By Karly, Hannah, and Jo
One year ago, three feminists got together to launch a little something called The Three Magazine.
Since then, we’ve published nearly 50 articles, interviews, film reviews, and personal essays on all sorts of topics. We’ve featured guest contributors, like Yessica Klein and Alison Vincitore, and have been graced with many of Hannah’s beautiful original illustrations.
To celebrate our one year anniversary, we’re looking back and sharing a few of our favourite pieces.
I love so many of the pieces we’ve published on the site, but one that really stands out for me is the piece we did in honour of International Women’s Day, Talking to Our Moms About Feminism.
That’s mainly because it gave me the excuse to talk to my mother, Teresa, about something that I’ve always taken for granted in my family—our feminism.
My mom is an amazing person. She’s 70 years old and fiercely politically and socially active, mostly online. She has a very calm and independent personality, and has been happily single since she separated from my father fifteen years ago. It was fascinating for me to talk to her about how her conception of being a woman has evolved since she was a teenager, and to compare her perspective to the very different experiences and opinions of Jo and Hannah’s moms.
I encourage you to read the piece if you haven’t already, but even more so—I encourage you to have these kinds of conversations with the important people in your life.
I don’t know if it’s telling, but my favourite has been one that all three of us worked on too.
For Thoughts On Love we all wrote about how Valentine’s Day made us feel, and I love the fact that all of our personalities were reflected back perfectly. But I also love that I was forced to articulate something I had always felt but never put into words before. It’s so useful to be able to put words to things. Who knew? Thanks for The Three readers for coming to my cut-price therapy sessions.
I’ve got two favorites, because I’m chronically indecisive. One is from way back in the beginning, and the other from very very recent. But both are perfect examples of why I love working on this site with these ladies.
Swallowing the Poison by Karly was the second article we published, and it’s such a poignant and beautiful representation of her anger that it felt personal to me. Like I had ghost written it, although I only had the pleasure of reading it for edits. I had none.
Hannah’s most recent essay How I Was Told to Feel About My Scar is perhaps one of my favorite pieces of personal writing ever. The way she balanced the personal and the scientific—*chefs kiss*.
As a non-deformed reader, it made me uncomfortable, which I loved. And through the discomfort I couldn’t stop reading, because the writing itself was so gripping.
Working with these women in this capacity for the past year has been one of the highlights of my writing career. To work alongside such talent, intelligence, and compassion all with the shared goal of just sharing stories—this magazine has grown me, and I’m chomping at the bit for the growth yet to come.
Thanks to all our readers, and to those who share our work with friends and on social media. We love writing together, but it can be hard work and knowing you’re all there at the other end of the screen makes it all worthwhile.
And should you ever decide that you’ve got something you want to say, let us know, would you? We’d love to read it, publish it, and share it.
Love Karly, Hannah, and Jo