off our backs, vol. IV, no. 9
Washington, DC: off our backs, 1974. Offset on newsprint. Tabloid folded to 8 x 12 in. 27 pp. Very good; edge wear and toning commensurate with age. Item #5766
off our backs was a groundbreaking radical feminist periodical that ran from 1970 to 2008. Published by a collective of women, the journal focused on culture, politics and activism, women’s health, community issues, and entertainment. This issue includes a report on the Richmond Women’s Festival, music and literature reviews, articles on women and the DC correctional system, the summer solstice, drugs and women’s health clinic, classified ads, and more.
Staff included Marilyn Salzman Webb, Heidi Steffens, Marlene Wicks, Colette Reid, and Norma Lesser, Carol Anne Douglas, Tacie Dejanikus, Amaya Roberson, Sherri Whatley, Laura Butterbaugh, Farar Elliott, Angie Manzano, Karla Mantilla, Jennie Ruby, Jenn Smith, Alice Henry, and Angie Young.
off our backs was a highly influential and important journal; it inspired the radical lesbian publication “On Our Backs” - the later publication’s title was satirizing the off our backs journal, which they considered prudish. In turn, off our backs considered the newcomers “pseudo- feminists” and threatened to sue.