Sinister Wisdom’s newest Sapphic Classic, A Generous Spirit: Selected Work by Beth Brant, releases into the world today. All of the Sapphic Classics are special to me, but this one repays an important debt from my youth.
In some ways, publishing a paper wall calendar and a blank book journal feels anachronistic in our digital world. At the same time, these new print documents connect me to a long lesbian history and herstory.
Social media stars and LGBTQ organizations alike rang in Stonewall’s anniversary with a stream of pride-filled posts.
“I grew up at a time when we actually believed we may make a revolution in this country: when women would be equal to men; when workers were paid a living wage; where health care would be universal. My friends were gay, straight, black and white, and I believe this is what gave me that zeal.”
Nine is a magical number. In Greek mythology, there were nine muses; cats have nine lives; there are nine circles of hell in Dante’s Inferno. 2019 also marks the beginning of my ninth year editing and publishing “Sinister Wisdom.”
Stacey Abrams, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Nancy Pelosi weigh in on the state of politics and what’s next; new data shows support for a higher minimum wage and the impact of Donald Trump’s war on healthcare; and more feminist highlights from the week!
“Sinister Wisdom” as a journal has archived lesbian writing over the past 43 years. Lesbians write, and we enter it into the record.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ latest proposed Title IX guidelines continue the Trump administration’s attack on LGBTQ rights—and leave transgender and queer students in danger.
“We’ve woven patriarchy through every aspect of our existence. There’s not just one weed to pull up by the root.”
The regime remains malleable—patriarchy, misogyny, white supremacy, heterosexual supremacy, neoliberalism, capitalism—but boisterous resistance is our legacy, and the spirit that invites us to engage another day.