“…each month I embrace a kind of death within my womb that offers me a life I can live with.”
Tags: American Horror Story, black bodies, bodies, erasure poems, erasure poetry, Erica N. Cardwell, fist of wind, Foglifter, Foglifter Press, gender, journaling, LGBTQ, medical racism, medical trauma, menstrual, menstrual cycle, menstruation, Nefertiti Asanti, ntozake shange, Pain, PMDD, PMS, poems, poetry, ppd, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, queer, queerness, reproductive freedom, reproductive health, reproductive rights, the present is a small child, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, uterus, Vievee Francis, Yolanda Wisher
If Roe v. Wade were overturned, twenty-four states could immediately prohibit abortion. ...more
Tags: #metoo, abortion, abortion rights, Amanda Uhle, anthology, body autonomy, book excerpt, Carol Davis, Center for Reproductive Rights, contraception, exclusive excerpt, fertility, infertility, mcsweeney's, Miscarriage, Politics, reproductive freedom, reproductive health, reproductive rights, Roe v Wade, Rumpus exclusive, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Shelly Oria, Supreme Court, surrogacy, Tarana Burke, Texas, The Brigid Alliance
“Stories hurt, stories heal, stories save our lives.”
Tags: abortion, Alison McGhee, bodies, diane gottlieb, Haiku for You, poems, poetry, pregnancy, Rainlight, reproductive rights, Shadow Baby, Someday, suicide, The Opposite of Fate, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trauma, What I Leave Behind, Words by Winter
Anna North discusses her new novel, OUTLAWED.
Tags: America Pacifica, American history, American West., Anna North, bank robbery, body autonomy, Brit Bennett, Brokeback Mountain, childbirth, childhood trauma, eugenics, faith, feminism, feminist, fertility, gender roles, gender stereotypes, infertility, literary tropes, marriage, midwife, midwives, Old West, Outlawed, outlaws, postpartum depression, pregnancy, Racism, religion, reproductive health, reproductive rights, sexuality, teenagers, The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, The Mothers, trauma, tropes, wild west, witchcraft, women's bodies, Yasmin Roshanian
Melissa Scholes Young discusses her new novel, THE HIVE.
Tags: abortion, animals, autonomy, Bees, body autonomy, bugs, Christianity, daughters, Doomsday Preppers, faith, family, family business, female desire, feminist, flood, gender inequality, gender roles, implicit bias, Jane Clemens, mark twain, marriage, matriarchy, Megan Cummins, Melissa Scholes Young, Missouri, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, natural world, nature, prepper, Prepper Camp, recession, religion, reproductive rights, research, Samuel Clemens, sisters, spirituality, survivalism, survivalist, teen pregnancy, The Hive, women's bodies, women's rights, working class
As soon as life begins, its impulse is to divide. ...more
Tags: abortion, birth control, coming out, donor eggs, eugenics, fertility, fertility treatment, Gregory Pincus, in vitro, in vitro fertilization, infertility, ivf, LGBTQ, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, pregnancy, pregnant, reproduction, reproductive rights, Seattle, shame, single mother, single motherhood, Single Mothers, Susan Meyers, Waiting..., women's bodies
Jennifer Berney discusses her debut memoir, THE OTHER MOTHERS.
