Femspec Journal

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Femspec is an interdisciplinary journal dedicated to challenging gender in science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, surrealism, myth, folklore and other supernatural genres.

We have been in existence since 1999. See femspec.org. Our editorial board includes Suzanne Bellamy, William Clemente, Joan Gordon, Veronica Hollinger, Philipa Kafka, Sylvia Kelso, Lysa Rivera,, Gina Wisker and Kimberly Brown.

Our production team offers internships, apprenticeship and associate experiences to early career participants, and our art editor is Kate Millet; talent scout, Gloria Orenstein; advisory board, Suzy Charnas, Diane DiPrima, Pamela Sargeant, Sheila Tobias, Constance Brereton; contributing editors are Marleen Barr, Samuel R., Delany and Darko Suvin. Contact femspec@aol.com to subscribe, donate, submit, and get involved.

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When did you first start writing?
As a child. My first poem was about watching a basketball game as I sat in the bleachers after not making cheerleader. I became Junior Poet of Indiana.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was an author for many years, but here we are publishing as many individuals contributions to the journal Femspec as we can, to make what we do more accessible outside academic circles. Those with access to academic data bases can get the material, or subscribers, but we also have readers beyond that base.
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"All that you touch you change": Utopian Desire and the Concept of Change in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Patricia Melzer, Femspec Issue 3.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 12,530. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
This analysis examines two literary narratives by Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998) that elucidate the intersection of three fields in Western thought: the notion of utopia, feminist politics and theory, and feminist science fiction.
"Journey through Mlle. De Scudery’s Carte de Tendre" by Gloria Orenstein, Femspec Issue 3.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 8,110. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
La Carte de Tendre or the Map of the country of Tenderness can be viewed as a precursor of many board games, and, one might also claim that it foreshadows certain contemporary computer games. However, I see it more as a map of Mlle. De Scudery’s desire, and of the emotional geography of the territory of her political ambition and her sexual imagination.
Why Is the Future So Young?: Gender and Age in Elizabeth Moon’s Remnant Population By Christy Tidwell
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,420. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Discussions of the politics of science fiction literature often consider gender, sexuality, race, class, and, more recently, disability; age, however, is far less present within science fiction and science fiction criticism. Few representations of old age spring to mind within the genre, particularly within written works of science fiction.
2 Interviews by Stephanie Rogers, Femspec Issue 15
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Interviews with Ursula K. Le Guin and Marge Piercy by Stephanie Rogers
Care Work, Age, and Culture in Butler’s Parable Series by Derek Thiess, Femspec Issue 15
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 10,300. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
With the growing popularity of post-apocalyptic scenarios, not just in SF literature but also in reality television shows about survivalism such as Doomsday Preppers (2011), Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998) are more relevant than ever.
"Malkah, [Old] Age, and Jewish Identity in Marge Piercy’s He, She and It" by Naomi Mercer, Femspec Issue 15
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 7,380. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Writing from within the Jewish tradition, Marge Piercy’s novel, He, She and It, contributes to the on-going debate regarding gender equality and kyriarchal conceptions of older women through challenging the inclusion, or exclusion, of the Other including the elder in social institutions. 
Teaching Joanna Russ’s Consciousness-Raising Novels of the 70s: Three Decades Later by Batya Weinbaum, Femspec Issue 16.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Batya Weinbaum describes her experience with teaching the Joanna Russ' The Female Man and We Who Are About To… to students three decades after publication.
Clairvoyant Visions and Dreams of Peace: The Art of Betty La Duke by Gloria Orenstein, Femspec Issue 16.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Gloria Orenstein examines the work of artist, Betty La Duke.
Toward Utopia
Price: $19.95 USD. Words: 70,030. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory, Essay » Literature
First, the imagined societies described in the texts that Naomi Mercer examines here exhibit characteristics of kyriarchy, which she defines as “the interlocking axes of domination and privilege that determine the nature of relationships and the power differentials that affect them.”
Memoirs of an Academic Career
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
An expose of the deeply troubling conduct toward women of the academic institutions as they exist in America. Here is an account of the damaging effects to one woman's academic career.
Writer's Respite at Wiscon '99, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature
This is a review of a morning workshop, called "Writers' Respite," that took place a conference in Madison, Wisconsin. New SF writers were brought face to face with experienced writers in order to help guide them to future success.
