Hi! We at FWD/Forward just wanted to take a second to express our appreciation and gratitude to the already robust community of readers and commenters on this site. We’d had a feeling that there was a group of feminists with disabilities in the blogosphere, but we weren’t sure how many, or if a dedicated space to engage with issues of intersectionality would appeal to people.
You guys have, frankly, overwhelmed us with your enthusiastic response. We’re seeing amazingly insightful discussions going on in comments threads and already have regular commenters. We’ve received countless offers to guest post, to contribute, to help with back end tech issues, to participate in this site and this space. (And would love to hear from you about these things if we haven’t already!) To see this outpouring of enthusiasm so early in the life of the site has amazed and astounded us.
We’re not vain enough to think this is solely due to our content (although we are definitely proud of our content thus far!). This demonstrates what we suspected – there is a vibrant community of feminists with disabilities on the internet who needed a space for their specific issues and discussions. We are thrilled and honored to be able to connect with you and are excited to continue being challenged and inspired by your words and experiences.
In simpler words: almost every time I (abbyjean) sit down to review the comment queue, I find myself crying, because I feel so much less alone in being a feminist with a disability, in struggling with these interlocking systems of oppression. Because there are so many other amazing people who feel the way I do and are fighting the same fight. It actually makes me feel like we have a chance of winning these fights.
So to all of you — thank you. And keep it up! 🙂