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No more Musing on feminist issues as online feminism takes over

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News

 

WELLINGTON’S sole feminist magazine, Muse, is putting out its ninth and last edition after seven years of campaigning on gender issues. 

The magazine says it is closing because of changes like the internet, financial pressures and the busy lives of its volunteer staff.

Muse was born in 2005, more than a decade after national feminist magazine Broadsheet ended its run, and a small collective of women in Wellington saw a gap in the market for a free zine aimed at young feminists

It has covered a wide range of relevant social issues ever since, from sexual harassment on the internet to dieting.

In particular, the collective grew from a frustration with the gender stereotypes portrayed in the mainstream media and a lack of discussion around issues relevant to young feminists.

Muse is accompanied by a regularly-updated website that outlines the collective’s purpose and values, as well as a Facebook page with over 200 members.

On Facebook, members are encouraged to contribute to discussions on a wide range of gender issues, both in the media and wider society.

It serves as a hub for other NZ feminist material, with links to related pages, blogs and forums.

Muse spokeswoman Karen Price explains that it is this changing online world that has, in part, fuelled the decision to end publication of the zine.

“We can now end our work with the knowledge that there is a wonderful and growing feminist movement online in New Zealand now,” she says.

Muse zine has been instrumental in forming a local feminist community in which robust discussion and debate is welcomed.

“Feminist perspectives and discussions on gender are not always welcomed in many environments, so it was great to have a group where I knew this was always encouraged,” says Ms Price.

The final issue of Muse, with the theme Feminist Media, is currently being put together.

Back  issues of of zine can be downloaded as a PDF from the official website, as well as in hard copy from public libraries around New Zealand. The Facebook page will continue.

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