Women Alone, Men Alone: Single-Sex Utopias, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,370. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature
Using the concepts of Eutopia and Dystopia to describe the extremes of utopias, Brian Attebery's article "Women Alone, Men Alone: Single-Sex Utopias" examines the revivification of utopian fiction since the 1950s. By coining the term masculinist as a linguistic parallel to feminist, Attebery provides useful terms for discussion of utopia and gender in new ways.
Two Reviews, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature
Judith Laura's novel, Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, and Treena Kortje's novel, Variations of Eve, are discussed. Laura is claimed to have spent a great deal of time and effort searching for original gender classifications in the bible. Kortje's novel describes many possible stories of Eve and the garden of Eden.
The First FEMSPEC Salon: NWSA Albuquerque, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 820. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature
This is a review of a meeting that took place during a conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. People from across the country gathered to discuss the progress of the FEMSPEC journal and how they became interested in working on it. Ideas for future editions were also discussed.
Surrealist Women, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 2,710. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature
Penelope Rosemont's Surrealist Women: An International Anthology, is discussed. This collection contains writings and some visual work by approximately one hundred women from all over the world. These surrealist women are also talked about as being political activists.
Revelation 24:12, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Plays » Women Authors
This play includes two characters who are a married couple. The wife sees an angel. The husband tries to find something about angels in the Bible, while the wife defines revelation for him. She claims that the whole point of a revelation is to introduce something new. Gender differences are noted when reacting to the same situation.
Reception of Fairy Tale Motifs in Texts by Twentieth-Century German Women Writers, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
This article discusses how cultural information and stories have been passed from one generation to the next. The fairy tales were restructured to focus more on the female's point of view. Some of these include stories with mothers and no fathers, depicting feminism and imagination in one.
No Place, the Good Place, a New Place, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 710. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature
This is a review of a conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where the theme was Utopias/Dystopias. Hetrotopic and biocentric themes are also discussed.
Made in Canada, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature
This is a review of a conference in Canada where Canadian Science fiction was discussed. SF, Canadian literature was looked at in the context of all Canadian literature, and then with the concept of "borders" as creating regional identities. Many Canadian authors and works were discussed including Nalo Hopkinson, who performed an unpublished piece of hers.
Coyote Wants a Baby and Father Coyote, two short stories by Stephanie Sellers, Femspec vol.2 issues 1 and 2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » Female authors, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Two short stories by Native American Stephanie Sellers. She tells the story of a mythic coyote who wants to give birth. When Nurse I'm-in-Charge rammed the wires to the heart monitor up Coyote's vagina, she ordered him to stop screaming. "Good girls deliver quietly," she told him.
Beast, Femspec Issue 1.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
This is a work of fiction that starts out by showing marriage (sex) as being the way to let out one's true passion and true self. The use of subtle magical realism helps the author to tell of the enjoyable and the frightening aspects that co-exist while experiencing sex within the marriage.
WisCon 22 and the Secret Feminist Cabal, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 860. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
WisCon 22 and the Secret Feminist Cabal by William Clemente is a conference and convention coverage piece on pages 110 and 111.This convention at Concourse Hotel in Madison, Wisconsin, Memorial Day Weekend, 1998, was for about 600 writers and readers of sf and feminism. As stated:"You don't just get feminism at WisCon, you get thoughtful social analysis" (110).
Transcending Gender: Challenging the Binary Divide, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Gender studies
A doctoral candidate in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve covers the Third International Congress on sex and gender held at Oxford University. She discusses intersexual individuals reported on by Lee Anderson Brown of Sydney, and explores sources that might inspire artistic representations of gender that might be more experimental for creators of future gender bending sci fi works.
The Surrealist Cosmovision of Bridget Tichenor, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,140. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Art history
Mexico provides a surreal surrounding for painters to experience new visions. Tichenor's artistic conceptions are not European. The artist makes an analogy about past practices of shamans and unexplainable phenomena in her art work. Her artwork glows in a radiating way that is un-natural. Tichenor's revealing artwork lets us see ordinary human beings unmasked.
Juneteenth, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 210. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Depiction of WinoWoman on a street in Philadelphia, with references to the mythic Harriet Tubman's feet and other aspects of celebration.
