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List of electronic forums of interest to women, subcategorized into general and specialized interest groups. Also contains a brief description of each group's primary focus. Please send additions, updates, and revisions to feminism@eserver.org.
ELECTRONIC FORUMS OF INTEREST TO WOMEN

PREFATORY NOTE: Lists with LISTSERV or COMSERVE addresses
are managed with automated software. To subscribe to such a
list, send the following message to the address given: SUB
<listname> <Your Name>, where <listname> is the name of the
list and <Your Name> is your real name, not your e-mail account
id. E.g., SUB GENDER Nancy Smith. For lists that do not have
LISTSERV or COMSERVE addresses, be sure to include your
name and e-mail address at the end of your message asking to
subscribe. Also, some lists have only Bitnet or only Internet
addresses. If you encounter problems sending mail to these
lists, ask the computer people at your institution for help.

GENERAL LISTS:

FEMAIL, a moderated list, "exists to provide a shared
communication channel for feminists around the world." Both
men and women may join.
Send subscription requests to FEMAIL-
REQUEST@LUCERNE.ENG.SUN.COM (Int.)

FEMINISM-DIGEST makes the USENET newsgroup soc.feminism
available in digest form via e-mail for those who either cannot
access Usenet or prefer the digest format. To subscribe to the
digest, send a request to FEMINISM-DIGEST@NCAR.UCAR.EDU
(Internet) or FEMINISM DIGEST%NCAR.UCAR.EDU@NCARIO
(Bitnet). Digest recipients can then respond to postings by
sending messages to FEMINISM@NCAR.UCAR.EDU (Internet)or
FEMINISM%NCAR.UCAR.EDU@NCARIO (Bitnet).

FEMISA is a list for discussion of feminism, gender, women and
international relations, etc. Send subscription messages to
LISTSERV@CSF.COLORADO.EDU (Internet).

GENDER is a moderated list devoted especially to "discussion of
issues pertaining to the study of communication and gender."
Send subscription requests to COMSERVE@RPITSVM (Bitnet) or
COMSERVE@VM.ITS.RPI.EDU (Internet).

MAIL-MEN describes itself as "a place of openness and
support" where men and women can discuss men's issues,
which it defines as "those problems or experiences that affect
male humans." Send subscription requests to MAIL-MEN-
REQUEST@ATTUNIX.ATT.COM (Internet).

There is also a new PRO-FEMINIST MEN'S ISSUES MAILING
LIST whose purpose is "to provide a forum for discussion of
issues pertaining to being men and being pro-feminist." For
more information or to join, contact
JYANOWITZ@HAMP.HAMPSHIRE.EDU (Internet).

NURSENET on LISTSERV@VM.UTCC.UTORONTO.CA - A Global
Forum for Nursing Issues NURSENET is an open, unmoderated,
global electronic conference for discourse about diverse nursing
issues in the areas of nursing administration, nursing
education, nursing practice, and nursing research. While
unmoderated, we hope that subscribers will volunteer to
introduce and host topics in areas of their interest and
expertise. We can use this space to make announcements,
share ideas,papers, bibliographies, resources, to take polls,
review books, ask for opinions, and to create community. When
you subscribe, you will receive The NURSENET Guide which
contains useful commands and information. To subscribe, send
the following command in the BODY of a mail message to:
LISTSERV@VM.UTCC.UTORONTO.CA SUB NURSENET
yourfirstname yourlastname. To correspond with the list
manager, send mail to: Judy Norris (jnorris@oise.on.ca)

WOMEN describes itself as a "general purpose list, intended to
be a connection between all women's groups and areas of
interest for women and their friends." To subscribe, write
WOMEN REQUEST@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Internet)

WON, the Women's Online Network, is an electronic political
group for women. It "will distribute information, aid in the
coordination of useful political action, and provide a forum for
developing strategies to improve the position of women in our
society." Unlike the other lists mentioned here, WON charges a
fee: $20 per year, negotiable if necessary. To join, contact the
co-founders at CARMELA@ECHO.PANIX.COM or
HORN@ECHO.PANIX.COM (Internet) or by phone at (212) 255-
3839 (New York).

