Feminist(ing) goodness in the new issue of Ms.

The fall issue of Ms. magazine should be hitting newsstands this week, and I’ve got an article in it about period-suppressing birth-control pills like Lybrel and Seasonique. (Timely, in light of the approval of a new low-dose version.)

Also, Veronica of Viva La Feminista reviews Yes Means Yes, the anthology edited by Jessica and Jaclyn Friedman that features essays by our own Samhita and Miriam, as well as Jill, Cara, Kate Harding, Latoya, Julia Serano, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and a roster of other awesome writers.

The issue also features an expose of crisis-pregnancy centers, a piece on innovative programs for mothers in prison (shout-out to the awesome Beth Schwartzapfel, who reported it), and short fiction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Unfortunately, articles aren’t posted online, so check it out in your local bookstore. Or subscribe here.

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6 Comments

  1. Danyell
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    I’m a subscribing, so I already has it. :) The book review is great and so is the article about CPCs. Though I have a bit of a problem with the piece about new birth control pills. It kind of give me the impression that anyone who opposes it is wrong, not feminist enough or just not “with it”. There are pieces like this from time to time in Ms. that seem to imply that feminism in general was surveyed and we all agreed to have a unified opinion, and you’re incorrect to say otherwise. (I’ve said it before, but the argument of “well, regular birth control pills give you a fake period anyway” has not helped to sell me on period suppression, but turn me off of hormonal birth control in general.)

  2. Posted October 30, 2008 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    There are pieces like this from time to time in Ms. that seem to imply that feminism in general was surveyed and we all agreed to have a unified opinion, and you’re incorrect to say otherwise.
    Agreed. I’m actually very pro-period suppression (for me and others who are interested in it), but an article in Ms. last issue (?) about sex work pissed me off so much that I just decided to not renew my subscription. I was surprised to get this issue from them still, as I thought my subscription had run out entirely, but since Yes Means yes was reviewed, I’m happy that I did!

  3. Ann
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    Danyell, sorry you got that impression from my article. I wrote that if you’re uncomfortable with period-suppressing birth control, you’re probably going to be uncomfortable with all forms of birth control, which work the same way. And I think that perspective is totally valid and understandable! I definitely see (and did try to acknowledge in the article) that there are health reasons to be skeptical of hormonal contraception.
    I also didn’t intend to argue *in favor of* period-suppressing pills for all women. I simply meant to say that feminists who support access to hormonal contraception (not mandatory contraception usage, obvs) do that aim a disservice when they rail against period-suppression as “unnatural.”
    Finally, I get the point about the tone of many articles in Ms. (I have to personally disagree about the tone of my article, but perhaps I’m a wee bit biased…) It’s an interesting question for a freelance writer: If your work appears in a publication, is that an endorsement of that publication’s approach and its entire catalog of work? Some would say yes, some no. I chose to write for Ms. when they approached me with the assignment — even though I have by NO means always agreed with their take on things — because they reach a different feminist audience than we do with Feministing, which appealed to me. And because it was a chance to write about a topic that interests me.

  4. Caroline
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I help Ms. with their website (msmagazine.com), and we are currently working on getting some of the new articles up. The new issue is scheduled to hit stores on Nov. 10th, so expect to see some articles and excerpts around that time. I’m glad to hear that everyone is so excited about it!

  5. Posted October 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    For those who can’t afford to buy it or subscribe don’t forget about your local library. They should have a copy that you can read (maybe not to be checked out but to be read at the library).
    For those who can afford it you might consider a gift subscription for your favorite feminist friend or relative. Or a donation for someone in need (they used to have a program providing magazines to women in prison).
    (no personal connection with Ms magazine, just a long time reader)

  6. tiggrrl.livejournal.com
    Posted October 30, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    If you live in California, California NOW is giving a free year of Ms. with a new membership or two-year renewal.

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