It wasn’t so long ago that Fembot, known then as Reasons to be Beautiful, had its own new beginning. When Alissa and I were teens, we started the site out as a modest blogspot page that focused mostly on DIY beauty products, fun films to watch when you were sad, and other feel-good topics related to young women. Our focus was on making women and girls feel good about themselves, and it’s something that has never really died from the website we have now.
But somewhere along the way, we “grew up,” finished college, and figured it was time to change our focus from being a general woman’s magazine, to discuss the more hard hitting issues women, and other marginalized groups, face every day. So in May 2014, we revamped ourselves into a social justice website, and in November 2014 we became Fembot, a site dedicated to writing about social justice issues that matter to millennials. It was our new beginning, and essentially a new beginning for our readers too.
So with this in mind I felt ‘new beginnings’ was the perfect topic for Fembot’s very first literary zine; the broad and meaningful theme is something I’m sure you’re all familiar with.
Each poem, story, and photograph in this issue gives us an in-depth look at rebirth, at starting over, and, in a way, endings. In Lee Jones’ poem ‘Lilith,’ we see how dark times can give way to a hopeful resolve, no matter how dark they actually are. And in Rogin Losa’s monologue ‘I Wish I Was A Miscarriage’ we see how self-doubt, and complicated relationships can give way at any moment to a second chance.
I hope when you read the following pieces, that you think about every new start you’ve ever had.
So enjoy the following pieces and be sure to let us know how you felt about them via our twitter @fembotmag, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Stay tuned at the end of the zine for information on how to submit your art to next month’s zine!
Co-EIC of Fembot Magazine
Read the entire zine here.