On Zoe Williams
Abby OReilly // 7 October 2007
I posted a blog yesterday about the journalist Zoe Williams, which some of you may have seen. I have removed it, as I found that it was being interpreted in a distinctly offensive way, which was not my intention at all. I do not endorse journalism that yields its content at the expense of another (I believe this type of writing devalues the genre), and although this was not what I was doing, I felt that as my blog had (though unintentionally) offended, it was appropriate to delete it.
I think to a certain extent Williams has become a British institution, offering her unique brand of humour across a diverse number of publications as varied as the New Statesman and Marie Claire. I think she is hugely talented and is, in many respects, an inspirational woman, having carved a lucrative career for herself in an industry traditionally dominated by men. I am a fan of Williams, and I hope that this blog clears up any misunderstanding that arose from my initial posting, as the very last thing I would want to do is to upset or insult anyone, least of all someone I admire.
Williams has recently given birth to a baby boy and I would like to offer my warmest congratulations, as I am sure many people would, and I wish her and her family all the best at what is a very special time.
Last Friday Williams wrote an article for G2 magazine discussing the pressures placed on women to endure childbirth without pain relief, and this can be read here.