Women And Men
Women And Men was a science fiction fanzine by Denys Howard.
Released in the 1970's in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon, U.S.A., Women And Men, familiarly called "WAM", and released by Lavendar Butterfly Publications, was a pro-feminist science fiction fanzine.
Issue 3 appeared in December 1974; Issue 4 in February 1975; Issue 5 in Spring 1975; all published in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.; Issue 6 in May 1975; and Issue 7, 80 pages, in October 1980, published in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A..
Susan Wood (Amor), in her review of Women And Men in Algol #28 (Vol. 14, No. 2), of Spring 1977, wrote, "Perhaps the most open and challenging of the new fanzines is Women And Men, an anti-sexist fanzine and letter-forum. Editor Denys Howard is a self-styled "faggot"- an "effeminist", also a pagan, a comics fan, an interesting human being, and a writer who communicates. And much more, I gather. His sexual preferences are not his definition, but are part of it. He began publishing WaM "because I heard virtually no one else speaking with my voice. I had no assurance that criticism of sexism in sf and comics would be welcomed by fen, so the safest thing to do was to start from my own territory." He did; it was; and the discussion and mutual questioning/support of the WaM letterzine is the result...He, and his correspondents in WaM, have the sheer courage to be vulnerable, to live on the edge of lifestyles, exploring sex roles and everything else relevant to being human right now. You may feel threatened, or offended, I warn you. Me, I like and admire the process tremendously."
In 1977, Howard appeared at the Westercon XXX convention in Vancouver to talk about his fanzine at the 'A Room of Our Own' event.
In 1988, Howard was one of the contributors of art to the 76 page comics anthology AARGH (Artists Against Rampant Government Homophobia), edited by Debbie Delano and Phyllis Moore, and published by Mad Love, which also included Kathy Acker, Robert Crumb, Howard Cruse, Neil Gaiman, Roz Kaveney, Dave Sim, Art Spiegelman, and others.