The Abstracts — Femspec 13.1, Vol 13, Issue 1, 2013

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Summary: This issue is dedicated to Kate Millett for Staying Alive..

EDITORIAL REMARKS:

By BATYA WEINBAUM

Editorial Remarks include a brief outline of the introduce the contents of the issue and their significance. 

This issue also includes the Vision Statement of Feminist General Assembly of the National Gathering of Occupy Movement that met in Philadelphia over July 4, 2012 ...Some coverage of the Future issues will include creative work by editor Gina Wisker, writing on the television pilot writing on the television pilot WonderWoman, interviews with artists in Madhubani, India on the experience of painting Kali and artists in Madhubani, India on the experience of painting Kali and more early Durga, and more early sf reprints.

ESSAYS:

Super Woman's Roots - Remarks by BATYA WEINBAUM: This essay continues our series of Historical documents, SuperWoman's Roots: The Predecessors of Contemporary Wonderwomen in Early SF Pulp Magazines, 1927-30. Weinbaum's examination of these reprints aims to establish the complexity of gender discussions in the early stages of the sf genre magazines of popular culture. She argues that "With what we now know of the feminist direction that emerged in American society and culture, as well as in sf, in years later, we can playfully examine earlier location and a range of discourses on gender that were brought forth by male and female writers alike in sf's early years, to forge new understandings of these original but often overlooked texts in new ways" (10). 

Reprints include

The Feminine Metamorphosis by DAVID KELLER

When a physician author writes a story on biological subject, you may be sure that it will more than interesting. Only during recent years have the functions of various glands in human body been recognized as being of tremendous importance. It seems that the glands seems that the glands are responsible for almost everything imaginable in our mental and physical make-up. It is also true, very frequently, that these functions can be interfered with by altering or otherwise influencing the glands.

It has been known for some time that extracts from various glands can be used as stimulant to the live glands of human beings, even though the extract has been secured from animals. It may be safely said that the wonderful field of gland surgery and medicine is as yet practically untouched. Some of the most surprising and far-reaching discoveries will come when we know more about them. In the present story, Dr. Keller, with his usual insight, has written a most original story that is as good as it is amazing. And incidentally, he has given us a most clever o. henry ending-a climax as surprising as it is unique. 

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The Murgatroyd Experiment by CAPTAIN S.P. MEEK 

It's the year 2080 and atomic energy has finally solved the problem of feeding the global population, which has nearly exceeded the limit of the world's food-producing capacity.  In the interest of documenting past attempts to address the crisis, Dr. Wilbur pens a chronicle of the disastrous attempt to develop a synthetic, chlorophyll-based blood made twenty years' prior by biologist Dr. Murgatroyd.

The narrative shifts to the tension-filled years of the 2060's.  Wilbur, then courting Murgatroyd's daughter, Eileen-- herself a biologist and Murgatroyd's assistant--relates the various stages of experimentation, from Murgatroyd's success in transforming a rabbit into a "moving plant" to his human trials on physical "defectives." Initially, the results are promising.  The first human trial, conducted on Miss Erickson, turns her fair skin green, as expected, as well as instills a craving for sunlight. 

Contrary to Murgatroyd's prediction, however, Miss Erickson's new appetites extend beyond mere soil and air.  Despite the fact that she and the other subjects once scored high on mental and moral indices, the transformed test subjects begin to show signs of "moral degeneracy," including thievery, prevarication, and sexual promiscuity.  Once the "plant people" begin to show a taste for both raw meat and revolution, Murgatroyd, Wilbur, and Eileen realize that they may be in danger of losing more than the satisfaction of scientific achievement.

Other Features:

Order of Possibilities for a Better World - Feminist GA, Occupied National Gathering, July 2012  This is a primary source draft of the national feminist vision statement drafted at the National Gathering of the Feminist General Assembly at the Occupied National Gathering in Philadelphia.

Exclusive Femspec Photo Coverage of Occupied NatGat

Poetry:

 Two Poems on the theme of motherhood

CONSTANCE BRERETON, Mother Music

CATHERINE BAILEY, Pomegranate Seeds 

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