Lies: a journal of materialist feminism Volume 1, 2012

LIES is a new journal spearheaded by a feminist collective based in Oakland, Baltimore, Los Angeles and New York City.

LIES is a communist journal against communists.

LIES is a platform for certain conversations and critiques that are difficult, impossible or dangerous if cis men are in the room.

LIES attacks the legacy of racism and transphobia that has plagued feminist organizing and strives to develop new ways of making autonomous feminist practices today that take pointed and militant attacks on white supremacy and transphobia as essential parts of feminist struggle.

LIES came out of our experience within struggles. It seeks to embody and develop in print the practice of autonomy that we needed to save ourselves in the midst of movements squared on patriarchy and fueled by the subordination of everyone but white cis men.

LIES draws its purpose and support from networks and circles of feminist, queer, and trans people, our friends and comrades to whom this journal is devoted.




Editorial Note

Not-Sex and Social Relations

c.e. // Undoing Sex: Against Sexual Optimism
Clémence X. Clementine // Against the Couple Form
M. Sandovsky // Letters to L: Visions and Paranoia
sogumi // salt wedge (excerpts)

Worker's Inquiry

Jomo // Caring: a labor of stolen time: Pages from a CNA's Notebook

Notes on Struggles

Wendy Trevino // Santa Rita 128 to 131
W.&.T.C.H. // On the Recent Occupations: A Communique from W.&.T.C.H.
Barucha Calamity Peller // Women in Uprising: The Oaxaca Commune, the State, and Reproductive Labor
Jackie Wang // Against Innocence: Race, Gender, and the Politics of Safety
Recent Communiques

Identity, Abolition, Communization

Magda Llwhisk // Don't try to dig yourself out of the hole. You won’t get out.
P. Valentine // The Gender Distinction in Communization Theory
Sky Palace // “To Be Liberated From Them (Or Through Them)”: A Call For a New Approach


“All the Work We Do As Women”: Feminist Manifestos on Prostitution and the State, 1977
“We Referred To It As Coming Out”: Recollections on Trans Identity, State Violence, and 1960s Radicalism: an oral history interview with Suzan Cooke


Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of the Law, Dean Spade

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