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.

As Lesham washes her hands, the water running through her fingers prompts reflection on the symbolism of water that can guard, or dissolve social barriers or forge brand new connections.


In the age of COVID-19, the removal of human touch has meant that many have had to consider new ways of connecting. How do we navigate our way through the world and around other bodies now?


During the lockdown, Sutton put her skills to make scrubs for those in desperate need, but she didn’t quite realise the enormity of the task she had decided to undertake.


The pandemic has intensified our use of screens. Some have expressed concern about this. Ramsay reflects on how screen time can also facilitate connection and learning.


During the lockdown, India’s public service broadcaster, Prasar Bharati decided to bring back old TV classics. Bhattacharya argues that this was a clever strategy to reconsolidate state hegemony....

Black Lives Matter (BLM) generated a vital shockwave across the film industry and its racism. But what happens when this white industry starts to forget and reverts to business as usual?


Kent’s feminist response to the COVID-19 crisis straddles visual arts and comics. She contemplates the intersections of the pandemic and social inequalities and expresses these through creati...

Reflecting on her personal experience, Parker considers why the ‘Stay at Home’ campaign failed to connect with the BAME community in the UK.


Inspired by Van Der Weyden’s painting and Emin’s installation, Ulldemolins reflects on passive motherhood in the grand Christian story.



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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