Update! We’re over here now: http://genderplayful.tumblr.com
Hello Gorgeous Genderforkers!
This is Sarah Dopp, your humble Genderfork founder, and I want to run an idea by you.
I’d like to start a new project: a genderplayful, body-positive, fashion-savvy online marketplace. This would be a space where people sell to each other (like Ebay and Etsy), with a focused emphasis on solving all of our wardrobe problems. Together.
We’d pull in a mix of indie clothing designers, body-savvy tailors for custom alterations, small business clothing shops, crafters, and folks who want to share things from their closet. All with a celebratory and problem-solving emphasis on creating clothes that fit our genders, styles, and bodies.
Allow me to elaborate on this (while naked):
Sounding like a good idea so far? Do you want it? Do your toes start tingling when you think about this, like mine are right now?
If so, then here’s how this can play out. I have the management, web development, and community-building skills to make this happen. What I don’t have yet are the time or the money (well, really just the money, since money buys time). But I have a plan to get them: a public fundraiser, plus a loan from my family.
The key to securing those funds is being able to prove that this project is important. That’s where I need your help.
If you want this project to happen, there are three powerful, important, super-helpful things you can do right now to push it forward:
1) Make a video of yourself telling a camera why this is so important. This will have a HUGE impact on the public fundraising. If I can edit together a collage video showing many people asking for this, you know it will hit home. (More info on how to get your video to me is over here.)
2) Write out why this matters to you. Explain it to the outside world: why does this need to happen? You can leave it as a comment below, or send it in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will use your stories to make a stronger case for the project.
3) Get someone else to help. If you know someone who is comfortable in front of a camera, please personally appeal to them to make a short video for this. If you have a blog and you know your readers would love this project, please ask them to step up and share their stories. If you have a friend who absolutely needs this to happen, make sure they know it’s in the works, and how they can help.
I’m seriously excited about this. I’ve been working on the plan for a year, and it’s time to swing it into motion. But it (really, seriously) won’t happen unless I can prove that you need it, so it’s time to get noisy about the idea. Let’s show ’em all how it is.
Thank you so much for all your support.
Lots of love,
p.s. The Genderfork staff and I have agreed that this should be a separate project from Genderfork. Genderfork will stay the same.