In this month’s Follow Your Arrow, Klara shares the story of her gender-neutral barbershop business, how she made the leap from office-worker to sole-trader, and the importance of building trust in the community she serves.
Why pick between your passions when you can design a life based on ALL of them?
“Being queer isn’t something that I can separate out from being a writer, astrologer, artist or entrepreneur and I would never want to.”
Trump’s tax plan is historically regressive, setting up huge tax breaks that help wealthy men keep their wealth while queer women get nothing.
“Generally in life all I want to do is: good work for good causes with good people. I want to be a good designer, I mean truly, deeply good at my craft; everything else is semantics.”
“I wish there were more LGBTQ food writers, though — it can be a pretty stiflingly traditional (read: heteronormative, and very white) world. Find a network of like-minded queer women to work with, seek advice from and befriend! We gotta stick together.”
“When I started out, people knew me as the ‘girl growing mushrooms in her caravan,’ which was perhaps not the most flattering anecdote to have attached to your name.”
Topics include press freedom in the age of Trump, layoffs and restructuring at the Medium network and Fusion, The Establishment’s new membership program, email follow-ups that’ll get you in trouble, The Washington Post’s new splashy app for millennial women, and pitches we’re currently looking for!
“Why do I do this? Because it needs to be done. Our schools and communities need to be safer for our young people, we are losing too many of them. I’m not going to sit and wait with naivety that our government or schools are going to lead that.”
The internet is full of resources to help you start and run your business. These are some of our faves!
Financial independence from the patriarchy was a primary goal of lesbian feminism, because true liberation required not relying on men for anything, including money. It’s a tricky thing to pull off now and was even harder back then. But, somehow, Olivia did it.
“I offer products that strive to act as feminist propaganda, as a reality disruption. To pay my gargantuan monthly student loan debt by selling weird feminist gear? It seemed like an awesome joke on the universe.”
“I’m psyched that I invented a thing, and I don’t wish to make money from it. I just want to try to retain a little influence over it with the support of fellow taboo-busters so we can make some changes around here.”
The line between work and life is definitely blurred. Work events become social events, chance meetings become networking and because we are always wearing Hinterland gear and up to no good, theres always an opportunity for a photo shoot!
The story behind Arianna Huffington’s departure from the Huffington Post, the ladies of The Financial Diet get real about funding for women’s media companies (there isn’t any), Gawker Media clashes with new owner, an interview with Gaby Dunn and so much more!
“After 13 years of corporate work I just needed to do something that felt like it mattered to me and to the communities that I was part of. I’m passionate about self expression, human connection, building community, and subverting the status quo by creating environments and experiences where women, POC, and queer and trans folks are prioritized.”
Follow my advice and you’ll be well on your way to making apolitical small talk, scoring points for “likeability,” and building career-necessary rapport with 75+% of male coworkers!
In which I say goodbye to Gawker.com for many words and also: freelancers getting fucked over by Vice, straight people reporting on LGBTQ stories and other fascinating tidbits of information and stories for you!
When the world isn’t built for you, you build something for yourself. We know how to adapt and generate new ideas because we’ve been doing it out of necessity for our entire lives. So sorry, tech bros – “entrepreneurial spirit” doesn’t exclusively belong to you.
Univision buys Gawker, Arriana Huffington leaves The Huffington Post, Laur M. Jackson on “citation as a loving practice,” NPR shuts down comments, the worst clickbait headlines and so much more!