THEY CALL US DAMSELS
When men tell our stories we become nothing but side characters. We are written as quiet, meek, trapped in a tower and waiting to be saved - but we know better. We see the Joan of Arc in our day to day lives and we find ways to tell her story. So, they call us damsels? We rewrite the stories and this time we play the heroes.
A REVIEW FROM SPINE MAGAZINE
by Caroline Kurdej
Every seasonal edition of They Call Us features a new adjective. Fall, “They Call Us Witches.” Winter, “They Call Us Bossy.” Year-round, They Call Us empowers.
This literary magazine is spellbinding—particularly the Fall edition. Magic happens when womxn gather, bewitching all with creative storytelling mediums of media, art, and literature.
The spooky edition features images of witches’ silhouettes glimmering in violet hues, brooms, and eerie candles casting light on the backdrop of darkness. Even the table of contents gleams under the bright constellations of the stars above.
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COVID-19 AND BLACK LIVES MATTER
A statement on what isn't written but must be discussed
Our first edition was drafted and planned in mid-March, right before the COVID-19 global pandemic officially put the United States on lockdown. Our launch for They Call Us Theirs was, for a lot of our staff, the last event attended before we began social distancing from the rest of the world.
While social distancing, we were rattled by the news of George Floyd and public cries to abolish the police. Though the murder of black people in police custody hasn’t stopped since Black Lives Matter launched in 2012, the death of George Floyd reignited the conversation. Police brutality and systemic racism have always been on the minds of Bipoc (black, indigenous, and people of color), but recently it has been brought to the forefront for everyone. Though we were already in the final stages of planning this edition, cabin fever and general anxiety over the state of the world encouraged our staff to take more action in the fight for equality.
Although They Call Us Flawed does not directly address the pandemic or police brutality, it is still there in the background. Some artists struggled with inspiration because of the mental burden of COVID and fear for their safety.
Even though COVID-19 is the prominent factor in our lives, our fight is not forgotten. Feminism is not just about gender equality, but equality for all races, ethnicities, abilities, and people. For more direct resources to aid with COVID and/or protest-related anxiety, follow us on Instagram @They.Call.Us.
What is a Coven Congress? Why do we have them? How can you get involved?
The concept of a witch originated from a societal fear and hatred of independent women. Any woman who dared to challenge societal order, to not have children, to take up work outside the home, to think for herself was tortured and burned. Though the punishment is less explicit, the hatred of the witch remains. In defiance of this stigma, we are reclaiming the word. We are witches and the Coven Congress is our little sabbath. For each edition, we gather witches from all walks of life to talk about our experiences, opinions, and ideas. Next, we let the discussion inspire content included in They Call Us. Coven Congress allows us to amplify the voices of a variety of women so the world can hear and learn from our tales.
If you are interested in attending the next coven congress, please contact us.
DONATE TO THE ZINE
They Call Us is a completely nonprofit Artistic collective. All donations will go to printing costs for our contributing writers and artists. This is a passion project for our team, so any money we receive goes straight back to the zine. For more info or to donate, visit our page on Patreon.