4W, short for "Fourth-Wave Feminism", exists to give a platform to today’s feminists who are stepping outside of the liberal mainstream.
In July of 2019, 4W Editor in Chief, Mary Kate Fain, was fired from her job as a software engineer for writing a blog about feminism. That article hit a nerve, and went viral.
This experience demonstrated the overwhelming need for quality independent journalism that analyzes our changing culture through a modern, radical feminist lens—and 4W was born. 4W is now the leading website in the United States for woman-centered content on gender identity, sexuality, and culture. We are the only explicitly feminist website that gives a platform to gender critical women and pays writers.
4W is providing free content to bring radical feminist ideals to the masses. No paywall, no selling your data, no ads. The only way we make money is from the generosity of our readers.
We are not afraid to challenge the status quo, including the male-centered “feminist” narrative of the third wave.
While many of our ideas may be familiar to those of the second wave, we realize that there is no turning the clock backwards. We are looking forward to a feminist future, not simply nostalgic about the feminism of days past.
We focus primarily on gender, sexuality, and male violence, but are open to pieces covering a range of feminist topics from female writers and journalists.
We take a radical feminist lens, which means we do not support:
- The buying and selling of women and girls, our bodies, or our objectification for male pleasure
- The glorification of violent male sexuality, even if done “consensually”
- The idea that “woman” is defined by sex stereotypes or feelings — a woman is an adult human female
- The use of slurs like “queer” or “cis” to describe women, especially lesbians
If you would like to submit a piece, you may want to take a look through some of our articles to be sure that you align with our politics first.
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About the Editor
M. K. is a feminist writer, activist, and engineer. She is the co-founder of Spinster.xyz, a feminist social media platform, and has worked with various women's organizations for over a decade. She loves plants, animals, and space travel.
Learn more on her website: https://marykatefain.com
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