The internet links women across oceans and time zones, and it breaks down the barriers of language to overthrow and challenge sexist and misogynistic media.
The internet is a vehicle for activism and can spark movements overnight through Twitter, Facebook, and various online platforms.
Women between the ages of 18 and 29 are the “power users of social networking,” and according to this study from Pew’s Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, the number of women using digital media is increasing.
The recent surge of online literary magazines are sources of strong and safe community spaces that publish and feature poets, essayists, writers, and artists who create work for (and by) women and non-binary people. Through language and art, activism thrives.
The internet has opened up the door to a close and intimate space for creatives to share ideas, pass along knowledge, and educate others while being miles a part.
Here are three top platforms that you should look out for and keep up with in your daily feminist lit routine.
This intersectional feminist literary magazine publishes diverse work by marginalized groups from Tuesday through Thursday with interviews on Monday and Friday. Yep, that means The Fem is pumping out new work pretty much all of the time.
The magazine launched #ReadFeminists in 2015, where readers and writers can recommend their favorite must-read feminist work by using the hashtag.
2. Lumen Mag
In 2014, Rosemary Donahue and Yemeni Padilla connected through their intense passion and energy about social justice, politics, and art. Lumen was born as a result. The project has three issues, which feature poetry, personal essays, fiction, and interviews. Issue 3 features fiction, poetry, non fiction, and artwork by creatives such as, Vivian Hua, Jennifer Hanks, and Miranda Tsang.
Another incredible aspect to Lumen is their blog, where writers can submit work on a rolling basis. Pieces like “Why I Feel I’ll Never Be Mexican Enough” and “Every Man in Chicago Looks like My Ex-Boyfriend” are powerful works that speak volumes about the safe space that Lumen has to offer for their readers and writers.
Based in Austin, Texas, this literary arts zine highlights work by women, trans* folk, genderqueer, people of people, and individuals within the LGBTQ community. Their print issues include art, essays, poetry, and fiction where feminist topics are at the core.
So far, Feminine Inquiry has released two issues in the summer and fall of 2015 and will be releasing Issue 3 in the coming months. A blog portion of the platform keeps up with book reviews, art reviews, interviews, and lifestyle topics.
What other feminist literary magazines do you read on the daily? Sound off in the comments!