What does a feminist magazine look like?

What does a feminist magazine look like?

When I was a kid, I adored magazines. Whether it was Go Girl, Teen Vogue, or the S Club 7 magazine that taught you all the dance moves to all their routines, I read magazines all day every day. Well, I say read. I mainly just did those flow chart quizzes that could see into your soul.

As I got older, however, I fell out of love with print magazines. Mainly because once I hit about 14, all the magazines decided I needed to lose weight and place all my self worth in boys. It’s one of the reasons I got so involved in online communities and eventually started my own blog – because none of the traditional media was giving me the kind of content I wanted.

Thankfully, all that is starting to change. Many traditional magazines are starting to move away from body shaming and terrible sex tips, and are instead publishing content that celebrates, empowers, and motivates women. Just look at Teen Vogue, for example, who’s post-US election coverage has been more powerful than many traditional news outlets.

Similarly, Zines, magazines (both digital and print), and blogs are springing up all over the place, as young women and minorities fight to make their voices heard. And today I want to talk to you about one of those amazing independent magazines: Parallel Magazine.

Parallel is an unashamedly feminist magazine. It physically publishes two issues a year, but also publishes content and articles digitally. Parallel’s content covers everything from food, to music and art, to lifestyle, to opinion, to politics; and they publish work by aspiring and diverse creators.

So basically, it’s everything you could want from a feminist magazine.

Towards the end of 2016, I as absent-mindedly scrolling through Twitter, when I saw a call for submissions for Issue 8 of Parallel around the theme of ‘Work’. On a whim, I wrote and submitted a piece, and whaddya know, it was accepted! Which means I can say I have officially had my writing published in a print magazine.

Eager to actually physically hold a piece of my printed writing in hand, I naturally ordered myself a copy of Issue 8 of Parallel – which was, incidentally the first issue I’ve ever purchased, even though I’ve been reading and following Parallel online for a while.

And oh boy, am I glad I did. As well as the satisfaction of reading my own words in print, I also got to read some truly amazing articles by other wonderful women. Highlights include ‘Mental Illness in the Workplace’; ‘Muslim Women & Unemployment’; ‘Loud Women: An Interview with Cassie Fox’.

So, if you want to support an independent, feminist magazine and read some amazing words by some amazing women, then Parallel is for you!

Issue 8 of this amazing feminist magazine is still available to buy online, so if you’d like to read my article, and the ones mentioned in this post (plus more!) just head over to the Parallel Etsy store. And, as a little teaser, here’s an extract from the article I submitted:

They say it’s the hardest word, but honestly, the word ‘sorry’ has slipped from my lips and fingertips more readily in last three months than it has in the last 21 years of my life.

I’ve not suddenly made a lot of mistakes that need apologising for. I’ve not suddenly become a more apologetic person. No, the only thing that’s changed in these last three months is that I’ve entered the world of full-time work.

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