‘Yours in Struggle’: Bad Feelings and Revolutionary Politics in Spare Rib

Waters, Melanie (2017) ‘Yours in Struggle’: Bad Feelings and Revolutionary Politics in Spare Rib. Women: A Cultural Review, 27 (4). pp. 446-465. ISSN 0957-4042

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When Spare Rib first launched in July 1972, its glossy pages promised to ‘put women’s liberation on the newsstands’ by spreading ‘new politics through familiar forms’ (Fell 1979: 2). From editorials exploring how it ‘feels’ to work collectively to letters from readers expressing the emotional toll of discrimination, Spare Rib makes a consistent effort to provide spaces in which the feelings associated with women’s liberation can be articulated and explored. This article examines the extent to which affect theory might help to illuminate the virulent discourse of feeling in Spare Rib. Foregrounding the high premium placed on personal testimony, both within the women’s liberation movement and in Spare Rib specifically, it explores a mixed selection of published correspondence and reflective editorials in order to assess how ‘bad feelings’ (Ahmed 2010a: 50), in particular, might serve as an ‘affective magnet’ around which the politics of feminism can be negotiated and critiqued (Berlant 2008: 7).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: feminist periodicals, women’s liberation movement, Spare Rib, affect theory
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Melanie Waters
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 09:16
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31210

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