Welcome to the November issue of R/V: Women, Gender, and Bodies. 2013 will mark the auspicious 40th anniversary of Our Bodies, Ourselves, that bible of feminist embodiment without which no woman’s library is complete. The first of its kind, this resource covered everything from identity, reproductive health, and puberty, to sex, menopause, and the health care system. When Boston feminist health advocates wrote and published the first edition, it sold 250,000 copies without ever advertising to the public. Since then, it has sold over 4 million copies.
Our Bodies Issue also spans a range of topics that pertain to women and feminists. Historical and personal, global and local, these pieces will touch you, infuriate you, inspire you, and hopefully, make you want to hug yourself and someone nearby.
Before I let you get to it, I want to share one of my favorite poems about feminist embodiment: Lucille Clifton’s Homage to my Hips.
Homage to My Hips
these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top
Enjoy these bodaceous reads.
Katy Gehred, An Introduction to Fat Positivity
Emilie Egger, Cultural Imperialism and Body Image in Georgia
Cynia Barnwell, No Accessories: A Poem
Brittany Chevalier, Shifting Ideals of Beauty: A Visual Essay
Victoria McCall, Get Me Bodied
Emma & the Re/visionist team