WSQ is providing exactly the kind of thoughtful, creative forum we need in these challenging times. Brava!”—Alice A. Jardine, Harvard University

WSQ moves to embrace a new generation of feminist scholarship that has a vital interest in transnational politics and theories, cultural studies, critical race, gender, sexuality studies, and interdisciplinary and emergent knowledge formations. It compels us to subscribe, to teach the essays and to inform ourselves about its content.”—Inderpal Grewal, University of California, Irvine

Since 1972, WSQ has been an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of emerging perspectives on women, gender, and sexuality. Its thematic issues focus on such topics as Activisms, The Global and the Intimate, The Sexual Body, Trans-, Technologies, and Mother, combining psychoanalytic, legal, queer, cultural, technological, and historical work to present the most exciting new scholarship on ideas that engage popular and academic readers alike. In 2007, WSQ was awarded the Council of Editors of Learned Journals’ Phoenix Award. It is published by the Feminist Press.

WSQ is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published in June and December. Along with scholarship from multiple disciplines, it showcases fiction and creative nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and the visual arts. WSQ’s general editors are Victoria Pitts-Taylor and Talia Schaffer. To subscribe, or to submit material to WSQ, please visit

Recent Issues:


Volume 37, Number 3&4, Fall/Winter 2009, Edited by Nicole Cooley & Pamela Stone

The media flurry over the birth of octuplets, the obsession with celebrity moms and baby bump sightings, LGBT moms and men as moms—fascination with motherhood is at an all-time high. But what does it mean to be a mother in this moment? Televised debates pit stay-at-home moms against working moms, but the majority of mothers pursue both family and paid employment. Why is so much of the discussion around mothering about choice and agency, when women’s reproductive rights are vulnerable and the pro-choice movement is on the defensive? Mother addresses these cultural contradictions in personal essays, analysis, fiction, and artwork.


Vol 37, Nos 1&2 Spring/Summer 2009, Edited by Karen Throsby & Sarah Hodges
Technologies considers how medical, digital, and communication technologies are transforming the way we understand gender, motherhood, the body, and feminism. Including articles that investigate fertility clinic websites, Google identities, and the HPV vaccine, Technologies presents research from the social sciences, cultural studies, history, science, and education.


Volume 36, Numbers 3 & 4: Fall/Winter 2008, Edited by Paisley Currah, Lisa Jean Moore & Susan Stryker

Transsexual, transvestite, transnational, transgender, transformative… trans-. This flexible, revolutionary term implies space between the either/or and in this provocative collection, pioneers in the field of transgender studies explore how the concept of “trans-” has drawn attention to the porous areas between definitions: between young and old, the real and the imaginary, and especially man and woman. The field of transgender studies, just like the movement for transgender rights, has the ability to shed new light on feminism by forging new paths to the liberation of the individual from gendered expectations.

Forthcoming Issues:

Citizenship, Vol 37 Nos 1 & 2 Spring/Summer 2010

Market, Vol 37 Nos 3 & 4 Fall/Winter 2010

Safe, Vol 39 Nos 1 & 2 Spring/Summer 2010


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