For this issue, we decided to do something different. Rather than have articles and artwork revolve around a specific theme, we opened this issue for any submission generally relating to gender, sexuality, and feminism, both politically and on a personal level. There is a lot is going on in the political world right now, and there is a lot people have to say. is is reflected in our open issue where we present to you a diverse range of articles that tackle important issues such as political unity, female monuments, gender fluidity, reproductive justice, and more.
From international voices from the Netherlands, India, and America, this issue is a special compilation of feminist discussions. It reveals deeply personal thoughts and opinions, and comments on gendered conflicts occurring in Palestine and other countries around the world. Welcoming both liberal and conservative opinions, we hear from those who dislike the feminist movement’s agenda and others who feel as if the feminist movement is unfairly characterized.
The phrase “what a time to be alive” perfectly describes today’s day in age. Inflammatory words are being thrown out from people with all sorts of ideologies, and it’s becoming difficult to keep track of what exactly is going on not just in our country, but on a global scale. For such rapidly changing times, the only way for women to continue to remain an influential part in society is to constantly engage in discussion. Through Girl Talk Magazine, we hope to provide a feminist forum for people to try to piece together the words and events that are circulated around the world daily.
"The Body Issue” is centering around the female body, articles feature personal stories about sexual assault and eating disorders, critical discussions about the future of pornography and consent, the glorification of Victoria’s Secret models, critiques of one size fits all policies, and more. Visual interpretations of the female body, ranging from paintings to mosaics, are displayed as well. As a warning, some articles in The Body Issue contain sensitive and potentially triggering material, which include sexual assault depictions and violence against women. As an organization who strives to tackle a wide range of gender topics, our second issue does not shy away from controversial, yet important discussions about female sexuality and gender. Lifting different voices, the GIRLTALK brings forward the diversity of female experiences around the globe. We hope that as readers, you will keep an open mind, and use GIRLTALK as a space to be educated, inspired, and challenged.
“Women in the Media”, revolves around the relationship between women and media around the world. It explores the different portrayals of women in the media, and shines a light on issues such as colorism, media sexualization, and Hollywood sexism. A special interview features Kim Raver, actress Teddy on Grey’s Anatomy, who speaks about what it means to be a woman in Hollywood and advice for being creating a powerful generation of females. Multiple perspectives, with high school girls from Guatemala, China, and the US, are included in Women in the Media.