Tags: Alice Ruby, Amy Agigian, artificial insemination, bodies, chosen family, community, cultural criticism, debut memoir, Ethel Rohan, eugenics, family, fertility, fertility industry, fertility treatment, gender, gender inequality, homophobia, identity, infertility, Jennifer Berney, journalism, LGBTQ, medicine, memoir, memory, misogyny, parenthood, parenting, patriarchy, pregnancy, pregnant, queer, queer reproduction, reproduction, reproductive health, reproductive rights, research, Robert K. Graham, sexism, Sherron Mills, sperm bank, sperm donor, The Other Mothers, White Supremacy, women's bodies
All anyone really wants is to be seen and heard, and yet we avoid seeing and hearing others every day. ...more
Tags: 1990s, 9/11, 90s, A Woman a Plan an Outline of a Man, abortion, Abuse, abusive relationship, adolescence, american politics, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, book excerpt, childhood, college, domestic battery, domestic violence, Donald Trump, Dreams from My Father, drug use, drugs, election, elections, exclusive excerpt, Facebook, fathers, fathers and daughters, George W. Bush, misogyny, obama, Politics, Pot, privilege, PTSD, reproductive rights, Rumpus exclusive, Sarah Kasbeer, September 11, shame, stalking, teenagers, University of Illinois, violence against women, weed, Zone 3
Are my choices in this culture so firmly dictated by my ability to give birth? ...more
Tags: abortion, abortion rights, Affordable Care Act, Arkansas, bad feminist, birth control, body autonomy, Catholic, catholicism, contraception, depression, Donald Trump, election 2016, female bodies, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, Hillary Clinton, husbands and wives, Jeffrey Jensen, Jennifer Case, Justin Humphrey, marriage, motherhood, parenting, patriarchy, Planned Parenthood, Politics, postpartum depression, ppd, pregnancy, prenatal depression, pro-choice, pro-life, religion, reproductive rights, Rob Stein, Roxane Gay, sexism, Trump, unintended pregnancy, unwanted pregnancy, women's anger, women's bodies, Women's March, women's rights
I need to hear myself say it out loud to make it real. ...more
Tags: abortion, anencephaly, anxiety, anxiety disorder, Becky Fine-Firesheets, buddhism, buddhist, chromosomal disorder, daughters, death, Dream, dreams, evangelical Christianity, grief, hormones, loss, mental illness, Miscarriage, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, pregnancy, reproductive rights, Sallatha Sutta, sonogram, trauma
Dani Burlison discusses ALL OF ME: STORIES OF LOVE, ANGER, AND THE FEMALE BODY.
Tags: abortion, activism, All of Me, All of Me: Stories of Love Anger and the Female Body, anger, anthology, Ariel Gore, Bethany Ridendour, California, Dani Burlison, female bodies, female body, feminism, feminist, Janet Frishberg, Lady Parts, LGBTQ, Lidia Yuknavitch, melissa chadburn, Nayomi Munaweera, PM Press, reproductive rights, Self Care, Starhawk, trans, trans-women, trauma, violence against women, women's anger, women's bodies, women's rights, Yoga, zine, zines
Pay off the stork to remove your house from its route. ...more
Tags: abortion, Amy Collier, Funny Women, gender inequality, humor, humor writing, motherhood, pregnancy, reproductive issues, reproductive rights, women's rights
Our storytelling, the sharing of our necessary truths, is needed now more than ever. ...more
Tags: Abby Minor, abortion, Belle Boggs, Bitch Media, body autonomy, bustle, BuzzFeed, Camille T. Dungy, Clara Bingham, Dana Norris, Dani McClain, Ema O’Connor, essays, Highline, Lauren Holter, Lit Hub, Marcela Valdes, Marissa Korbel, New York Times Magazine, Nidhi Prakesh, Rebecca Grant, Rebecca Traister, reproductive health, reproductive rights, Serena W. Lin, Susie Meister, T.S. Mendola, Tamara Matthews, Teri Carter, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, Them, Therese Shechter, This Week in Essays, Topic, Trish Bendixat, Vanity Fair, vox, Washington Post, women's bodies, women's rights
I can’t speak, but I can scream. ...more
Tags: abortion, autonomy, body autonomy, dilation and extraction, Dirty Dancing, Gonzales v Carhart, Jennifer Gunter, justice, late-term abortion, law school, legal system, Marissa Korbel, partial birth, Planned Parenthood v Casey, Portland, pro-choice, protest, reproductive rights, Roe v Wade, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sandra Day O’Connor, Stenberg v Carhart, Supreme Court, The Thread, TRAP laws, Webster v Reproductive Health Services, Whole Women’s Health v Hellerstedt, women's bodies
The airless bubble expanding over their yard now included him. He could hardly breathe. ...more
Tags: abortion, Christy Stillwell, motherhood, mothers, mothers and sons, pregnancy, pro-choice, pro-life, reproductive issues, reproductive rights, Rumpus Original Fiction, short fiction, short stories, short story, women's rights
Nicole Dennis-Benn discusses her second novel, PATSY.
