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(en) Ireland, Dublin, The anarcha-feminist magazine RAG #1 - Introduction and content

Date Sun, 04 Nov 2007 20:55:26 +0200

This is the intro from the RAG issue 1. Issue 2 is now available. We will update this page in the next week or two! Check back! --- The RAG is a magazine produced by a diverse group of anarcha-feminist women in Dublin. We are all feminists, united in our recognition that women's subordination exists. Our struggle needs to be fought alongside the struggle against other forms of oppression, not treated as an afterthought or as a distraction. We are all anarchists, united in our belief for the need to create alternatives to this capitalistic, patriarchal society wherein all are dominated and exploited. ---- Although anarchism is, in theory, inherently feminist, the reality is often quite different. RAG was created out of a need to bring feminist issues into mainstream anarchist sphere. We hope the magazine will contribute to a change in anarchists' organising, on all levels. We desire a fully participatory role for women in anarchism.

This first issue of the magazine has taken over a year to produce, and has been an important and fulfilling process. We have taken time to get to know one another, to become comfortable talking in groups and to discuss and develop our ideas. While some women in RAG have been long-time political organisers, others have approached the group from a range of diverse backgrounds.

We have remained committed to non-hierarchical structures within the collective, with revolving facilitators, skill sharing, group editing, mutual support and respect, and, whenever possible, consensus decision making.

As time goes by members come and go but the spirit of the collective remains constant and, we hope, welcoming, involving and empowering. Over the past year and a half we have held discussions on a variety of topics from motherhood to the sex industry, watched feminist films, had a pro-choice stickering campaign, organised an anarchist assembly and workshops, swapped and shared books and zines, built friendships and supported one another.

We hope that this magazine will provide food for thought and provoke discussion. We hope that readers will be inspired to set up their own feminist collectives, organise workshops, start and continue writing, and otherwise bring the anarcha-feminist gospel to the streets where they live. Please contact us with your feedback and ideas to tell us what you think about the magazine, and what you would like to see addressed in future issues. If you are a woman* living in our area interested in writing or organising for the revolution, please come get involved.

This is just the beginning!

Love and Solidarity,

We will post details about the second RAG magazine here soon!

The first RAG magazine is 42 pages of content inside a colour cover.
The table of contents goes like this...

* guerilla girls
* FW:fwd:…just a laugh?
* unschooling: let's get free
* unionising sex work
* book review: mother shock!
* the female eye
* anti-cramps tea recipe
* women and anarchism [también en español - mujeres y anarchismo]
* rape culture
* sexual violence in our communities
* midwifery as feminist praxis
* anger: birthed and transformed
* feminist health organised
* perpetual immigrant
* places to swim in and around dublin
* down with cystitis
* khatarina tour diary
* RAG recommends…
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