Love is just extremely terrifying and kind of abysmal. ...more
Jade Sharma discusses her first novel
Problems, the complicated feelings that came with debuting to rave reviews, and her writing and editing processes. ...more
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Ryka Aoki discusses her second novel, LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS.
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Man was living on the moon but Medicare was still a disaster. ...more
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Melissa Febos discusses her new essay collection, GIRLHOOD.
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There is nothing I want more than a happy ending. ...more
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Heather McHugh discusses her new poetry collection, MUDDY MATTERHORN.
Tags: anagram, anagrams, Book Club, Borges, brian spears, COVID-19, Danez Smith, Dawn Lundy Martin, dystopia, form, Heather McHugh, Homie, jehovah's witness, Jericho Brown, K Silem Mohammad, LGBTQ, Muddy Matterhorn, Mugwump, Ocean Vuong, pandemic, poems, poetry, poetry book club, police brutality, police violence, Politics, Protests, recession sex workers, religion, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, sex work, sonnets, The New Testament, The Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Trump, Willie Nelson
A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary writers that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Tags: Christine Blasey Ford, Claire Agnes, Connie Chung, ENOUGH, George Tyndall, Hippocratic Oath, Larry Nassar, Liane Kupferberg Carter, misogyny, patriarchy, Politics, rape, Rape culture, Reginald Archibald, Sex, sex work, Sex Workers, sexism, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual violence
Ivy Pochoda discusses her newest novel, THESE WOMEN.
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This isn’t a book about loss; rather, it’s a book about sheer willpower and intentionality. ...more
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Faylita Hicks discusses her debut poetry collection, HOODWITCH.
Tags: Acre Books, Ai Ogawa, Allen Ginsberg, ancestors, assault, audre lorde, Bri Luna, Danez Smith, debut collection, Dorothy E. Roberts, eric garner, Faylita Hicks, HoodWitch, Howl, identity, James Baldwin, Killing the Black Body, LGBTQ, magic, molestation, motherhood, mothers, nature, non-binary, Onyx, pansexual, Patricia Smith, Playing in the Dark, poems, poetry, Pool Boi Blu, pregnancy, prostitution, queer, racial inequality, racial violence, rape, Saaret E. Yoseph, Samuel Little, sex work, sexual violence, sexuality, slam poetry, Sojourner Truth, spoken word, spoken word poetry, The Fire Next Time, Toni Morrison, trans, trauma, Trayvon Martin, vulnerability, witchcraft, witches
It felt like the sun beating down on closed eyelids. ...more
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Artist Sam Brown discusses the highs and lows of big artistic dreams.
Tags: archetype, archetypes, art therapy, Artist, Ash Green, Astro, Caitlyn Jenner, Che Guevara, drag, Ecuador, Ecuadorian, family, femininity, feng shui, Henry Chalfant, Kathleen Chalfant, Latin America, LGBTQ, Marie Kondo, Mental Health, millennials, Pittsburgh, queer, Sam Brown, sex work, Sex Workers, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, trans, TRANS.MEAT, transgender, visual art
[A] person’s labor is not indicative of their parenting. ...more
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Amber van de Bunt discusses her debut memoir, OVERCOME.
Tags: addiction, alcoholic, alcoholism, Amber van de Bunt, child abuse, childhood trauma, debut memoir, depression, drug abuse, drug addiction, drugs, family, fathers and daughters, Karmen Karma, Kristin Casey, los angeles, marriage, memoir, mental illness, motherhood, mothers and daughters, Overcome, parenting, porn stars, recovery, Sex, Sex Industry, sex work, sexual harassment, sexuality, sobriety, suicide attempt, therapy, trauma, Voices on Addiction
“Understanding that you can have what you desire can be healing and transformative.”
