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

LGBTQIA+, Race, Class, Disability, and Region: The American Healthcare System

By Sidney Wegener Every time I visit a doctor, I am asked a series of questions which include those about my sexual health. “Are you sexually active?” Yes. “Do you need a pregnancy test?” No. Oftentimes, a physician responds by informing me that even if I use protection I can still get pregnant. My response triggers confusion and a moment of awkwardness: I’m a lesbian; … Continue reading LGBTQIA+, Race, Class, Disability, and Region: The American Healthcare System

A Meditation on Women’s History

By Sidney Wegener Not long ago, I found myself in an debate over what women’s history is with a woman who was white, cisgender, heterosexual, able bodied, and very wealthy. Her argument was that women’s history meant “all women” and there should be no need to differentiate between the histories of Black women and white women or trans women and cis women. In response, I … Continue reading A Meditation on Women’s History

Roaring Lesbian Subcultures in New York City

New York City has long been known for its liberalism and borough-specific socioeconomic demographics; however, one community during the 1920s often overlooked by historians is the lesbian subculture in Greenwich Village. In this article, “lesbian” will be used very loosely to describe women-loving-women. Due to the term’s limited use until the mid-twentieth century, retroactively labeling women of the early 1900s as lesbians would not be … Continue reading Roaring Lesbian Subcultures in New York City

Breaking Down Domestic Labor: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

By Sidney Wegener You may have heard the claim “women belong in the kitchen.” Many who believe in traditional patriarchal domesticity agree. Feminists of the twenty-first century often detest such a sexist notion. However, there is an underlying issue that both misogynists and feminists are not necessarily addressing. Why is it that traditional domesticity proponents uphold an oppressive gender hierarchy wherein housework and childcare are … Continue reading Breaking Down Domestic Labor: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality

Native American Boarding Schools: Total Assimilation

By Sidney Wegener In 1892 Richard Pratt, founder of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, famously stated that his goal was to “kill the Indian and save the man.” Native American boarding schools were first established in the United States during the mid-1800s in an effort to continue genocide against Native people under the guise of education. Children were often taken from their families and away … Continue reading Native American Boarding Schools: Total Assimilation

Why We Should Be Anti-Celebrating Thanksgiving

By Sidney Wegener Often, on the last Thursday of November, American families gather around the dinner table to eat and appreciate the blessings in their lives. For many, Thanksgiving is a favorite “holiday.” In the twenty-first century, it may be depicted as a happy family eating lots of food and soon rushing off for Black Friday sales. However, this picture is painted for those who … Continue reading Why We Should Be Anti-Celebrating Thanksgiving

Domestic Violence Is Not Straight Violence

By Sidney Wegener Sidney is a first year Master’s Candidate studying Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College. Their academic interests include lesbianism and lesbian history in American from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. They are currently pursuing many different avenues for research in U.S. history pertaining to women’s and queer studies and looking forward to working on a thesis related to the linguistic and social … Continue reading Domestic Violence Is Not Straight Violence

Being Gay for Halloween

By Sidney Wegener Sidney is a first year MA candidate studying Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College. Their academic interests include lesbianism and lesbian history in American from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. They are currently pursuing many different avenues for research in U.S. history pertaining to women’s and queer studies and looking forward to working on a thesis related to the linguistic and social … Continue reading Being Gay for Halloween