“Google: ‘Cheap things to do near me’” and “Fried Chicken, Jack Daniels, and other Southern Comforts”

By Kelso Becktol   Google: “Cheap things to do near me” Top Suggestion  ● “Five Activities to do in San Francisco with Just the Right Amount of Trauma & what they Cost”  1. Feeling lonely? Dissociate! Walk to the store but completely lose track of your body and mind and end up 3 miles on the other side of town!  Costs: considerable amounts of confusion, … Continue reading “Google: ‘Cheap things to do near me’” and “Fried Chicken, Jack Daniels, and other Southern Comforts”

The Invisible Labors and Erased History of Puerto Rican Midwives

By Emaline Reyes Abstract: In this brief excerpt from my paper, “This Woman’s Work: The Labors of Women and Laboring Women in Puerto Rico,” I discuss the history of midwifery, healing, and herbalism in Puerto Rico. I interviewed Puerto Rican birth workers and herbalists in order to uncover the erased history of midwifery and medicine on the island. Traditional medical systems and birth work have … Continue reading The Invisible Labors and Erased History of Puerto Rican Midwives

Leaving the Ghostlight On: Considering Labor, Leisure and Art in a Global Pandemic

By Rachael Nuckles It is no secret that I come from a background in the performing arts. Theater has surrounded my life since I was young, and I carry its lessons with me daily as I navigate the world. I have worked in a variety of roles, from an onstage silent mute to a behind-the-scenes commanding voice. I have designed sets and props, programmed a … Continue reading Leaving the Ghostlight On: Considering Labor, Leisure and Art in a Global Pandemic

Revolution: A Brief Contemplation

By Sidney Wegener Revolution: “a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favor of a new system” “A radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure” [1] Revolution: “young black women as innovators and radical thinkers” [2] Revolution: the statue of Christopher Columbus coming down and four young Indigenous  women in traditional cultural wear standing on top of the empty bust. … Continue reading Revolution: A Brief Contemplation

“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