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Happy 7th Birthday, Pussy Goes Grrr

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Louise Brooks in Pandora’s Box

Wow, weird to think we’ve kept this blog going for seven whole years now—ever since that fateful Earth Day during my sophomore year of college when we threw caution to the wind and registered its name on WordPress. Every year when I put up this anniversary post, it startles me to realize how much the blog has changed. The writing here is much less frequent, but much higher quality. I’d love to have it be more frequent, and I have a lot of ideas for what I’d like to write. In the meantime, here’s my most recent work elsewhere: a dispatch from the 2016 Ann Arbor Film Festival for MUBI Notebook and more capsule reviews on Letterboxd, one for every movie I’ve watched since March 1 this year. (Shortly after I unceremoniously dropped my tough-to-sustain “Viewing Diary” idea.)

As always, thank you to anyone who’s ever supported our work by reading it. Even if writing only pops up here once every few months, we still hope to keep this website going into 2017.

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Six Years of Pussy Goes Grrr!

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Way back in 2009, Ashley and I decided to start this blog. It gave us a shared outlet through which we could say whatever we wanted on the Internet. Initially, we just rambled for paragraphs about any subject at all; gradually, our output became more refined and organized. Sometimes the blog would go on hiatus for months, then become active, then go on hiatus again. We hosted blogathons and guest writers. Occasionally a post would garner some attention and kind words. Every so often the blog’s whole layout would be revamped.

Through it all, though, three constants have defined Pussy Goes Grrr: the two of us, the fact that we like to write, and the gratifying generosity of anyone willing to read what we have to say. So if you’ve ever read anything we’ve posted here, then we thank you from the bottom of hearts. Happy birthday to this website. Now let’s try to publish on it more regularly!

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Pussy Goes “Five Years!”

Louise Brooks, our beloved mascot

For the past few months, this blog has been dormant. The facts are that Ashley’s wrapping up four years of college and I’m working two jobs while sometimes writing short reviews on Letterboxd; neither of us really has the time or energy necessary to sustain Pussy Goes Grrr at the moment. But I do still want to post this to acknowledge that the blog’s still alive, has been around for a full half-decade, and that more will be written here… eventually.

We both have reams of ideas for pieces we’d like to write, which might someday become realities on this very blog. So thanks to anyone who’s still perusing our archives—there’s a lot of work we’re very proud of back there (as well as a lot where that’s not the case)—and here’s hoping that this blog will be alive and more frequently updated in another five years.

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Pussy Goes “Four More Years!”

Mascot Louise Brooks caught in flagrante delicto on our 4th anniversary

I can hardly believe this website has been around for four whole years. Admittedly, that number doesn’t mean too much in terms of online longevity, let alone the grand scheme of things. But four whole years translates to a lot of time, energy, and passion even with a small, no-profit project like this. Four years of insecurity, uncertainty, and gradual change. (Was that “change” actually improvement? I suppose that’s up to you!) Of course, every second has been worth it for me. Writing here has given me the privilege of being read; of throwing my ideas out into the ether, and sometimes receiving others’ ideas in return. And because attention is as good as money for anyone who writes online, I have boundless gratitude to everyone who’s ever read me—including you, reading this, right now!

But, well, I don’t exactly think it’ll incite controversy if I observe that writing online can be demoralizing. There are about as many movie blogs as there are stars in the sky, and it’s equally tough to distinguish between them. Bad writing is everywhere, while jobs for even the most reliable critics are becoming nearly nonexistent. I learned a long time ago that if I want to do this, it has to be a labor of love. So it is! Because one way or another, I have to write about movies. It’s a fundamental (if agonizing) step in my personal viewing process, not to mention my primary creative outlet. The least I can do is try to write more, and better. I’m going to keep tweaking my writing process, keep chasing after deeper wisdom about the movies I love, and… eh, I’ll probably fail a lot. But I might succeed a little, which is the best I tend to hope for out of my endeavors.

What do the next four years hold for Pussy Goes Grrr? (Will this site even exist in 2017? Will I?) Oh, I’ll probably babble on some more about movies while struggling with the very idea of regular scheduling. Maybe Ashley will pop up more often, and maybe we’ll invite in a guest or two to stay and chat. Louise Brooks and kitties will, of course, stick around. And, if we’re lucky, so will you. Thanks for reading.

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Pussy Goes “Three Whole Years!”

Can you believe it’s been three years? Three years since Ashley and I started posting embarrassing, self-indulgent rants that gradually evolved into coherent essays and arguments. Three years since that fateful Earth Day in 2009, when we staked out this little plot of Internet and called it our own. And you know what? They’ve been three enlightening, satisfying years. We’ve felt a sense of community both here and on social media, we’ve exchanged ideas, and we’ve really grown as writers/people.

So basically, thank you. Thank you for reading or commenting or linking or supporting us in any way. You are the reason for Pussy Goes Grrr.

