Posted at 7:00 AM May 07, 2010By Andrea Grimes
I hate that I just wrote that sentence.
It's an issue of profitability. Our dear little ladyblog is part of a great big company (one that I will happily continue to work for, let it be said), and we were asked to do our fair part to fuel the fiscal machine--alas, we did not, and could not. And so today will be the last day Heartless Doll will be live on the internet. (RIP, also, Daily Fork, which dies alongside us.) Our archives will remain online, so you can continue to visit HD in your nostalgic moments, remembering those days of yore when there was much heartless dollness.
I've been with Heartless Doll from the very beginning, when we first began posting in July 2008. Our blog was launched by Village Voice Media right before I started graduate studies in anthropology, focusing on gender and humor. HD was a wonderful place to think critically (and sill-illy) about gender issues and general ladybusiness, and I have so enjoyed writing for our dedicated core of readers. I'm proud that we blended feminism and nerdiness, geekiness and pop culture-ness, all in one fantastic source. Editing HD has been the absolute high point of my writing career in terms of feeling like I was doing something meaningful and worthwhile.
There are simply not enough female voices being heard in any arena, and I am enthused that the increasing proliferation of the ladyblogosphere will continue to provide an outlet for women to talk about what they love, hate, feel, want, need, whatever. I genuinely believe that the internet can be a kind of "room of one's own" for women, wherein they can feel safe and confident in expressing their views to millions of people who might not otherwise have access to powerful patriarchy- and kyriarchy-challenging ways of thinking. Women's stories, which have been historically, institutionally and structurally oppressed and repressed, are important--nay, they are crucial--in creating a fair and equal world wherein people are valued for their humanity rather than their sex, race, color, creed, what-have-you. Peruse any of our Friday ladyblogging link posts to find great female writers who carried the torch long before HD, and who will continue to do so, I hope, long into the future.
Starting Monday, you can find my bylines at the Dallas Observer, where I'll be working as a staff writer, contributing to the paper product as well as the rag's excellent blog, Unfair Park, to which I hope to bring much continued ladybusiness. My personal blog, Girl On Top, will also feature a lot of pictures of my cats, and you can visit @andreagrimes to satisfy your overshare needs.
I've asked our contributors to let y'all know where they can be found in the future, lest you lose contact with the brilliant and talented women you've come to know over the past couple of years.
And with that, dear Dolls, we bid you adieu.
- Nicki Escudero: I'm so sad Heartless Doll is saying good-bye. It's been one of my favorite websites not only to write for but also to read for its wit and heart. Thanks so much for all your support, and check out more hot (and not-so-hot) lady tracks featured on Up on the Sun. Also, check out my personal blog at www.nickialanoche.com, and follow me on Twitter at @nickialanoche.
- Jill Pantozzi: Well guys and Dolls, unfortunately this is our swan song. Heartless Doll may be no more but fear not! We are still ladies! We will still have vaginas and do lady things! Just...not here. Where can you find me being a lady from now on? There is of course my blog, "Has Boobs, Reads Comics." It's got comics, pop culture and me being sassy when sassiness is required. (You can also find links to all my other work there.) If you're into comics or comic book movies you may want to check out my cozy new home over at MTV Splash Page as well. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @TheNerdyBird to read all about my cats, geeky girls, silly boys and, if you get me on the right day, my boobs. And if you don't like that, well then, I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite ass-kicking females, Sydney Bristow: "Write this down. E. M. E. T. I. B. Got it? Now, reverse it."
- Naomi Zeveloff: Dear readers, thanks for keeping up with The Lady Politic. As a longtime admirer of Heartless Doll, I'm sad to see this snarky ladyblog say goodbye. You can keep up with me on Twitter, catch my feminist writing at The Lady Finger or read my weekly column on women and the environment at EcoSalon.
- Merritt Martin: It saddens me to see this awesome ladyblog end its run. But! I've still got my vagina and so have the other Dolls, so the Heartless Doll spirit remains strong even if it's not channeled into one easy-to-read online pub. Follow me on Twitter at @nerver and I'll regale you with 140-word tales of eating foods, listening to rad music and inadvertently staying up later than my cats. I'm also at the Dallas Observer with the fearless Andrea Grimes, and it is on the DO's various blogs where I report on girl drinks, as well as nostalgic foodstuffs, American Idol and pretty much any other reality show with a Dallas contestant. But for serious, readers? I hope we Dolls have been able to show that ladyculture is as funny and entertaining as it is smart and powerful. Thank you for spending your online time with us.