Posts Tagged: women’s bodies

The Thread: On Justice

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I can’t speak, but I can scream.

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Mixed Feelings: A Valentine to Aging Women

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Letting go of these ideas about a woman’s value feels like the obvious thing to do, but it’s really hard.

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Violence and Tenderness: The Explosive Expert’s Wife by Shara Lessley

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Lessley’s poems remind us: “Because to cry’s / a sign, to cry is proof, / there’s life.”

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Unsung Choices: Blue Rose by Carol Muske-Dukes

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Can women ever fully escape the restrictions upon them, the risk to their bodies that comes from being born female?

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Smoke Screen

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I am an oracle who, while dispensing answers to all those who seek them, cannot predict my own future.

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The Thread: Outside the Gaze

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This is the story I needed as a young girl; this is the story we all need.

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A Lumpy, Misshapen Book: Talking with Elissa Washuta

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Elissa Washuta discusses her chapbook, STARVATION MODE.

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Struggling toward Truth: Porochista Khakpour’s Sick

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Khakpour gathers courage, again and again, as she reaches into the most painful parts of her life, excavates them, and holds them up to the light.

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You Like That, Baby?: The Myth of Feminine Mystery

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“It’s like a damn Rubik’s cube down there!”

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Black Panther and Strong Women

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I saw myself on the big screen—the strong black woman that I am, and the stronger black woman I aspire to become.

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Like Juggling Knives: Talking with Rumaan Alam

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Rumaan Alam discusses his new novel, That Kind of Mother, the limits of the employer-employee relationship, and the grossness of heterosexual sex.

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What Did You Expect, Though?

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The immune system, meant to protect a body from foreign invaders, works too assiduously, sees danger where there is none, turns on itself. Such conditions lend themselves to metaphor.

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Sylvia Plath and Reclaiming the Gaze

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Perhaps as women we are always trying to record the gaze. Marginalized people are often asked to validate our distrust, trepidation, and fear.

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Fitting In

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Without men around to impress, I discovered my own taste—what desire meant beyond the desire to be desirable.

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ENOUGH: While the Wild Dogs in Me Strain at Their Leashes

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A Rumpus series of work by women and non-binary people that engages with rape culture, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

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Mixed Feelings: Am I Too Fat For Love?

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We don’t like to think that love traffics in the same biases that shape our culture—but of course it does.

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The Text Is My Body: A Conversation with Gabrielle Civil

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Performance artist and poet Gabrielle Civil discusses her book, Swallow the Fish, how technology has shaped reactions to female nudity, and the importance of risking change.

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Erasing the Girl: Why Don’t We Trust Women to Tell Their Stories of Disordered Eating?

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I didn’t want to criticize her, or demand explanations from her. I just wanted to hear her speak.

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Womanly Arts

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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.

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