Hello, I’m Lauren Bruce.
I live in Indiana with my two hilarious and delightful children, a crafty boyfriend, and a garage full of bikes. We are the komubucha-drinking, chicken- and bee-keeping hipsters that the news warned you about.
I am the creator and founder of the award-winning blog Feministe [1999-2015], one of the first feminist blogs on the internet. While we often played loose with rules and were sometimes (extremely) problematic, Feministe pioneered a funny and irreverent feminist online culture, and won numerous awards and accolades for it in its 15+ years, including two Sandy Koufax Awards, and best-of mentions by Forbes, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, the New York Times, and others, as a raucous and noteworthy website for women. Feministe helped launch the careers of a dozen-plus influential feminist writers by providing them a global audience. While I’m proud to have been a founder of that movement, I’m also happy that I faded into obscurity. Being a public figure is exhausting.
Because of this, I started FAUXREALTHO in 2004 as a personal site with quieter musings on life, education, and politics.
For five years I wrote about life in the Greater Lafayette area and Purdue University area at Think Lafayette [2011-2016]. Think Lafayette was another award-winning web-zine that a friend and I co-founded as a free alternative to traditional local media. Our goal was to cheer-lead local civic, entertainment, and social gains, specifically regarding the “From Good to Great” plan commissioned by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. We compiled a group of young professionals with similar interests, and together, we dreamed about the potential of Middle Indiana. There was actually a lot to explore, like our growing food scene, the stubborn persistence of the arts, and some very colorful local history. To read more from my time with TL, I archived most of my writing from Think Lafayette under this category.
Today, in addition to my day job, I’m a board member of the Greater Lafayette ALCU, and a member of the West Lafayette Public Arts Team. I also love biking, cooking, eating, and tweeting, and I knit, embroider, and crochet while watching a lot of documentaries. I could probably write an entire book on the Real Housewives franchise.
- Examples of my favorite work.
- More about the heady times of the early feminist internet: How grassroots feminism took on the mainstream media and won [Quartz].