Critical Reflection

Always radical, always engaged, always personal. Either scholarly or polemic writing that engages with feminist visual culture and feminist theory and history from a contemporary perspective. Our authors provide ground for reassessment of existing paradigms or subversive recuperation and reinterpretation.

Demystifying the worthy figure behind our journal’s name, Mariah Larsson reads MAI Manifesto and praises Mai Zetterling (1925-1994) to show her as the most fitting patron of our work.


Rebecca Harrison shares a personal, critical reflection on cultural evaluations of women’s work and the metaphors of light.


Unintentionally, in offensive language, the sexist Trump reminded all women that, as Rebecca Walker once said, ‘to be a feminist is … to join in sisterhood with women.’


Going back as far as 1914 to tell the story of a suffragette Mary Richardson, Mary McGill contemplates the power of female gaze in today’s selfie culture.


Backman Rogers watches Maja Borg’s Future My Love (2012) to ponder on our quests for happiness and intimate relationships.


Agency and activism in comics aimed at young women: a case study of Sally Heathcote: Suffragette, Lumberjanes, and Ms Marvel.


Elkin situates the diaries of Alix Roubaud and Susan Sontag alongside their creative work. A new reckoning of the personal and political.


Jones views Marjorie Liu’s Monstress to argue that this comic series radically reworks and counteracts the racist and sexist standards of mainstream comics.<...

A personal reflection on the nature of the photographic error. Piper-Wright situates happenstance and error as a feminist photographic response.


A critique of neoliberal recuperations of feminism: women on the market 2.0.



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The team of MAI supporters and contributors is always expanding. We’re honoured to have a specialist collective of editors, whose enthusiasm & talent gave birth to MAI.

However, to turn our MAI dream into reality, we also relied on assistance from high-quality experts in web design, development and photography. Here we’d like to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the feminist cause. Our feminist ‘thank you’ goes to:

Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
And other photographers whose images have been reproduced here: Cezanne Ali, Les Anderson, Mike Wilson, Annie Spratt, Cristian Newman, Peter Hershey