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The Conning of the Feminists issue of On The Issue Magazine
Is the ‘F’ word co-opted by conservatives & consumerist media? Where are real icons & core values? On The Issues Magazine, Winter 2011, considers feminist icons, feminist values and feminist cons.

The Conning of the Feminists- from the Editors

We can define feminism and keep feminist values from being twisted.

Next Chapter in the ‘Republican War Against Women’ - by Tanya Melich

Their weapon: Angry women. Their goal: bring down Obama. •Art by Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

The Rise of Enlightened Sexism- by Susan J. Douglas

How the media celebrates feminism while keeping women 'in their place.' •Art by Deborah Van Auten and Norma Bessouet

Fighting the Black Anti-Abortion Campaign: Trusting Black Women - by Loretta J. Ross

Reframing the abortion debate in Atlanta's black community. •Art by Rodriguez Calero

Women's Liberation: Looking Back, Looking Forward - by Carol Hanisch

The history of the Women's Liberation Movement and the future of feminism. •Art by Carole Kahn

'Abortion' as Right's Multipurpose Scare Word- by Amanda Marcotte

Stretching the word 'abortion' to support a wider anti-woman agenda. •Art by Norma Bessouet

The Sexual Politics of Meat Revisited - by Theresa Noll

Carol Adam's book is still relevant 20 years after its first publication. •Art by Elisa Decker

Icons, Superheroes and Fantasies a Feminist Can Love? - by Linda Stein

Superheroes who go too far-- and not far enough. •Art by Linda Stein

Reality TV (Re)Rewrites Gender Roles- by Jennifer L. Pozner

Same old women's roles in new media packages. •Art by Deborah Van Auten

Feminism Is As Feminism Does- by Merle Hoffman

Human rights and reproductive rights are the defining issues. •Art by Deborah Van Auten

The Art Perspective

Judy Chicago
A personal narrative
- Curated by Linda Stein

Judy Chicago Art Perspective on OTI

Not-so-New Right Wing Women- by Abby Scher

Conservative women are nothing new, but their place in politics keeps evolving. •Art by Irene Hardwicke Olivieri and Leslie Fry

Republicans Aim to 'Divide and Conquer'- by Lu Bailey

Women and minorities are pawns in a political game. •Art by Colette Calascione

'Feminists for Life': A built-in contradiction? - by Eleanor J. Bader

Can a group that opposes abortion rights do anything good for women? •Art by Leslie Fry and Irene Hardwicke Olivier

Lady Gaga: Celebrity Feminist?- by Nona Willis Aronowitz

Is this pop star a political artist and feminist icon too? •Art by Leslie Fry

The Poet's Eye - From Poetry Co-Editor Sarah Browning

On The Issues Magazine - Aminah Lynn Robinson, Unwritten Love Letter Series- Rosa Parks, 1990 ©Aminah Lynn Robinson

Poets Grace Cavalieri, Elizabeth Potter and Sonya Renee Taylor look at the things women end up with. •Art by Aminah Lynn Robinson

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From Our Files:

Looking Back at the Debate Over Feminism

False feminism and true, what – and who -- defines each? Are the boundaries of feminism fluid or fixed? While these questions are furiously debated today-- as this issue demonstrates-- our archives provide perspective. Here are some highlights from past editions of On the Issues Magazine:

The editorials of Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Merle Hoffman have cut through the fog, whether in the print edition (1983 to 1999) or online (2008 through the present). In Sarah Palin and the Apocalypse, Fall 2008, she called out faux feminism in a single sentence: “How can you be a politician who claims to support women and the shattering of glass ceilings when your policies would put iron bars around their wombs and the concept of reproductive freedom in the garbage bin of history?”

Demonstrating her principled bipartisanship, 10 years earlier, in the Summer 1998 edition, she admonished those who gave then-President Bill Clinton a pass when his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky hit the news. In What's a Feminist to Do?, she wrote:

I am not asking Bill to resign to marry the woman he loves. It appears he loves nothing but power and no one but himself. The constitution doesn't consider unregulated erections an impeachable crime. But feminists should call it as it is. If feminism is to count for anything beyond a mere interest group, we must vigilantly guard its vision. We cannot bend it to compromise, or change direction in response to popularity polls. Our standards should be raised even higher for those in public life who would carry our banner or espouse our principles. Acknowledging that some of Bill Clinton's policies have been good for some women does not require feminists to close their eyes, to become apologists, to find excuses for, or redefine, outrageous behavior.

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