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Video: What is Beauty?

From the Venus of Willendorf in 25,000 BC to Nicki Minaj in 2017 AD, how have women’s bodies been depicted in art and popular culture? Anna Ginsburg and her team of animators, ask how has the ideal of feminine beauty changed through history?

November 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michelle Theriault Boots: Assault Was Only the Beginning of Her Trauma

Everything Mary Savage did in the hours after the attack was dissected on the witness stand, an experience so upsetting she vomited. But years later, she finds comfort knowing her testimony led to his conviction.

June 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sandra McPherson: Numbers 31

(in which Moses orders the rape
of 32,000 Midianite virgins)

February 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Ramsha Ashraf: For the One Who Died in the Hands of Wrong Men

Friends were those
Who made her dance naked
with flower-bands around her wrists

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Ugly

but God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Constance Shehan: How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

The recent announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has ignited widespread speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. Some analysts believe that a new appointment to the Supreme Court … Continue reading

July 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Video: Muriel Rukeyser reads “The Speed of Darkness”

. Don Yorty says about this post: I had never heard Muriel Rukeyser’s voice before I began to make a vimeo of her reading her poem The Speed of Darkness, … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Clio Cresswell — Mathematics and Sex

. Mathematics and sex are deeply intertwined. From using mathematics to reveal patterns in our sex lives, to using sex to prime our brain for certain types of problems, to … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Le Clitoris

. Women are lucky, they get to have the only organ in the human body dedicated exclusively for pleasure: the clitoris! In this humorous and instructive animated documentary from French … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: Lucille Clifton reads “Homage to my Hips”

Lucille Clifton (1936–2010) reads her poem “Homage to my Hips”. A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille Clifton’s work emphasizes endurance and strength through adversity, focusing particularly on African-American experience … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

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