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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

English: Rhetoric and Writing: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Tim Fountaine

Second Advisor

Dr. Beth Berila

Third Advisor

Dr. Judith Kilborn

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I authored a food blog, Yum., in my early twenties. A food blogs is a sub-genre of lifestyle blogs, and many lifestyle blogs are written by women for a predominantly female audience. From the outside, I projected myself as a confident young woman ready to conquer the culinary world; on the inside, I felt constrained by a genre that demanded perfection and set unrealistic standards for women. Added to this pressure the fear I would not be taken seriously as a writer because I wrote about food and entertaining—what I considered to be feminine endeavors. I was conflicted about my role a writer, and I believe this internal conflict I felt when writing in a highly feminized space is worth exploring. Why did it seem as though femininity and feminism could not coexist in my food blog? A critical analysis of my past blog entries through a feminist lens helps me to reconcile my past as an unenlightened feminist. I believe increasing instances of food blogs that are overtly both feminist and feminine might help to redraw boundaries and establish a genre that is more up-to-date and welcoming of more women’s voices.