My grandmother makes fun of me because I can never find a paid internship during the summer. Last summer was no exception, as I accepted another unpaid internship with a new blogging website for women called Spike the Watercooler. I was very motivated by the thought of creating a communal writing outlet for women, but as the summer progressed, my views and the views of the website’s founder seemed to diverge. She refused to be associated with the dirty f-word, feminism, which seemed ironic to me as she was promoting the empowerment of women. This highlights a tension that is prevalent among feminist media, how to empower without polarizing. Through study of feminist media, past and present, it can be determined that successful feminist literature relies heavily on its ability to build community among readers and activists, but must do so while addressing the polarized condition of the social constructions of what it means to be feminine.
**I know this personal anecdote is not fully fleshed out yet, but hoping that you all see some positive directions it could be taken in!