And now that I’ve dispensed with this year’s requisite sappiness, I have a fun opportunity to share with you: the Short Animation Blogathon runs from tomorrow to Friday! So between now and then, you can post a list of your favorite animated shorts online somewhere, send a link to p.g.grrr@gmail.com, and we’ll include it in our round-ups! More details here.

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Pussy Goes Two Years Old!

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Yes, you read that correctly: Pussy Goes Grrr has been up and around for 2 whole years, as of today! (The Earth Day thing is a total coincidence.) In the past year, so much has happened, both in our personal lives (Ashley moved and started college!) and on the blog (we both posted a lot!). But through it all, I’d like to think that we’ve maintained some semblance of integrity, as well as our commitment to mixing pop culture and sexual politics like a lime and a coconut. We’ve expanded, networked, pontificated, and had some fun. I hope we keep up these trends in the next year… but we’re all about our friends and readers, so if you have any ideas about where Pussy Goes Grrr should head in the future, comment below (or send us an email) and let us know!

In a reversal of last year’s birthday celebration, Ashley and I decided that we should write about each other’s work over the past year. So get ready for an orgy of self-linking and excessive praise (with no apologies)! Ashley’s posting frequency has declined somewhat as a result of major life events, like the afore-mentioned new apartment and full collegiate course load, and it’s a fact that consistently frustrates her. But she’s still managed to consistently write some intimidatingly incisive commentary on topics like fatphobia, reproductive rights, stereotypes, victim-blaming, and more. Her powerful, impassioned arguments blow me (and our readers) away every single time.

Thankfully, since last July, she’s also been hammering away at her Tumblr, Lead on, oh Kinky Turtle. She usually posts there on a daily basis, passing on the latest in progressive news, movie screenshots, and short essays of her own. If you have a Tumblr account, she’s absolutely must-follow. (Same goes for her Twitter feed, @Kinky_Turtle.) I’ll wrap up with a few of her other fantastic posts of the past year:

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It’s hard for me to believe that another year has passed for Pussy Goes Grrr. Of course, it’s hard for me to believe that nearly a year has gone by since I moved and that I’m about to finish my first year of college and that Andreas is fucking graduating from college, holy fuck, man. Time is a strange thing. I haven’t been the most stellar blogger this past year but luckily where I failed, Andreas more than fucking made up for it. He put out an incredible amount of posts this past year; it’s staggering really, how much he wrote. How did he do it while still maintaining a full college course load and all of his interpersonal relationships? By not sleeping and putting a lot of shit off to the very last minute!

But ultimately it’s all worth it since it gives our readers a plethora of things to read! Andreas started off our second year well with a post about the world of infomercials and it all just got better from there. Andreas is one of the best fucking film critics/writers I know (and I’m not just saying that ’cause he’s my boyfriend; this guy is legit) and as a result he writes about movies, all kinds: from eviscerating E.T. to dissecting Divine, Andreas is in his element when it comes to film. So much so that he’s written for other film blogs: his work on 366 Weird Movies and The Film Experience are absolutely excellent and any regular readers of PGG would love it. If you’re a big fan of Andreas and still crave more of his witticisms and snark, definitely follow him on Twitter (@adonisinfurs). I’ll leave you with a few more of my favorite of Andreas’s posts:

  • Where I severely (and tragically) failed during October, Andreas was on fucking fire the entire month. Here’s a collection of the twenty-fucking-eight  fantastic Halloween posts he wrote, which includes pieces on Jacob’s Ladder, The Sentinel, James Mason narrating The Tell-Tale Heart and a complete run-down of the best and worst “Treehouse of Horror” episodes.
  • Speaking of The Simpsons, one of the best aspects of PGG is Andreas’s “Perfectly Cromulent Analysis” series. This boy knows his goddamn Simpsons. One of my personal favorites is, of course, “Bart Sells His Soul.”
  • As evidenced above, Andreas has a thing for creating series on PGG; some are currently dormant but one of the most successful is “One Hour Mark.”
  • Andreas also has a thing for lists. Especially movie lists: “2010: The Year We Make Lists.”
  • And finally, this caters to my own personal love of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies: “Welcome to my nightmare.”

To really cap it all off, Andreas and I want to collectively re-share one of our favorite entries of the past year: this very negative joint review of Adam Green’s Frozen for the Final Girl Film Club. Snark galore! And really, isn’t that what this blog is all about?

So there you have it, two whole fucking years of Pussy Goes Grrr. I recently described this blog as my and Andreas’s child, a child that is way cooler and more fun to take care of than a real kid. (A child that doesn’t starve to death when one of its parents neglects it for a long time.) It may sound sappy, but this is a blog that was truly built by love; we started it with our joint interests in mind and have watched it grow from there. I can only hope that the following year is more productive on my end and continually prolific for Andreas.

And now that I’ve gotten the sentimental stuff outta the way I shall leave you with one last thing. Last summer we decided to do a (usually) weekly Link Dump featuring links to things that we enjoy. There have been thirty link dumps since then and each one had its own kitty. And so I leave you with the Grid O’ Kitties:

Thank you all for a great year! Here’s to hoping for another!

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Pussy Goes “Happy Birthday!”

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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:

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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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