From Marsha Rowe and Rosie Boycott to Charlotte Raven

Charlotte Raven will announce next week the new name of her magazine. Personally I am sad that she took the impetuous step of announcing the re-launch of our magazine without talking to us (yes that really happened). Most of us would have loved to see Spare Rib re-born but this was not the way to do it. With her energy, determination and contacts I am sure that she will launch a magazine that will be talked about. With any luck it will also be sustainable. I will certainly check it out. AP

Here is a statement from Marsha and Rosie:

We would have liked to work with Charlotte on her venture, and we are sorry not to be involved.

We were flattered that she wanted to use our name, but she should have realised that, if she wanted to build on its reputation, she needed first to have asked us and to have our blessing.

It is important for young feminists voices to be heard, and the more feminist website networks and magazines there are, the better. We wish Charlotte lots of luck, and wish it had turned out differently.

Marsha Rowe and Rosie Boycott

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3 thoughts on “From Marsha Rowe and Rosie Boycott to Charlotte Raven

  1. I am following this with interest and am heartened by Marsha a Rosie’s response. But good to know that sisterhood lives on

  2. So, Rosie and Marsha’s fears may have been justified. The new name, Hip Bone, wasn’t on the first list of choices. Charlotte didn’t like the name that was democratically voted for by the members. Another emergency vote, now including Hip Bone, was called with 24 hours notice to cast the vote. Hip Bone was ‘chosen’. Fears of Spare Rib being nothing more than the vanity project of one person seem justified. This project will have nothing to do with the lives of ordinary women and everything to do with self-aggrandisement of the highest order. For this reason it will fail within months, owing thousands.

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