WOMEN'S WIRE (Worldwide Information Resource & Exchange)
is a subscription-based computer network serving the
information and networking needs of women. WOMEN'S WIRE
draws its content from the media, newswires, women�s
organizations, government sources, and its subscribers -
offering a central source for the latest women�s news and
information. WOMEN'S WIRE has a point-and-click graphical
user interface for the Macintosh and PCs running Windows 3.1.
A command line interface is currently available for DOS and
Unix. Offers Internet email, mailing lists, UPI newswires, and
Usenet newsgroups. Subscribers can telnet in using the VT-
100 based command line interface, or the Mac GUI if they have
a Macintosh with an IP address. To telnet, use TELNET
WWIRE.NET and enter WIRENEW at the login prompt. Cost is
$15/month which includes 2 free hours. Additional hours
range in price according to time of day and type of access.
Send email to INFO@WWIRE.NET or call 415-615-8989 for
more information.

USENET:
Another source of electronic forums is Usenet, with its vast
array of "newsgroups." Among the hundreds of groups are the
following: soc.feminism, soc.women, and soc.men. These
newsgroups all carry discussions of male/female relations, as
well as other topics. The newsgroups are public, open to both
men and women. Soc. feminism is moderated; the others are
not and tend to be somewhat wilder and more argumentative.
Since methods of accessing Usenet newsgroups vary from
system to system, the best thing would be to ask the computer
people at your institution how to access these newsgroups on
your particular system.

MORE SPECIALIZED LISTS:

AUSTEN-L A digest for readers of Jane Austen. If you enjoy the
novels of Jane Austen and those of contemporary women
writers such Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth and Mary
Wollstonecraft you might want to exchange views with others
on any aspect of her work and time.
Owner: Dr. Jacqueline Reid-Walsh,
Faculty of Education,
McGill University, Montreal.
To subscribe:
Send the following e-mail message to LISTSERV@MCGILL1
subscribe AUSTEN-L [your name]

BRIDGES is a moderated list that explores Jewish feminist
identity and considers both Jewish and female existence and
activism in relation to movements for change. Send
subscription messages to LISTSERV@ISRAEL.NYSERNET.ORG
(Internet).

DOMESTIC PARTNERS LIST
domestic@cs.cmu.edu or domestic+@cmu.edu
subscriptions/removals/requests:
domestic-request@cs.cmu.edu

EDUCOM-W describes itself as "a moderated list to facilitate
discussion of issues in technology and education that are of
interest to women." Subscription messages should be sent to
LISTSERV@BITNIC (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BITNIC.EDUCOM.EDU
(Internet).

FEMECON-L is a list for feminist economists. Send subscription
messages to LISTSERV@BUCKNELL.EDU (Internet).

FEMINIST is owned by the Feminist Task Force of the American
Library Association. It deals with issues such as sexism in
libraries and librarianship, pornography and censorship in
libraries, and racism and ethnic diversity in librarianship.
Subscription messages should be sent to LISTSERV@MITVMA
(Bitnet) or LISTSERV@MITVMA.MIT.EDU (Internet).

FEMJUR: Feminist Juriprudence Listserv A new feminist legal
theories listserv has just begun. The list should provide a
forum for discussing theories and issues regarding feminism
and women and law. It is also a good place to share research
questions, scholarship, calls for papers, job
announcements, and provide support for people working in this
area of law. To subscribe to the list from a non-suvm site, send
electronic mail to the LISTSERV@SUVM with no subject line
and a 1 line in the message: SUBSCRIBE FEMJUR first_name
last_name where first_name is your first name and last_name
is your last name. If you are subscribing from a vm site, use
the following command:
Tell Listserv Sub FemJur first_name last_name.
To send mail to the list, send it to FEMJUR@SUVM.BITNET.
PROFESSOR LESLIE BENDER
COLLEGE OF LAW, E.I. WHITE BLDG.
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
SYRACUSE, NY 13244-1030
PHONE: (315) 443-4462 OR FAX:(315) 443-5394
E-MAIL: LBENDER@SUVM.BITNET

FEMREL-L focuses on women and religion and feminist
theology. Send subscription messages to LISTSERV@MIZZOU1
(Bitnet).

