Each month, RE/VISIONIST features work from contributors within Sarah Lawrence College and the academic community at large, as well as other contributors with varied backgrounds and perspectives.




JULY 2011: Feminist Firsts!

July is upon us! This month we will be publishing a few pieces, as we – the new editorial team – continues to work behind the scenes to prepare for our fall issues of R/V. The features this month are on the theme of “Feminist Firsts.” You’ll be hearing about first tattoos, kisses, naked photographs, and more!! I’ll be updating this post with links as they are published.

And in the mean time, think about submitting to Re/Visionist for our fall run! You can find our submission guidelines here, and can send any ideas/queries/pieces to us at revisionistslc@gmail.com

Feminist Firsts

➤ Tattoos: My Declaration of Feminism by Caroline Biggs

MAY 2011

Happy May Day, RE/VISIONIST readers!! Change is in the air over here at RE/VISIONIST, as this issue represents a change-over in blog staff. First, check out the feature by Kate Angellreference librarian here at Sarah Lawrence College.  Kate has written an insightful synopsis of a study she did back in 2005-2006 on self-perceptions of older women.  Then, hop over to the other pieces where the current R/V Staff Bids Farewell: graduation for them is just around the corner! Alongside their goodbye piece we are reprinting an interview with them published over at Elevate Difference, which provides a window into their vision and process for this online space. The current R/V staff is handing the blog over to three continuing Sarah Lawrence Students, who you can learn about in the Introductions of the New R/V Staff!

➤ Self-Perceptions of Older Women in the Age of the Waif by Kate Angell
➤ R/V Staff Bids Farewell by Rosamund Hunter, Thea Michailides, Victoria Sollecito, Nydia Ann Swaby, and Kate Wadkins
➤ Women’s History has Many Points of View by Lizzy Shramko
➤ Introductions of the New R/V Staff! by Caroline Biggs, Amanda Seybold, and Katrina Brown

APRIL 2011

We are super excited to present our April issue with two new contributors, both first year students in our Women’s History MA program.  Robert Leleux graces us with a hilarious critique of Joan Jacobs Brumberg’s The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls and Amanda Seybold discusses women’s roles and gender dynamics in David Simon’s HBO series The Wire.   In light of Sarah Lawrence’s recent Women’s History Month conference, we welcome returning contributor Monica Stancu, with commentary on last year’s conference, The Message is in the Music.

➤ Another Body Talk by Robert Leleux
➤ David Simon’s The Wire: A Study of Women by Amanda Seybold
➤ Black Women Defining Themselves in the Music Industry by Monica Stancu

MARCH 2011

Happy Anniversary to RE/VISIONIST! That’s right, this is our one year anniversary issue. Head over to the ‘Features’ section to check out our first ever issue from March 2010! This month, first time contributor to R/V and Women’s History student Greta Minsky does a feminist cultural critique of What Not to Wear. In light of the recent attacks on reproductive rights (and the Planned Parenthood rally last week), RE/VISIONIST editors speak to members of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice NYC.

Interview with NARAL Pro-Choice New York by R/V editors
Interview with National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) by R/V editors
What Not to Wear: Shaming and Shopping by Greta Minsky


In our first issue of the new year, RE/VISIONIST welcomes two new contributors: Regents Special Fellow Kellyn Johnson discusses women directors and the male gaze; writer Sonia Saraiya curates a video collection on the theme of virginity in America now. Women’s History second year Alexandria Linn returns with more commentary on self-help, providing a close reading of the pop culture text, Is He Gay?

Dangerous Direction by Kellyn Johnson
Is He Gay? by Alexandria Linn
Virgin America by Sonia Saraiya


RE/VISIONIST is on a short vacation and will not release a January issue. We will continue to post daily to the blog, however, and hope you’ll check back throughout the month. We are now accepting submissions for the February issue, and encourage you to submit, especially if we haven’t heard from you yet. As always, thanks for your support.

Happy New Year!


As 2010 comes to a close, RE/VISIONIST returns with another all-Sarah Lawrence Women’s History issue. We are pleased to have second-year (and first-time R/V-er) Hana Kabashi’s primary source analysis about Albanian women activists in the “parallel society” of the 1990s. R/V Commissioning Editor Victoria Sollecito shares the seedlings of her thesis on queer meanings in RENT, while editors Rosamund Hunter and Kate Wadkins review Made in Dagenham, a film that premiered in theaters this November.

Film Review: A Conversation on Made in Dagenham by Rosamund Hunter & Kate Wadkins
“Feministet Në Punë” (Feminists at Work): A Discussion of Interviews with Albanian Women in Kosovo by Hana Kabashi
Raising the RENT: Reflections on Community, Sexuality and Musical Theatre by Victoria Sollecito


November’s issue is our first all-Sarah Lawrence Women’s History issue since May. Second-year students Thea Michailides, Nydia Swaby, and Kate Wadkins return, writing on corporations versus citizenship, how women’s historians have tackled the race question, and race and riot grrrl (a conference review), respectively. We are excited to announce an addition to our cohort, Quin Aaron Shakra, who discusses “self-prefacing” and his journey with feminism.

