Femspec Vol 10, Issue 2, 2010
ANNE BALAY. "They're Closin' Up Girl Land: Female Masculinities in Children's Fantasy"
RITCH CALVIN. "This shapeless book: Reception in Joanna Russ's The Female Man"
SHARI EVANS. "Not unmarked: From Themed Space to a Feminist Ethics of Engagement in Atwood's Oryx and Crake"
BATYA WEINBAUM, LI WEINBAUM, and DANIEL HILL. "Interview with Kartika Affandi Koberl: A Contemporary Indonesian Woman Challenging Gender through Speculative Imagery" (See our special feature)
SUSANA SUSSMAN. "Khunta"
EMILY AUGER. "Review of Crafting the Witch"
"Review of Fairy Tale’s Reimagined"
"Review of Fortunes Lover"
"Review of Red Planets"
"Review of An Introduction to Western Esotericism"
ARDYS DELU. "Review of The Circling Song"
PHILLIPA KAFKA. "Review of Frankenstein"
"Review of Women Writers of the Provincetown Players"
K. A. LAITY. "Review of King Kong Theory"
"Review of Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy"
"Review of Women and the Divine"
GILLIAN I. LEITCH. "Review of Daughters of Empire"
LANI RAVIN. "Review of Priestess of Avalon"
MARIA SHINE STEWART. "Review of Failing the Future"
BATYA WEINBAUM. "Review of Tarot and Other Meditation Decks"
Books and Media Received
Summary: We dedicate the issue to Mary Daly, Ray Browne, and survival. Mary Daly will always be remembered for her pioneering efforts in the feminist community. Ray Browne will also be remembered for his contributions to the academe movement. This 10.2 issue contains a full range of topics, including book reviews on the Tarot, SF and lit, the Divine (transcendence, immanence, the Goddess, feminine spirituality) and gender. There are also critical articles, such as an essay about themed space in Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, an essay about Joanna Russ’s The Female Man, in which Douglas Barbour (reviewer of the Toronto Star) praised Russ’s work as "incredibly sensitive to the variables of speech, and thus gives even the shallowest character a true voice," and an essay about female masculinities in children’s fantasy. Even love shared between beings from two different worlds is presented in the fiction section. The cover art by Kartika Affandi Koberl, which is a colorful sculpture of five unusual-looking penises (with the main one being large, blue and with the shape of a fist for a head), should be an indication that challenging gender through speculative means continues to be the focus of the journal. However, survival may be the central theme, and as the Femspec journal continues to survive, so too will the triumphant spirits here who raise our fists against gender discrimination, stereotyping, oppression and gender inequities, as well as injustices of any type... all of which unfortunately still manage to "survive" in society and the world at large. Our fists will always remain raised in this fight for peace and equality for all.