Category Archives: from the editor

Celebrating Black Heroes

This month, Femnista celebrates remarkable individuals throughout history who have left an impression on us, either through their contributions to social advancement, entertainment, or who lived extraordinary lives simply because society would not allow them to do otherwise. We invite you to join us as we explore some of our favorites, and share your heroes with us in the comments! Continue reading Celebrating Black Heroes


Femnista Nov / Dec 2017: Past & Present

Some stories transcend time, and capture our hearts across generations. In the 1980s, the film Somewhere in Time popularized a romance across different eras. The haunting Time Traveler’s Wife has enchanted more modern audiences, as does Outlander. From a time-traveling car to a Police Phone Box (with its famous two-hearted alien occupant)… the idea of time continues to captivate us. It passes with each moment. A life can come and go in the blink of an eye. It marches ever onward, to remind us life is not constant and never the same. But sometimes, we long for a different life… one from the past… Continue reading Femnista Nov / Dec 2017: Past & Present

Halloween 2017: The Victorian Era

The public knows no era better for ghost stories, vampire fiction, and superstition than the Victorian era. The arrival of science began to dispel old myths, but many authors clung to the “old ways” through an upturn in Gothic Fiction, and the Victorian era also produced many of the most popular classic novelists. Dickens took long walks in the dingy London streets. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes ran wild in the imaginations of impressionable readers. The Brontë sisters penned famous novels in the moors. Penny Dreadful sold on each street corner. Jack the Ripper scandalized Europe with his gruesome murders. And… the world continues to look to the Victorian Era for inspiration, for harrowing tales, and for glimpses of humanity’s darker natures.

In this issue, we feature six Victorian-era topics for you to savor on a chilly October afternoon.


A Maddening Crowd of Suitors, by Rachel Sexton

The Elephant Man, by Scarlett Grant

Dangerous Illusions: The Women of Beguiled, by Charity Bishop

The Brontë Sisters, by Victoria Leigh

Haunted by the Hound, by Rachel Kovaciny

The Turn of the Screw, by Carol Starkey

Join us November 1st for a sneak preview into our next issue, Through Time.

The Old West (July / August 2017)

Nothing captures the popular imagination more than the Old West. Full of Native Americans, gunslingers, trappers, bank robbers, cattle rustlers, and US Marshals, it promises adventure and romance. From western dime novels to spaghetti westerns, endless stories centered on the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of settling the American west. Legendary characters like Wild Bill Hitchcock and Annie Oakley live on in our imaginations. Old Hollywood put out hundreds of westerns, including a few classics that stand the test of time. Their heroes fought rustlers, sought revenge for murderous wrongs, and sometimes rode off into the sunset with a woman. Or their trusty horse. Continue reading The Old West (July / August 2017)

Femnista May / June 2017: Exotic Nights


Ancient civilizations found Asia, Egypt, and the Middle East “exotic.” They imported its spices, sought its elephants, tried to settle its wilds, and conquered much of it, but even today, when most of its mysteries are known, that part of the world continues to mystify, intrigue, and inspire our imaginations. Countless stories take place there. Hundreds of true stories originate there.

Shall we explore some of them? Continue reading Femnista May / June 2017: Exotic Nights

Femnista Nov/Dec 2016: Star Wars


How old were you when you first met Luke Skywalker? Han Solo? Princess Leia? The doids? Did it shape your childhood, adulthood, or teen years? Were you front row center at the first screening or a latecomer? Did you start watching with the prequels or sequel? Does it matter? You kept coming back for more, because George Lucas created an incredible galaxy full of unforgettable characters, that is still as stirring today as it was in the 70’s!

Our writers celebrate Star Wars over the next two months, in honor of Rogue One. Settle in with a cup of java and join us as we relive the memories and delve deeper into the stories.

In this issue:

A Star in a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Finn, by Scarlett Grant

Machine or Human? The Droids of Star Wars, by Jessica Prescott

Han Solo, by Rachel Kovaciny

Clothing a Galactic Senator: The Costumes of Padme, by Scarlett Grant

A Life of Structure: Kylo Ren, by Charity Bishop

I Can’t Stand You. I Love You, by Marianna Kaplun

Fear Leading: Anakin’s Turn to the Dark Side, by Marissa Baker

Following Luke Skywalker, by Carissa Horton

The Scoundrel & the Bounty Hunter, by Caitlin Horton

Forceful Females: The Women of Star Wars, by Rachel Sexton

Halloween 2016: Surreal Tales


Autumn is a time of introspection… and ghost stories. This issue contains tales to raise the hair on the back of your neck, horrific true stories of insanity, and thought-provoking analysis on modern film. Grab a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and maybe a teddy bear as you read along — you’ll need it.

Inside this issue:

Gone Gothic: The Turn of the Screw, by Rachel Sexton

Facing Our Inner Demons: The Forest, by Charity Bishop

Ghost Stories, by Marianna Kaplun

A King’s Madness, by Scarlett Grant

Time Marches On: Great Expectations, by Carissa Horton

Consuming the Past: The Lone Ranger, by Racehel Kovaciny

A Touch of Bedlam, by Scarlett Grant

Vincent Price: Double Dare, by Caitlin Horton

The Strength of Stranger Things, by Carol Starkey

The Horror Was for Love: Crimson Peak, by Elora Shore

(Links will be added daily until we’re caught up.)

Derringers & Fedoras: Spies, Assassins, and Private Eyes


Daring escapades. Narrow escapes. Car chases. International espionage.

From books to movies to television shows, the high-risk life of spies, assassins, and private eyes intrigues and entertains us, decade after decade. From Jason Bourne to the real life spies in the American Revolution, this issue of Femnista introduces you to some old favorites, some flashy newcomers, and hopefully, a few stories you’ve never heard before. So buckle up, it’s going to be a fast ride.


Exemplary Courage: Count von Stauffenberg

The Bourne Popularity

The Rosenbergs

A Tale of Two Illyas: Character Changes in The Man From UNCLE

Mata Hari: The Original Femme Fatale

The King’s Dagger: Sir Thomas Lovell

Trixie Belden

The Maltese Falcon

The Slave Who Spied For Freedom

Archer: Espionage Adult Animation At Its Finest

From the Editor: A Touch of Shakespeare



History’s best-known author, William Shakespeare influences our lives daily, whether we realize it or not. His words, phrases, and themes turn up in modern culture, in casual conversation, and in literature classes. Everyone has, at some point in time, encountered him in some form. “A rose by any other name…” “My kingdom for a horse!” “If you prick us, do we not bleed?” “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them!” Continue reading From the Editor: A Touch of Shakespeare




Time travel has always fascinated us. Deep inside, all of us wonder if it’s possible, if perhaps we might step outside our own time and find the thread that unravels time itself, that allows us to step in and out of different periods, to see the beginning and the end of all things. Countless films, books, and television series explore this, and sometimes exploit it for their own benefit.

Such exploitations are called “resets.” Fringe did it. Star Trek did it. Fans respond either positively (did the reset undo what they hated about the original plot line) or negatively (have all their favorite characters changed)? Sometimes, these shifts are good, and sometimes they are bad. In the case of Spock, it’s hotly debated. Do fans prefer the original cast (by in large, yes) or the new one? Do we like Kirk and Spock as friends or antagonists? The old Spock was mild-mannered; the new one, thanks to a time travel loop into an alternate reality, is hot-headed.

Many characters go on adventures through time in these pages. It’s our hope that you will take the journey with them. Time travel is not just a great feat for the imagination; it has things it can teach us about ourselves. ◦