When Being Gay Does Also Mean Being Happy

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goodthingsBy Nico Morgan

Alternatively: Some Gay Girls’ Self Care Regimen During One Helluvan Administration

The night of the election, I was sitting in a 24-hour sushi bar with my girlfriend. By that point, we’d been dating for a little over one month, and being considered “queer” was still a relatively new realization for me. I remember watching her face as she continually refreshed the election results, again and again, and I found myself constantly reassuring her: Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Eight: The Wildcard

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GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part Eight: The Wildcard

After Marie Forleo’s newsletter went out, and our Kickstarter campaign was funded I got hundreds of emails from people all around the world wanting to support the film. One of those emails was from a Canadian gal named Komal Minhas. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Seven: The Crew

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GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part Seven: The Crew

Looking back, making the video to accompany the Kickstarter campaign was a nightmare.

It started out well enough. I met the two women I hired to produce the video on Feminist Wednesday. They were super talented young feminists, who had been making movies for their own production company. I really liked them, and hired them to help me film three interviews for the Kickstarter trailer. Let’s call them Joyce and Barbara. Continue reading…

FROM WHITE MALE PATRIOTISM TO THE ZONE OF PRIVACY: THE HISTORY OF ABORTION IN THE UNITED STATES

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historyofabortionBy Taylor Ciambra

With the recent death of Norma McCorvey, the infamous ‘Roe’ of Roe vs. Wade, comments from Oklahoma Representative Justin Humphrey referring to women as “hosts” for fetuses, our president’s threat to “punish women for abortion” and his recent decision to defund global access to abortion, the times seem to call for reflection. How did we get to where we are with abortion? Was it always this fraught with emotion and perceived morality?

The short answer? No. Continue reading…

That Wild Woman

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thatwildwomanBy Olivia Land

Towards the end of her TEDTalk “Confessions of a bad feminist,” writer Roxane Gay makes the point that “You do not want to be that wild woman, until you realize that you are her, and you cannot imagine being any other way.” I have encountered a good deal of inspirational quotes in my time (#carpethatdiem, folks), but this was different. Rather than an Instagram ‘like” or a reblog on Tumblr, Gay’s words actually made me pause for several minutes. Such is the power of words, I remember thinking. Indeed, in one foul swoop that “wild woman” image funneled life into identity crisis I have been grappling with for months. Continue reading…

A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie, Part Six: The Money

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GalsGudie3x3v2A Gal’s Guide to Making a Movie is a new weekly written series by Erin Bagwell. To view the whole series click here.

Part Six: The Money

On August 29th I rolled out of bed with mascara streaked across my face.

After my dinner date with Sal we went out dancing. And when I say dancing I mean dancing. It was one of those nights where you just try to leave it all on the dance floor. Like a whirling dervish summoning energy for the DJ to change my luck. And my luck was definitely about to change. Continue reading…