God knows there are countless women’s blogs out there for every possible niche- from knitting to shoes, sex to running, parenting to cooking, and everything in between. Somewhere in the depths of the Internet, you can even find your own spin on each. Want the feminist perspective on sewing? A conservative fashion guide? Yuppy cooking? “Look thinner you fat cow” or “you’re beautiful just the way you are” approaches to body issues? Done, done, and done. The Internet is high school 2.0 with a clique for everyone, but no real lunch table for intermingling.
That’s where we come in. Aside from gender and an age range, the only thing the Literally, Darling writers have in common is our differences. Our politics, fashion, lifestyles, values, religions, hobbies, and relationships are as dichotomous as the “Carmen Overture” and “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”
We think differently, we act differently, and we are different; from each other, and from the niches society tries to put us in. Our personalities are often in contradiction with themselves. What do you do with a pink skirt-wearing lover of war movies and big dogs? A MMA loving academic? A sex positive feminist who loves to bake and sew? Where do you go to find these women not only talking about their lives, but listening to instead of judging each other? That’s easy. Literally, Darling.
I started this site, compiled this group of incredible women (and occasionally a few guys), to give voice to the literal perspectives of 20-something women. We don’t want the figurative tripe that’s spewed at us daily telling us how we should feel about everything from the pressing issues facing our gender and generation, to the kind of clothes, books, and movies we should like. It may not always be in vogue to be progressive, moderate, or conservative- but we don’t much care. We’re a little bit of all of the above, and we won’t apologize for it. As a matter of fact, we’re done apologizing or hiding who we are or what made us that way. We’re done being defined, tagged, and categorized. From here on out, we define ourselves.
As we grow and you get to know us, you’ll get a feel for how we each have topics and values dear to us. You’ll still be able to find niche perspectives on topics, but you’ll also find the exact opposite, and we hope you’ll take the time to explore all sides. We don’t always (or even often) agree with each other, and the opinion of one writer is not that of the collective, but we wholeheartedly respect, and will defend with our last breaths, each and every one of our rights to express that perspective.
So welcome Darling, to an exact representation of our exaggerated selves.
Editor-in-Chief & Founder of Literally, Darling