Pussy Goes “Happy Birthday!”

Andreas

This is it! One year ago today, after hours of discussion and contemplation, Ashley and I took our joint dive into the blogosphere, and have not looked back since. On April 22, 2009, we both made posts introducing ourselves, then started talking on & on about whatever the hell we wanted to. And my oh my, all the blog-related craziness we’ve experienced since then! At last glance, we’ve had over 20,000 views, and this is our 200th post. For two people, both of whom have jobs and one of whom has been attending school full-time, I’d say that’s pretty impressive. (Yeah, this is pretty much just a self-congratulatory “we are awesome” post.)

Starting Pussy Goes Grrr was a total experiment, and I think it’s succeeded beyond all expectations. This blog has helped us to grow as writers/people and in our understanding of, well, “culture, society and sexuality.” It’s also linked the two of us to vast online communities, mostly centered on sex and film, and that sense of community is something I hope to pursue further in the next year. The conversations we’ve participated in really show what’s great about blogging. It can bring together critically engaged minds from all over the world, tossing around new ideas and riffing on old ones, and making the Internet a place where academics and pop culture can collide. (Of course, blogging can also be tedious and self-involved, but I like to think we avoid that.)

In preparation for writing this, I’ve been poring through our well-archived blogging history. We’ve both come an extremely long way, from unfocused rants and accounts of our daily lives (though don’t get me wrong, those can have their perks too) to the relatively sophisticated writing we’re doing on a weekly basis. (Relatively.) And so, in commemoration of that progress, I’d like to have a little linkfest. Here are some of my “relatively sophisticated” posts that I’d suggest reading to get a general idea of what Pussy Goes Grrr is about:

Ashley

Wow, HOLY SHIT, one whole fucking year since we started this. The blog, and by extension the blogging community, has become so important to me over this past year. I’ve been able to connect and become friends with people who share the same interests and passions as I do (and when you live in a small, relatively small-minded town like I do, this is so, so important). The online communities that I’ve become part of have introduced me to some of the nicest, smartest, most impassioned people I’ve ever met. I’ve made great friends, like Epiphora and Britni and all the folks at Happy Bodies and read some really amazing blogs. One of the biggest things that has gone hand in hand with starting the blog is, obviously, my love of sex toys/my growth within the sex blogging community. Since I’ve always been a very sexual person, who loves to learn about, talk about and think about sex, it’s meant so much to me to meet people, women, who feel the same way. I bought my first dildo about a month after we started the blog, and wrote a post about it. I’m now the proud owner of a modest, but still growing collection of toys.

The blog, overall, has just been an excellent, safe place for me to come and write what I feel and about things that are important to me. I feel that it’s important to write endlessly about these things-art, society, culture, media-even to the relatively small audience we write to (we average around 50-100+ views per day now) because we have to keep thing stirring on a small scale. We have to remain active and alert and forever impassioned about the things that are important to us and we have to keep learning about all of these things, be it sexual assault and how women are treated in society, to film and animation, to everything in between. Now, to imitate Andreas in his veritable linkfest, here are a few posts of mine that I think will give new readers a feel for me as a writer and the blog as a whole:

  • The (on indefinite hiatus) AFP Fix entries-each week I would find something Amanda Palmer to write about; the most recent one is written by Andreas.
  • Fat Angry Bitch!– One of my first posts wherein I rant about fat-hatred and what it’s like to be a fat girl who likes herself in a society that practically demands fat people be sad about themselves. And Queer Feminist Genderfuck, which is kind of self-explanatory.
  • My post about the day I received my box of toys from Epiphora; it made my collection explode in size and I’ve been forever grateful.
  • We tend to write about Disney a fair amount here. But my personal favorite posts that I’ve written involving Disney are my analysis of the Disney Princess films from a feminist viewpoint and my post about how the sexual aspects of Hunchback of Notre Dame influenced me when I was younger.

Fun facts about Pussy Goes Grrr:

  • We once received a complaint from comics legend Mark Newgarden for infringing on his copyright.
  • Because we have the word “pussy” in our name, we’re constantly found using eerily pedophilic search terms, including 11 hits for “infant pussy” (and probably more now that I’ve used the phrase).
  • We were actually inspired (partly) to create this blog because of the Happy Bodies blog.
  • Just in case you don’t know: that’s Louise Brooks in our header.
  • ‘Mend this crack’ is actually a paraphrase from the movie Repulsion, where the sexually-repressed-and-going-crazy Carol looks at an imagined crack in the ceiling and mutters, “I must get this crack mended.”
  • Following in the footsteps of our beloved xkcd, we frequently hide additional – or even very important – information in the alt-text of images.

So, whether you are a first-time reader, lurker, or old friend, thank you for helping us through a whole year of Pussy Goes Grrr, and we look forward to the next 365 days of blogging! (Also, happy Earth Day.)

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3 responses to “Pussy Goes “Happy Birthday!”

  1. Yep! Happy Birthday both of you! I’m a year older today as well. Granted, it’s the 23rd instead of the 22nd, but proximity rules.

    I’m an occasional poster, but a constant stalker. Thanks for the love, guys!

  2. CONGRATS! It will only get better from here! This is actually one of the few intellectual (read: not all about teh sex) blogs that I read on a regular basis. Plus, you guys are ADOR.

    I’m not in love with the new template, but that’s because I hate light colored text on dark colored backgrounds. My eyes not not enjoy it.

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Epiphora; we’re so glad that you enjoy the blog. Did you think the old template was better? It had white text on black and it hurt OUR eyes; we’re trying to steer away from eye-stabby templates.

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