Goodbye for now – The F-Phrase

The historical past

The F-Phrase was based in 2001 by Catherine Redfern as a spot for UK feminists to write down, assume and talk about concepts. Since then, it’s been by means of a number of iterations – most lately present as a magazine-style web site, managed by a bunch of volunteers sharing the duties between us.

Throughout these 21 years we’ve printed and completed some wonderful issues. We’ve been talked about as one of many 50 most powerful blogs in the world, as well as elsewhere. Now we have posts on our web site from wonderful writers corresponding to Reni Eddo-Lodge, Kaite Welsh, Bidisha, Carrie Dunn, Joanna Whitehead, Holly Combe and Steph Phillips from Huge Joanie. Catherine published a book. We have been one of many first feminist teams within the UK to explicitly say we have been trans inclusive. We’ve taken a stand in opposition to disablist language, moved to be intercourse work constructive and we’ve at all times actually cared about good writing!

The world immediately

It’s clear that the feminist venture is under no circumstances over. Sexism is deeply rooted in our establishments, tradition and language – and within the hearts of misogynists clinging desperately to their untenable methods of seeing the world.

The considerations of feminism transcend sexism alone, although. As they need to. Right now within the UK politicians are tripping over themselves to verify we all know that they’re transphobic, foodbank use is larger than ever and the police proceed to make use of their powers to disproportionately goal folks of color. Till we have now overcome racism, disablism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ageism and all different types of prejudice, feminism will nonetheless be wanted.

Having stated that, how feminism is mentioned within the UK and the world over has modified quite a bit. In 2001 nearly nothing was being written about feminism within the mainstream press, and what there was fairly negative. Now we have now intersectional feminist articles being printed in Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Mixmag. That’s one thing to rejoice. Possibly The F-Phrase was a part of that change over the previous 20 years. We hope so at the least!

The way forward for The F-Phrase

Whereas this shift has been nice to see, proper now we at The F-Phrase have to take a break. Maybe we’ll be again in a unique kind sooner or later, or maybe we gained’t. However in any case we are going to be sure that our archives stay out there for so long as potential. Actually, have a search by means of the again catalogue; there’s some nice stuff there!

To maintain your feminist fires burning whereas we’re having a pause, take a look at these superior teams and websites:

Thanks to all our present editors, previous editors and all our incredible writers. Let’s proceed to smash the patriarchy.

The characteristic picture is by Fab Lentz on Unsplash. It reveals a yellow neon signal with the phrases “Go up and by no means cease” above an upwards-pointing arrow on a black background.