Established in October 2014, Femsplain (a playful twist on the term “mansplaining“) is a community-powered multimedia website where anyone who identifies as a woman can submit content centered around a particular theme each month. Their stated goal is “to change the dialogue of what it’s like to be a woman –– and in doing so, make our world a better place.”
The community was founded by Amber Gordon, who used to work at Tumblr and was the creative genius behind Denny’s bizarrely funny and hugely popular blog — so she definitely knows her way around online discussions and reader engagement. It’s no surprise, then, that Femsplain sets out to be an all-inclusive, troll-free environment where women of all backgrounds can make their voices heard.
The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise enough money to run Femsplain full time, upgrade and maintain the website, and pay their main contributors a living wage for their work. In their first week they’ve raised just over half of their $25,000 goal, with 25 days to go.
Femsplain has been praised by the likes of Lena Dunham and Tyler Oakley, and frequent contributor, YouTuber and comedian Akilah Hughes gave the Kickstarter campaign her blessing earlier today. “It’s honestly the most inclusive place I’ve ever existed on the internet,” she says. “No one is trying to be something they aren’t. No one is snobby or rude or holier than thou. No one is trying to sell you some bullshit. It’s just a rad selection of prose written by writers, doctors, moms, students, athletes, comedians, musicians, babysitters, and women who are still figuring out who they want to be.”
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