"In our first issue in the introduction we told you about ourselves. One woman accused us of star tripping. We believe that every product reflects its maker, and that every woman’s ideas are formed by her experience, which in turn is formed by her thoughts. We wanted to tell you up front who we are and what our perspective is. We don’t think that we should make you guess who we are. We don’t want to mystify or objectify ourselves.
DYKE has a positive Lesbian-identified perspective. We see our Lesbianism reflected in every aspect of our lives. Some women did not understand how we could run an article on clothes and an article on Dykes in prison in the same issue. They thought that this was at best puzzling and at worst counterrevolutionary. In fact both are elements in Lesbian’s lives. By examining our own lives and the lives of other Lesbians, we refine our comprehension of what it means to be a Dyke. We feel that anything a woman does that expresses her Dyke self is worthy of recognition and analysis. The more we know, the stronger we become.
We hope this magazine is becoming a place for Dyke-minded women across the country to exchange ideas. We are very eager for feedback and information about lesbian culture. It is essential for DYKE that Lesbians reading it make the effort to write and tell us about themselves and their ideas. We pay for all articles and graphics that we use." Liza and Penny Winter 1975