Reading feminist magazines: ASMR

In this ASMR video, watch and listen as Digital Content Producer Hannah Kingwell reads feminist magazines in the National Art Library at the V&A – a calm and tranquil yet deeply sensory space, which is open to all.

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response – a pleasant tingling sensation beginning on the scalp and moving down the neck, which is triggered by a delicate or satisfying auditory or visual experience.

Listen as she turns the pages of the first independently published edition of Ms. Magazine – co-founded in 1971 by activists Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes – along with copies of Spare Rib Magazine, which challenged stereotypes of women and supported collective action. These magazines played an important role in the late 20th-century women's liberation movement across Britain and America.

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