Friday, March 8, 2013
Publications that feel the most dated upon rereading tend to be those covering social and political issues. The Tomahawk began in 1928 to fight "bigotry, muddle-headedness, and obscurantism" long before many of the battles later publications would fight were even thought of as problems. The irony of appropriating the term "tomahawk" to fight bigotry at a time when Native Americans were primarily represented at Dartmouth through caricatures of the "Indian" mascot seems to have been lost on the editors. In Your Face! ran from 1990-1992 and was dedicated to making Dartmouth's lesbian and gay community more visible. Spare Rib covered women's issues at Dartmouth in the early 1990's, running at the same time as the more radical Inner Bitch. Uncommon Threads, running from 1996-2000, served as an "anti-racist, anti-homophobic, anti-sexist and anti-classist" publication grappling with identity at Dartmouth.
Posted for Kate Taylor '13.