Hi, I’m Lauren and I live in Madison, WI.
I am the creator and founder of the award-winning blog Feministe [1999-2015], one of the first feminist blogs on the internet. Feministe pioneered a funny and irreverent feminist publishing culture online, 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, known for being a rowdy and noteworthy community for women. Feministe was part of an online movement that launched the careers of many influential writers whose names you would recognize today.
I started FAUXREALTHO in 2004 as a personal site with quieter musings on life, education, and politics.
Then, in 2011 I co-founded Think Lafayette, an award-winning web-zine written in the style of print alt-weeklies, about life in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana, and Purdue University area. Think Lafayette’s goal was to cheer-lead local civic and social gains, specifically centered around the “From Good to Great” plan commissioned by the county Chamber of Commerce. We compiled a group of young professionals with similar civic interests, and together, we dreamed about the potential of West Central Indiana. There was actually a lot to explore, including a growing food scene, the stubborn persistence of a poorly supported arts scene, and very colorful local history. To read more from my time with TL [RIP 2011 – 2016], I archived most of my writing from Think Lafayette under this category.
Today, my day job and my family take up most of my former writing time. I spend my days biking, cooking, eating, and tweeting. I also knit, embroider, and crochet while watching a lot of documentaries (IG: @sharonn33dles). I could probably write an entire book on the Real Housewives franchise.
- Some 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].