Serena Freewomyn

Better Know a Contributor: Jessica Hoffmann

Filed By Serena Freewomyn | May 11, 2008 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: Jessica Hoffmann, make/shift

Editor's Note: You've seen Steven Colbert's "Better Know a Lobbyist," but our version is so much gayer! Each weekend, we spotlight a different TBP contributor. In case you've missed any of our previous interviews, I've got links at the end of the post.

This week the spotlight is on Jessica Hoffmann. Jessica is an LA-based writer, editor, and activist. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Kitchen Sink, The NewStandard, Social Policy, Bitch, elimae, Watchword, and the anthologies We Don't Need Another Wave: Dispatches from the Next Generation of Feminists and Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity. Jessica is a member of the editorial and publishing collective behind make/shift, a new magazine documenting contemporary feminist culture and activism.

It was nice of Jessica to take some time out of her crazy schedule to answer my questions.

1. How did you get roped into writing for TBP?
Mattilda! She called me last summer (I think?) and told me about the project, and why she was going to participate, and asked whether I'd be interested in participating, too. I was concerned about taking on something new when my schedule was already packed, but intrigued by the idea of so many voices on one blog and liked that part of what that meant was I wouldn't feel the pressure of posting all the time myself -- that, among other things, the multivoice aspect of the project created a space for some of us who don't have time to post a lot to still participate in blogging.

2. What was your coming out experience like?
Ongoing. As a queer-identified person in a relationship that most people want to read as straight, I feel like queer visibility is something I'm always actively engaged in. Among many other things I value about not doing marriage (although I could marry my partner in any state), every time someone asks whether (or when, if they're really presumptuous and annoying!) I'm gonna get married, it's an opportunity to talk about queer identity and politics, and, however frustrating I find those questions, I love jumping on that opportunity!

3. If you were a WWE wrestler, what would your theme song be?
Um, I haven't watched that kinda thing since my days of watching GLOW with my sister in the early '80s (sad but true, I loved the farmer's daughter--it must've been the frayed denim...), so I'm probably gonna fail at the cultural nuances here ... yeah, I don't think I'm pop-culture-hip enough to even try and answer this.

4. What book should every Projector read?
Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology

5. Be honest . . . favorite Spice Girl?

6. Favorite late night snack?

Check out previous interviews with TBP Contributors
Alex Blaze
Don Sherfick
Sara Whitman
Brent Hartinger

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I'm with you on the wrestler thing, Jess. I had to look up WWE when Don had to answer the question (or at least try!).

C'mon though, Jess. You have to fess up to knowing who the Spice Girls are/were. That whole David Beckham angle that's been going for like ten years now gives it away in that whole "Sure I've heard of Brad Pitt, but who's this Angelina Jolie person of which you speak?"

I loved your answer to the coming out question!

oh, i know who the spice girls are, but seriously ... i got nothin' for you on a favorite among them. :)