The biggest lesson I’ve learned from Carmen and her work is that you’re allowed to be fun-loving and outraged at the state of the world; you can wear pink and be taken seriously; you can be obsessed with pop culture and still be an intellectual—as a woman, you’re allowed to be complicated and multi-faceted and celebrated for who you are.Hannah Hightman, introducing an interview with Carmen for Hypezine
Carmen Rios is a feminist superstar.
She has been tackling the personal and political in public—online, in print and through popular podcast and video series—for over ten years.
Carmen cut her teeth in the blogosphere as a longtime contributor at Everyday Feminism, a founding SPARK Movement activist and a writer for Mic. She went on to steer and create content as Autostraddle’s Feminism Editor, the Managing Digital Editor of Ms. magazine, and co-founder and Managing Editor of Argot Magazine. Her work has since been published in print and online by BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS. Her essays appear in the WE SPOKE anthology by Meital Yaniv and multiple Autostraddle and Argot print projects. Carmen is now the Consulting Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME,the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms.
Carmen is also the former co-host and co-producer of podcasts and video series including THE BOSSY SHOW, a political talk show for young women, and TRIGGER HAPPY, a weekly video series for Binge Networks. Most recently, she was the host and producer of Bitch Media’s Popaganda podcast, which covered a broad range of cultural topics and featured voices from across the feminist movement; and the Ms. LIVE Q&A video series, which put her in conversation with feminist thought and movement leaders.
Carmen’s work has been described as “beautiful,” “moving,” “wondrous,” “powerful,” “impactful,” and “really good stuff.” Since she works primarily online, she has also been hailed as “petulant and idiotic,” “intimidating to some,” “vapid and uninteresting” and “brazenly misandrist,” and a man also once offered without invitation that her voice sounded like “Joe Camel’s the day after a bender.” Rumors are swirling that she is working on a memoir—and that when it is finished, it is, as the kids say, “over for you bitches.”
Alongside her creative endeavors, Carmen has also worked as a communications strategist and community-builder. She has designed, executed and expanded successful strategies related to fundraising, community-building, press relations and digital organizing, produced digital and live events and experiences, and authored and launched viral campaigns and petitions. Carmen now works through an independent practice with a range of values-oriented clients to upend the kyriarchy.
Carmen’s depth of experience and unique perspective have made her a sought-after speaker and media personality. She has been overheard on NPR and forced to wear make-up on CNN, Good Morning America and the CBS Early Show; profiled by the New York Times, HypeZine HerCampus and HoneyBee; and covered by the Washington Post, Diva magazine, Jezebel, TIME, Nylon and the Guardian; and her work has also been praised by Longreads, Mashable, BuzzFeed, Curve, Logo, Autostraddle and The Rumpus, among others, and incorporated into coverage by outlets like NBC, Daily Dot, Bustle, Romper, and Vox. She has also delivered addresses at events including the National Conference on Sexual Assault, the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, the Momentum Conference, A-Camp and the National Women’s Studies Association Conference; and been invited to guest lecture in classes and speak independently or as part of symposiums at Little Red School House, Northeastern University, the University of Pennsylvania, Smith College and Merrimack College. (Carmen’s podcasts and written pieces, particularly her work for Everyday Feminism and her Rebel Girls series for Autostraddle, are often taught in women’s studies courses across the country and cited in academic publications.)
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