Maya Dusenbery is now a Feministing Editor!

The final question in the Feministing Five is: “You’re going to a desert island, and you’re allowed to take one food, one drink, and one feminist. What do you pick?”

If I were going to a desert island, I would take matzoball soup, Orangina, and Maya Dusenbery.

Maya is the author of some of my favourite Feministing posts – and probably yours, too. She’s smart, funny, and sometimes I’ll read something she’s written and think, “holy shit, this woman gets it.” I want this woman on my desert island. She comes through for friends and colleagues when they need her. She pays opportunities forward. She handles problems with a cool head and a laugh. She also knows how to party, just in case our desert island is party-equipped.

Maya has been writing for Feministing as a contributor for almost two years, and she was writing in the Community blog before that. She’s become an invaluable member of our team, and we’re lucky to have her voice here on the site.

Which is why I’m so thrilled to announce that Maya is now an Editor at She’s joining one of the greatest teams of which I’ve ever had the privilege to be a member. She’s been doing the work of an Editor for a few months now, but today it is official. And I know I speak for all the other Editors when I say that we are beyond fortunate, and beyond delighted, to have her on board.

Please congratulate her in comments or, if you’re in San Francisco, go hug her. My arms aren’t that long.

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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