Creative Response

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

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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Inspired by a casual remark, Nicky Arscott takes a satirical swipe at selfie culture, ego, pornography, power and narcissism in a provocative and ecstatic sequence of poetry cartoons.

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In her electric performance work *a n e m o n e, Gabrielle Civil considers myths around ‘the big black dick’ and reflects on softness, desire, and the specters of quee...

In a series of visual collages, Gracia Ramirez disrupts and aggravates ‘proper’ notions of beauty and ‘feminine’ sexuality as proposed by 1950s French fashion magazine Le Petit Echoe de...

Inspired by the ‘Thirteen Tenets of Future Feminism’, Sophia Kier-Byfield writes an affective document in fragments about a series of events and workshops at O space in Aarhus, Denmark....

In a personal, cross-genre piece examining female desire, Nia Davies interrogates the three-way dynamic between viewer, viewed and photographer on Instagram.

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Following the media storm around Maria Schneider’s treatment on the set of Last Tango in Paris, Jazmine Linklater draws on manifestoes, media interviews and Laura Mulvey’s essay ‘Vis...

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.

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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