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Witches and Pagans

So I just found out that my two favorite magazines, PanGaia and newWitch, are combining into "Witches and Pagans." I dunno what to think of this, I'll have to see the new issue when it comes out.1 SageWoman is remaining the same, and BBI Media, the group that makes all these magazines, has come out with a magazine I might get one of out of curiosity but isn't really my cuppa, called "Crone Magazine."

Since I have an income now, and since I don't have many issues, I hope to build up my back-issue collection of PanGaia, newWitch, and SageWoman.

Oh, and years ago SageWoman wasn't taking writing from trans women. Since I had to email Anne Niven anyway, I decided to ask if such was still the case, and if so, why? I will report back if and when I get a reply.

EDIT: The tagline for SageWoman is "Celebrating the Goddess in every woman." If they still won't take submissions from trans women, I am going to argue the point with them, throw this line back at them and ask them why they're rejecting a whole group of women just because we weren't born with a uterus and ovaries. And add that even for bio-women, there's more to being a woman than having children. That even many bio-women don't want to have kids. I was closeted offline when they first informed me that they don't take submissions from trans women. Now that I'm out of that closet full time, and have been for years, I'm going to make an issue of it if it is still their policy. If I have to write to Feedback Loop (assuming "Witches and Pagans" still has it) about it, I will.

EDIT 2 = I must have misremembered or something, or maybe not been out as trans. Anne Niven, the editor, says there's never been a policy excluding trans women from submitting writing to SageWoman.

1 = I *do* know that I'm a bit frustrated. I was interested in writing an answer to some of their upcoming questions for the Toe-To-Toe section, and now I'll have to see what this new combined mag will look like first.

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elven_ranger
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
wtf, I have to say I agree with you totally...
fayanora
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I must have misremembered or something, or maybe not been out as trans. Anne says there's never been a policy excluding trans women from submitting writing to SageWoman.
deaana
Jul. 18th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
BB, I have the issue of Witches and Pagans, the subject of the most recent one is something like 'sacred animals'. It's out on the shelves and stuff, I got one a couple weeks ago. Seems pretty good but I don't know the answer to your frustrations.
fayanora
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Anne told me they changed it last fall, and I was like, WTF? Because I bought PanGaia #50 in the store just a few days ago.

Also, see my second edit.
baron_waste
Jul. 18th, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)

I'll be interested to hear what they say about all that. Women who claim to be wolves are taken seriously - especially since that book Women Who Run With Wolves came out; something of a trope-namer, that - so obviously biological, genetic identity can be set aside in favor of self-image. Seems like there's a precedent established there…

fayanora
Jul. 18th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I must have misremembered or something, or maybe not been out as trans. Anne Niven, the editor, says there's never been a policy excluding trans women from submitting writing to SageWoman.
lupagreenwolf
Jul. 19th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
A bit of a tangent
FWIW, I'm the interviewee for that issue *waves*. I kinda wish we'd been able to get into more sex/gender related stuff in the interview; while more recently I've slid back more to the female end of the continuum, I engaged in a lot more genderfuckery in my twenties. We just covered so much stuff as it was that we couldn't get to everything. (Plus I'm not really one of the bigger names in queer media, despite being queer.) At any rate, my point is that I don't believe there would have been any problems if we had gotten into that area of discussion; the folks I know at at W&P/BBI are pretty supportive of varying sexes, genders, sexualities, etc.
fayanora
Jul. 19th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: A bit of a tangent
Heh, yeah. For a time, PanGaia was edited by Kenaz Filan, a trans woman who apparently still writes for them. At least until issue #50, anyway.
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