Monday, June 13, 2005

Raves for the F-WORD

Hey, all!

Here are a bunch of happy reactions to the first issue! Enjoy! (and if you sent a rave to me and it isn't here, then please remind me! I probably just overlooked it in my inbox...)



Hi, Melody!

Congratulations on your premiere issue -- I'm especially proud that our Minnesota NOW State President, Erin Matson, and our Spring-semester intern, Zhubin Parang, both have articles included in this issue! Best of luck in this fabulous endeavor to spread the word of feminism far and wide on the internet -- and to ever-expanding audiences!

For equality,


Kim Gandy
National Organization for Women

The magazine is provocative, intelligent, colorful, wonderful graphics, great articles, well written .. I don't think there has ever been anything like this!

Jacqui Ceballos (mel’s note: president of Veteran Feminists Association)

Melody --

The site looks great -- easy to read, lots of compelling articles, fun and serious, engaging and really does invite you in. Congrats on that and thanks for the interview, it looks great!

-- Amy (mel's note: Amy Richards, co-author of Manifesta and Grassroots. We have an interview with Amy and Jennifer Baumgardner in the AEM section)

I am proud of you, the first issue is awesome. I hope it keeps moving forward. Good job. Stay in touch. You're on your way.

Dyann Logwood (mel’s note: one of the creators of HUES magazine… we have an interview with her in the first issue:-)

Wonderful site!! Wonderful 'zine! Wonderful modernizing the women's movement. That was a terrific interview with Gloria--you gave a sense of the politics of the movement and the wonderful person she is. And I certainly agree with her, that I like your spirit!! Glad you are moving this along and including all of us.
Heather Booth (mel’s note: founder of JANE, a pre-roe v wade underground abortion network based out of Chicago. Look forward to our interview with Heather in the second issue! )

All I can say is WOW! I just perused the site and it blew me away! Your interview with Gloria is amazing! I hope that you are out with your crew celebrating. You certainly have loads of reasons to be psyched! I am forwarding this to every woman I know.

I can't wait to sit down in peace and soak in the entire site.


Krista Rafanello
Avalon Publishing Group
1400 65th Street,
Suite 250
Emeryville, CA
94608 USA

I found your zine through the Ms. website and I love your mag! The articles I've read so far are engaging, funny, and really rather uplifting in this way I cannot quite describe. I think what you are doing is absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to see a printed version.

Yours most sincerely,

Natalie Rose

hi,i want to thank ms. musings for pointing me to your e-zine. now iwant to thank you! i LOVE it! i wish you great luck as you continue!so far it's awesome! i can't wait to keep reading it and sharing itwith others!

!!!!!!!!!!!! lots of exclamation points for you!!!!!!!!!



I've been distracted from my school work for the last 1/2 hour by THEF-WORD and I'm not even .5 of the way through with all of your incredible content.
SHEESH. I'm blown away. Please write a note to my professors excusingme from their assignments as I have been come down with a case of Fem-Fever.




I'm a women's studies grad student with a women's studies undergrad degree from the University of Cincinnati. I'm also a law student at the University of Dayton. I serve on the Board for Planned Parenthood of SW Ohio and I serve on the Board for the UC friends of WS. I have worked as an editor and a writer on early issues of 'The Rag," a feminist publication begun at UC.
I am writing to let you know you've done something absolutely amazing. You have a fabulous website, inspired and inspiring writers. I support you wholeheartedly and will share your site with everyone I can. I am on an education subcommittee with Planned Parenthood and I'll be teaching an intro to WS course at UC this summer. I plan on sharing your site with my subcommittee members and with my students.

I'm impressed. I'm proud. I'm grateful that there are women like you and your writers keeping it real for today's young women. Great job with coverage of sex topics in particular. Sex ed is so important as long as there is "abstinence only" education supported by our presidential administration!!!!!!!

That's it for now - mad props and muchas gracias for all your hard work!!!

Deborah K. White

ahh!!the site is amazing!! its so awesome! .. ah! all the synonyms for awesome!!!.. and i can't believe you met Gloria Steinem!! have you washed your hands yet? cuz i totally want a shake! the articles are so well written.. i mean, i just felt more empowered as a woman when i was done reading. that is really success, you know.

many congrats! and tell me if you need anything!


This site is awesome, awesome, awesome. I also go to Temple, and it's great to know there's local stuff like this. Can't wait to see this in zine form. On that, if you need any help, any help of any kind putting that together, I would love love love to be a part of it. Please let me know if you need any help...a slave....a coffee bitch...ANYTHING. Thanks so much for an open-forum, killer site.

-Jenny Andres

I just saw your website featured on CounterPunch and wanted to write and say how nice it was to find girls who still considered themselves feminists. I'm 41 and very few women my age even talk about feminism or women's rights so I'm glad to see girls your age taking up the torch. Great website, great interview with Gloria Steinem! You should be proud of yourself.

Laura Sebastian


Congratulations on the launch of the magazine. I've been looking through it, and it's great. I also wanted to thank you for the advice you gave me about organizing my event. I've aligned myself with Connecticut NOW and they've been such a great help. It actually looks like this might happen. I'm looking forward to many more issue of the F-word. Once again congratulations and continued success.


Hi Melody -- Interesting site & I'm recommending it to several people. I remember when a man being a feminist (me) was unheard of and I am glad to see that some of that ignorance has disappeared. Stay on it, Melody.



I read through almost all of the F-Word and I think you did an awesomejob! I was really impressed with several of the articles and felt like they were a nice primer for inexperienced male feminists like me. Your interview with Gloria was great and I also especially enjoyedthe Logwood, Parang, and Anastasia/Leighton articles. I think you did a fabulous job and I'm already looking forward to the next issue.



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