As ubiquitous as the Internet is in our lives, working online can still be like the wild west. The pioneers most at risk on this frontier aren’t settlers fighting off dysentery, but women writing and in the public spotlight.

Blogs and news sites are full of horror stories like GamerGate where women and minority voices are violently silenced, or even just belittled on the very medium where they live. What’s a young woman with a burgeoning career to do? Ask an expert.

Lindy West, veteran writer for publications such as The Stranger, Jezebel, GQ and The Guardian, has experienced firsthand what it’s like to be a fat feminist working online, living her best life and all of the highs and lows that come with it. Her recent memoir Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman chronicles her life and career in a series of essays with humor, heart and unabashed honesty. West and I spoke recently as she started her book tour, giving me a chance to get much-needed advice straight from the feminist’s mouth. Read more…

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Lindy West gives advice to the next generation of fat feminist writers