Who Butters Your Bread? by Thea Michailides
Self-prefacing by Quin Aaron Shakra
Because Race Matters: How Women’s Historians Have Dealt with the Race Question by Nydia Swaby
Queering Categories, Bringing Wreck by Kate Wadkins


This month we welcome three new contributors! Olivia Harris, a lighting designer and graduate of Drew University, provides an inquiry about the ways that power plays out in silence; recent Sarah Lawrence graduate Muriel Leung historicizes the roots, resistance, and structure of Asian American poetry; and Sarah Lawrence Women’s History graduate student Alexandria Linn discusses the unfortunate state of self-help literature. For our fourth contribution, Sarah Lawrence Women’s History graduate student Chandeen Santos returns with a piece about Julie & Julia.

Silence by Olivia Harris
Dis/assembling Identity: From the Margins to the Page by Muriel Leung
Act Like A Lady, Think Like An Industry: A Critique of Self-Help(ism) by Alexandria Linn
Julie’s Julia: The Ideal Housewife by Chandeen Santos


We at RE/VISIONIST are all back to school this week and welcome two new student contributors! Cynthia Schemmer, a fellow Sarah Lawrence graduate student (in Creative Nonfiction), shares her oral history work about a women’s community in Athens, Ohio; and Abby Sullivan, who studies at the University of Akureryri in Isafjordur, Iceland, writes about the ways that we, as humans, are changing our oceans. Returning contributor and graduate student in Sarah Lawrence Women’s History program, Monica Stancu, provides a close reading of Michael Jackson’s video, “They Don’t Know About Us,” using models from Foucault’s Discipline and Punish. We are excited to ring in a new school year with another great issue!

Sister, Fear Has No Place Here. by Cynthia Ann Schemmer
Freeing Society in “They Don’t Care about Us” by Michael Jackson by Monica Stancu
Sea Change: How We are Altering Everything by Abby Sullivan


For the second leg of summer we have contributions from two members of For the Birds Collective: artist & designer Lauren Denitzio on feminist visual resistance and RE/VISIONIST Editor Rosamund Hunter on the burqa ban in France. On gender malleability & performance artist Victoria Gugenheim, we welcome international contributor, British writer Jessie Nash.

The Necessity of Feminist Voices in Radical Visual Culture by Lauren Denitzio
Discrimination in France: Banning the Burqua by Rosamund Hunter
Interview with Victoria Gugenheim by Jessie Nash

JULY 2010

For our first summer issue, we welcome all new contributors: law student Ben Hunter, visual artist Stephanie Land, freelance writer Erika Stump, and a member of our cohort, Monica Stancu, on a variety of exciting and important topics.

NAGPRA, A Human Rights Statute by Ben Hunter
Feminism & Creativity by Stephanie Land
Fat Porn Breaking Beauty Ideals by Monica Stancu
Dorothy Height: Unsung Hero of the Women’s Movement and Civil Rights by Erika Stump

JUNE 2010

As the 2010 school year closes, recent Sarah Lawrence graduate Anne Louise Cranwell returns with a letter to the next class, “Then and Now”; Sarah Lawrence graduate student Tanisha Ramirez reflects on the power of Vicki Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez Korrol’s Latina Legacies; and new contributor Jen Westmoreland Bouchard takes a critical look at artist Latifa Echakhch’s Speaker’s Room show at the Tate Modern.

Then and Now: The Thesis Process and the Power of History by Anne Louise Cranwell
Reimagining History by Tanisha Love Ramirez
Making her Voice Heard at Speaker’s Corner: The Work of Latifa Echakhch at the Tate Modern by Jen Westmoreland Bouchard

MAY 2010

Spring has sprung at Sarah Lawrence, but we still managed to pull some really great articles from our cohorts. This month Brittany Robinson discusses the way sex work affects Black women and the lack of literature on that subject. Rosamund Hunter and Victoria Sollecito interviewed two dynamic women in two very different fields; Logan White, an independent photographer, and Randi Epstein, Jane-of-all-trades, about her new book Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank.

Interview with Photographer Logan White by Rosamund Hunter
Let’s Talk About….Sex Work? by Brittany Robinson
Five Questions with Randi Hutter Epstein, MD by Victoria Sollecito

APRIL 2010

Our second issue features all first-year SLC Women’s History students as well as our first non-SLC contributor, New York City-based activist Mallory Knodel.

Can this Movement Get More Fans than Facebook? by Mallory Knodel
Hip-Hop is a Discursive Sport by Lisa Merolle
Amy Ashwood Garvey: A Revolutionary Pan-African Feminist by Nydia Swaby
Interview: Daniela Capistrano of the POC Zine Project by Kate Wadkins

MARCH 2010

Welcome to the inaugural issue of RE/VISIONIST. We are kicking off Women’s History month by featuring work by students of the Sarah Lawrence Women’s History Graduate program.

‘Don’t You Talk About My Mama!’ by Anne Louise Cranwell, Second Year
Of the Cloth: The Question of Women’s Ordination in the Catholic Church by Thea Michailides, First Year
Mother India: A Window into the Past by Chandeen Santos, First Year
Marriage, Gender, and Law by Elsa Sjunneson-Norman, First Year