Counter/Action is a project of the Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Counter/Action is inspired by our Center’s feminist commitments, which are intersectional and geared toward building feminist solidarities across difference and distance. Through the creation of this online space we aim to foster an intellectual community of feminists engaged in different forms of scholarship and practice including academic theorizing, art, and activism. This magazine is a space where creative and critical conversations about feminism can flourish and form a basis for transnational collaboration and solidarity that move us closer to the realization of social justice. This future-oriented vision requires critical analyses of the oppressive forces that shape our everyday lives and that foster violence and exclusion, as well as engagement with our imaginative capacities to envision liberatory futures of justice, and strategies for responding to the urgent needs of those experiencing marginalization and oppression today. Counter/Action is a space for sharing strategies and stories that will inspire, provoke, and energize our global feminist movements for justice. 


Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
— Audre Lorde