I’m Lauren and I live in Indiana with my two hilarious and delightful children, a handy boyfriend, and a garage full of bikes.
I am the creator and founder of the award-winning blog Feministe [1999-2015], one of the first feminist blogs on the internet. Feministe was a pioneer in a funny and irreverent feminist publishing 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 rowdy and noteworthy community for women. Feministe was part of a movement that launched the careers of many influential writers whose names you recognize in many bylines today, by providing them daily writing experience for a global audience during the early internet.
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 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 area Chamber of Commerce. We compiled a group of young professionals with similar interests, and together, we dreamed about the potential of West Central Indiana. There was actually a lot to explore, like a growing food scene, the stubborn persistence of a poorly supported arts scene, 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, my day job and my family take up most of my former writing time. I 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].