Some critics might see the term ‘Happy Feminist’ as an oxymoron. Aren’t all feminists meant to be depressed or outraged? Not Mallory Ortberg. Think about great works of literature or the history of western art. With men historically telling the stories and painting the pictures, a woman’s fate can be grim, or at best, pretty dull. But why complain about women’s exclusion from the Western Canon when you can laugh about it?
On The Toast and in Texts from Jane Eyre, Mallory has created her own comic genre. She combines ferocious wit and incurable optimism to show us how a happy feminist can make light of our unhappy pasts.
Mallory Ortberg is an American writer, editor, and a co-founder of the feminist general interest site The Toast. She previously wrote forGawker and The Hairpin, where she met co-founder ofThe Toast, Nicole Cliffe. Her first book, Texts from Jane Eyre, was released in November 2014, and became a New York Times bestseller. Ortberg was included in the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Media category.
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