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I need feminism because reactions to my females body related art has involved emails informing me that I am “inflicting self harm to my intellect” and “debasing my body.”

Do you see yourself reflected in the media you consume? Parallel Magazine is all about providing an alternative to the airbrushing and the shaming, the heteronormativity and the gender binary we’re dealt as the only way. Life through a feminist lens, by women for women. Support our start-up feminist magazine at 

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Women’s Magazines are several million pound industry in the UK. With over 200 titles to choose from, women buy on average almost 7 million magazines every month, and 38% of women in the UK trust magazines. And yet magazines that claim to be for women or that are supposedly sex positive are churning out article titles such as “Ten lazy ways to lose weight” or “12 Little Things Every Guy Wants in Bed”. Their cover images are sexualised, their articles are derogatory and weight-obsessed, and their fashion editorials are so photoshopped that even the real life models no longer look like that. They evoke unneeded competition between women. And it isn’t just about body image, the models used, or size zero clothing. It’s about the stories and article written, the way celebrities are scrutinized, and what questions female actors and musicians are asked in their interviews. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be beautiful, desirable, sexy, or trendy, what is problematic is the obsession with these things about all else, to the point where being beautiful is seen as life’s greatest achievement and all else pales in comparison.

So we’ve decided to make a difference, in the form of a new magazine: Parallel. The title is a play on the idea that feminism and modern popular culture are currently running parallel to one another. In order to get feminism into the minds of the mainstream youth, the two things need to intersect and combine. And that’s exactly what we plan to do. Our magazine will cover subjects regarding race, gender, sexuality, age, liberation, women’s rights, activism, disability, and more, all tied up together in an aesthetically pleasing, contemporary women’s magazine. We will subvert the format of ordinary celebrity or fashion magazines to highlight key issues in today’s world. We will interview and talk to influential women about their opinions, highlight key feminist community groups that you could get involved in, and will review, discuss, and critique women’s role in the media.

Parallel Magazine will discuss achievements outside of fashion and beauty, will talk about community and activism and how women everywhere can make a change to the world around them. It will focus on everything from art to pop culture to history – all through the viewpoint of a modern young feminist.

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I need feminism because my mom and I often doubt ourselves so much and I don’t want my kids someday to pick up on that. It’s crippling and tied up with appearance.

I need feminism because my mom and I often doubt ourselves so much and I don’t want my kids someday to pick up on that. It’s crippling and tied up with appearance.




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I need feminism because I’ve never seen this glamorised.

Do you see yourself reflected in the media you consume? Parallel Magazine is all about providing an alternative to the airbrushing and the shaming, the heteronormativity and the gender binary we’re dealt as the only way. Life through a feminist lens, by women for women. Support our start-up feminist magazine at 

http://bit.ly/parallelmag.

Women’s Magazines are several million pound industry in the UK. With over 200 titles to choose from, women buy on average almost 7 million magazines every month, and 38% of women in the UK trust magazines. And yet magazines that claim to be for women or that are supposedly sex positive are churning out article titles such as “Ten lazy ways to lose weight” or “12 Little Things Every Guy Wants in Bed”. Their cover images are sexualised, their articles are derogatory and weight-obsessed, and their fashion editorials are so photoshopped that even the real life models no longer look like that. They evoke unneeded competition between women. And it isn’t just about body image, the models used, or size zero clothing. It’s about the stories and article written, the way celebrities are scrutinized, and what questions female actors and musicians are asked in their interviews. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be beautiful, desirable, sexy, or trendy, what is problematic is the obsession with these things about all else, to the point where being beautiful is seen as life’s greatest achievement and all else pales in comparison.

So we’ve decided to make a difference, in the form of a new magazine: Parallel. The title is a play on the idea that feminism and modern popular culture are currently running parallel to one another. In order to get feminism into the minds of the mainstream youth, the two things need to intersect and combine. And that’s exactly what we plan to do. Our magazine will cover subjects regarding race, gender, sexuality, age, liberation, women’s rights, activism, disability, and more, all tied up together in an aesthetically pleasing, contemporary women’s magazine. We will subvert the format of ordinary celebrity or fashion magazines to highlight key issues in today’s world. We will interview and talk to influential women about their opinions, highlight key feminist community groups that you could get involved in, and will review, discuss, and critique women’s role in the media.

Parallel Magazine will discuss achievements outside of fashion and beauty, will talk about community and activism and how women everywhere can make a change to the world around them. It will focus on everything from art to pop culture to history – all through the viewpoint of a modern young feminist.

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I need feminism because I should be able to get on with my work along with all the other girls, instead of being rated on appearance by the boys in the classroom.

I need feminism because I should be able to get on with my work along with all the other girls, instead of being rated on appearance by the boys in the classroom.

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I need feminism because I was told by my university that for my student teaching internship, I’m required to dress modestly, practice bending over and sitting down, and be mindful of my underwear choices. This is not to keep up professional appearances, but because “it’s distracting to the students especially the boys.”