Margins Made Visible, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Gay and Lesbian » Essays
Pike's review of Laurence Schimel, ed., Things Invisible to see: Gay and Lesbian Tales of Magical Realism (Cambridge, MA: Circlet Press, 1998, paper, 12.95) explores domains in which gender and desire are flexible, using the concept of border land communities.
Sex Role Reversals in Star Trek's Planets of Women as Indices of Second Wave Media Protest, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
The critique made is that popular shows on television are reactionary products of a culture that treats women as sex objects. The episodes of Star Trek critiqued in the journal are about how the feminist movement coincided with the sexist illustration of women in the television. Watching these Star Trek episodes will reveal how icons of American culture can express popular American ideologies.
Imagine a Fish, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 70. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A very short poem of what a fish might look like if it was out of water, playing on images of male and female, and of a male trying to relate to a female being like a fish out of water.
Historical Documents: Letter of the Twenty Fourth Century, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Nonfiction » History » Oceania
This writer from the 1930s was similar to modern feminists. The story set in the twenty-fourth century includes introspection on prophecies of the past through the mechanism of old books that had been discovered from the turn of the 20th century by the protagonist.
A Little Light Shed on: Into Darkness Peering, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 960. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Minority Studies
Bogstad's review of Elizabeth Ann Leonard's collection Into Darkness Peering: Race and Color in the Fantastic, Number 74, Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Westport, CT: Greenwood 1997, 95 pp) commends the volume for remarkable feats in the history of science fiction criticism.
Birthing in a Hotel Room in San Antonio, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
This brief introduction to the journal explains why the women writers and critics felt a need to begin an interdisciplinary journal. One reason for this need to create the journal was a common feeling of being alienated as writers in male-dominated publishing circles.
Review of The Song of the Goddess, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 390. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Gender studies, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ancient
“In terms of information sharing, through this volume more people can be informed that there is the feminine centered Hindu text, the Devi-Gita, to balance the well known male-oriented Bhagavad-Gita. This seems important as a role model of an ancient religion having a supreme deity. One learns by examining this translation that Sanskrit offers different gender/andro questions than other languages.
Review of Slayage: The On-line International Journal of Buffy Studies, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Media studies
“From an episode guide to a cultural reference index, from an academic bibliography to an encyclopedia, from news of recent and forthcoming scholarly books, essays and conferences to an online shop, those interested in the burgeoning field of inquiry known as Buffy Studies need go nowhere else.”
Review of Having a Good Cry: Effeminate Feelings and Pop-Culture Forms, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
“Having a Good Cry is part of a series called ‘The Theory and Interpretation of Narrative’ from Ohio State University Press, and Warhol is correct to characterize her project as (in part) bringing a feminist narratology” to cultural studies (24). This is the source of both the project’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Gender Issues in The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
“Hollinger cites several of these works to demonstrate feminist challenges to heterosexual and patriarchal hegemony, feminist techniques of defamiliarization (e.g., re female human nature), and feminist appropriations of standard sf figures, such as aliens and cyborgs, to question traditional notions of dominance and status.
Quiescent, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A futuristic story about a loss of a family member due to an unauthorized power outage follows the life of protagonist Claire as she shuttles home to the half-underwater Venice, the ancient city enchanting at Christmastime amidst the fluttering of snow over houses, bridges and the relentless gentle waves.
Taking Out the Trash: Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed and the Feminist Voice in American SF, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
The world of SF is introduced for a complex female character in the form of the maternal shape-shifter, Anyanwu. Butler’s depiction of womanhood through Anyanwu defamiliarizes the construction of women in science fiction.
Crone’s Revenge, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
In the science building, Helgart’s twenty-sixth attempt to repair the auras of her expensive chinchillas had failed again. The bright life spikes of healthy aura were fading, and the healer is called upon to use her powers of mind streaming to diagnose and heal.
Orion, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,790. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A woman in a motorized wheelchair struggling with a painful virus and delivering her own meds by pushbutton, faces her fear of death, remembering the shy girl she had been even as one of her country’s most respected scientists and as a member of a top secret research team.
Space Opera: Melodrama, Feminism And The Women Of Farscape, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
The science fiction series Farscape (199table-of-contents002) figures aesthetically as a science fiction/soap opera hybrid, which works toward increasingly empowered female representation,” which the author discusses.
