Jarrah Hodge is a feminist writer and commentator and the founder and editor of gender-focus.com. She has also written for the Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine Blogs, The Mary Sue, and The Tyee. Jarrah studied Women’s Studies and Sociology at UBC. She is a fan of politics, musical theatre and Star Trek (she co-hosts and edits the podcast Women at Warp, speaks at conventions, and does in-depth analysis of Trek and feminism at her other blog, Trekkie Feminist). She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Lyndsay Kirkham is a Canadian writer, feminist and college professor who is currently living in Central Europe. Unable to settle on one thing, Lyndsay has decided to become an expert plate spinner, and is trying to do all the things. When she isn’t researching her recent novel about Margery Kempe, reviewing zines for Broken Pencil or herding her troop of dancing cats she’s probably reading, watching Bletchley Circle reruns, or embroidering feminist pillow slips for her friends on Twitter. She’s been published around the world in both digital and print publications, including For Books Sake, The F Word, Rabble, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Screech Owl and ParentDish.
Founded in 2009, Gender Focus looks at politics, pop culture, and current events from an anti-racist feminist perspective. GF aims to showcase news and opinion relating to issues of social inequality, stereotyping and representations of marginalized groups in society, and the intersections between gender and public policy. In 2014, Gender Focus was named the Best Politics Blog and Best Activism & Social Justice Blog in the juried Canadian Weblog Awards.
Making money is not my goal or the purpose of the blog. In any given year I spend around $150 on themes, hosting, domains, etc. I also usually spend my own money on tickets to events I review, plus books and magazine subscriptions for giveaways. I am committed to keeping Gender Focus ad-free and neither I nor any contributors have been paid for writing here.
But every once in a while a perk might come my way, so what’s my policy on that? If anyone gives me free tickets or products and asks me to review it or do a giveaway, I will never agree right off the bat without considering whether this is something I would in good conscience recommend to a friend, and whether it is relevant to the blog’s mandate and principles. If I do accept something for free in exchange for writing about it, I will disclose that in the post. If at all possible, such as in the case of a book or other physical item, I’ll try to give it to a reader in a giveaway after reviewing.
As to my personal standpoint and biases, I will try to declare them where I think it’s relevant and don’t think it’s obvious (i.e. I’m not going to state I’m a feminist every single post). I am a member of and a former candidate for the NDP, and I work for a trade union. My views expressed on the blog are not representative of my employer or my political party. And I will continue to be available by email at jarrahhodge[at]gmail.com or via blog comments for anyone who has questions or concerns about editorial policy or unstated biases.
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