It's a wrap! 1988-2014.
 Strange as it may seem now, Genders was the first major women's studies journal to offer an interdisciplinary focus on literature, film, and the arts. It was also the first feminist journal to put men on the Editorial Board in substantial numbers as active members and contributors. Had we done only one or the other of these things, the journal would probably have garnered far less attention, and been far less controversial. Sadly, there were women who attacked this journal, and me, for allowing men to be a significant part of it. They believed that men would take over the journal, or undermine the journal, or betray women on the journal. I want to say for the record: That never happened. In closing, I would like to honor someone whose name has never appeared anywhere in these pages, but whose efforts were very important to the journal's success. That person was my cousin and close friend, James Pierce Kibbey, with whom I had the very first conversations about this journal and what it could be. He became a law professor in New York, and died of AIDS a short time later, before Genders was launched, but his compelling spirit, and especially his courage, has aided this Editor through some difficult times. As well, his friends stood by me in very important ways during a dark time in this journal's early history.
 This issue is my last as Editor-in-Chief. I look forward to returning to my own research full time. As I leave, I want to assure you that the authors of the essays in this journal wrote every line themselves. I insisted on presenting their essays in their own idioms. My editorial work never involved rewriting sentences, much less paragraphs. I don't believe in that kind of intervention in somebody else's writing. The Editorial Board provided fantastic reviews of manuscripts throughout the history of this journal. They share much of the responsibility for its success and longevity. I often discussed the Board's reviews with the authors, but the authors had full control of what changes were made in their own essays. That is why their distinctive voices can be heard more clearly in this journal than in many others. I always envisioned this project as egalitarian, as author to author, and I still think it's an approach that can breathe new life into an academic universe that is sorely in need of reclamation.
By ANN KIBBEY, EDITOR-IN CHIEF
ANN KIBBEY is the author of two books, The Interpretation of Material Shapes in Puritanism: A Study of Rhetoric, Prejudice, and Violence, and Theory of the Image: Capitalism, Contemporary Film, and Women. She is also the author of numerous articles on law and society. She is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Genders, and additionally its Executive Editor during the years of its electronic publication, from 1998 to 2014. She graduated from Cornell University and received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught at Yale University, Cornell University, University of Washington, and University of Colorado.
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|Date:||Mar 22, 2014|
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