Choosing to Look

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Cris Mazza, author of nineteen books– including the soon-to-be-released Something Wrong with Her— writes about gender relations, sexuality, and society’s distorted perceptions of value. By her own assessment, Mazza has written herself into the question of whether skewed perceptions of sexuality have fostered a system in which “young women, even unintentionally, turn to getting something else in return for sex[.] Whether it be popularity, career success, professional attention.”

In a recent interview with Rumpus contributor Antonia Crane, Mazza said: “My discoveries weren’t any more extensive or alarming than most people’s. I just chose to look.”


Serena Candelaria is a Rumpus intern, and a self-proclaimed fiction addict. This summer, she worked at 29th Street Publishing and began writing a novella. She is currently a senior at Yale, where she studies Literature. More from this author →