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.

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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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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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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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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On Institutional Abuse in Psychiatric Facilities (Part II)

August 12, 2014
By
Lee

I made a commitment then and there to do everything within my power to make mental healthcare a safe and affirming space for all the songs in a patient’s heart.
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On Institutional Abuse in Psychiatric Facilities (Part I)

August 5, 2014
By
Lee

I told the nurses politely that I wished to leave, knowing this wasn’t the best environment for my health. This statement alone made me an “M1” patient on an involuntary 72-hour hold.
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My Vagina (Part II)

July 29, 2014
By
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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My Vagina (Part I)

July 22, 2014
By
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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The Good Life: LIVING with HIV

May 22, 2014
By
Childress

Jared Childress, "I am a writer, educator, advocate, son, brother, uncle, cousin—an imperfect human being and friend. I also claim my blackness, sexuality, and HIV status as fiercely as the socially acceptable parts of myself; it is these seemingly unlovable parts that have allowed me to build rich, honest relationships with different types of...
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How Assata Shakur Changed My Life: The Importance Of Ethnic Studies Curricula In High School And Beyond

May 20, 2014
By
Khanmalek

Yet it wasn’t just Shakur’s story that impacted me, it was the way she wrote it. She seamlessly weaves the story of her childhood in North Carolina, marking the moments that shaped her political consciousness and led her to join the BPP and the BLA after college. Combining multiple literary genres from poetry to...
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