Call for submissions: The Feminist Utopia Project

The feminist movement has long centered on certain basic needs: the vote, equal pay, legal autonomy over own bodies. It can feel hard to demand more when we’re stuck within the boundaries of what the mainstream media and electoral politicians tell us is “realistic”–basically, what could get through a fractured House of Representatives. But our goals have to be more radical and inclusive than the Democratic party’s platform. So it’s time to get creative.

For the past many months, my awesome friend Rachel Kauder Nalebuff and I have been working on an anthology bringing together visions of feminist utopias expressed in essays and printable art. To create a better future, concrete action is required, but the first step is envisioning the feminist world in which we want to live, and for which we’re ready to fight. We’d love to invite everyone to submit their visions of what a feminist world would look like to bring us one step closer to realizing justice. Please find the call for contributions below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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Call for submissions – The Feminist Utopia Project

Co-Editor: Alexandra Brodsky, Feministing writer and Harvard Law School research assistant

Co-Editor: Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, editor of the New York Times bestseller My Little Red Book and playwright

Today’s popular feminist discourse is so constrained by discussions of what we can’t have that it’s easy to lose sight of what we should have. We seek written and other printable artistic work that addresses the question of what a feminist world would look like. No single person has the answer, but we believe that together we can come close, and that to get there we must spread the word. We hope that this book, in offering a diverse collection of utopias, will inspire American feminists (as well as potential feminists) to imagine their own visions, redefine the “possible,” and reach for unprecedented justice. 

We invite submissions of essays (400-2000 words) and printable art that describe the writer’s feminist utopia. In light of the length, we are suggesting that contributors focus on a particular aspect of a wider vision: one committed writer, for example, is writing on a world without rape, and another is exploring a vision of a post-prison America. Our hope is that these essays, while of interest to academics, will also be accessible to a wide readership without extensive theoretical background. All proceeds will be donated to feminist non-profits.

We are very excited about the group of activists, academics, and writers who have already committed to the project, including Ai-jen Poo, Irin Carmon, Courtney Martin, Jennifer Baumgardner, Ileana Jiménez, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Jill Filipovic, Katie Orenstein, Susan Bordo, Crystal Feimster, Miss Major, Marianne Schnall, Diane Shipley, Mary Annette Pember, Cynthia Chandler, Dani McClain, s.e. smith, Judith Resnik, Melanie Cervantes, Dana Bolger, Virginia Rutter, Erin Matson, Ellen Bravo, Harilyn Rousso, Annie Clark, Jennifer MillerVictoria Law, Martha Ackelsberg, Dena Simmons, Nikki Silver (link NSWF), Kate Cronin-Furman, Amanda Taub, Paula Mariedaughter, Jeanne Neath, Courtney Baxter, Diane Rosenfeld, Laura Paskus, and Sara Marcus. However, professional organizing or publication experience is not required. We are especially committed to including voices from historically marginalized groups.

Please submit essays as attachments to feministutopiaproject@gmail.com with the subject “Submission (LAST NAME).” In the body of the email and the attachment, please include a two or three sentence biography.

New Haven, CT

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at Feministing.com, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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Join the Conversation

  • http://feministing.com/members/opinionessoftheworld/ Opinioness of the World

    Love this project!!! Is there a deadline? Should we send pitch ideas first or just completed essays?

  • http://feministing.com/members/genie3288/ Genie Leslie

    I’m also curious about a deadline. Let us know, please!

  • http://feministing.com/members/azbrodsky/ Alexandra

    Hi! So glad you’re interested. The sooner you can send your essays (feministutopiaproject@gmail.com) the better, but I’d say by April 10 would be ideal. We will continue to consider essays after this date based on the publication schedule. Thanks!

    • http://feministing.com/members/slaybelle/ Slay Belle

      You want full essays submitted, not pitches?

      • http://feministing.com/members/azbrodsky/ Alexandra

        Yes please!