A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 07/25/2011

Public Service Announcements: FBomb Book Title and the Future of the FBomb

So, you may remember about a thousand years ago when I announced the FBomb’s title contest. WELL we have a winning title. Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, my book will have a title and it won’t just be a series of symbols that I refuse to reveal the meaning and purpose of or explain how to pronounce.

The winning title is *drum roll please* ….

A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not A Dirty Word

I’m so happy with this title and hope that you guys like it, too! I’m also going to try to keep you all updated on the book’s status as it progresses and try to include all of you in any way that I can.

On another note, a lot of people have been asking me about what is going to happen to the FBomb in about a month (eek) when I go to college, and especially as I rapidly lose my “teen” status.

I have previously said that I’d love to hand the FBomb off to still-teens who are interested in taking it over. And hypothetically, I’d still love to do that. But in running the FBomb for the past two years, it’s become clear that that may not be the best option, especially since I have no idea who exactly I’d give it to. I think ideally, down the line, I’d love to hand it off to multiple teenagers. I think maybe that could take the form of an application process, or possibly just a few submitters really distinguishing themselves in the number of posts they submit, the quality of those posts, and their overall demonstrated dedication to the site.

For now, though, I think the best solution is going to be for me to keep editing/running the FBomb. I want to do this to keep the FBomb alive, obviously, but also because I want to extend the FBomb to college-aged readers. I think the FBomb already has a lot of feminists that would be more accurately classified as “young” rather than “teen” anyway, and want to be as inclusive of all of our readers as possible. And while there might be a significant difference between what feminists experience in high school as opposed to college, I think we’re still all part of the same generation/wave of feminism, and we certainly can learn from each other.

Since I am starting college, though, and dealing with my book and generally living my life, I think the frequency with which the FBomb publishes posts is going to have to change. I love that the FBomb is able to put up new content every day (with only a few exceptions), but I just don’t think it’s going to be realistic from now on. I plan to post submissions as I receive them – definitely at least a few times a week – and will write my own posts when I feel I have time and am able to write posts that meet my own standards content-wise.

All of that being said, I’d love to get your opinions on this. What do you think should happen to the FBomb now? Are there things we can take this opportunity to change up? Would you be interested in having an application process to create a board of FBomb editors, while still retaining a submissions feature? I want to hear from YOU.

Oh, and by the way, you’re all wonderful and I love you all and wish I could stay a teenager forever for the sole purpose of running this blog. Thanks for making the FBomb what it is today.

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  • Courtney Martin @ at 12:01 pm, July 25th, 2011

    Congrats Julie. I LOVE that title.

  • Halle @ at 1:15 pm, July 25th, 2011

    Julie, I respect you so much for conducting and just generally running the Fbomb the way you do. Juggling everything in high school must have been hard, (trust me, I know)and adding college will be even harder. However, I’d just like you to know that for me, seeing a new Fbomb post every day is a sign that there is a living community of people that feel strongly about issues the same way I do. Knowing that I am not alone in this respect encourages and emboldens me every day. Although I do not wish to speak for everyone, I know I cannot be alone in wishing to thank you for showing a wider portion of the world that not all teenagers are apathetic, and care about the future of nations and justice as a whole.
    Feminism is important because it questions the existence of this justice and teaches people to look at the world around them and wonder if what they believe is fair and kind to others, allowing them to live with the optimum happiness. I’m sorry for being dramatic and long-winded, but the point of my comment is this: Too many times a thriving community like the Fbomb has existed. However, a static position in life is a poor life lived, so of course members of the community cannot continue their roles forever. But please please please do not let the Fbomb grow into disuse, and the posts published dwindle to none. I don’t want this light to be extinguished.

  • Julie Z @ at 4:36 pm, July 25th, 2011

    Thanks, Halle! That’s so kind. And to clarify what I was saying in this post – I definitely have no intention of letting the FBomb die. I absolutely will keep it going. There will probably be fewer posts, but I will do my best to post as much content as I possibly can. Also, I hope that it does continue years into the future, but it will probably have to do so without me at some point. I think it’s just a matter of figuring out how as a community we can make that happen.

  • Steph L @ at 4:57 pm, July 25th, 2011

    This is a fantastic website, and as one of those who’s no longer a teen but still reads it, I am more than happy for you to keep editing in and such; most issues stay relevant.

  • Vimbai @ at 5:47 pm, July 25th, 2011

    I really like the title for the book and I look forward to reading it, I’m sure it’s going to be great read.

    In regards to the future of FBomb, I like the idea of a group of editors because it’d be a way of trying to make sure that new posts are posted everyday. But I look forward to whatever direction the site takes.

  • O'Phylia @ at 1:56 am, July 26th, 2011

    I like it, ma’am. I like it~

  • Katherine C. @ at 11:00 am, July 26th, 2011

    Thanks for doing all that you do, Julie :)

    I like the idea of an application process to find a group of editors, once you age out of Fbomb territory.

  • Emma @ at 12:35 pm, July 26th, 2011

    LOVE that title!!!

  • Talia bat Pessi @ at 12:51 pm, July 26th, 2011

    I think you should always be the head honcho, but to take the brunt of work off of you, having a few editors that could do the day to day work would be good. These editors could be people who have been active in the FBomb since Day 1, or an application process would be cool.

  • Phyllida Quanstine @ at 9:00 pm, July 27th, 2011

    I really LOVE that title. Absolutely ingenious!

  • Emma E @ at 11:44 am, August 11th, 2011

    I don’t like the idea of giving the editing job to people who were there at the start just because they were there–what about the people who just discovered this site or just started to identify as a feminist? I really like the idea of an application process, though. That seems like a fun and fair way to try to get the position. Maybe some sort of contest? I don’t think it should be handed off to just one person–a group of editors seems the best way to go.

    And I agree exactly with Hallie: It would break my heart if the fbomb just faded out (being a little dramatic here, but you get the point). There is absolutely NOTHING like this out there on the web for us newly identified teenage feminists, and it’s just such a great way to explore different viewpoints and get our thoughts and frustrations out there. Thank you. :)

  • Erin @ at 10:43 pm, September 6th, 2011

    I think we should elect a board of editors but still have the publishing option available: sounds good to me Julie!

  • Julie Z @ at 12:01 am, September 8th, 2011

    Awesome! Thanks for the feedback, everybody. I’ll definitely keep thinking about it but it sounds like people are really liking the board of editors + submissions concept and I think I tend to agree.

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