Personal is Political.

Our “Personal Is Political” column honors personal narrative as a source of theory and analysis, politics, pedagogy, and survival. Thus, in keeping with the feminist legacy of naming the private and personal as sites that are no less political than the public, we are committed to making space for explicating and interrogating the lives of feminists, as well as the space necessary to offer self-reflexive analyses. In this column, we will publish first-person essays, autobiographical accounts, testimonies, and memoirs that pay homage to and elevate the lived experiences of feminists throughout the world. NOTE: Please review each category carefully to make sure you’re submitting your work to the appropriate reviewers.

Thank You So Much for Telling Me I’m Pretty

October 21, 2014
By
Harlan

Thank you so much for telling me I’m pretty. Because I can’t possibly know if I’m pretty unless you tell me. How could I know? Clearly, I must need you to tell me. I must need three, seven, ten men to tell me everyday.
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Posted in Bodies, masculinity, Patriarchy, Personal is Political., Sexism | 4 Comments »

Can the Subaltern Catcall?

October 14, 2014
By
Caterine

If we wish to sincerely practice intersectionality in our feminism, then we must look with eyes unclouded by idolization at the white feminists of the past.
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Posted in Black Women, Feminism, media, Personal is Political., Popular Culture, Privilege, Racism, Reproduction, sexual violence, Sexuality, Stereotypes, White Privilege, White Women, Whiteness, Women of Color | 1 Comment »

The Myth of Diversity and Critical Thinking in American Academia

October 7, 2014
By
Academic Robes

American ideals about meritocracy and “pulling yourself up by your boot straps” are myths. They simply do not exist. Education in a capitalist system is not designed to take you out of the class you are born into.
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Posted in Academia, Capitalism, Economy, Education, Personal is Political., Privilege, Racism, Stereotypes, White Privilege, Whiteness, Work | 6 Comments »

Memories of My Grandmother

September 30, 2014
By
Prundaru

I hope I can live through life's ups and downs like she did, by deeply adoring the happy moments and enduring the bitter ones with dignity.
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Posted in Family, Personal is Political. | 1 Comment »

Get Your Hormones Out of My Body

September 23, 2014
By
McKinzie

I believe that any safe birth control option should be made available to anyone (male or female) who wishes to exert control over their reproductive capacity. However, hormonal birth control is not for everyone and it is not for me.
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Posted in Bodies, Capitalism, Health, Personal is Political., Reproduction | 1 Comment »

An Open Letter to amerika

September 16, 2014
By
Yogarajah

When people say racism doesn’t exist, they are blinded. They are blinded by the privilege and high property value that their skin possesses; they are blinded by the whiteness that their skin caresses.
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Posted in Bodies, Capitalism, Ethnicity, Personal is Political., Racism, Stereotypes, Whiteness, Women of Color | 2 Comments »

Love Note: Renewed Hunger

September 9, 2014
By
Doonan

Life, vitality, uncertainty—that’s the terrain you tread on when you rid yourself of comforts that your sickness afforded you.
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Posted in Love, Personal is Political. | 3 Comments »

Daddy’s Little Bluebird, Daddy’s Little Girl

September 2, 2014
By
R.B. Stuart

I hadn't known it then, but my only protector had died. And so did my childhood.
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Posted in domestic violence, Family, Personal is Political., sexual violence, Work | 1 Comment »

On Impact We Lie Die

August 26, 2014
By
Sama

I was in 9th grade, 14, at the start of this story, 5 years past my first period, past my first training bra, and a virgin. But only in the lying way of being a virgin, when a woman wants to own her own body, and says she’s a virgin even though her brother...
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Posted in Family, Patriarchy, Personal is Political., Violence | 2 Comments »

The Other Girl: How I Found Feminism When My Mother Went to Prison

August 19, 2014
By
DiLallo

I was only 15 when it happened, but it took years for me to understand that other girls weren’t interested in hearing about my hurt. They wanted to have sleepovers and talk about periods and cute boys and algebra tests.
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Posted in Family, Feminism, Personal is Political. | 6 Comments »

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