Spotlight: “Where Women’s Stories Go to Die”

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“Where Women’s Stories Go to Die” is part of an exploration of the toxic sexism, misogyny, and harassment that derailed my early aspirations as a visual artist and that I quickly met up with again in my career as a writer—and also, of course, in my wider life. As with many female creators—especially those telling stories about female lives—sexism and exclusion has marginalized my work, deformed my career, and made me “angry.” Rooting around in the realm of dark, visual humor seems to bear the possibility of being reparative.

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Stephanie Rosenfeld is the author of a collection of short stories, What About the Love Part?, and a novel, Massachusetts, California, Timbuktu, published by Ballantine Books. Stories of hers have also appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Missouri Review, Cream City Review, Other Voices, Northwest Review, and Bellingham Review. Recent essays and excerpts from a current project, This is Your Marriage on Drugs—a graphic memoir, written in two voices, with her ex-husband, about the effects of his methamphetamine use on their marriage—have recently appeared in Full-Grown People, Hippocampus, and on Medium.com. (You can view chapters here.). More from this author →