We just celebrated our second anniversary last month, and our readership has grown—probably more than the founding mothers of this blog ever anticipated. So this seems like as good a time as any to reiterate what Harpyness is all about. To wit:
We write about our lives as women. The title and tagline of the blog—it’s right at the top! Read for yourself!—is The Pursuit of Harpyness: as narrated by five of the most charming and vicious women on the internet (actually, there are eight of us now, but we’ve been lazy about changing the tagline). We write about our lives, our own personal pursuit of harpyness and happiness, and the experiences we have on that journey.
Are we a feminist blog? Well, being feminists, a lot of what we write is about feminism, feminist activism, and feminist response to our (patriarchial) culture. But we also write about our jobs, politics, books, families, food, sex, travel, relationships, and other things that interest us and make us laugh or cry or rage or swoon with delight. Yes, those posts are still usually informed by feminism, but there is no one right way, or one feminist way, for women to write about their experiences. Feminism, after all, is not monolithic, nor is it the only prism through which we view our lives.
Therefore, comments like “I can’t believe this post/these comments are on a feminist blog!” or the recent, passive-aggressive “This is a feminist blog, right?” are beside the point. If you disagree with a post, by all means, say so—no one here is afraid of thoughtful or respectful dissent. But if your problem is that you find the post or the comments insufficiently focused on feminist ideology or not in keeping with your version of feminism, you have options: you can find what you’re looking for elsewhere, or you can just stick around—another post that’s more to your liking will probably show up in short order (if it doesn’t, see the first option). In the meantime, we welcome everyone to read and participate.