The Value of a Face


Rachel Vorona Cote writes about how people use beauty to undermine the words of women:

I understood, as I continue to understand with distressing nuance, that too many men navigate the terror of women’s brilliance by reducing them to skin and bone. When a man’s argument, undressed of its trappings, is an effete protest against women articulating their views at all, his recourse becomes the condemnation of our bodies. Our words, they try to tell us, are meaningless against the overwhelming fact of our flesh.

Lyz's writing has been published in the New York Times Motherlode, Jezebel, Aeon, Pacific Standard, and others. Her book on midwestern churches is forthcoming from Indiana University Press. She has her MFA from Lesley and skulks about on Twitter @lyzl. Lyz is a member of The Rumpus Advisory Board and a full-time staff writer for the Columbia Journalism Review. More from this author →