Fourth Wave’s Tide is Rising
With a sweet and salty 1.1k followers, we surged over a goal
The Supreme Court just leaked a draft opinion saying they plan to overturn Roe v Wade yesterday, so I’m mightily distracted. But we’ve had so much happen here at Fourth Wave since the last newsletter Feb. 23! And since my writing buddy cancelled on our date for today, I figured I’d use this time to reach out and tell you about a few of our big accomplishments.
- We reached 1,000 followers! Not only that, we powered past that laudable benchmark, moving up quite quickly to 1.1k. At the time of this writing, there are 1136 good people signed up to get this newsletter and see the stories we publish on Fourth Wave on their Medium feed. That’s something to celebrate. So…Huzzah!
- We welcomed new, vital writers! From conception, I hoped feminists would feel at home on Fourth Wave. But how do you make a comfy home? It’s not clear or easy — at least not to me. What we’ve got going now is a commitment to contributors to respond quickly to submissions, promote links on social media, clap a full 50x for every story published, and highlight lines or make a comment as the spirit moves. So far, that new system seems to be working to communicate that we value and cherish our contributors. Huzzah!
- We figured out some promotional stuff! It may have taken a few years, but hey, we finally got the job done, figuring out how to use the tools that Medium provides to promote the stories that appear in Fourth Wave. It’s spelled out in this story: Here’s One Way to Grow Readership. Now if only I can remember to do those smart things for my own stuff. :p I sometimes forget, and have to go back after I publish to do them. But that still warrants a hearty Huzzah!
Now that we’re done celebrating, let’s get down to the good stuff — reading. Here are all the stories we’ve published since the last newsletter, starting with the oldest first. I hope you find a few that you want to read, and will clap or comment to support our writers and let them know that you like their work.
From multimedia journalist, professional photographer, and licensed esthetician Taylor B.:
How the U.S Healthcare System Fails Women
Beauty Standards are Literally Killing Women
Ugly Secrets of the Beauty Industry
Britney Spears and the Sexualization of Girlhood
What Makes a Woman Become a Bridezilla?
The Rise of Fake Feminism
The Myth of Choice Feminism
From America’s foremost thinker and writer on the single experience, author of “Singled Out,” and Harvard PhD Bella DePaulo:
Single Women with Disabilities, Part 1: Guest Post by Jill Summerville
Single Women with Disabilities, Part 2: Guest Post by Jill Summerville
Philosopher Dismantles Arguments about the Supposed Specialness of Marriage
All the Single People, Put Your Hand Up if You’re Trying to Figure out How to Plan for Your…
Why You Want to Be Alone and Why Your Reasons Matter
The Place of Place in Our Lives
What Do the Most Restful Things Have in Common?
Who Spends the Most Time Alone?
Future success may depend more on friendship skills than romantic skills
5 Kinds of Introverts and Their Life-Affirming Ways
Want to Share a Rental with Roommates? In Some Places, That’s Illegal
From Editor of Fourth Wave and yours truly Patsy Fergusson:
Psychologists Are Giving Narcissus A Bad Name
Book Review: The Only Woman in The Room
California Governor is Right About Mental Illness and Addiction
I Don’t Want My Publication to Look Like a Blog
Photo Essay: Things Look Different Now
Five Women I Admire Right Now
How to Backup Your Medium Posts
Book Review: Matrix
My Son is in Jail and I’m Relieved
Texas Woman Charged With Murder for Self-Induced Abortion
Here’s One Way to Grow Readership
ACLU, Back Off Mental Illness
I’d Love to Tan Tucker’s Testicles
Jon Batiste is my Celebrity Crush
Art is One Way to Cope With Pain
Watch ‘The Janes’ on HBO June 8
Gay Marriage is Next
From award-winning journalist, author of “Not Too Old For That: How Women are Changing the Story of Aging,” coauthor of “The New I Do,” and mom Vicki Larson:
It’s OK To Be Inspired By Adele, Just Not For Her Weight Loss
How ‘His’ and ‘Her’ Marriages Can Lead to Gray Divorce
From deep thinker and culture critic marlene rosette:
Reproductive Work and Male Privilege
Male Circumcision and Abortion — Is there a comparison point?
Depression: If you haven’t had it, bad, don’t judge us “pill-poppers”
From book blogger, book reviewer, and fiction writer Bucketful Read:
A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder | Holly Jackson | Book Review
Audiobooks that will entice you to listen to stories
From freelance writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry who loves writing author biographies and articles about books Charlie O'Brien:
Kate Douglas Wiggin: Dedicated Kindergarten Educator, and Children’s Author
From opinionated woman with a keyboard and internet access Rachel Bridgers:
Why It’s So Hard for Women to Stop Removing Their Body Hair
Women’s Bodies Are None of Your Business
How My Friends and I Became Bad Influences
Should You Speak Up if You Hate Your Engagement Ring?
Dear Men, Please Learn to Shut Up
Why Feminists Should Boycott Fast Fashion
Women Have Every Right to Be Angry
From 30-year-old from Maryland and blogger of random thoughts: Jasmine Dudley:
“Why Care About Fat People? You’re Skinny”
My Exchange With an Anti-Trans Right-Winger
There’s So Much Cruelty in This World
From the little girl who lived down the lane. (Much appreciation to David Lynch. This generation of little girls are speaking for ourselves.) Rivka Wolf:
Crazy Violent Men: Society’s Darlings
Fat Amy: A Fat Woman’s Perspective
Miscommunication is not the Cause of Sexual Assault
Au Revoir, William Hurt: Abuser
Why Do Grown Men Like Little Girls?
Sacrificing Girls for Patriarchy’s Sake
“Don’t Be a Victim” is Horrible Advice
My Parents Tried To Place Me Under Conservatorship
I’m Glad Will Smith Slapped Him
Anatomy of a Joke
Shonda Rimes: Angry Black Woman
How Do You Know It’s Sexual Assault?
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a Sweet Lie
Amber+Johnny: Why Should I Care?
Why Do We Forgive Screwed Up Men?
I’m Going to Die Young
Yes, It Was Sexual Assault
Medusa Was A Murdered Rape Victim
From writer & advocate for mental health, writing about what she’s learned 1st hand about Bp disorder, mental health, spirituality & self-love S. Stokes:
Isolation or #Bipolartogether?
Showing Gratitude for a Partner with Narcissistic Personality Disorder
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