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Parichehr Kazemi: How female Iranian activists use powerful images to protest oppressive policies

Images of unveiled Iranian women and adolescent girls standing atop police cars or flipping off the ayatollah’s picture have become signature demonstrations of dissent in the past few months of protest in Iran.

December 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

Toi Derricotte | Christmas Eve: My Mother Dressing

My mother was not impressed with her beauty;
once a year she put it on like a costume

December 24, 2022 · 13 Comments

Larissa Shmailo: Abortion Hallucination

In the corner of the basement where my father used to lie I
watch, interested, as the snake
grows larger and more menacing

November 7, 2022 · 3 Comments

Barbara Hamby: The Tawdry Masks of Women

and when I see myself
in bus windows or store glass, the shock never wears off,
for I recognize myself and see a stranger at the same time

October 10, 2022 · 6 Comments

Stephanie Vander Wel: Loretta Lynn was more than a great songwriter – she was a spokeswoman for white rural working-class women

Lynn’s songs defied societal expectations by connecting her musical representations of working-class and rural women to broader social issues affecting women across the U.S.

October 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Iran’s Women Rise Up – and Hack Off Their Hair – for “Woman, Life, Freedom”

Tens of thousands of people have thronged the streets in capital cities around the world for the last two weeks to protest the murder in police custody of Mahsa Amini.

October 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

Kari Gunter-Seymour: An Appalachian Woman’s Guide to Beer Drinking

Drink to the twisted torch of freedom, washed down
with fracking waste, red clay dust, the bitter soot
of coal’s see ya later sucka!

September 28, 2022 · 12 Comments

Nicole Froio: The Future of Work Is No Work

Millions of workers left jobs in 2021 at such a scale it’s been deemed the “Great Resignation.”

September 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: He Who Hath Not A Uterus Should Shut the Fucketh Up – Fallopians 13:13

On a good day for duplicitous zealots peculiarly fixated on controlling women’s bodies, Lindsey Graham, a childless, partnerless ghoul who’s never experienced any pregnancy welcome or not, proposed a nationwide abortion ban backed only by a tiny, rabid minority…

September 16, 2022 · 8 Comments

Video: A Woman of No Importance

A noir about a woman at a crossroads of morality and self-interest.

August 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: “Oh, oh, you will be sorry for that word!”

Was it my enemy or my friend I heard,
“What a big book for such a little head!”
Come, I will show you now my newest hat,
And you may watch me purse my mouth and prink!

August 26, 2022 · 12 Comments

Daniel Burston: The Boston Mapping Project | A Critique

Are Zionism and feminism incompatible? Many on the Left today think so.

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Zane McNeill: How to get involved in the mass mobilizations erupting after Roe overturned

While protest didn’t change the court’s decision, advocates are refusing to allow a right-wing court to imperil access to reproductive healthcare and are beginning to organize across the nation.

June 28, 2022 · 3 Comments

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, et al: The Current US Supreme Court Is Not Constitutionally Legitimate

Dobbs puts at risk any rights that were not already in place more than 150 years ago when the 14th Amendment was ratified.

June 26, 2022 · 1 Comment

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