“Until They See Us,” “The Peculiar Weight of Holding,” and “Black Corporeality”

By Takia Hill “Until They See Us” They will always look for us Reminding us that we will never be red, white, and blue Even when we are bathed in its lights Even when there is blood, bone, and bruise And when the sirens sound We hide in the nearest patch of soft grass Hold our hands like hummingbirds and Watch star tails leave their … Continue reading “Until They See Us,” “The Peculiar Weight of Holding,” and “Black Corporeality”

Post a Black Square, Become an Anti-Racist: Performing Black Lives Matter Activism Online

By Rachael Nuckles In the fall semester, my conference work surrounded girls’ feminist activism as it manifested in various media formats. I began with the zine-fueled activism of the 1990s’ Riot Grrrl network, moving towards girls’ blogs on sites like Tumblr, personal websites, and eventually to their use of social media platforms like Twitter in the wake of #MeToo. This work showed me the double-edged … Continue reading Post a Black Square, Become an Anti-Racist: Performing Black Lives Matter Activism Online

My Mom Made Me Feminist: A Thank You Note of Sorts

By Rachael Nuckles When I imagined my first year of graduate school at Sarah Lawrence College, I pictured myself finishing it out in my apartment in New York, going on my regular coffee date with a friend from the cohort to work on our papers, and citing all of my wonderful findings from the Riot Grrrl Archive at NYU. I packed a bag for a … Continue reading My Mom Made Me Feminist: A Thank You Note of Sorts

Lessons from Post-Soviet Motherhood

By Katya Mushik I am the first-generation daughter of a Ukrainian Jewish immigrant. There are many lessons I’ve painstakingly had to learn of what Post-Soviet motherhood is really like. Lesson one: don’t date Slavic men. One evening in Ukraine, I walked into a modern, multi-colored apartment with my mother. We’re in Obolon, the upper echelons of Post-Soviet suburbia. For the first time, I meet my … Continue reading Lessons from Post-Soviet Motherhood

A Uterus That Wants to Share

My grandmother tells me that when you’re pregnant, your children, and the eggs of your grandchildren are grown within you. The future of the future. When I’m pregnant, I’m pretty sure I won’t want to think about eggs. But if I do, I’ll ask the great-great grandmother of those eggs within me, my grandmother, how she did it. How did she keep her uterus healthy … Continue reading A Uterus That Wants to Share

Sea of Familiar Strangers

I was lost in the Forbidden City in a sea of familiar strangers. Beijing’s vibrant reds and yellows assaulted my eyes. Under the watchful eye of Chairman Mao, whose portrait hovers over the entrance, I traveled to another world.  I had never seen such ornately decorated buildings as those at the Forbidden City.  Fantastic stone carvings created bridges spanning man-made moats. Gardens blossomed with a … Continue reading Sea of Familiar Strangers

“The Poorer Sick”: American Gynecology and its Irish Subjects in Mid-Nineteenth Century New York City

By Charlotte Rich In April 2018, crowds gathered on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to watch the dismantling of the statue of J. Marion Sims (1813-1883), the so-called “Father of Gynecology.” [1] The monument was constructed in 1892 to celebrate Sims’ contributions to gynecological research, including developing groundbreaking surgeries to treat women from Alabama to New York City to Europe. [2] For over one hundred years, the … Continue reading “The Poorer Sick”: American Gynecology and its Irish Subjects in Mid-Nineteenth Century New York City

Their Body, a Judge’s Choice: The Kansas Judicial Bypass Process Must Be Revised

By Marian Phillips Warning: This piece contains sensitive subject matter pertaining to the legal processes that minors face when requesting abortion access. There are mentions of abuse (physical and sexual) and abortion.  Reproductive rights are constantly debated within the political arena whether at the state or federal level. It is imperative to continually adjust and reformat legislation that dictates the rights that minors have over … Continue reading Their Body, a Judge’s Choice: The Kansas Judicial Bypass Process Must Be Revised