Fat Quarter magazine

// 26 September 2010

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Lucky me: I received a copy of Issue 2 of Fat Quarter magazine, a slim but glossy ‘countercultural ladies mag’ which is sister publication to the blog/website.

This issue, which looks as stylish as ever, has a ‘women as warriors’ theme, featuring interviews with artists and musicians including She Makes War; Good Wives and Warriors, and Warpaint.

It also features a short story by Michele Roberts, an outsider’s view of gender relations in Japan, a piece on ethical fashion and a story on the ‘real’ JT Leroy.

The magazine also features several interesting book and music reviews.

I also really loved the nod to feminism in the photo shoot for the ‘1 Afternoon: 1 Skirt’ piece. I won’t spoil it for you – get your own copy here!

Comments From You

Matt // Posted 26 September 2010 at 5:38 pm

An interesting article. What surprises me, though, is how this magazine is called “a countercultural “ladies” mag” – what is wrong with using the term “women’s” in its title?

It surprises me even now, with all the changes in society, how people still don’t want to use the word “woman”.

Rose // Posted 27 September 2010 at 11:37 am

@Matt,

When I hear the word ‘women’ I expect it to be derogatory, when I hear ‘ladies’, I expect it to be patronizing.

I’d like to see the words reclaimed – or indeed, claimed, (did we ever really possess them?).

Let alone ‘a long way to go’, I don’t think mainstream society is even really headed in the ‘equality’ direction.

Catherine Redfern // Posted 27 September 2010 at 7:29 pm

“Lady” is quite often used by feminists (particularly younger ones) in an ironic/reclaiming kind of way; Ladyfest for example. I’m sure that’s the case here too!

Maybe it’s a generational thing.

Matt // Posted 29 September 2010 at 10:20 pm

@Rose,

Thanks for your comment. I am quite surprised that you expect the word “women” to be derogatory – correct me if I’m wrong, but hasn’t feminism to some extent led to the word “woman” and its plural to become more positive and equal-sounding to “man”?

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