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…

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…

Your Moment of Ambition

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We made a web series!

When you make a movie, as I’ve learned via my two year crash course working for Dream, Girl, one of the most heartbreaking realities is that a lot of really great, thought-provoking, heart-filled material ends up on the cutting room floor.

When Erin and Komal, the producers of Dream, Girl, got the advice from their executive producers to cut the majority of the characters from the film and focus on just five women, it felt like a monumental loss.

Most filmmakers would grieve those characters and move on with the editing process, but Erin and Komal are not most filmmakers. They decided to take those moments and turn them into a 10-part web-series paired with feature-length editorial articles on women in business and entrepreneurship. Continue reading…

A Guide to Getting an IUD

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IUDBy Taylor Ciambra

I was worried about my birth control pills melting. My multivitamins didn’t make it after one particularly hot day in Northern Arizona when the sun beamed straight through my tent’s mesh ceiling. This wasn’t the first time I worried about my pills surviving my outdoors job. There were times when I was sure I’d accidentally crushed them when I fell with my backpack on or it rained hard and my rainfly failed. That’s how I started to consider getting an IUD. After a quick search on Planned Parenthood’s site, I found myself thinking that sticking this little plastic T up in me was worth trying. Continue reading…

How to Resist

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howtoresistBy Kylie Kendall

We’re less than two weeks into Donald Trump’s presidency and the country has already taken giant, monumental, devastating steps backwards. Advancements in American healthcare, immigration policy, environmental protection, Indigenous rights, and global women’s reproductive health that took decades of advocacy and hard work have been instantly set back by a series of executive orders and presidential memoranda Trump signed in his first days in the Oval Office. One such presidential memorandum reinstated the Mexico City Policy (or “global gag order”) originally put into place by the Reagan administration. The policy prohibits U.S. governmental aid to any international organization promotes abortion as a reproductive right, regardless of whether the organization actually provides abortions or whether American aid money actually funds them. Continue reading…

2017: The Year of the Fierce Feminist Fundraiser

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fierceBy Alyssa F. WrightArtist, Activist and Author

Feminist was not a word you could say in my house growing up.

Whenever I mentioned Gloria Steinem or Angela Davis, my mother would throw a fit. I was repeatedly told, ‘how evil these women were’ and disruptive to ‘our way of life’, implying it would somehow interfere with our conservative Christian values in New England if women got paid as much as men or had access to affordable birth control. As I write this, I’m staring at a letter I have from my mother, one of our last communications in about five years, that states “your heart is misguided and you are being used to push an agenda” because I used to voice concern at home over friends I had who went on birth control to stop violent pain from endometriosis or got sexually harassed at their jobs. Continue reading…