My name is Chally. I live in Australia and work as a consultant, having previously been a freelance writer and editor. I was first published at four, started writing for a local newspaper column at fifteen, and never want to stop writing. Among other things, I’m now twenty-five, non-white, cis, disabled, a woman and a feminist. I enjoy feminist science fiction, knitting, cake and pulling apart preconceptions about the world and identity. I consider that I’ve been a feminist all my life but only realised consciously in 2007.

I started blogging at Zero at the Bone on 20 November 2008, but I guess you could say that I really started 31 December 2008. Take everything here as work in progress. I blog about my life and social justice, feminism in particular. I’m mostly doing it to further causes I care about, express myself, build connections and develop my mind. I hope you enjoy it and get something out of it, too. You can check out the tags and categories for more.

You can contact me at chally dot zeroatthebone at gmail dot com.

I greatly enjoy reader email, so please go ahead. I try to respond to emails as quickly as I can. I’m happy to be interviewed for your publication/thesis/school project. Yes, you may use blog posts of mine for education purposes, and please let me know if you do.

I have written for Bitch Magazine, Global Comment, The Guardian, Made You Look, Scarleteen, and a number of other publications. Check out my professional writerly website, which is currently inactive as I’m not presently working as a writer and editor.

I have also written for:

  • Feministe, one of the biggest feminist group blogs.
  • Radical Readers, an online bookclub full of feminist-focussed discussion and wonderfulness.
  • Gender Across Borders, a global feminist blog.
  • And FWD/Forward, taglined ‘Feminists with disabilities for a way forward’. Some of the best disability/feminism writers I’ve ever encountered over there, seriously.

And currently:

You can also find me on Twitter: my locked Twitter account is @ChallyZatB and my public one is @ChallyWrites.

About the blog name

The title comes from an Emily Dickinson poem known as “The Snake,” “A Narrow Fellow in the Grass” and “Zero at the Bone” (Dickinson didn’t often name her own poems, so other people have taken to doing it for her). An extract:

But never met this fellow,
Attended or alone,
Without a tighter breathing,
And zero at the bone.

To me it conveys the clear knowledge of the vulnerable self. I first encountered the phrase in a James Tiptree, Jr. essay also called “Zero at the Bone” (published in Meet Me at Infinity (2000) ed. Jeffrey D. Smith).

So, why did I choose it for my blog? Feminism requires participants to engage in the state of having zero at the bone. It’s the shock of click moments, the personal investment needed for action, the conviction to keep moving forward. A feminist must, simply put, keep an eye on the ball. The blog title is a reminder to me to do just that.

Further notes

This blog is archived by the National Library of Australia.

I am committed to accessibility on ZatB. If you are having trouble accessing the blog, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Please link and use a fair use excerpt rather than copying and pasting entire blog posts.

Text says 'One Lovely Blog Award'. There's also a pink rose and a pink and white teacup
A drawing of a lemonade stand with red wheels and a shade. There's a sign on the front with a drawing of a lemon saying 'lemonade 50c'.
Thanks to Mim of Mim’s Muddle for these awards!
A square black and white award with swirly bits with butterflies at the top. Text reads 'Blog awards winner' (next line) 'beautiful blogger' (next line) award'.
Thanks to Spilt Milk for this award!
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Thanks to Dominique and Cosette for this award!
A pink, green, and blue patterned background. Writing says Krativ Blogger Award.
Thanks to Nicola Hastings for this award!

A roughly made picture of a pink milkshake in a glass, with a large semicolon in the centre.
Zero at the Bone’s mascot, the Strawberry Milkshake of Semicolonic Splendour. Context here.


8 thoughts on “About”

  1. Melinda said:

    Chally, you’re awesome. :)

  2. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award because I love reading your posts. You can find information about it at my blog. Keep on writing!

  3. Hi Chally,

    What a pleasant discovery! I actually found you via a postcard created out of a quote from a previous post of yours ‘On claiming to be a stupid man …’ . Here’s the link that brought me to you – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151988769270083&set=a.10151804932615083.859330.243605045082&type=1&theater

    Anyway, the minute I opened your blog, I was intrigued by the name, because the name of my blog and social enterprise, which I just started a few months ago is “Zero By Zawadi” – Zawadi is my name and it means gift in Kiswahili. I’m from Kenya and I’m also a feminist. Anyway, I have many more thoughts to share, but I’ll leave it at this for now. If you are interested, please check out my blog, or follow me on twitter @ZeroByZawadi (my African yoga-inspired social enterprise) or @Zawadin (that’s me! :-)).



  4. I’m so stoked I found your blog and links to Down Under Feminists Carnival. Looking forward to reading a whole lot more!!

  5. Love your work. And that you enjoy “pulling apart preconceptions about the world and identity.”
    I discovered you because I wanted to know who wrote that classic post about Patriarchy and Feminism, concluding with “have the capacity to be decent and wonderful people”.
    Over 11,000 shares. But not who wrote it.
    Thank you.

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