From the online magazine Third Estate Sunday Review:
[Discussing progressive and feminist news outlets] …we thought we’d note a few of the standouts in the past month. One article or your every-two-year editorial doesn’t cut it as a standout, just FYI.
Let’s start with Off Our Backs. Check out the cover illustration. “Military Power: Is It Power for Women?” Not afraid to ask the hard questions, not afraid to move beyond the Britney-Justin-Paris gossip loop that so many pass off as feminism. Not afraid to step up and address the issue of war. When C.I. started noting this issue (repeatedly and we’ve also noted this edition — vol. 36/ no 2 — twice here) there wasn’t anything available online from it. Now you can read the following online:
In addition to those three articles being made available online, the print edition also features:
Women in the Military: Is Armed Service Compatible with Feminism?” by Taryn McCall Runck
“A Rape in Iraq: Rape, Brothel Rape and Prsostitution in Wartime” by Suki Falconberg
“U.S. Soldier Pimps Women Under His Command” by Cheryl Seelhoff
That’s six features in a single issue. In The Nation‘s dreams, it wishes it could be this hard hitting. (Though, of course, since The Nation only believes in printing 1 woman for every 4 men, all features would have to be written by men to appear in The Nation — see “The Nation Stats” from last week’s edition.) This is the issue of Off Our Backs that did what The Nation couldn’t, mention Abeer by name, tell her story. Around the time Katha Pollitt’s big concern was that CODEPINK was being ‘mean’ to War Hawk Hillary Clinton, Off Our Backs was addressing the very real issue of the gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl by US soldiers (3 have confessed in court). But in The Nation? Even the ‘feminist’ Katha was too busy gas bagging about Hillary or sharing the ‘importance’ of political candidate Ned Lamont. Apparently War Crimes weren’t important and gang rape and murder aren’t topics that token ‘feminists’ tackle? (Alexander Cockburn would mention Abeer in April 2007 — the first time her name would ever appear in The Nation. Or any details of what was done to her and her family.)
Off Our Backs did an amazingly hard hitting look at war, the military and the costs. It can be done, they proved it while others stayed silent.
Off Our Backs was also the 2006 recipient of the Michigan Media Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Women and Gender, from the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender.
Established by the Institute for Research on Women and Gender in 1999, the Michigan Media Awards recognize outstanding examples of media coverage of neglected, underrepresented issues of concern to women; that appreciate and emphasize the gender aspects of a particular issue or event; that challenge gender-based stereotypes, including stereotypes about feminism and feminist politics; that bring a fresh, feminist perspective to familiar stories; or that offer excellent coverage of academic research on gender.
Go us! We are a group of radical feminist women with regular, full-time jobs, sometimes not only one, but two or three of them, and we are not paid for the work that we do. Only office staff is paid.
I am so proud!