May 1, 2007

Letter from the Editor

Benvenuti a tutti

...which means, in Italian, "Welcome everyone." I thought it was appropriate, since I also named the magazine in Italian. ("Della donna" means "Of woman" or "Women's thing" or however you'd like to translate it) Also, it rhymes, and that's always fun.

"Tutti" refers to both males and females, as I am hopeful and optimistic that some men out there will read as well. Why?

Well, why did I start the magazine in the first place?

To give women a voice... a platform from which to shout or whisper, regardless of what it is that they are saying. Some women are feminists, some are housewives and mothers, some are raging nymphomaniacs, some are hopeless romantics, some are independent and practical, some are sporty and athletic and others are dreamy and poetic. Most of us are a mixture of these and other qualities. I felt that it would be nice to have a space in which all of these types of women could express themselves freely… even when they conflict with each other. My desire has been to give them all equal respect, and the equal chance to be heard.

Why should women read? Because this is our collective voice, and we should listen to it.

Why should men read? Because you should know what the other half of the human race is thinking and feeling, and sometimes we are afraid to tell you, because of societal judgment or notions of what is 'feminine' and what is 'not,' and a plethora of other reasons.

Benvenuti a tutti, and I hope you enjoy.