ABSTRACT

In July 2009 a new website caught the attention of the feminist blogosphere. The FBomb (http://thefbomb.org) appeared similar to existing feminist blogs; it had a snarky name, a blogroll filled with feminist titles, and postings that tackled issues like rape culture and representations of women in the media. However, it differed from popular sites like Feministing, Feministe, and Racialicious in one important way: The founder of the FBomb was still in high school, living with her parents in suburban Ohio. Hardly the archetype of a feminist blogger – often assumed to be an urban-dwelling, college educated progressive twenty-something – sixteen-year-old Julie Zeilinger wanted to create a space for the peers she knew existed, but often had trouble finding in the halls of her high school … other teenage girl feminists.