitous standard. While it is to soon to know if that will be the case, it is ultimately what I think we should all be shooting for.

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