IHRSINN, eine radikal feministische Lesbenzeitschrift



... a pun which alludes to lunacy (Irrsinn) and to her sense/mind (ihr Sinn).
IHRSINN - a radical feminist-lesbian journal existed since 1990 and wanted to reflect feminist-lesbian perspectives, to stimulate theory-friendly thinking in and particularly outside of academic fields and to offer a forum for political debates.
IHRSINN centred upon a specific topic in each issue. Thus new subjects were addressed as well as already practised politics and thinking critically revised. We dicided upon a theme in regard of diversity as much as political context and positioning. So contributions from different writers and artists, in diverse styles and forms were welcome.
IHRSINN wished to continue discussions about the published subject matter and already printed articles in a readers forum.
IHRSINN spreaded stories, facts, rumours and digged out herstorical texts of topical interest.
IHRSINN presented projects, conferences, meetings of current relevance. The journal contributed regularly to original lesbian-feminist humour with its comics and gloss-section.

The editorial collective worked and lived in Bochum; editors as well as authors and artists worked without payment.
IHRSINN was published twice a year - in June and December.

Project description

IHRSINN, a feminist lesbian journal from Germany and in German only, was founded in 1989 in Bochum (West Germany) by 8 lesbians out of a political debate circle. The first issue came out in January 1990 and included articles from the editors and from one East German lesbian. The first edition of 1000 copies was sold in four weeks, a 2nd edition of another 1000 copies followed soon. At that time, there seemed to be a hunger for political analysis and reflection from a feminist lesbian perspective. One of our main intentions was to build bridges, a hinge between daily politics/political activities, different realities and theoretical debates. This became a more difficult objective over the fifteen years of IHRSINN's existence. Theory - maybe in particular as feminist and lesbian theory is going queer - has become more academic and concentrated in universities. In general there seems to be less time for and interest in (unpaid) political commitment. Reduced subscriptions and shrinking interest made the continutiation impossible, financially and personally. The last number appeared in 2004: Schlussakkord.

With IHRSINN we wanted to present a forum for diverse political discussions amongst lesbians and feminists. We welcomed all women as readers, in individual cases we accepted texts with an anti-heterosexist perspective from women who don't understand themselves as lesbians. We (still) called IHRSINN "a radical feminist lesbian journal" and were often asked "What does radical feminist mean?" A reduced slogan-like answer: We are not so much interested in reforming and assimilation politics but in basic changes of patriarchal, capitalist, racist conditions. Radical feminism for us doesn't mean culturalism or separatism, we just are not satisfied with anti-discriminatory lobby or minority politics.

So far around 230 authors and artists have supported and contributed to IHRSINN - all of them without payment, often on request, some from Austria, Switzerland and other countries.

Additionally to the texts and graphics there are regular genres: gloss, digged out (old texts), current events, contributors' notes, preview for the next topic. The total number of pages is around 100-120.

Each issue has a special topic. I will try to translate them, although it's next to impossible for me to transmit the play on words.

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