Extract from Langdon Olgar II

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Langdon Olgar is our print publication. With it, we aim to put the issue of street harassment in context with text and visuals on a variety of related issues.  Issue two is now available with work from Tavi Gevinson, Jen Calleja, Barbara Hammer, Jes Skolnik, Judy Berman, R.M Phoenix and many others, as well as art and writing from the editors themselves, and design and layout by Jamie Reid. Staple-bound, full colour, and professionally risograph printed at Ditto Press.

An extract:

Two years on from our first issue, we are still watching.

We’re watching, eyes narrowed, as Alternative Youth Media happily paints itself as the creative, subversive foil to The Mainstream, foolishly grasping the easy money of major corporations disguised as youth brands, while holding a mirror to the same forms of ubiquitous, banter-powered rape culture one might pick up in any newsagent. We pounced on the possibility of another kind of feminist publication, taken beyond those fanzine assumptions, too easy to write off as a de-fanged corner of galling retroisms, aging references and aesthetic cliche.

That said, you’ll notice the many references to feminisms of times past in this issue, as we outright reject the notion of an ahistorical resurgence. They say those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, but we must pore over these histories, the achievements of yesterday’s agigators, artists and thinkers, before we build upon them. The demands may remain constant with our fore-sisters to some extent, but we’re at pains to move forwards, not sideways.

Ordinary women across Britain are being hit by what the Fawcett Society have termed ‘Triple Jeopardy.’ Disproportionately hit by wage freezes and job cuts in the public sector; most likely to be the frontline users of public services from libraries to sure start centres and other community facilities; and because of their traditional role as carers, are often the first called upon to step in as state help is withdrawn. Langdon Olgar Issue two takes flight against a backdrop of these swingeing cuts, enacted by cabinet of 19 men and 4 women, with a combined personal wealth of £70 million.

The worst is undoubtedly yet to come and it’s certain they’d rather you dancing at a shoe-brand sponsored warehouse party or scrolling sleepy blogs of neutered art, indeed doing anything else as long as you’re not listening, not reading and certainly not organising. By collecting these contrasting perspectives from right across the gender spectrum and seeking new ways out of aesthetic irrelevance, we hope to challenge both cultural cul-de-sacs above, and give to you a momentary break from that dull, low drone of misogyny echoing through the city.

Can’t you hear it?

Bryony Beynon
Brixton, 2012

 

 

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