Nearly five years ago, I began this blog as a way of “living my way into the answers,” to paraphrase Rilke—a way to think out loud about the things that bothered me about living as a woman in a patriarchy. Not that I would have put it that way at the time—back then, something, or a lot of somethings, just felt “off,” and I wanted to know why. I named the blog Yo Mama because it was funny and sassy and there really weren’t any Yo Daddy jokes. I plunged with both feet and my whole heart into what I soon learned was feminist study, and what universities name Women’s and Gender Studies.
In the time since I began reading and writing about feminist topics, I have lived my way into many answers, both personally and politically. And I have fallen in love with feminist thought, which is founded on democratic ideals of equality, shared power, and human potential. No matter how lofty the ideals, however, feminism—and love—are both about the nitty-gritty details, the lived experience of survival and change.
As I grew in my understanding of these details, I began to share what I knew with others in an educational setting, first as a professor and then as a panelist and workshop leader. The more I worked with others, the more I encountered people who were sorting through their own questions, trying to live their way into the answers. And I wanted to help, both through my words and through the power of discussion and reflection.
And that, my friends, has brought me to the next stage in this adventure: Yo Mama is getting busy.
You may have noticed that I’ve changed the look of the blog, and retired the Yo Mama name in favor of my own. This move felt like the right one, as I am “kicking things up a notch,” offering workshops for a fee to universities, businesses and organizations. When you have some time to explore, check out the workshop pages on this site (including Rethinking Gender Scripts and Women and Power)—if you are interested in a workshop, or would like more information, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although I am very much looking forward to this new adventure, workshops will supplement rather than replace my current work. I will continue posting on this blog—which is now a part of my website—regularly in addition to researching and writing a book entitled American Sexism: Questions and Answers.
I’d like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you. Family, friends old and new, those who have engaged in discussion and debate with me and those who have regularly supported my work—you have all helped me live my way into the answers I’ve found, and I am sure you will continue to help me grow. I am deeply grateful for the support and insights you’ve all given me—I wouldn’t be here, or going somewhere new, without you.
I hope you’ll join me as I live my way into some more answers—and discover questions I hadn’t even thought to ask.