Hysteria is a London-based publication and platform for feminist activism that subtly interweaves academic analysis, pop culture commentary, poetry and visual art. The 3rd issue, “Abjection,” brings together divergent strains of feminist thought and works, from discussions of Orange Is The New Black and women’s prisons (Carolin Muller) to Islamic feminism (Vanessa Rivera De La Fuente) and the boss bitches of hip hop (Katie Cercone). Images of Senga Nengudi’s famous abstract sculptural performance, “RSVP” and paintings by Joan Semmel, Clarity Haynes and Kristin Calabrese are just a few of the seamlessly integrated visuals that connect the text throughout.
Hysteria is accessible on multiple levels: some text is heavily indebted to theory, while some is put in plain language. Some of the art and poetry jump off the page with explicit aims, while some simmer with obscured intentions. The topics are extremely broad, confronting intersecting issues of race, class, sexuality, ability, body politics, and much more. Even taking just a few minutes to peruse the official website, we found articles that strongly contradict some of the pieces published in “Abjection.” That’s exactly what we love in a feminist publication, so we’re definitely looking forward to more of their diverse contributions to feminist dialogue in Issue 4. Donate here to help them cover publishing costs if you’re so inclined.
HYSTERIA aims to combat the punishing patriarchal language by placing the feminised subjects on centre stage allowing them to showcase a spectrum of expression.
HYSTERIA strives to expose power relations and insists on the equality of all, through a continious discussion on what equality entails, refusing to settle on a rigid definition.
HYSTERIA is critical towards the notion of ‘safe space’ since ‘safe spaces’ only exist in the liberal illusion that veils the oppressive patriarchy. HYSTERIA strives to unsettle such illusions to shake the guise of normalcy that enables power structures to operate and thrive.
HYSTERIA believes that feminisms are of universal concern and not reserved for a selected few. Feminisms should be spread across discussions between all walks of life.
HYSTERIA harbours multiple streams of feminisms. This is a direct outcome of the webs of distinct and overlapping feminist narratives of struggles and oppresion.
HYSTERIA starkly opposes the belief-systems that have generated the fantasy of feminisms as propoties and commodities and holds that these ideas reproduce marginalisation, deprivation and inequality.