Ms. Magazine
The F Word
The word "feminist" still raises hackles. Is claiming this word all about age, race, and class?

-Just The Facts
-Word: Impossible
-Women to Watch

Zero Balance
Those entering middle age are discovering--sometimes too late--that women get the short end of the stick when it comes to retirement benefits.
-Women's Bodies are Finally Being Studied
The Abortion Pill
Making mifepristone available in this country took decades of struggle and remains fraught with controversy.
-Editor's Page
-The Guerilla Girls
-No Comment
Portfolio: Romaine Brooks
Lesbian society in Paris at the turn of the 20th century is captured by this groundbreaking portraitist.
Uppity Women: Rosario Robles' Bold Agenda

-The Serpent Slayer by Katrin Tchana, Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
-Desirada, Maryse Conde
-Glory Goes And Gets Some, Emily Carter
-The Moon Pearl, Ruthanne Lum McCunn
-Kiss My Tiara, Susan Jane Gilman
-Motiba's Tattoos, Mira Kamdar

-First Person: By Any Other Name
-Columns: Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith and Gloria Steinem

I have to be honest, I haven't thought about the question of using the term that much. I do feminist work--for a movement for social and political change and for equality for women and all people. But I say I'm an activist for women's rights. I don't think I ever seriously considered taking up the term. One reason is that when I think of feminists, the first image that comes to mind is white women. Another is the image of a man-hating dyke. I am not man-hating, but I am a dyke.
Before coming out, when I was still questioning, it was too scary to use that word. But now that I'm out and I know who I am, I don't relate to the word because the movement doesn't encompass and hasn't really shown interest in all women. I have been referred to by others as a feminist--because of the work I do--and that doesn't bother me. But I don't own the term. NEXT INTERVIEW>>
photograph by henry leutwyler