It has now been a year since we put out our last print issue. This is the longest break the magazine’s ever taken since I started it in 2012. I just wanted to acknowledge the radio silence that we’ve had both online and offline, and to explain a few things from my perspective.
When I say this is the longest break the magazine’s ever taken, I'm talking about myself. This is the longest break I have taken from producing the magazine because ultimately, it is me who produces almost every aspect of it. I found the tenth print issue so overwhelming and all encompassing, that without realising it or intending to, I've taken a step back.
I’ve never made a secret of how much a labour of love Sister is, or that we have no funding or commercial backing. I know that these are issues that many of my peers and fellow creatives also face. However, when I created the magazine in my final year of university, which is coming up to eight years this summer, I could never have dreamed that feminism would be embraced by the mainstream in the way that it has.
I started Sister because I wanted to write about things which bigger publications weren’t. I wanted young people to feel comfortable with the term ‘feminist’ and labelling themselves as such. So what happens when that word has gained tireless media coverage, been printed on a t-shirt sold by every major fast fashion retailer and featured on a Beyonce track? I’m not saying that any of these things are bad, but it has left me wondering what role Sister has to play in the current cultural landscape.
Things have changed so much since the magazine began, and I guess I’ve felt that it has needed to change too. Maybe there’s no need for what we do anymore, maybe nobody is interested, or maybe there’s just too many voices out there. There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes of making a magazine, producing content and hosting events. Sometimes the pressure to stay ‘relevant’ and to be constantly posting, sharing, producing or working is so great that it doesn’t even feel worth trying. I've also been quite vocal about my grief journey since losing my dad to a rare and sudden heart condition two years ago, and I'd be lying if I said this hasn't contributed to the feelings I've mentioned above.
However, this community is bigger than me. I want Sister to continue to give voice to topics and issues that need them the most. To provide a safe and welcoming space for anyone who feels excluded. And most of all, to educate, to inspire and to do that together. Building a network and finding like minded people has absolutely been the best part of making Sister for me. Exciting and collaborative things are coming. Thank you for your patience, and thank you for supporting what we do.
If you'd like to work with Sister, or have any questions, suggestions, comments, thoughts or feelings then please get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to hear from you.