Who are we?
Want to find out more about the editorial team behind The F-Word? Then read on! If you want to see a full list of contributors, this is the place you need to click.
The editorship of The F-Word has been rotated between our editorial team since 2013. Our current editor is Lissy Lovett and her term started in July 2018. The previous rotating editors have been Joanna Whitehead, Holly Combe, Ania Ostrowska, Megan Stodel and Helen G. To read about the history of the site before 2013, please see this post from previous editor Jess McCabe, along with this one from site founder Catherine Redfern.
Rotating editor: Lissy Lovett
Editor at large: Jess McCabe
Founder: Catherine Redfern
Treasurer: Lissy Lovett
Comedy and theatre: Lissy Lovett
Comics: Emily Zinkin
Music: Cazz Blase
Non-fiction books and regular content: Lusana Taylor
Visual arts: Alice Parkin
Fiction books: Sophie Whitehead
Other editors and bloggers:
Picture editor: Jenny Williamson
Contributing editor and blogger: D H Kelly
The F-Word team includes:
More about the people behind The F-Word:
Lusana’s feminist awakening came when she first listened to a Bikini Kill CD and ever since she’s had an enduring interest in Riot Grrrl and 1990s’ zine culture.
When she’s not working as an editor for an independent fiction publisher, she’s probably setting herself unrealistic reading challenges, taking photos of her cat or looking longingly at pictures of cakes. You can find her on Twitter here: @LusanaTaylor.
Lucy Everitt is a native Scot and now works as a scientific editor, copy writer and language editor based in London. Lucy first became aware of sexual inequality when she was banned from joining her school football team, and had her true feminist awakening during her university years.
Particularly interested in the intersection of feminism with media and the arts, Lucy can often be found with her nose in a book about feminist theory or checking out the current art exhibitions in London. In spare moments, Lucy likes to take pictures and drink beer, preferably IPA
Q: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: That’s not funny!
Lissy Lovett works in the arts and lives in London. She likes comedy, theatre, reality television, sewing, beer, Norwich City Football Club and feminism.
From time to time she tweets @lissylovett.
Jo is a London-based writer and editor specialising in LGBTQ+ lives, travel, women, culture and more.
She has written for The Independent, The i, DIVA magazine and PinkNews. From 2014-17, she was The F-Word’s music editor, and the site’s rotating editor from July 2017-18. Prior to focussing on writing full-time, Jo worked in the criminal justice system and charitable sector supporting victims of crime.
Originally from Yorkshire, she likes reading, long walks, music, petting stranger’s dogs and chocolate. You can find her on Twitter @MsWhitehead100
Jess edited The F-Word from February 2007 to May 2013. You might still see her name pop up on the site, if she gets herself together to write the occasional blog post, feature or review.
Jess makes a living as a reporter, currently covering a beat that includes social housing and environmental issues. She lives in South London with one bloke and two gigantic cats. Find her on Twitter @jester, or on Tumblr.
Holly Combe has been a feminist for as long as she can remember but became active when she joined Feminists Against Censorship (FAC). She started reading and contributing to The F-Word in 2002 after receiving an e-mail about the site in a Yahoo group she took part in at the time. She joined the blog in 2005, was a music editor from 2011 (a role she stayed in until 2014) and became editor of the TV section in 2013 (until 2016). She was the rotating editor from July 2016 to July 2017.
Holly has had writing published in a number of other outlets including Yahoo!, STUDIO magazine, Economic Issues, Scarlet magazine, The Guardian, The Fresh Outlook, The New Statesman, Bookslut, Girlchick and The Oxford Mail. She mainly works as a copy editor, but you can sometimes catch her taking part in radio debates or DJ’ing. Along with this, she has an MA in Applied Social Research.
You can follow Holly on Twitter @hollycombe.
Genevieve Richardson is an occasional writer and full-time cat mother from London. She currently works as Parliamentary Assistant to a Labour MP. Her enthusiasm for feminism was firmly cemented during her master’s degree, in Development Studies. There, she also set up a feminist book club and ran sexual consent workshops for new graduate students.
