Girl with a One-Track Mind

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Cover of the book version of Girl with a One-Track Mind

Girl with a One-Track Mind is a blog by Abby Lee (pen name of Zoe Margolis, born 14 December 1972),[citation needed] in which the author writes in detail about her life as a sexually active young woman in London. The blog has won praise for its keen psychological[citation needed] insights into male and female sexuality, as well as for the author's earthy humour. It claims over 250,000 readers a month, and won the "Best British or Irish Blog" award at the 2006 and 2007 Bloggies. The author identifies herself as a feminist who, through the blog, wants to counterbalance the existing double standard for male and female sexuality.[1]

Book[edit]

In August 2006, Lee published the text of the blog as a book with the same name. It was published by Ebury Press on 3 August 2006 (ISBN 0-09-191240-7) and immediately entered the British best seller lists. In 2007, the book was published in the United States under the title, Diary of a Sex Fiend: Girl with a One Track Mind, and the author was featured in The New Yorker magazine.[2] As of 2009, Lee is working on a second book.

Identity revealed[edit]

Soon after the book was published, the Sunday Times published an article which revealed the identity of the author as Zoe Margolis, an assistant director in the film industry.[3] Margolis described the experience as "nightmare", "hell" and "fiasco",[1][4] writing about how deeply it affected her personal life and caused her to lose her career in the film industry.[5][6]

After having her anonymity removed, Margolis went into hiding for a while. She chose to present her view in the media giving an interview to The Guardian[7] and writing an article for The Independent.[8] in order to balance the tabloid press[1][5] Despite losing her anonymity, she continued to write the blog.

Other writings[edit]

Since her real identity was revealed, she has continued writing, contributing a story to the Comic Relief book Shaggy Blog Stories,[9] and writing an occasional column under her real name for The Guardian.[10] She has also become an occasional de facto spokeswoman for a variety of anonymous bloggers, and has appeared in the Channel 4 documentary The Sex Blog Girls[11] (2008) with another (anonymous) blogger whose work Lee has discussed - Bitchy Jones, whose writing Lee has recommended or praised on a number of occasions.[12][13]

Charity work[edit]

Margolis is an ambassador for the Brook sexual health charity for young people.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zoe Margolis. "Bio". Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey Toobin (2007-03-12). "British Import". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  3. ^ Anna Mikhailova (2006-08-06). "By day she worked on Harry Potter. But by night...". London: The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  4. ^ Abby Lee (2006-11-07). "Response". Girl with a One-Track Mind. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  5. ^ a b Abby Lee (2007-07-06). "Anonymity". Girl with a One-Track Mind. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  6. ^ Abby Lee (2006-08-06). "Outed". Girl with a One-Track Mind. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  7. ^ Zoe Williams (11 August 2006). "'I don't write to titillate. I censor like crazy to make my blogs less erotic'". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ Zoe Margolis (13 August 2006). "The sex blog confessions (with apologies to my dad)". The Independent. 
  9. ^ Abby Lee (2007-03-16). "Shaggy Blog". Girl with a One-Track Mind. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  10. ^ Zoe Margolis. "(list of columns)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  11. ^ Abby Lee (2007-12-11). "Welcome Channel 4 viewers". Girl with a One-Track Mind. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  12. ^ Abby Lee (2007-03-26). "Bitchy". Girl with a One-Track Mind. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 
  13. ^ Abby Lee (2007-11-09). "Label". Girl with a One-Track Mind. Retrieved 2008-01-01. 

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