Pornographic Violence

By Marian Phillips Marian is a first year student in the Women’s History Graduate Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Over the last year the United States has bared witness to a resurgence of legislature aimed at restricting sexually explicit images based on a possibility of violence, or risk of health. This year alone has seen Florida’s House of Representatives successfully declare the material as a … Continue reading Pornographic Violence

Welcome to R/V September 2011: The Pop Culture Issue

Hello and welcome to the *new* RE/VISIONIST!  As a matter of form, let me first note that my co-editor Caroline and I are beyond stoked to present the very first (and very fabulous) issue of this year’s line-up. You may have noticed some changes, both in content and format.  Please consider these a good thing.  While the appearance is different, the underlying core values of … Continue reading Welcome to R/V September 2011: The Pop Culture Issue

Deep Play: Katy Perry and the Revenge of the Candy Ravers by Brian Donovan

{Brian Donovan is a cultural and historical sociologist, author of White Slave Crusades: Race, Gender, and Anti-Vice Activism, 1887-1917, and an associate professor of sociology at the University of Kansas.} Cultural sociologists theorize that musical likes and dislikes tells us more about the listeners than anything inherent in the music. The music we adore mirrors and creates a lifestyle, or habitus, that we share with … Continue reading Deep Play: Katy Perry and the Revenge of the Candy Ravers by Brian Donovan

BRITNEY: A MANIFESTO by Caroline Biggs

{Caroline Biggs is a graduate student in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College, fashion addict, pop cultural junkie, and girl-about-NYC.} Britney Spears changed my life. At first, this sentence may seem absurd to you for reasons including (but not limited to): 1. I am nearly 30 years old, 2. It is 2011, 3. I am an educated, self-described feminist, as well as an art, music, … Continue reading BRITNEY: A MANIFESTO by Caroline Biggs

Beyonce: A Visual Essay X John Walker

{John Walker is a Sarah Lawrence graduate who really likes the internet a lot.} “Well, I care!” When I was in college, (oh, is that weird to say in the past tense) I always strove to maintain a neutral voice in my academic writing.  Nothing was monolithic; my perspective was never universal.  Well, I’m not in school anymore, and if there is one subject to … Continue reading Beyonce: A Visual Essay X John Walker

Ten Questions

{Inspired by Proust, I compiled a list of ten questions and sent them out to some of the most fascinating women I knew [or could hope to know]. Every month: their response. This month features the Directors of the renowned Women’s History Program at Sarah Lawrence College: Priscilla Murolo and Rona Holub} Ten Questions with Priscilla Murolo 1. Describe yourself in one word. Straightforward. 2. To … Continue reading Ten Questions

Listen: Hawley Shoffner

{LISTEN!} I first met Hawley Shoffner when I was an undergraduate at the University of Kansas. I was always the loud, boisterous, blonde at the party and she was the cute, stylish, brunette (rumored to be a near-prodigal musician). All I knew was that she had a ukulele, a love of old Hollywood, and quite the soft spot for Veruca Salt. Needless to say, I … Continue reading Listen: Hawley Shoffner

On Being a Woman: Thoughts on the “Reality” of Jersey Shore

By K. Reece K. Reece is a writer with a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the assistant editor at Sarah Lawrence magazine. “GTL, Kate, GTL.” I clear my throat and adjust my phone. “Excuse me?” I ask. “What the hell does ‘GTL’ stand for?” “Gym, tan, laundry,” he says. “That’s what Mike and Pauly D say. I’ve gotten into it. … Continue reading On Being a Woman: Thoughts on the “Reality” of Jersey Shore

intercontinental musings X kelly banbury

Kelly Banbury is a visualist, culturalist, and globe-trotter. She will be sharing personal photos from her side of the world exclusively for RE/Visionist every month.  Jenny Holzer’s Art Car at Munich’s BMW Museum is adorned with the statements “Protect Me From What I Want,” “Lack of Charisma Can Be Fatal,” “The Unattainable Is Invariably Attractive,” and my personal fave, “You Are So Complex You Don’t Respond to Danger.” … Continue reading intercontinental musings X kelly banbury

[I liked you better before]: poems

By Jamie Agnello For our pop-cultural issue, Jamie let us use two of her celebrated poems (inspired by the character of Chuck Bass on “Gossip Girl”). You can find more of these linguistic gems at I Liked You Better Before Have a glass of champagne. Please. We’re closing the kitchen early. You think I don’t know why you left town? It’s a party. Things … Continue reading [I liked you better before]: poems