The F-Word (blog)

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The F-Word
Type of site
Feminist Blog
Available inEnglish
OwnerCatherine Redfern
Created byCatherine Redfern
Alexa rankDecrease 750,543 (Global September 2016)[1]

The F-Word is a UK-based feminist website founded by Catherine Redfern in 2001, initially as a forum for young feminists.[2] The F-Word [3] has since turned into a contemporary feminist forum to express and discuss hot-topic feminist issues in today's world. Redfern created the site to find out what peers thought and spread the word about feminism as an empowering subject. The F-Word was created to fill the gap of feminist resources in the UK and create a forum for discussion of ideas and opinions for women studies. The F-Word has been an environment welcoming to feminist and women studies issues as well as a gather spot to meet like minded individuals. Aims and objectives of the F-Word are to provide a place for a new feminist voice, with analytical thinking on contemporary issues, and create a safe supportive environment for supporters. The website is called the F-Word to encompass the idea that feminism is seen a taboo for young women, taking this a step further Redfern composed the website of all young women contributors.[3]

Below is a list of changing contributors currently composed of:

  • Catherine Redfern (founder)
  • Ania Ostrowska
  • Holly Combe
  • Joanna Whitehead
  • Lily Kendall
  • Lissy Lovett (current rotating editor)
  • Lusana Taylor
  • Monica Karpinski
  • Shoshana Devora
  • Jess McCabe
  • Yasha Gosrani
  • Lucy Everitt
  • Genevieve Richardson
  • Emily Zinkin
  • D H Kelly
  • Christina Carè
  • Cazz Blase

Forum categories on the website include activism, ask a feminist, body and health, culture and media, education, family, fashion and image, feminism, herstory, interviews, language, men, podcasts, politics and current affairs, racism, religion, Scotland, sex and relationships, sound bites, stereotypes, violence, and work and play. The F-Word also features a review section of comics, art, books, comedy, events, films, magazines, music, products, radio, spoken word, television, theatre, videogames, and Zine. The F-Word hosts a blog section for anyone to contribute to, an events section of organized events in surrounding areas to advertise and a resource section to further explore issues or similar websites.[3] The F-Word can be followed on Twitter #fworduk or Facebook The F-Word

In 2002, the site was "Highly Commended" by the Women in Publishing New Venture Awards and Redfern was named in The Guardian as one of 50 Women to Watch the following year.[4] A blog was added to the site in 2005, covering a range of political and feminist topics including Harriet Harman's tip-of-the-hat for the deputy prime minister job, homophobic bullying, pornography, abortion and women's oppression in Iraq.[5]

The site has been edited by Jess McCabe since 2007 and was listed in The Guardian as one of The World's 50 Most Powerful Blogs in 2008.[4]


  1. ^ " site info". Alexa. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  2. ^ Mira Katbamna (7 April 2005). "Shelf awareness | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  3. ^ a b c "Contemporary UK Feminism - The F-Word".
  4. ^ a b Aldred, Jessica; Behr, Rafael; Pickard, Anna; Wignall, Alice; Hind, John; Cochrane, Lauren; Wiseman, Eva; Potter, Laura (2008-03-09). "The world's 50 most powerful blogs | Media | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  5. ^ Ros Taylor (30 June 2006). "Just for the boys? | Media". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-09-10.