FIST (Feminism in/and Science and Technology) is an
unmoderated list for discussion of feminism and science and
technology. Send subscription messages to
LISTSERV@DAWN.HAMPSHIRE.EDU (Internet).

GEOGFEM is devoted to "feminist/gender issues in Geography."
Send subscription messages to LISTSERV@UKCC (Bitnet) or
LISTSERV@UKCC.UKY.EDU (Internet).

HELWA-L is a list for Malaysian women in the U.S. and Canada.
Send subscription messages to LISTSERV@PSUVM (Bitnet).

H-WOMEN is a forum for scholars and teachers of Women's
History.
Send subscription messages to LISTSERV@UICVM (Bitnet) or
LISTSERV@UICVM.UIC.EDU (Internet).

KIDSPHERE (to develop an international network for children &
teachers)
kidsphere@vms.cis.pitt.edu (Internet) or
kidsphere@pittvms (BITNET) or
pitt!vms.cis.pitt.edu!kidsphere (uucp)
The preceding addresses are for postings to KIDSPHERE.
For administrative matters - subscriptions, cancellations,
address changes, etc., please use the administrative address
kidsphere-request@vms.cis.pitt.edu (Internet) or
joinkids@pittvms (BITNET)
KIDS (for postings from children to other children)
kids@vms.cis.pitt.edu (Internet) or
kids@pittvms (BITNET) or
pitt!vms.cis.pitt.edu!kids (uucp)
The preceding addresses are for postings to KIDS.
For administrative matters - subscriptions, cancellations,
address changes, etc., please use the administrative address
kids-request@vms.cis.pitt.edu (Internet) or
joinkids@pittvms (BITNET)

KOL-ISHA is a moderated list for halachic questions and issues
concerning women's roles in Judaism. To subscribe, send
message to
LISTSERV@ISRAEL.NYSERNET.ORG (Internet).

LESBIAN MOTHERS List. A list for Lesbian mothers. Email
mom@qiclab.scn.rain.com

MEDFEM-L is a list for feminist medievalists. It deals with
"any aspect of medieval studies that touches on...feminist
studies/women's studies/gay and lesbian studies." Send
subscription messages to
LISTSERV@INDYCMS (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@INDYCMS.IUPUI.EDU
(Internet).

MENOPAUS is a list for discussion of menopause, and the
sharing of remedies and personal experiences related to
menopause. Send subscription messages to LISTSERV@PSUHMC
(Bitnet) or LISTSERV@PSUHMC.HMC.PSU.EDU (Internet). [Note
that MENOPAUS has no final "e"]

ROMANCE READERS ANONYMOUS. RRA-L is a discussion and
idea list for readers of romance fiction. It is NOT a twelve-step
program intended to break you of the romance habit. The
listowners called it Romance Readers Anonymous knowing that
fans of this genre sometimes have trouble admitting their
preference for a good love story. We know, we are that way
too.
Some suitable subjects for posting are:
-Announcements of forthcoming books and previews.
-Reviews, criticisms, comments, and appreciations of romances
(books, plays, films).
-Great bookshops.
-Awards.
This list will be moderated; postings submitted to the list will
sent to the list moderator prior to being sent on to the list.
Everyone who joins ought to consider contacting her (his)
favorite romance author and inviting her (him) to join this list.
To subscribe: Send a one line message that says:
subscribe [your name] rra-l to:
LISTSERV@KENTVM is the BITNET or
LISTSERV@KENTVM.KENT.EDU

SASH (Sociologists Against Sexual Harassment) is a moderated
list focusing on sexual harassment. For more information or to
subscribe,write to Phoebe M. Stambaugh, AZPXS@ASUACAD
(Bitnet) or AZPXS@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU (Internet).

SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN'S NET is a discussion group for women
from the south asian countries as well as women from other
parts of the world interested in the concerns of south asian
women. This forum is open only to women. To subscribe,
write to USUBRAMA@MAGNUS.ACS.OHIO-STATE.EDU or to
SUSANC@HELIX.NIH.GOV

SSSSTALK is a sexuality discussion list where "professional
researchers, clinicians, educators, and students in the field of
sexuality can communicate freely, professionally, and
efficiently." The subscription address is LISTSERV@TAMVM1
(Bitnet) or LISTSERV@TAMVM1.TAMU.EDU (Internet).

STOPRAPE is a sexual assault activist list. The subscription
address is LISTSERV@BROWNVM (Bitnet) or
LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Internet).

SWIP-L is an information and discussion list for members of
the Society for Women in Philosophy and others interested in
feminist philosophy. Subscription messages should be sent to
LISTSERV@CFRVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@CFRVM.CFR.USF.EDU
(Internet).

SYSTERS is a private, unmoderated mailing list intended to
allow professional women in the field of computing--i.e., with a
degree (or currently a student) in Computer Science or
Computer Engineering, or holding an equivalent technical
position in industry, academia, or government--to discuss
issues of mutual interest. While the intended membership of
the list is the technical female computer professional, female
students, both graduate and undergraduate CS majors, are
welcome to participate as long as the professional focus of the
list is maintained.

There are newsgroups generally available for discussion both
of women's issues, and specific areas of computer
science/engineering; systers aims for a narrower focus. This
group is not intended for the use of those in marketing, writing,
or admistrative positions within a computer company, or
reporting about the computer industry, or just interested in
hearing about the problems of female computer professionals.

It is not intended for men, however sympathetic, as experience
has shown this tends to dilute the purpose of a special forum
just-for-us, where we don't have to spend energy explaining
issues to a differentpoint of view.

As of September 1993 there were over 1550 women in 18
countries representing over 150 companies and 200 colleges
and universities on the list. We range from old-timers to
relative newcomers, seasoned professionals to undergraduate
CS and CE majors.

Only members of the list may send to the list. To assure that
the list remain a safe and comfortable place to discuss
important issues, mail may not be forwarded outside of the list
without first obtaining permission from the originator of a
message.

So far we have used the list to update each other on our work
and interests and to discuss some of the problems (joys too!) of
being women in our field. It is an appropriate place for calls
for papers, info about meetings, conferences etc, recruiting, and
just about anything else where the intended audience is
women in computing.

If your primary professional identification is "woman in
computing" and you wish to be put on the list, please send me
mail at
systers-request@pa.dec.com

Please include:
your name,
netaddress,
description of your involvement in computer science,
and a statement that you are willing to abide by the rules for
list usage.
1. Please put "addsyster" in the subject field of the message.
2. Please give your net address in the following format on a
separate line anywhere in the message:
EMAIL address (Name)
for example
EMAIL borg@pa.dec.com (Anita Borg)
Neither of these is strictly necessary, but it makes my life a lot
easier.
Anita (Her Systers' Keeper)
aka
Dr. Anita Borg
Network Systems Lab
Digital Equipment Corp
250 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA
94301 USA
1 415 688 1367
borg@pa.dec.com

WIG-L on LISTSERV@CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU Women in
German
or LISTSERV@UCBCMSA.BITNET
The new discussion group WIG-L, sponsored by the Coalition
of Women
in German (WiG) and owned and maintained by the Women's
Caucus of
graduate students in the Department of German at the
University of
California, Berkeley, is now operational. The topics for
discussion
and information for this list are defined as all issues of
interest
to the members of WiG, an organization devoted to the
feminist study
of German literature, culture, and language. You do not need
to be a
WiG member to join the list. Further information will be sent
to new
subscribers; it is impor- tant that you read and save this
information, which is designed to insure that the list will
function
smoothly and with a minimum of bothersome postings.

To subscribe, send normal e-mail with the one-line message

SUB WIG-L Firstname Lastname

(substituting your own first and last names) to the address

LISTSERV@CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU (Internet) OR
LISTSERV@UCBCMSA (Bitnet)

Any "Subject:" will be ignored by the computer, and it will
read your
e-mail address from the header.