Tags: abortion, caribbean, choice, Christianity, church, classism, colorism, daughters, death, femininity, friendship, fundamentalist, fundamentalist christians, Here Comes the Sun, homophobia, identity, immigration, Jamaica, Lesbian, LGBTQ, Liveright, maternalism, migration, mothers, mothers and daughters, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy, queer, Racism, religion, reproductive rights, sexuality
Vote Tuesday. Vote for Democrats. ...more
Tags: abortion, Affordable Care Act, DonaldTrump, election, election 2018, healthcare, midterm elections, Mitch McConnell, obamacare, Politics, reproductive rights, Supreme Court, vote, voting, voting rights
“It’s like a damn Rubik’s cube down there!” ...more
Tags: (500) Days of Summer, Aubrey Hirsch, bodies, clitoris, consent, Danny McBride, dating, domestic violence, Eastbound and Down, female bodies, female body, female orgasm, female sexuality, Film, Garden State, Helen Hunt, heterosexuality, Jen Corrigan, male gaze, manic pixie dream girl, Margo Roth Spiegelman, Media, Mel Gibson, Natalie Portman, OKCupid, Paper Towns, porn, pornography, Rape culture, reproductive rights, Sex, sexuality, South Park, stephen hawking, television, tropes, What Women Want, women's bodies, Zach Braff
Now my not wanting men to be front and center in my life capitalized sperm into a rare commodity. Empowered reproduction is largely a myth. ...more
Tags: bisexual, cancer, coming out, death, depression, essay, family, fasting, fathers, fathers and daughters, gay, gender, gender inequality, gender roles, genderqueer, homophobia, immigrants, LGBTQ, motherhood, mothering 2018, Mothering Outside the Margins, mothers, mothers and daughters, parenting, pregnancy, queer, Ramadan, religion, reproductive health, reproductive rights, Serena W. Lin, sexuality, shame, single mother, sperm donor, Taiwan
There’s a lot left unsaid between the women of Red Clocks ; not even they know the extent to which they’re all connected. ...more
Tags: abortion, book review, Chelsea Leu, dystopia, Leni Zumas, Personhood Amendment, Politics, pregnancy, Red Clocks, reproductive rights, Trump
It’s time to take the streets, again.
Don’t miss this new series of 7-inch records and digital downloads to benefit Planned Parenthood!
Tags: 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, Allyson McCabe, Angela Pilgrim, bon iver, Bryce Dessner, For Marsha P. Johnson, Mitski, Planned Parenthood, reproductive rights, sarah silverman, sleater-kinney, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, the national, Tig Notaro, William Villalongo, Zach Galifianakis
Author Joyce Carol Oates discusses how the political climate affected the writing of her latest novel,
A Book of American Martyrs, how she uses Twitter, and why predictions are a waste of time. ...more
Tags: A Book of American Martyrs, A Rumpus Interview, abortion, Carson McCullers, daniel mendelsohn, Daniel Therriault, Danielle Susi, Donald Trump, George Tiller, Henri Cole, Jeffrey Guterman, joyce carol oates, LGBTQ, Luther Dunphy, michael moore, Nathan Englander, Paul Krugman, Politics, Rachel Maddow, reproductive rights, Social Media, teaching, teaching writing, Thomas Pluck, twitter
Achy Obejas discusses her new collection,
The Tower of the Antilles , what she’s learned from translating works of others, and why we should all read poetry every day. ...more
Tags: abortion, academia, Achy Obejas, Adrienne Rich, Alurista, Ava Gardner, bilingual, Book clubs, Cuba, Danez Smith, Donald Trump, e. e. cummings, embargo, English, female characters, Havana Noir, health, healthcare, jennifer s. cheng, journalism, Judy Grahn, Juliana Spahr, Junot Diaz, Kaveh Akbar, Mai Der Vang, Marisa Siegel, marlon brando, Miguel Piñero, Mills College, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Ocean Vuong, Olga Broumas, Papi, poetry, Politics, reproductive rights, Rita Indiana, Rumpus Book Club, Saeed Jones, short fiction, short stories, Solmaz Sharif, Spanish, Stephen Ratcliffe, tenure, the Shanghai, The Tower of the Antilles, This Is How You Lose Her, translation, writing process
