Charlotte Raven has a website for her new venture. It is to be called Feminist Times: http://www.feministtimes.com. Hipbone was rejected by lawyers as being too closely associated with Spare Rib (a bit puzzling that). As a Daily Telegraph writer pointed out, backbone might in any case have been more appropriate.
Raven is also asking people to become members in order to fund the project.
You can pay anything from £111 a month to £5 a month to become a member. This is what we used in the old days to call a “funding subscriber”.
I think that Charlotte’s plan for funding is sensible and could work well as long as enough people get behind it. Its clear that a feminist magazine cannot work as a commercial project with the advertising subsidy that other women’s magazines attract and its equally clear that any magazine needs to be able to pay staff and contributors if it is to maintain quality over any sustained period.
I very much hope people will join and subscribe. I think a thoughtful magazine aimed at women would be a big plus. I am still sad that Raven didn’t try to resolve issues around reviving Spare Rib. I think they could have been resolved and we would all have been stronger as a result.
Sadly when women disagree its labelled a “cat fight” and something to be avoided at all costs. When men fall out they are not accused of ‘dog-fighting’ it is seen as a necessary process of competition during which new ideas emerge. We shouldn’t be afraid of conflict but we do have to learn how to use our skills of resolution rather than retreating into mutual recrimination and hurt.
I haven’t decided whether to subscribe, I want to see it first, but I certainly wish them luck.