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Off Our Backs In Financial Trouble

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July 11th, 2008

Off Our Backs, the venerable feminist journal that has been publishing now for 38 years is in deep financial trouble and may not be able to continue publishing. This week the collective that publishes the magazine sent out a plea for funds. Print media in general is struggling these days, but as many of us know all too well, funding anything feminist can be close to impossible.

Many of us in the business of putting out feminist media have been involved in conversations about the need to get feminist voices into mainstream and liberal media that routinely excludes women’s voices and to also have feminist-owned media. There is a need for both. OOB has published many of my essays, and although they have never been able to pay writers, I have felt that it was urgently important to participate in producing feminist media and it has been an honor to write for them.

They are in the process of producing what may be the last issue of OOB unless funding comes through. I am guest-editing that issue which will focus on women and peace. It is an amazing issue with essays from more than 20 women from around the world and I feel very privileged to have been able to work with Off Our Backs to produce this collection of urgently needed woman wisdom. To be blunt, I had approached several other feminist publishers about working with this material and they were not able to do it and let’s face it, women talking about peace tends not to be a financial winner in the publishing biz. If it were not for OOB, I don’t know if publishing this work would have been possible.

Off Our Backs needs your financial help to continue to publish which you can do by clicking here. I urge you to do so, we cannot allow this longtime voice of women everywhere to go silent.

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