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Feminartsy is an online feminist literature and arts journal, founded in 2014 by Zoya Patel. Feminartsy showcases some of the best feminist writing and art talent in Australia and beyond.

Where does the name Feminartsy come from? In 2013, Zoya was trolled by some men’s rights activists who accused her of being a ‘feminartsy’, someone they described as ‘…a hip-hop-happening modern gal who eats out a lot. She’s in the seventh year of a three-year Creative Writing degree and really hoping to finish any year now. Her career goals include enjoying totally unreal hobbies and maybe getting a job one day doing something arty – and fun’.

Rather than being offended, Zoya thought this girl sounded kind of cool, and decided to reappropriate the name for a space that celebrates the quirky, arty feminist types rather than denigrating them.

Feminartsy seeks to create a space for new and diverse voices and experiences of feminism. It is built on the philosophy that feminism is a powerful and perpetually relevant interrogative lens through which to question the current state of our world. Feminism seeks to question, critique, and disentangle accepted narratives of gender and its associated relations of power. Feminism is not, therefore, purely about, by, or for women per se. Rather, feminism as critical lens, as activist social movement, and as identity is about gendered bodies, and the ways they are created and constrained.

Each month Feminartsy presents special events in major cities across Australia, including gigs, debates, panels, readings, book clubs and more.

Funds raised from events support paying contributors to the site.


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