A note from our founder:
Welcome to 4W!
4W exists to give a platform to today’s feminists who are boldly stepping outside of the mainstream narrative to unapologetically bring you stories about the issues affecting women today.
I created this platform in 2019, after I was fired from my job as a Software Engineer in Philly for writing an article criticizing the rise of “non-binary” identities through a feminist lens (you can read that article here). Shortly thereafter, I was banned from the popular blogging platform Medium — one of the few places online where emerging writers can make decent money.
I realized that women needed a place where they could not only speak freely about issues like gender identity and male violence, but where they could also be compensated for their work.
Today, 4W is home to over 50 female writers representing every corner of the Earth. We are one of the only subversive publications that actually pay our writers, creating opportunities for women who are otherwise cancelled, deplatformed, and censored.
4W is completely free, and always will be. We have no paywall, no ads, and don’t sell your data. Instead, we are funded entirely out thanks to our generous monthly donors on Patreon who make this work possible.
If you value the stories, news, and ideas that 4W puts out into the world and the work of our writers, please consider becoming a patron for as little as $5/month.
M. K. Fain
4W Founder Editor in Chief
Founder and 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
Since 2015, Dana Vitalosova edited an online feminist magazine in Slovakia - publishing new authors, writing articles, translating from English, as well as campaigning against sexism in the Slovak media. After being "cancelled" in 2019, she started focusing more on English-speaking audiences.
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.
You can contact the editor at: [email protected]
Got a tip about a story you'd like to see on 4W? Email the editor: [email protected]
If you would prefer to have a phone conversation, feel free to email us to schedule a call.
You can also start an encrypted chat with our editor through Riot or your preferred Matrix client: @marykatefain:matrix.org
Sharing, Redistributing, and Translating 4W Stories
Yes - you may share, redistribute, or translate 4W articles! You do not need to obtain express permission to do so. All of our stories are licensed under a CC By-SA 4.0 licence (Creative Commons, By Attribution, Share-Alike). This means that you may redistribute, build upon, derive, or share our work for either commercial or non-commercial purposes as long as you do the following:
- Attribute the author.
- Share your work under a CC By-SA license, too
"Share Alike" licensing means that your derivative work that uses our work must also be published under the CC By-SA license. For example, if you translate one of our articles into French, this is a derivative work and the French translation would also be licensed CC By-SA.
If you would like to use our work in a way not covered under the CC By-SA please reach out.
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Thank you to our top donors!
(Your name can be listed here with a pledge over $25/month)
- Angelique Lopez
- Melanie Kay
- Virginia Grinevitch
- Robert Jenner
- Many more anonymous supporters!