The artistic oeuvre of Cecil Castellucci is dauntingly varied and vast. A singer/songwriter, a playwright, a librettist, she is also the author of many books, ranging from the picture book Grandma’s Gloves (winner of the California Book Award Gold Medal) to the YA novels Boy Proof, Tin Star, and the part comic, part prose novel […]
Tags: abusive relationship, Boy Proof, California Book Award Gold Medal, Cecil Castellucci, DC, gender equality, gender inequality, Grandma's Gloves, graphic novels, hobos, Jacques d’Amboise, Jose Pimienta, Kenneth Oppel, LA Review of Books, Nate Powell, Odd Duck, reproductive rights, sexism, Shade the Changing Girl, Soupy Leaves Home, The Plain Janes, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, Tin Star, train travel, trains
Eggs are an ancient symbol of fertility, but the artist Martha W. Lewis is also using them as a medium to express current political frustrations about alternative facts, election hacking, wall building—and threats to women’s reproductive rights. Lewis is one of more than three hundred visual, spoken word, and performance artists whose work is featured in “Nasty Women New Haven,” […]
Tags: activism, Allyson McCabe, Art, Donald Trump, Eggs, Martha Lewis, Martha W. Lewis, Nasty Women, New Haven, Planned Parenthood, Politics, reproductive rights, Trump, visual art, women's rights
This week, the bimonthly magazine of international literature World Literature Today released its March 2017 issue, with the timely theme “Dystopian Visions.” The issue features thirteen writers’ dark speculations on the future, crossing the globe from Cuba to Japan. In this time in the United States when dystopian fiction isn’t seeming quite so fictional anymore, the […]
Tags: Arabic, autocracy, Basma Abdel Aziz, Daniel Simon, Donald Trump, dystopian fiction, Elisabeth Jaquette, LGBTQIA, Politics, reproductive rights, Scenes from the Life of an Autocrat, short fiction, short stories, speculative fiction, this week in short fiction, Trump, World Literature Today
Allyson McCabe talks with Leah Hayes, acclaimed illustrator, graphic novelist, songwriter, and musician.
Tags: abortion, Allyson McCabe, Bonnie McKee, Brooklyn, Cardinology, Cyndi Lauper, David Ivar, Dillon Francis, Fables, Fantagraphics, France, Funeral of the Heart, graphic novels, Herman Dune, Holy Moly, illustrator, Kill FM, Kyp Malone, Leah Hayes, lil wayne, Mike Pence, Neil Gorsuch, Not So Funny Ha-Ha, Parsons, pixies, Planned Parenthood, reproductive rights, Robert Hazard, Ryan Adams, Satan's Fingers, Savoir Adore, Scary Mansion, short stories, songwriting, Sound & Vision, Sound and Vision, thunderstick, Tommy Trash, TV on the Radio, visual art, Weezer, Women's March, women's rights
Our bodies will not be your banners. We are not yours to use and abuse, we are not yours to dupe. We see through your words, and we see your violence. ...more
Tags: activism, airports, assimilation, bigotry, Crusades, Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL, Donald Trump, globalization, honor killings, illegal immigration, immigrants, immigration, imperialism, Iraq, Islam, Islamophobia, LGBTQ, Mariam Rahmani, Mexican, Mexico, muslim, Muslim American, muslim ban, Muslim immigration, Muslims, Orientalism, Politics, Racism, refugees, reproductive rights, sexism, Single Mothers, Terrorism, terrorists, travel ban, Trump, violence against women, war, welfare, white supremacists, White Supremacy
[A protest’s] job is to hearten the people who’re part of it, to let them look into the eyes of those who agree with them, to help them feel less alone. ...more
Tags: activism, black lives matter, Breitbart, Claire Suddath, Donald Trump, election 2016, Gloria Steinem, Lauryn Hill, LGBTQ, National Mall, New York Times, Planned Parenthood, political protest, protest, reproductive rights, Trump, Washington D.C., Women's March, women's rights