Creative Response

Personal engagement with visual culture from a feminist perspective through poetry, design, art, collage, creative written word pieces. Always boundary pushing or avant-garde and at the forefront of feminist engagement.

In a searing triptych of polyvocal poems, Lara G. explores the question of whether (and how) queer-lesbian pornography can propose counter-imaginaries to the desiring hetero-male gaze.

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‘Devil temptress, egg thief, child thief, hag’. In this electrifying three-part poem Louise Buchler examines the figure of the ‘witch’ from multiple perspectives

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In this absorbing lyric essay, Nell Osborne considers Charlotte Salomon’s representations of her ‘unhappy love’ in Life or Theatre? using a pithy fragmentary style.

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Samantha Walton 

In poetry, which mirrors Maya Deren’s methods as a filmmaker, Elinor Cleghorn responds to her films in three hypnotic language rituals.

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Using a complex mixture of human voices and computer code, Winnie Soon’s audio-visual
queering of poetic process and form interrogates the ‘false dilemma’ of binary systems.

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In poetry and essay, Bryony Bates examines romance, queer BDSM fantasies, fandom, and pornography through the lens of slash fic written by fans of the TV series Hannibal.

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D.I. explores ‘queer mystique’ in advertising, inspired by Jenny Himizu. D.I’s concept of the fairy – ‘the gender of verbal transgression’ – hacks ‘all genders’ in this subversive...

In this kaleidoscopic return to 1996, So Mayer explores emerging queer desire, ‘self’-hood and sex via song lyrics, Britpop heroines, Patrick Swayze and Shinjuku Boys.

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At MAI we work for free to spread the word about research in feminism & visual culture. All our authors publish their work for no fee. We don’t charge our readers. Nothing motivates us but our commitment to raising consciousness about gender politics in arts & media.

MAI Issue 1: ISSN 2003-1671
MAI Issue 2: ISSN 2003-1672
MAI Issue 3: ISSN 2003-1673
MAI Issue 4: ISSN 2003-1674
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WHO SUPPORTS US

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