Tuesday, February 2, 2010
My friend Clare and I are taking part in a DCTV (Dublin Community Television) program, and we get to speak with some of the people behind Banshee, a feminist magazine from the late 1970s. As research, I was given some copies of the magazine to read. Holy moly it's amazing how much has changed, yet how little. For example, contraception was illegal when Banshee was started in 1976. Ireland was the only country in the UN to refuse to ratify a law that would give women equal pay. And abortion...well, we still don't have legal abortion here. But I love the fighting, unified voice of the articles. Sometimes outrage prompts great action.