soisaystoher is a blog that exists to give women in Northern Ireland a chance to get talking about the issues that affect us. Whether you want to celebrate the achievements of women who have impressed and inspired you, or voice your frustrations about the sexism that tries to hold us back and pigeon-hole us, we want you to feel welcome to share your views with people who will encourage and challenge each other.

soisaystoher is edited by me, Kellie Turtle. I decided to start the blog while studying for an MA in Gender and Society at Queen’s University in Belfast, an experience that gave me lots to think about. Having used facebook as an outlet for some of these thoughts, I discovered that quite a few people also wanted to talk about gender and sexism and what it all means in Northern Ireland, in this day and age.

soisaystoher is a community blog, designed to facilitate a conversation as opposed to just the thoughts of this Guardian reading, Stephen Nolan listening, X-factor watching feminist. I read a great article by S. Laurel Weldon when I was studying for my MA, about how the views of women are represented. She uses the image of a jigsaw to explain that we need to come together in order for the female experience to be properly represented. Each of us holds one piece of the jigsaw and we’ll only know what the picture looks like when we all step forward and put our piece in place.

For that reason I would like to invite you to take part by commenting on the posts and by becoming a contributing author. You can do this by emailing posts you would like to be featured to soisaystoher -at- (change -at- to @ of course… I’m avoiding spambots!). While there may be important events on the world stage that are worth writing about, it would be great if we could focus this blog on events here at home as there are so many gender issues within our local politics, media, culture and communities that deserve our attention. Any decision to not use a post you contribute will be discussed with you.

Comment policy:

Some moderation of comments will take place. While we want to have open and honest discussions any comments that are obvious attempts to derail those conversations with deliberately offensive material will be removed. If a comment is framed in terms of the issues it will be accepted, regardless of whether or not it is in agreement with the original post. However, if the comment strays into personal attacks (you’re an idiot, you must be ugly, you women are all the same….blah blah blah) then it will not be published. This is a feminist community blog and as such will attempt to create a safe space for people who wish to explore feminist analyses of our society. Comment threads will not be allowed to be dominated by posts that are intended only to tell feminists we are wrong. There are plenty of other places on the internet where you can do this. In summary, aim to contribute intelligent and creative argument that is not peppered with personal insult and your comment will be welcome.

I hope you enjoy getting involved!


6 Responses to “About us”

  1. 1 Susan October 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Kellie I am so excited by this! As part of my project we started the Leading Ladies initiative today with a lunch with 14 women talking about being women. Next week we have our film festival looking at women’s roles on the big screen. It really looks like the time is now.

    • 2 soisaystoher October 27, 2009 at 12:19 am

      hey susan. would love to meet the group and get to the film festival. Get someone to write a piece about it and I’ll put it up here. Send me dates and blurb in the meantime so i can get the word out.

  2. 3 shane magee October 27, 2009 at 5:13 am

    thrilled to see this beginning finally begun kellie and excited to watch where the journey takes you.

  3. 4 Emma May 11, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Hi Kellie,

    Just to give you a heads up about an event in Dublin in June; its part of the Dublin Writer’s Festival. Natasha Walter and Susan McKay will be speaking about sexism and “what message does our hypersexualised culture and its airbrushed version of femininity send out to women and young girls whose ambitions often stop at fame, glamour and endorsement by men? To what degree are we limiting their futures, and what actions can we, as a society, take to counter the slide?”

    Here is the link:

    I’m loving your blog and spreading the word about it 🙂


  4. 5 soisaystoher May 11, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Emma

    That event sounds great. Unfortunately I will have just gotten married the day before and it would probably be the shortest marriage ever if I got up the next morning and headed for a feminist seminar in Dublin. Shame though.

    Thanks for the encouragement and support. How great to see the conversation expanding and bringing together lots of voices.


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