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Surrogate Feminism

July 30, 2014
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By Rebecca Heilweil She has my eyes. They’re a cool dark-blue, shaped by chubby almond lids and framed by cornstalk blonde hair. They’re our eyes. When I look at pictures of me next to ones of her as a young girl, I have to find my father’s subtle Eastern-European features in my face before...
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Poem Suite: Silencing

July 30, 2014
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Elie Wiesel writes, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Silence binds perpetrators and victims, creates a confederacy of secrets. Here, these women who were once silenced...
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My Vagina (Part II)

July 29, 2014
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Nathan Schaff

This isn’t my way of confessing that I’d rather have a vagina, or that I’ve ever seriously thought about it. It’s just my way of saying that I understand. My parents have never been completely accepting of my sexuality. On several occasions, my father has actively renounced the gay in me, saying that he...
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Dear White Gay Men: A Letter from Two of You

July 28, 2014
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Christian Fuscarino and Guido Sanchez

See, that’s the thing, we are all oppressed in certain ways, and we all occupy the position of the oppressor in other ways, but in some attempt to reconcile that contradiction, we want to believe that victimhood gives us carte blanche, that we are automatically on the more inclusive, aware, and equitable side of...
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Love in a Time of Contingency: A Letter to Women’s and Gender Studies

July 24, 2014
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I came to women’s and gender studies as many do: on a search for answers. Between the pages of Patricia Hill Collins and Gloria Anzaldúa, Judith Butler and Donna Haraway, I began to find them. I started to heal from an abusive relationship that shaped my teens and early 20s. I came to understand...
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3 poems by Sarah Kortemeier

July 23, 2014
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The Mountain   The mountain is really a series of itself. Deeper pockets of sky color float in its canyons. In certain seasons, it’s difficult to tell rock face from snowfall. The ridge line looks much sharper than it must, in actuality, be. When you climb, the summit is sometimes visible. You ran well,...
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My Vagina (Part I)

July 22, 2014
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Nathan Schaff

In retrospect, I blame E.T. for my homosexuality. Were it not for that genderless brown lump, I would’ve never tuned in to the excess of the male physique that permeated my daily existence.
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3 poems by Arielle Greenberg

July 16, 2014
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Who I’d Like to Meet   I am on tiptoe scanning our tallest bookshelves for something to pack to read on the plane.  I am scanful, tippy-toed: a girl without boots.  I am shorty.  I want to read something great, as in literary, and beautiful and daring, and something hobnailed by happy sex in...
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Op-Ed: Feminism and the PIC: Why “Add-Incarceration-and-Stir” Doesn’t Cut It

July 14, 2014
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By Jeanne Flavin and Laura Huss Many mainstream feminist and prochoice groups have been reluctant to adopt intersectional approaches and to declare common cause with other progressive movements. Yet the advent of mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex (PIC) makes clear that securing women’s reproductive health and rights requires our full-on and intersectional...
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Refusing to Compromise My Beliefs

July 11, 2014
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By Christina Peterson As a student, I never thought I would be stuck in a place where I face the possibility of failing a class because I refuse to conform to another person’s beliefs. During my junior year of college, I took a course that required me to make a survey, send it out...
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  • Poem Suite: Silencing RasiqraRevulva-_3-4_Profile_;__Romancing_The_Own_;__Waning_Gibbou-glitch_headshot

    Elie Wiesel writes, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” Silence binds perpetrators and victims, creates a confederacy of secrets. Here, these women [...]

  • 3 poems by Sarah Kortemeier SarahKortemeier-_Baby_Fever____Stone_with_Nineteen_Corners____The_-sarah_kortemeier_outdoor_color_by_jennifer_mcstotts

    The Mountain   The mountain is really a series of itself. Deeper pockets of sky color float in its canyons. In certain seasons, it’s difficult to tell rock face from snowfall. The ridge line looks much sharper than it must, in actuality, be. When you climb, the summit is sometimes [...]

  • 3 poems by Arielle Greenberg Wormwood portrait LA

    Who I’d Like to Meet   I am on tiptoe scanning our tallest bookshelves for something to pack to read on the plane.  I am scanful, tippy-toed: a girl without boots.  I am shorty.  I want to read something great, as in literary, and beautiful and daring, and something hobnailed [...]