There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust the screen. We are controlling the transmission, and the transmission is change. If you are reading this in a feed reader hopefully very little has changed for you, in fact, you may be wondering what I'm even going on about. All may be revealed by clicking here. If you clicked on a link or bookmark expecting to find The Femme's Guide you have now found Femme Galaxy instead.
Why? A myriad of reasons.
I started Femme Galaxy (then The Femme's Guide) in 2008 with the intention of creating a group blog that is a "fun, enjoyable, educational, and sometimes snarky look at femmeininity and femme culture," and I don't think I entirely succeeded. Thanks mostly to the efforts of Sassafras, who recently left us, as well as the occasional musings of the rest of us, FG stayed afloat. I am definitely indebted to her for that. For a while I wasn't sure what my involvement could be in FG, I felt unsafe writing here and I was questioning my own femme identity as well as the time I had to commit to this project. Yet I could never let it go completely. Recently, however, I had an epiphany of sorts, a vision for how I could redesign the site and its mission to be more in line with what I wanted and still want to create. So now, very nearly three years after creating FG in the first place, I'm giving it a makeover.
The reason for the new title is mostly to get away from the advice-oriented sounding of The Femme's Guide, as if we have something to tell you about femme that you don't already know. Femme Galaxy, however, ties in with the idea of illustrating gender as a universe, and that is my preferred model due to its spaciousness and opportunity. Viewing various genders as galaxies also emphasizes spaciousness and the vast difference that exists within genders as well as between genders. I like this.
I still want this project to be about femmeininity, and to be fun, enjoyable, and educational, but the focus has changed a little bit along with the title. The best way to get a view of femmeininity is through the lives of those who present it, and so the focus is now more on individuals sharing their stories, rather than on advice, musings, and reviews as it started out being. All posts related to being ourselves relate to being femme, becasue femme is a part of us, and that's what I'm interested in seeing.
You'll also notice, along with the visual and name changes on the site, the structure is going to be a little different as well. Every author will be writing within their own "column" which may be on a specific topic related to their femmeininity, or may be on their femmeininity in general, or something else entirely, giving them a
I'm also going to start featuring femme-based identity interviews, first of the authors and then (hopefully) of readers and prominent femmes. This is along the same lines (though not identical to) the Butch Lab Mini-Interviews, so they won't be super grueling, but hopefully they will be thought provoking. If you already know you would be willing to answer a few simple questions about femme and identity, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). I'm really interested in turning this place into somewhere that you can express your femmeininity, if you so desire.
Along those lines, I want to highly encourage everyone reading this to look at our Submissions Page, we are looking for both regular authors (minimum one post a month) and guest post contributors. We are not offering monetary compensation for articles at this time, but hope to be able to do so at some point in the future. There will be more about this in another post as well.
Questions? Comments? Troubles with the new theme? (Like the drop-down list of authors isn't working for some unknown reason, grumble grumble) Love the changes? Hate the changes? Please let me know!