Sinister Wisdom publishes work by Lesbians. Sinister Wisdom takes the definition of lesbian from Cheryl Clarke. In her influential essay, "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance" Clarke writes, "I, for one, identify a woman as a lesbian who says she is. Lesbianism is a recognition, an awakening, a reawakening of our passion for each (woman) other (woman) and for same (woman)."
Sinister Wisdom is interested particularly in work that reflects the diversity of our experiences: as lesbians of color, multiracial lesbians, ethnic lesbians, Jewish lesbians, Arab lesbians, old lesbians, young lesbians, working class lesbians, poverty class lesbians, gender queer lesbians, butch lesbians, masculine of center lesbians, androgynous lesbians, femme lesbians, trans lesbians, disabled lesbians, and fat Lesbians.
Sinister Wisdom welcomes experimental work.
Sinister Wisdom will not print anything that is oppressive or demeaning to lesbians or women, or that perpetuates stereotypes.
Sinister Wisdom keeps an open and critical dialogue on all the issues that affect our lives, joy, and survival.