2016 is a terrible year for blogs and opinion websites. Gawker? Dead. The Toast? Dead. Grantland? Dead. Okay, Grantland died 2015, but you get my point. Now the next decease is confirmed: Popular lesbian and feminist blog AfterEllen shuts down after 14 years. Evolve Media, who purchased the blog from Viacom two years ago, decided to close AfterEllen after it was not as profitable as “moms and fashion.” That’s what Trish Bendix, the Editor-in-Chief, says on her personal blog at least.
“After 14 years, AfterEllen as we know it will be effectively shutting down as of Friday”, Trish writes. “Evolve Media purchased AfterEllen from Viacom two years ago. They gave us two fiscal years to become their LGBT property and profit in that space, and they found we are not as profitable as moms and fashion. And, yes, “they” are mainly white heterosexual men, which is important to note because not only is this the story for us, but for a lot of other properties—large-scale media outlets, lesbian bars out-priced by neighborhoods they helped establish, housing in queer meccas like Portland that is being turned into condos and AirBNBs.”
“I want to thank the writers for every second of themselves they’ve poured into not only the time and space it takes to write about things so inherently personal, but the passion they’ve done it with”, Trish continues. “I encourage any single one of you who have any capacity to hire them to do so. I will vouch for any of their talents while quietly mourning the fact I am no longer able to work alongside them. Queer women are worthy. We are worthy. I am sorry they would not let me post this on AfterEllen and hope that everyone who needs to find this explanation will.” 2016 is a terrible year for blogs and opinion websites.
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