New French Feminisms: An Anthology

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Variations on Common Themes

A radical feminist theoretical journal

This project was born from the recognition that feminism does not have its own space for theoretical debate, although it feels the need for this space now more than ever. Feminist publications are practically nonexistent in this country, and not only do we need theoretical journals, but we also need widely published monthlies (like Sparerib in England, Emma in Germany, Effe in Italy). And we need not one but several militant newspapers (as were Le torchon brûle, Les femmes s'entêtent, Les pétroleuses, and as Histoires d'elles still is). It would also be desirable for purely informative publications (like L'information des femmes) to be further developed and multiplied. But if we have chosen to devote our efforts to the launching of a "theoretical" journal, it is because such a publication seems to us to be equally necessary, and not because we consider it as a priority.1

What meaning do we give to theoretical?

Women frequently react with mixed feelings to this term. We believe in the necessity of an in-depth analysis of women's oppression, but at the same time "theoretical" too often refers to inaccessible texts that are destined for a privileged social elite. Theoretical is then synonymous

[ "Variations sur des thèmes communs"] in Questions féministes, no. 1 ( November 1977). This lead article was written by the Editorial Collective. The initials in brackets are those of the individuals responsible for different parts.

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Since we wrote this editorial (in June 1977) things have moved in the feminist press. The "widely published monthly" we were calling for was born ( F-Magazine), though it is not as feminist as we would wish. On the other hand, two new militant monthlies have appeared: Remue-ménage and Le temps des fernmes, and a "journal of feminist politics": La revue d'en face. This list is not exhaustive since mimeographed newsletters are not mentioned here.

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