I need feminism because I was told by my university that for my student teaching internship, I’m required to dress modestly, practice bending over and sitting down, and be mindful of my underwear choices. This is not to keep up professional appearances, but because “it’s distracting to the students especially the boys.”

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I need feminism because when I was sexually harassed in front of my brother, he said it was MY FAULT for wearing a shirt that you could see a little bit of my BACK in. The rest of it was like a normal T-shirt. I was wearing long jeans to boot.

I need feminism because when I was sexually harassed in front of my brother, he said it was MY FAULT for wearing a shirt that you could see a little bit of my BACK in. The rest of it was like a normal T-shirt. I was wearing long jeans to boot.

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The world needs feminism because when Malala Yousafzai advocated for a girl’s right to education, the Taliban tried to kill her. "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world" -Malala YousafzaiAlso a huge congratulations to Malala on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize!

The world needs feminism because when Malala Yousafzai advocated for a girl’s right to education, the Taliban tried to kill her. "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world" -Malala Yousafzai

Also a huge congratulations to Malala on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize!

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'I need feminism because last night in a club I was told “You're just a slut, but a slut with a boyfriend is of no use to me” '

'I need feminism because last night in a club I was told “You're just a slut, but a slut with a boyfriend is of no use to me” '

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I need feminism because when I was raped by a co-worker, my other co-workers stopped associating with me. They didn’t believe me because my “story” didn’t “make sense” since he was “such a nice guy.” He got to move on with his life, while I had to leave my job to cope with the trauma.

I need feminism because when I was raped by a co-worker, my other co-workers stopped associating with me. They didn’t believe me because my “story” didn’t “make sense” since he was “such a nice guy.” He got to move on with his life, while I had to leave my job to cope with the trauma.

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"I need feminism because three of the last four homicide victims in my city were women. (Be safe out there, Baltimore.)"

"I need feminism because three of the last four homicide victims in my city were women. (Be safe out there, Baltimore.)"

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I need feminism because my body and my health is not up for public discussion. If I’m sick, I need meds - end of story. My extended family does not need to be ‘warned’ about me being on the pill in case I become sexually active before getting married.
I need feminism because I’m a woman working in a technological field that was sexually harassed and threatened. He asked me and my boyfriend for a threesome at the lunch table and then decided that he was kidding when I said no. The next day he reached out to slap me in the face and narrowly missed and said, “that’s how you put a woman in her place.” When I reported him I gave names of witnesses, dates, times, and direct quotes. He still works with me and I feel like nobody cares that he could retaliate.

I need feminism because my body and my health is not up for public discussion. If I’m sick, I need meds - end of story. My extended family does not need to be ‘warned’ about me being on the pill in case I become sexually active before getting married.


I need feminism because I’m a woman working in a technological field that was sexually harassed and threatened. He asked me and my boyfriend for a threesome at the lunch table and then decided that he was kidding when I said no. The next day he reached out to slap me in the face and narrowly missed and said, “that’s how you put a woman in her place.” When I reported him I gave names of witnesses, dates, times, and direct quotes. He still works with me and I feel like nobody cares that he could retaliate.
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I need feminism because my ex didn’t want me talking to other guys, but he could talk to other girls because “men control the situation.”

I need feminism because my ex didn’t want me talking to other guys, but he could talk to other girls because “men control the situation.”

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I need feminism because when I lost my virginity, my father GROUNDED ME.And I told him I UNDERSTOOD, because I legitimatly thought he had the right to ground me for a personal choice I MADE regarding MY BODY!He also proceeded toverbally,mentally and physically abuse me.Saying things like “You’re a whore, oh sorry no, you’re a SLUT, at least whore’s charge, sluts do it for free.”             He had been cheating on my mother at the time,             Talk about calling the kettle black.

I need feminism because when I lost my virginity, my father GROUNDED ME.
And I told him I UNDERSTOOD, because I legitimatly thought he had the right to ground me for a personal choice I MADE regarding MY BODY!

He also proceeded toverbally,mentally and physically abuse me.
Saying things like “You’re a whore, oh sorry no, you’re a SLUT, at least whore’s charge, sluts do it for free.”
             He had been cheating on my mother at the time,
            Talk about calling the kettle black
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I need feminism because I should not be “consoled” with being told that “At least once you’ve transitioned you won’t be a disposable man anymore.” Am I alone in thinking nobody is disposable?

I need feminism because I should not be “consoled” with being told that “At least once you’ve transitioned you won’t be a disposable man anymore.” Am I alone in thinking nobody is disposable?

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I need feminism because my boyfriend’s father likes to set up his lawn chair in the driveway and watch me work on my car, then laugh when I don’t do something his way. I’ve been an ASE certified automotive technician for 3 years.

I need feminism because my boyfriend’s father likes to set up his lawn chair in the driveway and watch me work on my car, then laugh when I don’t do something his way. I’ve been an ASE certified automotive technician for 3 years.