Tags: #metoo, bdsm, berlin, brian gresko, coming of age, debut novel, dominatrix, Fifty Shades of Grey, Intimacy, kink, LGBTQ, los angeles, permission, pornography, queer, role play, sadomasochism, Saskia Vogel, Sex, sex work, sex worker, sexuality
Sophia Shalmiyev discusses her debut memoir, MOTHER WINTER.
Tags: addiction, alcoholism, autofiction, code switching, daughters, female bodies, feminism, first book, God, hebrew, Jewish, judaism, Marguerite Duras, Marissa Korbel, memoir, Mother Winter, mothers, mothers and daughters, religion, riot grrrl, Russia, sex work, sexual trauma, Sophia Shalmiyev, Soviet Union, superstition, trauma
Can a person with some agency ever claim victimization, or are agency and victimhood a binary? ...more
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“[A]s long as we retain all of these conflicting ideas of what sex is, and what it means to us, sex will always sell—until it’s inconvenient.”
Tags: A Dirty Word, A Dirty Word: How a Sex Writer Reclaimed Her Sexuality, advertising, amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, erotic fiction, Erotica, Game of Thrones, itunes, memoir, moral panic, morality, Motherboard, pornography, Publishing, Radish, Sex, sex education, sex work, sex writing, sexuality, steph auteri
The day after Hugh Hefner died, I received a text from my sister that our grandfather was starring alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO’s new series, The Deuce . ...more
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I applied for a job at Hooters on a dare a few weeks before my nineteenth birthday. A shoe salesman who worked across from me at the mall told me he’d pay me twenty dollars to apply. ...more
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My thoughts hovered above the scene pondering the reasons why and time felt like the waves of a puddle lapping against cracked asphalt. ...more
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She never stopped, a bee buzzing from flower to flower to flower, collecting all the sweetness she could. ...more
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Rumpus contributor and BFF Antonia Crane has written an episode for Driven—a web series created by Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott—called “Poppy,” that is centered on authentic representation of sex work. Antonia writes, This episode is our dream episode because it accurately reflects a sex worker’s story of intimacy and the possibility of contentment with a diverse, trans […]
I like to listen to my mother’s voice; the sounds she makes in an English-Korean mashup; we are each the other’s dictionary. ...more
Tags: anger, Asian, Christine No, fathers, fathers and daughters, grandmothers, grief, Guernica, Internet, marriage, memory, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, Multitudes, Pain, Picasso, porn, pornography, rape, revenge, sex work, sexual assault, stepfather, teacher, trauma, trauma porn
The individuality of body horror is its signature attribute. Nothing is more intimate than one’s own body, and by extension, one’s own physical suffering. ...more
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This is the hearth. This is the knot. This is home. The woman bent over a sewing machine, the steady hum of the motor, the needle rising and sinking. ...more
Tags: addiction, advertising, Afghanistan, alcohol, allergic, allergies, allergy, army, art school, Baghdad, baking, ballroom dancing, Bangladesh, Benadryl, body image, Chicago, child labor, clarinet, contact dermatitis, D.M. Moehrle, diy, doctors, drinking, drunk, eczema, fabric, fabric store, femininity, feminism, Forever 21, H&M, hipster, hives, hobbies, hobby, Iraq, latex, Leo Burnett, Log Cabin, manufacturing, measurements, mothers, mothers and daughters, obsessive, quilt, quilting, rash, Sensitive Skin, sewing, sewing machine, sex work, sizes, sizing, Skin, stained glass, sweatshop, Video Games, Vietnam, war, weight, women's bodies, women's work, workshop, writer's block, writing, Xanax
My gut is a red, fiery drum, a beacon of rosy light. My instinct to run is a bright radioactive pink arrow, a bloody blade. I was correct. ...more
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Not only are these characters destined to die in the cautionary tales and to endure marriages to self-congratulatory men in the redemptions tales, they don’t even have anyone to miss them when they succumb to these fates At Hazlitt, Alana Massey writes about the baseless trope in films of the depraved and friendless female sex […]