Letter from The Editor
As I transitioned into my first “real jobs” in women’s journalism and the fashion industry, it struck me how every interview left me feeling hollow —like the subject possessed some secret to womanhood that I was fated to spend my whole life chasing in Manolo Blahniks.
That’s the nature of allure. Steven Shaviro explains: "The alluring object draws me beyond anything that I am actually able to experience. And yet this ‘beyond' is not in any sense otherworldly or transcendent; it is situated in the here and now, in the very flows and encounters of everyday existence.”
I was inspired to create Mythos because the way we speak about the feminine life never seems to get past the facade of knowing essential to the creation of perpetual allure. The production of this allure has tangible economic value, and is self-sustaining only at the cost of every woman viewing the flows and encounters of her everyday existence as objects of public consumption.
More directly, I was tired of every sacred space of feminine conversation being overrun by the desire to generate revenue for a brand, sell products, or perpetuate aspirational lifestyles. I was particularly sick of the industry’s inability to process “women’s issues” through any avenue besides beauty and fashion. The conversations I craved were happening in podcasts and The Paris Review, between artists who frequently, as Hilton Als wrote, “didn't give a damn about their bodies and tried to write them away.” These bodies, unglamorous bodies, the bodies of those whose work shaped our lives, the bodies of the women who have mothered us, have been silently cast off as unphotographable.
“Mythos” as an etymological idea plays on the cultural nexus from which our womanhood emerges. From our personal, cultural, and political histories of womanhood, we select, experience, and become ourselves. Mythos aims to revere the hard faces of contemporary femininity both visually and textually, push the boundaries of women’s journalism, and democratize accessibility to the hidden wisdom of the women that surround us.