She has a particular interest in intersectionality, gender-based violence, socialist feminism, and sex and body positivity. She also enjoys singing, learning new languages and cultivating her skincare collection. When she’s not tweeting about pop culture and embarrassing moments, she tweets earnestly about politics, gender and race @genev_ieve.
Emily first became an active feminist at university where she was on the leadership team of the UoN Feminists. The roots of her feminism can be traced back as early as primary school, where she indignantly asked why there were only three women to 25 men to choose from for the class science project (she chose Marie Curie).
When Emily isn’t obsessing over media representation and superheroes (and talking about it at anyone who will listen), she can be found making truly exceptional cups of tea. Follow her on Twitter: @EmilyZinkin
D H Kelly had written occasionally for The F-Word before becoming a permanent blogger in 2014 and the features editor from 2015 to 2016. She also blogs at Diary of a Goldfish, where she founded the annual Blogging Against Disablism Day.
She also paints portraits, writes novels and is nearly fluent in the invented language, toki pona.
Cazz Blase is a writer/journalist/blogger from Stockport. She has been writing for The F-Word since 2002 and co-edited the music section alongside Holly Combe between 2011 and 2013. Her growing awareness of sexism as a young teenager in the early 1990s coincided with a burgeoning political awareness, post Poll Tax riots, and with her discovery of both the 70s punk scene and the 90s Riot Grrrl movement.
This led her to create the fanzine Aggamengmong Moggie between 1993 and 1999 and (much, much later) to write extensively about the UK Riot Grrrl scene and women and the UK punk scene. She will happily explore all kinds of music and has a ‘restless ears’ approach to trying different things out, which has led to a proliferation of Swedish electro/R&B on her mp3 player and a fascination with loud, angry, glitchy electro pop. She saw Florence + The Machine headline British Summer Time in Hyde Park in July 2016 and hasn’t been quite the same since. Cazz also writes about music on her personal blog here and about Manchester and Greater Manchester at Too Late for Cake.
Catherine Redfern founded The F-Word and was editor from 2001-2007. She is from Tameside, Manchester and has been living in London for about ten years, much to her parents’ annoyance. She is co-author, with Kristin Aune, of Reclaiming The F Word: The New Feminist Movement, a book about the resurgence and reclamation of feminism over the last ten years, today’s issues and today’s feminist activism.
The book was published in June 2010 by Zed Books. She hangs out @cathredfern and has various craft obsessions which she blogs about on her infrequently updated, unprofessional, low-key personal blog.
Polish-British post-communist feminist, Ania Ostrowska has lived in London since 2005, having moved here to get an MA in gender studies from SOAS.
With her fingers in too many pies, she is also a PhD student researching contemporary British women documentarians at the University of Southampton. Find her on Twitter (representing herself only) @ostrutka.
Alice is currently in Oxford doing a PhD on images of Amazon women in ancient art, but home is always London. She cares strongly about promoting the work of women artists and reconsidering the history of art from a female perspective, as well as boosting women’s voices in history more generally; she’s been co-producing the podcast Women in Oxford’s History since the summer of 2017. She’s especially interested in the important depths that intersectionality brings to all of these discussions and considers it a key aspect of modern feminism.
Otherwise she’s a huge sci-fi and fantasy nerd who lives in her local cinema, loves taking cat photos, playing videogames and making geeky embroidery. She’s on twitter @aliceeparkin
Jenny has been a feminist since the moment a savvy teacher pressed a copy of Eve Was Framed into her teenage hands. Over 15 years later, Jenny now has an astonishing number of books about feminism and more than one pair of feminist socks. She is an accountant, an advice column enthusiast and her idea of a cracking Friday night is a cinematic double-bill of a Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary and The Princess Bride.
Sophie’s an avid reader, intersectional feminist and dedicated sex educator. She’s always been a bookish type and could chat about her latest reads for days but she came to feminism a little later. As a teen she started to notice injustices in the treatment of herself and girls around her and, in recent years, has become more active in learning about how these differences vary depending on class, geography, race and sexuality.
At the moment, she’s working on an MA in social justice and education focusing on sex education and masculinity in school settings. When not working on her research or talking about consent in a classroom, she can usually be found perusing ‘bookstagram’ for another novel to add to her pile…