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Broadside: A Feminist Review was a groundbreaking Canadian feminist newspaper that was published between 1979 and 1989. When Broadside first appeared, the women's movement was becoming a vital political force across Canada, and feminist journalism thrived within the context of a burgeoning social movement. While Broadside paid attention to everything from feminists making Broadside: A Feminist Review was a groundbreaking Canadian feminist newspaper that was published between 1979 and 1989. When Broadside first appeared, the women's movement was becoming a vital political force across Canada, and feminist journalism thrived within the context of a burgeoning social movement. While Broadside paid attention to everything from feminists making art to street activism, during the decade it flourished it also covered mainstream culture, pop culture, peacemaking and other issues not necessarily connected to what was considered feminism at the time. At the same time, Broadside helped reinvent journalism to make room for a feminist voice. It uncovered the work of female artists who otherwise would never have been given much attention, and it developed challenging and risky new ideas, all the while participating in the day-to-day organizing of a grassroots movement. Broadside came into being at a time when the women's movement was peaking and books, newspapers and magazines had become essential for spreading feminism's groundbreaking ideas. It practiced advocacy journalism, promoted feminist events and eventually became a written history of the women's movement. Inside Broadside looks at the impact of Broadside on the lives of both the women who participated in its creation and the women who read one or all of the ninety-six issues that were produced over the decade. The book explores the issues and events, the conflicts and controversies, and the debates and discoveries of feminist theory and activism that formed the context and content of that most exciting decade, the 1980s, and of the newspaper itself.


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Broadside: A Feminist Review was a groundbreaking Canadian feminist newspaper that was published between 1979 and 1989. When Broadside first appeared, the women's movement was becoming a vital political force across Canada, and feminist journalism thrived within the context of a burgeoning social movement. While Broadside paid attention to everything from feminists making Broadside: A Feminist Review was a groundbreaking Canadian feminist newspaper that was published between 1979 and 1989. When Broadside first appeared, the women's movement was becoming a vital political force across Canada, and feminist journalism thrived within the context of a burgeoning social movement. While Broadside paid attention to everything from feminists making art to street activism, during the decade it flourished it also covered mainstream culture, pop culture, peacemaking and other issues not necessarily connected to what was considered feminism at the time. At the same time, Broadside helped reinvent journalism to make room for a feminist voice. It uncovered the work of female artists who otherwise would never have been given much attention, and it developed challenging and risky new ideas, all the while participating in the day-to-day organizing of a grassroots movement. Broadside came into being at a time when the women's movement was peaking and books, newspapers and magazines had become essential for spreading feminism's groundbreaking ideas. It practiced advocacy journalism, promoted feminist events and eventually became a written history of the women's movement. Inside Broadside looks at the impact of Broadside on the lives of both the women who participated in its creation and the women who read one or all of the ninety-six issues that were produced over the decade. The book explores the issues and events, the conflicts and controversies, and the debates and discoveries of feminist theory and activism that formed the context and content of that most exciting decade, the 1980s, and of the newspaper itself.

10 review for Inside Broadside: A Decade of Feminist Journalism

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Inside Broadside is a meticulously researched and well written historical retrospective of feminist journalism in Canada during the 80's as presented in the pages of the Broadside journal. Released 8th Oct 2019 by Second Story Press, it's 350 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. This book could have been very dry and academic, just piles of facts and figures and retrospective pages seen through a lens of 30-40 years of history Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Inside Broadside is a meticulously researched and well written historical retrospective of feminist journalism in Canada during the 80's as presented in the pages of the Broadside journal. Released 8th Oct 2019 by Second Story Press, it's 350 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. This book could have been very dry and academic, just piles of facts and figures and retrospective pages seen through a lens of 30-40 years of history. It's anything but that. The facts and figures and historical retrospectives are there, of course, and often provided with contextual recollections of the key players in the Broadside collective themselves. But there is a real human element here as well and I found myself wondering about the people and places and businesses touched on in the pages of the journal. There are classified ads from people looking for roommates, friends, incest survivor groups, housemates, ride shares. Presumably most all of them were living locally at the original time of publication. I found myself wondering how it's gone with the baby one couple was expecting (they were looking for a downstairs neighbor to rent the other half of their duplex), and whether anything came of the gay/lesbian rights research which was looking for researchers and writers, and a hundred more. The whole book is peppered with notes from actual lives written contemporaneously and I found it fascinating. Much of the content is like a time capsule into a time which is different and also frighteningly, depressingly unchanged from the 'Alt-right, alt-truth, misogyny filled political dystopia' we wake up in every day. Most of the content of the book contains reprinted material from the original paper during the time of publication, along with context and commentary. Each of the entries contains original publishing date info as well as author attributions. The entries are arranged thematically: Opinions editorials & comments, items pertaining to the women's movement, feature stories, interviews, arts & reviews, and an introduction and conclusion. The book contains a fair number of facsimiles from the original paper as well as a few (credited) photos. There is no index or other reference/annotation given, however, there is a short listing of the original and current collective (it's still going), and original contributors including authors, artists, political activists, and cultural icons (Margaret Atwood, Eve Zaremba, Susan G. Cole and so many others). I found this an engaging and immersive read on its own merits, but it would also make a good selection in an academic setting as a support text for many courses such as contemporary history, political history, North American/Canadian history, gender studies, etc. Five stars. Superlative (and melancholy). Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie H

    I received this book at the OLA Super conference in January 2020. This was a compilation of articles between 1979-89 published in a feminist newspaper. The articles are mostly well written and compelling and this book is an interesting read for those who want to know what has changed in feminism in the last 30-40 years. Readers will probably find that the issues from the 80s are much the same as the issues faced today. The articles were arranged in a way that made the book flow well and the topi I received this book at the OLA Super conference in January 2020. This was a compilation of articles between 1979-89 published in a feminist newspaper. The articles are mostly well written and compelling and this book is an interesting read for those who want to know what has changed in feminism in the last 30-40 years. Readers will probably find that the issues from the 80s are much the same as the issues faced today. The articles were arranged in a way that made the book flow well and the topics were often the same as those discussed in earlier chapters so that there was a sense of cohesiveness to the book.

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    Cristie Underwood

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    Kellum Jaymes

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    Pegah Salbi

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