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Meet Skirts


 

All right, so the Women’s News Blog is not entirely a new idea. There are others that have come before us—Salon.com’s Broadsheet, and Slate’s The XX Factor, to name a couple of our favourites—that tackle all things girl (politics, culture, health, crockery) in smart, witty, thoughtful ways. But we’ve been passing around their blog posts and weighing in among ourselves for so long now, we figured the time had come to start one of our own. Besides, the Canadian woman’s experience is unique in its own ways. For one thing, we wear toques.

Our first step, of course, was to settle on a name for our blog. This is harder said than done. We wanted something that didn’t invoke reams of earnest windbaggery. For this reason, we avoided names like Herspective and Gynosaurus Rex. We decided not to go the feminine hygiene route either, even though feminine hygiene products are inherently funny, with their tabs and wings and promises of freshness. Cerebral Kotex—a brilliant suggestion from a friend—was off the list. Nor did we want to pretend to be any more edgy or grrlicious than we actually are. Chixx just sounded embarrassing.

We settled on Skirts. It just sort of fit (see?).

More to come…


 
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Meet Skirts

  1. cool.

  2. There should be a weekly newsroundup of brief newscapsules called “Short Skirts”, and an editoral column called “Skirting the Issues”

  3. “Chixx just sounded embarrassing.”

    Also, it’s already been done (well Chyx) – see Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs.

  4. Did you test this name with any Scots?

  5. For some reason, the title of this post keeps making me think of the infamous Meat Dress at the National Gallery. At least Meat Skirts could be combined with a fetching vegetop of some sort.

  6. I would read Gynosaurus Rex or Cerebral Kotex before Wells, Potter or any of the gang.

    Skirts is fine, and reasonable, even mildly threatening. We’ll see.

  7. Looking forward to reading more on-line, but I hope some ‘skirt’ content makes it into the print edition. As a relatively new subscriber to Macleans’ mag, I sometimes find the magazine evades (or ‘skirts’??) the female perspective . . .

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