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Detesting the Term Webmistress

I’m not sleeping with the webmaster and I’m certainly not sleeping with the entire web. I am the webmaster, not the webmistress. Am I nuts? Does the connotation of the word ‘webmistress’ bother anyone else?

As promised, here is the link to Starrynight Productions. As webmaster, I’d love some feedback.

There are a ton of links that aren’t working yet- virtually the entire navigation bar. This makes me crazy but Russell wants the site up in its entirety, whether the content is there or not. I have convinced myself that, from a testing standpoint, it is more advantageous for people to see where we intend to go with the site and have them comment on that rather than cramming an entire site into a single html file to act as a placeholder. So I apologize for all of the self-referring links. Try and see the vision, folks.

That being said, I’m a total hack. I’m making it up as I go. Perpetual beta. Have any nuggets of wisdom? Send ’em my way! I need to figure out syndication so I can get an RSS feed up for the news section…

While I’m at it, I may as well plug The Babbling Banshee, opening March 19th. This is a great show about Irish storytelling (among other themes). The play is about 45 minutes long and is suitable for all ages, although I think middle school-aged and up will get more out of play. Details on the website.

I would highly recommend coming to see the show at Rachael’s Cafe. Rachael has been amazing in her collaborations with Russell. She will have an Irish stew and boxty (a potato pancake sort of thing) dinner a half hour before the show. Naturally, there will be coffee, tea and baked goods too. Hope to see you there!

2 replies on “Detesting the Term Webmistress”

To tell you the truth, as another female webmaster, the thought of using the term “webmistress” to refer to myself never really crossed my mind. (Or at least never stuck there if it did.) But then the male vs. female vs. neutral distinctions when using such terms have never really worried me as much as they have some people.


I never really thought about it before either. I was talking to someone about this project and the gendered terms came up. I had this bizarre knee-jerk reaction and I’m not sure what it’s stemming from.I wouldn’t call myself a feminist exactly; philosophically, I’m more of a humanist- people are people. Gender distinctions seem to further confuse complex human nature by trying to make people fit into one of two rigid (at least in American society) camps. I guess I was just frustrated that my reproductive organs came up in a conversation about me authoring a website. I have to admit that now, in the light of day, after rest from hours of staring at code, it doesn’t seem like such a big deal; an opportunity for a linguistic discussion rather than a bitch fest.Gender connotations aside, semantically, I suppose I’m better described as a webnovice (how about webnoob?) as opposed to a webmaster anyway. : )


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