Phenomenal Women: The Shape-Shifter Archetype in Postcolonial Magical Realist Fiction, Femspec Issue 6.2
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 9,380. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
This article provocatively explores the usefulness of the construct of magical realism in the context of post-colonial oppositional narrative strategies, in particular by feminist authors.
Rats, Stones and the Goddess : A Conversation with Sabine Lichtenfels, Femspec Issue 9.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
Batya Weinbaum interviewed Sabine Lichtenfels in July, 2005 when invited to participate in the seminar for Peace Journalists at Tamera. Tamera is an international intentional community in Southern Portugal. They openly maintain free love lifestyle to free up energy to liberate and change an oppressive society, along the lines of New Left thinkers influenced by Marcuse and Wilhelm Reich.
Cartesian Nuts: Rewriting the Platonic Androgyne in Angela Carter’s Japanese Surrealism, Femspec Issue 6.2, 2005
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Gender studies, Essay » Literature
“In her otherwise largely realist fiction before Japan, Carter often used a male protagonist, her feminism consisted mainly of female characters’ exploitation and final destruction or violently taking the role of the male characters. This binary, as it happens, informs Carter’s analysis of Sade’s work, where women are classified into two types."
Bluestockings Beware: Cultural Backlash and the Reconfiguration of the Witch in Popular Nineteenth-Century Literature. Femspec Issue 6.2, 2005
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies, Essay » Literature
The author “decided to view four nineteenth century short stories that reflect this cultural linkage through the looking glass of narratives of American witch-hunting, Puritan theology, and the history of women’s changing roles in mid-nineteenth century America."
New Blood, Femspec v. 8
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,220. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
New day, new start, new job. Lots of possibilities. Serena’s was a “New Blood” appointment advertised (in England) to fill posts hitherto occupied by much older people on the edge of retirement or those edged out into retirement by what is termed Voluntary Severance.
Derailed But Not Defeated, Femspec v. 8
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,450. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Political, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
My worst fears seemed to be realized when, on my first day, my department chair, a Harvard man nearing retirement, greeted me by saying, “I really hate to see you here. Society wastes its investment when it educates women.” Now a dream more than twenty years after I left that position made me realized that I still needed to clear out some of the psychic stuff I’d left behind and move on.
What to Do When You Are Stuck at Toxic U: Strategies for Avoidance, Salvage, and Survival
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,790. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies, Essay » Political
You see, no one at The College, an all purpose label for the small, religious, liberal arts college at which until recently I was tenure track will discuss any reasons why I am in my last year. Considering all the evidence of my outstanding performance, I was stunned and devastated when I got a curt letter of non-renewal.
Professor/Mother: The Uneasy Partnership, Femspec v. 8
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Balancing work and family
In 1992, I had given birth to a son and had taken a one-year maternity leave, which thereby extended the Post-doctoral Fellowship over three years rather than the usual two. This essay charts a circuitous route toward a tenure-stream position, a route made arduous by a harsh economy and the demands of motherhood experienced for the first time and outside the relative security of tenured academe.
The Introduction to the Motherhood Issue and Faster Than My Girl Does
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Essay » Political, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
I take a deep breath and look inside myself. If neither “hetero” nor "homo” forms of love have created wisdom, then what is to be the new archetype of love within which true wisdom can be born? Should I become a separatist lesbian; is that the politically smart thing to do? From the Introduction to the Motherhood Issue. Also included is the fictional story Faster Than My Girl Does.
The Amusement Women
Price: $10.00 USD. Words: 9,280. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015 by Femspec Journal. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Sharon had discovered the encampment of women and children living under the cardboard packing boxes quite by accident one day when she had stepped into a booth in the hallway of the mall marked “DIAL A BREAST.” Just what had she discovered? Sharon's life was about to change but she didn't know that yet.
