Broom Broom, Get Out Me Blog: A Goodbye Post


Broom broom and farewell, everyone.

Today is my last day at Jezebel — an occasion that has caused me to cry in the line for the office taco buffet, a location in which I previously thought it was impossible to feel sorrow.

I feel so unbelievably lucky to have worked here. Upon leaving, everyone always says that writing for Jezebel was their dream, so I realize that I am sort of trotting out a cliche, but it’s true. It was my dream before I even knew what Jezebel was: in high school, after I announced my plan to pursue the field of womyn’s studies at a formerly all-women’s and now only vaguely co-ed college, I found myself repeatedly faced with the question of what the hell I was planning to do with it. This question was usually posed by well-meaning family friends and family members; eventually, I developed a fun little routine that I would do because I was tired of hearing it. I would tell concerned adults inquiring about my future plans that I hoped to become a professional feminist with a sponsor (which is like a professional skateboarder with a sponsor, but instead of doing tricks you yell about the patriarchy in logo-branded apparel). The point of the joke was to dismiss Practical Adult Concern; the punchline was that no one will ever pay me for doing what I want to do. The fact that I’m now doing exactly what I want to do as a job feels dizzyingly, exhilaratingly improbable.

Working at Jezebel, in other words, was a dream I didn’t know I could even feasibly have. It’s been incredible, and I feel so fortunate: in my time here, I’ve been able to cover such a wide breadth of topics — from college administrations’ malignant negligence in dealing with sexual assault to fashion to sex work to dicks to the downy demon clinging malevolently to Justin Bieber’s upper lip (by far the most important of all my beats).

Most of all, I feel lucky to have worked with the amazing, intelligent and endlessly talented women (and the one amazing, intelligent and endlessly talented Mark Shrayber!) here. It’s been a massive privilege to write alongside all of them in this extended Kinja discussion some of you may call “life.” My colleagues here have offered me so much support, guidance, advice, and help. They’ve made me cackle wildly at my laptop every day; they have bravely weathered all the fucked-up photos I post into our group chat; they have talked me out of buying an elaborate $65 witch outfit for my rabbit. They’ve made me a better writer and a better thinker and a better tearful taco consumer. They are the best part of this job, which already has an absurd amount of best parts.

Next week, I’m starting at Vice as a senior editor — which means I will unfortunately be ceasing my Bieber ‘stache coverage, but doing a bunch of new and very exciting things. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter, where I will probably be posting a photo of my bunny in a $65 witch outfit now that there’s no one around to talk me out of it.

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