Earlier this week a friend asked me what it felt like to be the editor-in-chief of The Other Press—and also a girl. My answer? It feels like being the editor-in-chief of The Other Press. Granted, it has been a number of years since an editor with confirmed lady parts sat in the big swivel chair at the OP, but I can’t really see why my sex should be a factor of consideration when it comes to my work. My friend (male and, sadly, not an avid reader of this fine publication) explained that, “like, you probably make people write about chick stuff.”
In general, I don’t feel that my vagina dictates the editorial policy of The Other Press.
Just as any human has certain tastes, preferences, and opinions, I make choices for what I feel is the best student publication for Douglas College readers. I don’t have a set “girly” quota when it comes to content.
However, I do find it fitting that this week’s issue is chock-a-block full of excellent writing about women’s issues. From Ashley Pitt’s informed opinion on the recent protest scandal at the Paramount Gentlemen’s Club to Carleigh Baker’s feature article investigating if FEMEN-style topless protest has a place in Vancouver, to Natalie Serafini’s response to the assumption that Vancouver women aren’t friendly, to a spotlight article on the Gender Equality Club’s first ever publication, The Other Press is certainly repping the ladies this week—not because I’m a girl, but because these girls are worth discussion to everyone.