LIES: a journal of materialist feminism
LIES is a new journal spearheaded by a feminist collective based in Oakland, Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York City. LIES is a communist journal against communists. Emerging from our experiences within struggles, LIES seeks to develop in print the practice of autonomy that we needed to save ourselves in the midst of movements squared on patriarchy and fueled by the subordination of everyone but white cis men. LIES is a platform for certain conversations and critiques that are impossible or dangerous if cis men are in the room. LIES resists the legacy of racism and transphobia that has plagued feminist organizing and strives to document how that legacy is not sufficient reason to reject autonomist feminist practices today. LIES draws its purpose and support from networks of feminist, queer, and trans people, our friends and comrades to whom this journal is devoted.
We are asking for your support to help cover the costs of manufacturing and distributing our journal, which we estimate to range between $5400 and $6000. Although the writing, editing, and design is carried out ourselves, we still need to pay for the printing, binding, and shipping. None of us are waged or stipended for our labour; all proceeds of this Kickstarter will feed the project directly. Budget willing, we also hope to host release parties, on both coasts, at the end of the summer, to thank our donors and celebrate our contributors.
LIES features a range of original texts and pieces that have been rewritten for the journal. Here is a preliminary table of contents for our first issue:
Not-Sex and Social Relations (How There is No Ground Beneath Your Feet)
c.e. // Undoing Sex: Against Sexual Optimism
Clémence X. Clementine // Against the Couple Form
M. Sandovsky // Letters to L: Visions and Paranoia
sogumi // salt wedge (excerpts)
Jomo // Caring: a labor of stolen time: Pages from a CNA's Notebook
Wendy Trevino // Santa Rita 128 to 131
W.&.T.C.H. // On the Recent Occupations: A Communique from W.&.T.C.H.
Barucha Peller // Women in Uprising: The Oaxaca Commune, the State, and Reproductive Labor
Jackie Wang // Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety
Identity, Abolition, Communization
Magda Llwhisk // Don't try to dig yourself out of the hole. You won’t get out.
P. Valentine // The Gender Distinction in Communization Theory
Sky Palace // “To Be Liberated From Them (Or Through Them)”: A Call For a New Approach
“All the Work We Do As Women”: Feminist Manifestos on Prostitution and the State, 1977
“We Referred To It As Coming Out”: Recollections on Trans Identity, State Violence, and 1960s Radicalism: an oral history interview with Suzan Cooke
Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of the Law, Dean Spade
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