The Feminist Mind, Spring 2010

The Feminist Mind, Spring 2010

by From The Editors

How do we, as feminists and progressives, keep thinking fresh and alive during these difficult times? How do we feed our heads?

In “The Feminist Mind,” our writers and artists address “out of the box” learning.

Can engagement with the arts through imagination and empathy teach us to be better citizens as Arlene Goldbard suggests? Will taking control of the media and airwaves encourage feminists and progressives to cut through the mainstream’s message? Jennifer Pozner and Fran Luck think so.

In a personal essay, Megan Carpentier writes how she learned, lost, and then found, her own brand of feminism.

In these times of information overload, editors hope the articles in “The Feminist Mind” will encourage different modes of thinking and inspire engagement with the issues that matter most.

“To respond consciously and conscientiously, to build a movement, to inspire and take action, requires not only a connection to core values, but continual learning and a willingness to consider – and reconsider — our understandings,” write the editors.

As always, On The Issues Magazine editors believe art and poetry can often tell stories and illuminate issues as well as critical essays. Art Editor Linda Stein carefully selected the art that appears on every page of the issue, and in the art perspective features the environmental work of Michelle Stuart, who uses her art to connect people to nature.

The featured archival story from the print publication of On The Issues Magazine is a 1996 editorial by publisher Merle Hoffman on the eternal search for happiness, concluding that the true state of feminist happiness resides in political action directed toward freedom, equality and social justice. Fourteen years later, her words still ring true, and our contributors and artists look anew at ways to keep our gears turning, our ideas flowing and our feet moving on the march toward full human rights.

Consider these articles, and please share them with others.


Merle Hoffman's Choices: A Post-Roe Abortion Rights Manifesto

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“Merle Hoffman has always known that in a democracy, we each have decision-making power over the fate of our own bodies. She is a national hero for us all.” —Gloria Steinem

In the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe V. Wade and a country divided, Merle Hoffman, a pioneer in the pro-choice movement and women’s healthcare, offers an unapologetic and authoritative take on abortion calling it “the front line and the bottom line of women’s freedom and liberty.” 

Merle Hoffman has been at the forefront of the reproductive freedom movement since the 1970s. Three years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion through Roe v. Wade, she helped to establish one of the United States’ first abortion centers in Flushing, Queens, and later went on to found Choices, one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. For the last five decades, Hoffman has been a steadfast warrior and fierce advocate for every woman’s right to choose when and whether or not to be a mother.