Philament 23

New Waves: Twenty-First-Century Feminisms

For many young feminists today, both inside and outside academia, the need to situate ourselves in relation to the larger landscape of feminist history is vital. If, as Jennifer Baumgardner states, the modern “millennial” feminist creates “blogs, Twitter campaigns, and online media with names like Racialicious and Feminising,” instead of producing “zines and songs,” how do these new texts, these novel modes of “practising” feminism, make us different to those who preceded us, if at all?

Feminists in the twenty-first century, as Baumgardner further suggests, are also typically engaged with various political discourses on “transgenderism, male feminists, sex work, and complex relationships within the media,” areas that have gone mostly unaddressed in prior feminist “waves.” What, then, are the boundaries and contestations of contemporary feminist practice?

Despite feminism’s many transformations, the social and political acceptability of the feminist identity remains contentious. Resisting pressure to integrate feminism into the structures of neoliberal capitalism, xenofeminist collective Laboria Cuboniks urges the modern tech-savvy feminist to instead seize “alienation as an impetus to generate new worlds.” “It is through, and not despite, our alienated condition,” the collective writes, “that we can free ourselves from the muck of immediacy.”

But how does one read and respond to these incendiary texts? What might working “through” alienation and toward liberty entail? What kinds of acts remain feminist acts today—and what resolutions and distinct forces of change do they herald? And, finally, what distinguishes Australian feminism, if anything, from feminism at large or abroad?

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Philament, the peer-reviewed, open access, online journal of arts and culture based at the University of Sydney, invites submissions from postgraduate students and early career academics for its twenty-third issue.

This special edition of Philament will publish scholarly articles on the above theme of up to 8,000 words, creative works of all kinds (“Excursions”) up to 2,500 words, and book reviews broadly relevant to the theme up to 2,000 words. Submissions should be original, not previously published, and not under consideration elsewhere. Scholarly articles must include endnotes and conform to our Submissions guidelines.


Jennifer Baumgardner, F ’em!: Goo Goo, Gaga, and Some Thoughts on Balls (Berkeley: Seal Press, 2011), 251.

Laboria Cunoniks, Xenofeminsm: A Politics for Alienation,