annajcook has recently entered her thirties, an age she has aspired to most of her sentient life. She is a queer feminist, historian, librarian and blogger who lives in the Boston metropolitan area with her partner Hanna and a black cat named Geraldine. She grew up the daughter of quiet leftist radicals in a conservative corner of West Michigan and before moving to Boston spent time in Oregon, Missouri, Indiana and Aberdeen, Scotland. Her hopes for the next thirty years include returning to the British Isles, conducting an oral history project on the topic of comparative US-UK cultures of education, living in a lighthouse, marrying her girlfriend, and making headway on her “books to read” list.
“I’m no angel.” answered Miss BeckySharper. And, to say the truth, she certainly was not.
She was small and slight in person; pale, sandy-haired, and with eyes habitually cast down: when they looked up they were very large, odd, and attractive.
By the side of many tall and bouncing young ladies in the establishment, Rebecca Sharp looked like a child. But she sate commonly with her father, who was very proud of her wit, and heard the talk of many of his wild companions—often but ill-suited for a girl to hear. But she never had been a girl, she said; she had been a woman since she was eight years old.
— William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
foureleven is a 20-something who spends her days writing for blogs and pretending to use her journalism and history degrees. These days she is in grad school for something equally useless and will probably continue blogging once she graduates in a few years. She enjoys subscribing to too many podcasts in iTunes and too many blogs in Google Reader. If she weren’t married, she would be a crazy cat lazy in denial. Sometimes she probably is.
Marie Anelle is a professional puke cleaner, whining interpreter, and toy negotiator (aka mom) who also happens to be the world’s best receptionist. When she’s not navigating the canals of motherhood and work, she is one of those feminist activists your mother warned you about. With the epic support of someone she likes to call “Best.Husband.Evar.” Marie Anelle strives to champion the work/life balance and slay the Saintly Mother stereotype. Although she’d like to think of herself as scholarly, she is routinely outsmarted by her 5 year old girl who has recently acquired a new ally in life known as her brother.
Michelle Dean is a lawyer, writer, aspiring academic, and sometime theatre director, originally from Montréal. For awhile there, she lived in New York. These days she hails from Toronto. She has contributed to Bitch, The Awl, The Rumpus and The American Prospect.
She hates pictures of herself, so here’s one of her cat.
PhDork is your typical cartoon of a feminist: a cat-lovin’, often-hairy-legged vegetarian atheist dinosaur who is usually mad about something. An academic by nature if not always by profession, she usually takes a sociological-materialist view on things, even—or especially—if they don’t seem to warrant such scrutiny (blame Barthes, Bourdieu, and the Birmingham School). Her white collar brain doesn’t even afford her a blue-collar life, so bring your Marxist concerns to her. She lives with a pretty righteous dude. Many thanks to Natalie Dee, who captured her true essence in avatar form.
SarahMC dreams of one day living on a farm, rescuing vagrant dogs. Until then, she lives in Washington, DC with her manpanion and two dogs, and is slowly working towards earning a masters degree in economics. She enjoys watching Mad Men, listening to This American Life, and reading far too many blogs. She is also fond of deconstructing gender and fighting on the front line in the “War on Christmas.”
sarah.of.a.lesser.god is a twenty-something New York City native whose childhood ambition was to play professional baseball. But seeing as she has neither sports skills nor a penis, she has settled working towards earning a BA in writing. She enjoys making bad puns, cuddling with dogs, and consuming toxic quantities of coffee. If all else fails, she will pursue a completely non-lucrative career in writing Star Wars fanfic.