Do NOT subscribe by return mail to the address from which
you
received this mail, which is the list owners' address, not the
LISTSERV list manager software.

Owner: Women's Caucus wiggle@violet.berkeley.edu



WIML-L (Women's Issues in Music Librarianship). For more
information about WIML-L, contact Laura Gayle Green,
LGREEN@IUBVM (Bitnet).

WIPHYS is a moderated list for issues of concern to women in
physics. Send subscription messages to
LISTSERV@NYSERNET.ORG (Internet).

WISENET is a relatively new list for women in science,
mathematics, and engineering. Send subscription messages to
LISTSERV@UICVM (Bitnet) or LISTSERV@UICVM.UIC.EDU
(Internet).

WITI is the International Network of Women in Technology.
For more information, send e-mail to WITI@CUP.PORTAL.COM
(Internet). [There is some question as to whether this address
is still valid.]

WMN-HLTH is a Women's Health Electronic News Line started
by the Center for Women's Health Research. Send subscription
messages to LISTSERV@UWAVM (Bitnet) or
LISTSERV@UWAVM.U.WASHINGTON.EDU (Internet).

WMSPRT-L is an open discussion for women and men
interested in
goddess spirituality, feminism and the incorporation of the
feminine/feminist idea in the study and worship of the
divine.

To subscribe to the list, send mail to
LISTSERV@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU
or on bitnet to LISTSERV@UBVM. Leave the subject line
blank and have
the body of your message read:

subscribe wmsprt-l FirstName LastName

For example: subscribe WMSPRT-L Athena McShush

If you have trouble signing on, contact the listowner, Gail
Wood.

To post messages to the list, send submissions to the list
address,
wmsprt-l@ubvm (bitnet) or wmsprt-l@ubvm.cc.buffalo.edu
(internet).

Owner: Gail Wood woodg@snyalfva
or woodg@snyalfva.cc.alfredtech.edu

WWP-L was set up by the Women Writers Project to discuss
the project and women writers from pre-Victorian periods.
Send subscription messages to LISTSERV@BROWNVM (Bit.) or
LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Int.).

In addition, several lists are devoted to issues of
SEXUAL ORIENTATION:

BIFEM-L is a moderated list for women only. Its purpose is to
provide a safe space primarily for bisexual women.
Subscription messages should be sent to LISTSERV@BROWNVM
(Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Internet).

BISEXU-L describes itself as designed for "the cordial and
civilized exchange of ideas, opinions, and experiences relevant
to the topic of bisexuality between members of all sexual
orientations and preferences." It is open to anyone.
Subscription messages should be sent to LISTSERV@BROWNVM
(Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Internet).

GAYNET is a list focusing on gay and lesbian concerns on college
campuses. Subscription messages should be sent to
GAYNET@QUEERNET.ORG (Internet).

GLB-NEWS is a "read-only depository of information for gay,
lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, and sympathetic
persons." Send subscription messages to LISTSERV@BROWNVM
(Bitnet) or LISTSERV@BROWNVM.BROWN.EDU (Internet).

LIS stands for Lesbians in Science and is a list for lesbians in
industry, universities, government labs, etc. Send subscription
requests to ZITA@JUNO.PHYSICS.WISC.EDU; send postings to
LIS@JUNO.PHYSICS.WISC.EDU.

NOGLSTP.The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian
Scientists andTechnical Professionals operates another list,
NOGLSTP. Send subscription requests to NOGLSTP-
REQUEST@ELROY.JPL.NASA.GOV.

SAPPHO is a forum and support group for gay and bisexual
women. Membership is open to all women and is limited to
women. For more information, contact SAPPHO-
REQUEST@MC.LCS.MIT.EDU (Internet).

For a more extensive compilation of gay/lesbian/bi- and
transsexual e-mail lists, send the following message to
LISTSERV@UMDD or LISTSERV@UMDD.UMD.EDU: GET LESBIGAY
LISTS WMST-L
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