Kadınca (Turkish: Womanly)[1] was a monthly women's magazine published in Istanbul, Turkey, between 1978 and 1998.[2] It played an important role for Turkish feminist movement.[3] It was the first popular feminist women's magazine published in Turkey.[4]

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Editor-in-chiefDuygu Asena (1978-1992)
CategoriesWomen's magazine
FounderDuygu Asena
First issueDecember 1978
Final issue1998
Based inIstanbul

History and profileEdit

Kadınca was established in 1978.[5][6] The first issue was published in December 1978.[3] The founder and launch editor-in-chief was Turkish journalist Duygu Asena.[6][7][8] Her tenure ended on 1 March 1992.[9]

Kadınca which was published on a monthly basis was modeled on British second-wave feminist magazine Spare Rib and American second-wave feminist magazine Ms.[10]

The target audience of Kadınca was Turkish women aged between 20–30 from middle and lower middle classes.[3] Following its launch in 1978 Kadınca began to cover topics that were not common in Turkish media discourse, including abortion, unwanted pregnancy, birth control, problems of housewives and professional women, violence against women, female sexuality and marriage problems.[10] It also featured interviews with women from the fields of literature and business.[10] Over time the magazine became one of the most significant supporting media outlet for feminist movement in Turkey.[6] The magazine argued that women should have economic independence and have equal rights in society and in marriage.[7] In 1998 Kadınca folded due to financial causes.[3]


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  3. ^ a b c d Süheyla Kırca (2001). "Turkish Women's Magazines: The Popular Meets the Political". Women's Studies International Forum. 24 (3–4). doi:10.1016/S0277-5395(01)00167-4.
  4. ^ "Turkish Women's Magazines" (PDF). Bianet. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Feminist Magazines in Turkey". Amargi Group Istanbul. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Emrah Güler (20 January 2014). "Women's magazines that redefined feminism in Turkey". Hurriyet Daily News. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  7. ^ a b "The woman has no name". European Stability Initiative. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Doodle for Late Feminist Writer Duygu Asena". Bianet. 19 April 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Kadınca Bir İlkti". Bianet (in Turkish). 9 December 2001. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Şule Akdoğan (May 2016). Local Feminisms: A Comparative Analysis of Feminist Literary Theory and Practice in the 1970s in Britain, America and Turkey (PhD thesis). Middle East Technical University. hdl:11511/25645.

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