We Heart: Girl Crush Media

Did you know there are a lot of people talking about girl crushes? Before today, neither did we.

I set out this morning to write about Got A Girl Crush (GAGC), a terrific new magazine dedicated entirely to, you guessed it, girl crushes. Loosely defined, a girl crush is when you fervently admire another woman from afar, or as GACC describes it:

There’s never a shortage of women we can turn to for inspiration, and Got a Girl Crush is a place for us to harness that feeling.

Many online definitions of “girl crush” include a little homophobic caveat along the lines of “not sexual in nature” (thanks, New York Times!) but I’d say that’s entirely beside the point, and thankfully, GACC seems to agree.

With the impeccable design of K. Nicole Murtagh and a beautiful hand-painted cover by Erin Wengrovius this magazine is gorgeous. The brain-child of Andrea Cheng and Meg Wachter, GAGC started as a blog in 2009 and garnered enough traffic to merit a full-fledged publication. The inaugural issue pays tribute to former Saturday Night Live comedian Jenny Slate, musician/maskmaker Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, artist Lisa Congdon and more. (Just one downer: The lineup lacks any Black or Latina women).

What I found while doing research is GAGC is not alone in their fascination with girl crushes. Also out this month is Girl Crush, a zine by two talented New York professionals, Jenna Wortham and Thessaly La Force who defined “girl crush” to the New York Observer:

It’s someone you want to be like, and someone you think is cool. It’s a slightly silly way to say something a little serious—because it’s so earnest to be like, ‘I admire you immensely!’

They even managed to get one of their very own girl crushes, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan, to contribute to the zine. How cool is that?

Oh! And there’s also Wendy Withers’ blog, aptly titled Girl Crush, that features interviews with all kinds of talented women. The interviews are honest and smart and addicting to read, like this one with ice cream maker Geri Czako.

I love the way this phenomenon is about women recognizing other women for being talented, powerful, innovative and brilliant.

I think I have a girl crush on girl crush media.

Have you ever had a girl crush? Share the story in the comments!

TOP: Cartoon by Sarah Richardson. All rights reserved.

Comments

  1. My girl crush right now is Barbara Ehrenreich. After reading her books Nickel and Dimed, Bright-Sided and Bait and Switch, I feel less like a disorganized and disoriented mass of confusion unable to “network” effectively or fake myself into permanent “positivity”, and more like I could be normal. She made me feel… validated. What a relief. I’m not sure what this will translate into but I’m glad at least one other person shares my sense of reality.

  2. JacquelynJoan says:

    Rachel Maddow, Zooey Deschanel, Esperanza Spalding, Melanie Klein, Sara Bareilles, India Arie, Feist, Regina Spektor, Janelle Monae, Sonia Manzano,Jennifer L Pozner, Melissa Harris Perry, Audrey Hepburn, etc.

  3. I think you have it all wrong. How can a crush not have any sex?

    I think its more that feeling when a girl sees another woman and states, “I’d do her,” rather than the simple admiration you posit.

    • Janell Hobson says:

      I agree. I always thought “girl crushes” were ways for straight women to freely admit to desiring other women. A way of getting beyond the heteronormative gaze.

      I mean, there’s admiring your role models and then there’s admiring someone you think is hot.

      Or have I misunderstood? If this “Girl Crush” media can’t capture the erotic aspects of girl crushes, then what really makes them any different from other women’s magazines that herald high-profile and other women?

  4. yes i have a girl crush on Gloria Steinem

  5. I met her on the first day of my women studies class, she was the professor. Dr. Elliott impressed me immensely every class with her knowledge. She is pretty but her knowledge is sexy. I now understand what Alice Walker meant when she said “A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or non sexually appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility,values tears as a natural counterbalance of laughter, and women’s strength.” She makes me want to learn and immediately get wrapped up in my thoughts of listening to her speak about anything over a bottle of Merlot.

  6. I love this post so much! Definitely book marking your website.

    I love women – and not necessarily just in a sexual way! And i always encourage my straight friends to bring on more of the girl love. There is way too much girl hate going around.

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