Jackie Hamric is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of an online community called I Am The F-Bomb. The name references the profane treatment of feminism (the “other f-word”) in media representation. The site consists of more than 50 contributors whose work includes hundreds of personal stories, fashion pieces, original comics and so much more.
What inspired the creation of I Am The F-Bomb?
Three years ago, I found myself introducing The Punk Singer at Sidewalk Film Festival after I virtually raised my hand through social media when an organizer asked if anyone had experience with being in an all-girl punk rock band. The documentary follows Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill who is considered a leader in the Riot grrrl movement and fought to bring “girls to the front.” This virtual hand-raising also signed me up to be on a panel discussing feminism in music. Growing up, I idolized so many women artists, but I had never dissected why it was so very important to me and to so many other women. I left the panel discussion inspired to keep the conversation going and decided to create a place for any and every woman to share their personal story. I wanted to let others know they weren’t alone, to inspire writers to write and to open eyes that being a woman and calling yourself a “feminist” isn’t a negative thing. Feminism has been tagged a bad word, “the other f-word,” “dropping the f-bomb,” and I decided to take ownership of it. Hence the name: I Am The F-Bomb.
Who are the voices behind I Am The F-Bomb?
I’m Jacklyn Loquidis Hamric, the Founder and Editor-in-Chief and am but one voice in the group. We have had submissions from over 50 contributors and have included hundreds of personal stories, opinion/response pieces, interviews, playlists, news articles, fashion pieces, original comics, collaborations and so much more. We’ve opened the doors to students from Birmingham Southern College for their women’s studies class and even let men contribute and take over the site for a whole week, too.
Why was Birmingham a good starting point for I Am The F-Bomb?
The South is famous for our storytelling, and I’m a big fan of The Moth and Arc Stories. I think it’s in our blood. But, there is something specifically interesting in being a progressive and independent woman in the South. Now, multiply that by 50 and have all of them write stories on any number of topics. That’s what I Am The F-Bomb has become … a safe place for these contributors to be completely open, completely honest, and it’s so refreshing.
What do you see for I Am The F-Bomb in the future?
We’ve been doing live readings and panel discussions for the last two years, and I’d like to continue doing both of these while opening discussions up to the public. I want to make sure that we cover the spectrum of voices including all ethnicities and sexual orientations. I’d also like to do a “Best Of” book with our most important and popular pieces from the site. My ultimate goal is to inspire, to help as many contributors pursue their dreams, be a cheerleader and an editor, and be open to whatever comes our way.
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs in Birmingham?
I think it is of the utmost importance to do what makes you happy. I have a philosophy in life (which I’ll edit because of a bad word), but it’s “F yes or not at all.” If you keep asking yourself if your idea is a good one and your response is always “F yes,” then make a solid plan and make it happen. You’ll never know until you try.