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Books

Creative Work (Poems, Fiction, and Art), Femspec Issue 15
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
Features poems by: ANTIGA. I am the Old Hag SUSA SILVERMARIE. An Intimate Conversation BATYA WEINBAUM. Epitaph for my Tombstone Fiction: SAVANNAH MILLER. Omens, Chapter 1 R. ELENA TABACHNICK. Phoenix End Art: JENNY WRENN. Furies 1 JENNY WRENN. Furies 2 JENNY WRENN. The Phoenix
3 Conferences, Femspec Issue 15
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,150. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Includes: MARGARET CRUIKSHANK. Paper from a NWSA Panel on Science Fiction and Ageing: Oakland, 2012 JENNIFER JODELL. Report on “Agents of Change”: Feminist SF Critics Meet Feminist SF Authors at University of Oregon BATYA WEINBAUM. Femspec Salons at OLOC and NWSA, 2014
Book Reviews and Books and Media Received, Femspec Issue 15
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Desert Years: Undreaming the American Dream, by Cynthia Rich and Look Me in the Eye: Old Women Ageing and Ageism, by Cynthia Rich and Barbara McDonald (Reviewed by Maria Alberto) A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tices, by C. A. Conrad (Reviewed by Maija Hatton) Ardor: Poems of Life, by Janine Canan (Reviewed by Maija Hatton) The Goddess Festival: Restoring the Balance, Faye
Introductions, Femspec Issue 15
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Introductions by Robert von der Osten, Janine Hatter, and Batya Weinbaum, Femspec's Herstory, Table of Contents, the Annual Report, Contributors, Notes from the Inside by Maija Hatton
Four Book Reviews and Books and Media Received, Femspec Issue 16.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 3,280. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Book reviews of Charlene Spretnak's "The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present", Carren Strock's "A Writer’s Journey: What to Know Before,During, and After Writing a Book", Harry N. Abrams "Lauren Myracle, Shine", and Isabel Allende's "Ripper".
Works of Jenny Wrenn, Femspec Issue 16.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,030. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Features an Exhibition Review titled "Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art, Shenyang, China, April 2014", a non-fiction essay, "To Live a New Life", and photomontage, "The Move to China Photomontage."
Interview with Lt. Col. Naomi Mercer by Robin Hobbs, Femspec Issue 16.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Robin Hobbs interviews Naomi Mercer, a Lt. Col. in the United States Army, a veteran of the Iraq War, and an assistant professor in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy at West Point to talk about her own connection with feminist science fiction, the effect of Atwood’s visit on her students, and the role feminist science fiction can play in our lives.
Critical Articles: “The Fairy Tale That Won’t Behave”?: Ageing and Gender in Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and Matthew Vaughn’s Film Adaptation by Matthew Crofts and Janine Hatter, Femspec Issue 16.1  
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Feminism & Feminist Theory
Neil Gaiman’s novel Stardust (1999) and Matthew Vaughn’s 2007 film adaptation of the same name are just two examples of the form’s recent resurgence, particularly in film.
16.1 The Great Age Issue Part 3: Introductions and Overview
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Criticism
Includes introduction, table of contents, best of third five years contest, and information about contributors.
Poems: Juneteenth and Word Worlds by Christina Springer, Taboo and Imagine a Fish by Darko Suvin in Femspec vol. 1 Issue 1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 1,070. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
The poem Juneteenth speaks about Pittsburgh during a jazz era with characters like SuperHighFlier. In Word Worlds the poet creates visions of similarities existing between the jungle and the city using metaphors that connect earthy atmospheric qualities with the emotions of street life. In Taboo the poet creates a primitive world of the jungle and the same poet creates a lyric sense in Imagine.
The Suncomers; Girls' SF by a 9 Year Old, circa 1961 Chapter 1, Femspec Issue 1.1
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 570. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
A girl's SF by a nine year old in 1961 is a young work that FEMSPEC sometimes includes. Since “girls have the same fantasies of omni potence and infinite transformation boys do,” a nine year old girl shows the early attention to the joys of space invasion.Her "found" fiction contains three yellow people: Sunny, Beamer, and Ray, aliens equipped with an English dictionary.
Book Reviews and Books & Media Received, Femspec Issue 9.1, 2008
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 4,160. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015. Categories: Essay » Literature, Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies
Book Reviews of two Nava Semel books: IsraIsland. Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books: Tel-Aviv, Miskal, 2005, 275 pp., paperback, Hebrew and The Rat Laughs. Tel-Aviv, Miskal Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books, 2007, both reviewed by Lani Ravin and several books and media received. Summarized by different Femspec staff members.
Book and Film Reviews and Books Received, Femspec double issue v. 8
Price: $15.00 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Women's studies, Essay » Literature
Book reviews of Daughters of the Great Star by Diana Rivers; Becoming the Villainess by Jeannine Hall Gailey and Naomi Mitchison, a Profile of Her Life and Work by Lesley Hall. Review of the film, Fissures.

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