Spare Rib was a second-wave feminist magazine in the United Kingdom that emerged from the counter culture of the late 1960s as a consequence of meetings involving, amongst others,Rosie Boycott and Marsha Rowe.


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Its first edition was published in June 1972 and some newsagents, including W H Smith, refused to stock it at the time. It sold around 20,000 copies per month but was circulated more widely through women's groups and networks.

Its purpose, as described in its editorial, was to investigate and present alternatives to the traditional gender roles for women of virgin, wife or mother.

Early articles were linked closely with left-leaning political theories of the time, especially anti-capitalism and the exploitation of women as consumers through fashion.

As the women's movement evolved during the 1970s the magazine became a focus for sometimes acrimonious debate between the many streams which emerged within the movement, such as socialist feminismradical feminism, revolutionary feminism, lesbian feminismliberal feminism and black feminism.[1]

It ceased publication in 1993.

It was announced by the Guardian in April 2013 that the magazine was due to be relaunched, with the journalist Charlotte Raven at the helm.[2] It has subsequently been announced that while a magazine and website are to be launched, it will not now be known as Spare Rib.[3][4]


Spare Rib became a collective by the end of 1973

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