On the Issues (magazine)

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On the Issues
OnTheIssues cover from Fall 1992.jpg
Fall 1992 cover of On the Issues
Editor-in-Chief Merle Hoffman
Categories Politics, society, economics, medicine, interpersonal relationships, media, and the arts[1]
Frequency Quarterly
Circulation 15,285 in 1995[1]
Publisher Merle Hoffman
Founder Merle Hoffman
Year founded 1983
Final issue 2008
Company Choices Women's Medical Center
Country USA
Based in Long Island City, New York
Language English
Website www.ontheissuesmagazine.com
ISSN 0895-6014
OCLC number 29460383

On the Issues is an online-only progressive feminist news and opinion magazine founded in 1983 as a print magazine: On the Issues: The Progressive Woman's Quarterly.


On the Issues was started by social psychologist Merle Hoffman in 1983 as a quarterly print magazine intended for an audience of "thinking feminists".[1] The magazine has operated out of Forest Hills, New York,[1] and also out of Flushing.[2] It was primarily written by freelance writers.[1]

Earlier in 1971, Hoffman established Choices Women's Medical Center. A pro-choice activist, Hoffman has said that "women's lives, women's thinking, women's votes, women's power matter."[3] In 1999, Hoffman added an online component to the magazine.

In 2008 after 25 years of publishing, Hoffman ceased printing the magazine and transferred it to an online-only format[4] based in Long Island City, New York.[5]


On the Issues was founded as a progressive alternative to mainstream media coverage. The first number carried articles about the beginnings of AIDS and about the newly described condition of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Among many other topics covered in the magazine have been surgical practices on genitals, domestic violence and eco-feminism.[3] Every issue includes a section reporting recent developments in the reproductive rights debate.[6]

Hoffman is an animal rights feminist; the magazine has carried articles sympathetic to animal rights.[6][7] Animal rights advocates such as Carol J. Adams, Joan Dunayer and Roberta Kalechofsky have contributed articles.


Professor Gerald Sussman of Portland State University described the magazine as "Gramscian", that is, promoting revolutionary change but within the existing political structure, as described by Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci.[8] Leftist Mother Jones magazine described On the Issues as "a strong feminist voice that's reasoned, literate, highly readable, and tackles topics of concern to women."[9] The Utne Reader praised On the Issues as "articulat[ing] the female experience through many feminist voices and without resorting to male-bashing."[9]



  1. ^ a b c d e Garvey, Mark (1995). Writer's market, 1996: where & how to sell what you write. Writer's Digest Books. p. 280. ISBN 0-89879-701-2. 
  2. ^ "On the issues.". WorldCat. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Vaughn, Stephen L. (2008). Encyclopedia of American journalism. CRC Press. p. 167. ISBN 0-415-96950-6. 
  4. ^ Stange, Mary Zeiss; Oyster, Carol K.; Sloan, Jane E. (2011). Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. SAGE. p. 542. ISBN 1-4129-7685-5. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "About Us". On the Issues. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Larson, Elizabeth. "Kudos & Awards". On the Issues. Retrieved November 22, 2011.  First published in Utne Reader, 1991.
  7. ^ Gaard, Greta Clare (1998). Ecological politics: ecofeminists and the Greens. Temple University Press. p. 25. ISBN 1-56639-570-4. 
  8. ^ Sussman, Gerald (1997). Communication, technology, and politics in the information age. Communication and Human Values. 27. SAGE. p. 133. ISBN 0-8039-5140-X. 
  9. ^ a b Mother Jones. 20 (5): 68. September–October 1995. ISSN 0362-8841 https://books.google.com/books?id=FucDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT69.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Fineman, Martha; McCluskey, Martha T. (1997). Feminism, media, and the law. Oxford University Press. p. xi. ISBN 0-19-509629-0. 
  11. ^ Adams, Carol J. (Fall 2008). "Terrorizing the loved pets of women". On the Issues. 
  12. ^ a b "Fall 1992". On the Issues. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c "Complete Table of Contents: Feminism". On the Issues. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c "Winter 1990". On the Issues. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 

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