For the debut of her new column “Making it Work,” Maiko Tanaka responds to the public programming developed in conjunction with Linda Duvall and Peter Kingstone’s “Living in 10 Easy Lessons.”
To strive for abolition is to acknowledge that under the current regime, social justice can’t be accomplished by simply extending privileges, one niche market at a time, until we are all equally free to choose between one bleak life sentence or another. In this issue, the thematic of abolition is fleshed out through an eclectic collection of case studies and histories characterized by their insistence on addressing exploitation holistically.
The Failure of Sex Work Prohibition Robyn Maynard
Issue Contributors: Pamela Palmater; Liam Skinner; Randy Lee Cutler and Magnolia Paulker; Some Feminists in Your Neighborhood; Folie à Deux; Nasrin Himada; Counter Narrative Society/Mabel Negrete; Robyn Maynard; Kirsty Robertson; Jenna Danchuk; Nahed Mansour and Konstantin Kilibarda; Lauren Cullen; Brenda Goldstein
In a conversation with Lucy Lippard in 1985, Suzanne Lacy spoke of the history of women’s labor unions making use of communal activities such as pageants, dinner parties, gift exchanges and birthday celebrations as a means to build solidarity amongst women. Art and activism have a longstanding overlapping history. In the mid-80s, Suzanne Lacy began retroactively framing the large-scale performances she had been undertaking since the early 70s within the tradition of pageantry. Pageants in the early part of the 20th century were a deeply community-oriented and non-commercial form of entertainment: they were often massive productions involving a cast of hundreds of volunteers in performances of theatre, dance and music.