Women's Work and Women's Studies 1971 Questionnaire, APHRA, 1972

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the Bernard Women’! Center recently sent out a questionnaire to people involved in women's studies requesting their opinions on a propose} 19t°?d13¢1P11M¥Y bi“-i°8f8phy of the year's work in women's studies. As the response soundly supported our project, we would now like to proceed with collecting information both from organizations and from individuals. our purpose is to incorporate the year's academic studies on wcmanu githgy completed or in progress. along with information on innovative action projects spch as women's health collectives, community day care, legal oidghpomen s publications, feminist theater, film projects, and so forth. pt‘cti:eway we hope to spark a livelier interchange between theory and

what we need from you in the space provided below is a description or

the research or project in which you are involved. or if you know of an individual or group whose work should be included. please either let us

know about it or else pass this request for information on to them. Finally from those associated with women's publications, we would welcome any pub. licity for our project that your publication can provide.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Nam; APHRA, The Feminist Literary Magazine

Addrggg Box 273, Village Station

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Organization or Institution

In the space below please try to sumarize the purpose, goals, methods, and any other vital information about your research or project. Attach additional sheets if necessary and return to:

The Women's Center

Barnard college

606 west 120th Street

New York, New York 10027

Please see the attached review for our purpose, goals, etc. Good luck with your

work. In struggle,

Dorothy Hage %/K for AP HRA

PS——lt may be of interest to you that we do not take any advertising, but survive

entirely from sales and subscriptions to our magazine. Many of our workers are


After two years APHRA remains the only surviving continuously published

magazine devoted to women in the arts. APHRA was founded on the premise that women artists cannot develop freely in a society dominated by male ster/eotypes, male fantasies, and a male power structure. Besides the overt hostility which women artists encounter, we Feel there is an implicit censorship exercised by the male organization. There have been, and there are, many other Feminist publications, but none other--to the best of our knowledge--is concerned primarily with art: fiction, poetry, drama, critical and biographical studies, and the visual arts. We are the first to have voiced a theory of

feminist art, and the magazine is an cxbbs active search to discover theory and practice.

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Aphra. 1913969. Quarterly. $4.50. Ed:

Elizabeth Fisher. Box 273, Village

Station, New York, N.Y. 10014. Every good feminist writer who emerges from the current movement (or, simply, has been ignored until now) is certain to show up in A phra, the best and most sol- id women’s literary magazine around. It is distinguished from the traditionally avant-garde (male) “little magazine” by its high political as well as emotional content; that is, its awareness of wom- anhood as an experience largely unexplored except through men’s eyes. Certainly many fine women writers have been heard in the past, but there have been few outlets for experimentation and few sources of encouragement for wom- en. Aphra bolsters the movement and provides the needed outlet. Fiction, poetry, artwork, and literary and cul- tural criticism usually unite in each issue around a common theme, such as “the whore issue” and “woman as artist.” Regularly featured is a section called “aphra-isms,” which includes a selection of “quotations, thoughts, overheard re- marks, anything that counters the pre- vailing male tone. with our own hysterical perspective.”—M M