New York magazine had a roundtable discussion of some of the early writers and editors of Ms magazine.
This exchange caught my eye. One woman said, "I threatened to leave over a manuscript by a woman who was a former editor of ours who was writing about why she was a masochist and trying to make it an okay choice. I would rather leave than work for a magazine that published that. And we didn't publish it.''
Another woman said, "Alice Walker wsa very much for publishing it. I remember she quoted Tennessee Williams in her editorial comment on the story: "Nothing human disgusts me.''
I thought it was interesting how times change. Back then Ms wouldn't publish an article about being a masochist -- although I think they did publish a letter from a woman saying she likes to be spanked -- and now Fifth Shades is mainstream.
By the way, did any of you read or like Ms back in the day?
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