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Myths and Facts About Male Sexual Abuse and Assault

Cultural myths surrounding the sexual abuse and assault of boys and men can be serious obstacles to understanding and healing, so it’s important to learn just how wrong they are.

October 9, 2021 · 3 Comments

Lindsey Royce: Purification And All That Fuckery

My hovel, my mess—surfaces like baseball mounds, my pubic mound—books papers piled, my checkbook math, an epic fail—cleanliness, godliness—washing the carpet, the body—a good Catholic girl I was scared of … Continue reading

September 8, 2021 · Leave a comment

Dawn Potter: Mother to Son

Always with the video games when you’re sad,
as if the gunshots are manna, or music,
which isn’t to say I think you’re planning
to shoot up a grocery store—no, no

August 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Meg Pokrass: Moments with Crochet Hooks

Back then she and her mother waited for the phone to ring, for money to plump itself up and walk through their door. Moments passed with yarn and crochet hooks.

July 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Tayve Neese: At thirteen

Oh, Mariah, my life is now an apology
for how I forgot you, and let the tide
of my own life take me out to sea
when I knew that you needed me.

June 23, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rita Sims Quillen: Sugar-n-Spice, Etc.

Once we sneaked out of a slumber party
tiptoed onto an icy bridge
still in our babydoll pajamas and
froze our prissy asses off

April 12, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: Good Friday, Fernhill Dump

Standing, a girl-boy, on the junked car in the dump,
some other kids across the dump standing on their cars

April 2, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Little Brother

Little Brother charts the transitional time of adolescence when childhood ends and independence comes into fruition.

March 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Chuck Taylor: Cutting

At first, I had no idea why the dogs were in the cages. I heard stories that the dogs were picked up running loose at night through many neighborhoods and delivered in old trucks to the hospital at night. I could tell that many of these dogs had been pets.

September 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rory Leyva: The Lessons of Mortality

Even though I am only 12 years old, I know my life won’t last forever, and someday I, too, will reflect on my past decisions. We were all born to exist and eventually die, so we have evolved to value things in the context of mortality.

June 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Young: What My Daughter Thinks of Herself

My daughter browses a book on puberty.

July 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: Parochial Pain

Screened-in porch. In summer. Orchard darkness in a fox pelt of woods. Quiet flat as a dime, as the Midwest itself. I rock, smoke cigarettes. The bead-heads of tobacco smell … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

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