Elementary school, middle school, high school, college, and graduate school are all built-in friend factories. Once you’ve flown the coop of any of the aforementioned, you realize just how much you relied on those institutions to fuel your social circles. Sure, you meet people at work, maybe if you’re out on …
In Yoga Class In wide-legged standing forward bend, my head almost touching the floor, I can see my therapist behind me. Yesterday, I was telling her about my husband’s infertility and how I was finally feeling at peace with the possibility of remaining childless, and she was telling me denial’s …
“We’re all crazy—it’s just that some of us take our meds!” Everyone laughs. We’re sitting in the living room of my cousin’s …
This book is what I needed as a teen: An accessible, non-fluffy guide to teen shamanism in modern times by S. Kelley Harrell.
Junot discussed how he writes offensive, chauvinistic male characters to bring issues of gender to the forefront of his work. But then a woman piped up and asked, “So do you consider yourself a feminist?” and Junot answered with what to me was both baffling, and, well, super-baffling. He said no.
Bly began her career already in first gear. Her first published piece was a letter in response to a highly sexist article entitled “What Girls are Good For”. Her argument against this article was so spirited and forceful that she was offered a job.
GIRL FLESH She imagines herself to be indigo and irons the new jacket, friends laughed while she jacked it slapped her back …
We have all had falling dreams, and The Fool is no stranger to falling. Your Weekly Tarot for 07/27/2014-08/02/2014.
After years of daily catcalls, I’m taking steps to make my city a better place to live.
For a lot of women, for a lot of their lives, bodies can feel like these alien things that cause us pain and misery and confusion, and sometimes it’s easier to eat cookie dough straight out of the tube in our PJs than to feel a connection with our sexual sides.
My grandma and the rest of her fourteen children lived and breathe the ups and downs of movies and celebrity lives with a veracity that equals the concern they take to their own. Living in sweltering 1960’s South Texas in a turbulent house of Catholic guilt, and domestic violence must have meant a trip to a dark, air conditioned movie theater was a dreamland of peaceful escape for my mom and her siblings. I mean, even Lee Harvey Oswald tried hiding from his problems in a Texas movie theater. The point is, all problems can be solved by going to the movies.
What impressed me about this poetry collection was not only Heck’s use of imagery, but the way she gets to the heart of the matter. She shows the reader how pain is measured at different times in our life.
We were uninformed and in love; they had a practiced, reassuring answer for everything. “We are highly selective with our breeders. Would you like to see her paperwork?”
SCRATCH THE SKIN CLEAN by Matthew Paul Curated by Amanda Miska Her body glistened in the pale moonlight as she bunched the …
When we talk about writer’s block, we are really talking about disorganization and waiting for those “idea” moments to happen. Like lightning, inspiration does strike—just not often and fades before our very eyes.
No performer ever lived quite like Amy Winehouse. Amy was raw. She was honest. There was no curtain between us and her life, especially when she was on the stage. She was tragic poetry draped in a gifted voice, which was why so many people feel connected to her. She was one of us, and pretended to be no better even though she was so rich with talent.
Dreams & Nightmares, created by Ariadne Grief, will be a fantastical staged piece the length of a sleep cycle, where each dream-episode is composed, staged, and curated by a different composer.
From Rosie the Riveter to her all-female band, Beyonce is a feminist in action. Period.
Are you wondering how to do a beehive without totally ruining your hair? On this day we honor Amy and show you how to do just that! Hint: it’s super easy. Watch our awesome video tutorial!
Night Song The German word for light rhymes with nicht. Searching definitions of light: anything but clear. When we sing he is …
I grew up after the “Bra Burners” and before “Girls Gone Wild.” This sandwich of time, was idyllic. I haven’t really had to think about FEMINISM in relation to what it means to me. Those idyllic days may never show their head to my daughter and I worry for the young girls out there trying to figure out how to deal with a world-wide epidemic of female bashing. What do we do when we are confronted by the likes of Boku Harim, Sexual Assaults on Campus, Hobby Lobby, and then those Photos of Women Who Don’t Need Feminism?
What about bacon? Haven’t you ever had bacon? What about protein? Isn’t it expensive? Are you trying to lose weight? Aren’t you, like, always hungry?
They say, that becoming a mom changes you the moment you see your baby for the first time. Everything I know to be selfish and mean about myself would evaporate if I only gave motherhood a chance.
I can’t believe that, however. I know my heart and bones through and through and I know I would have been nothing but harm for you.
MY MOTHER IN My mother in grass green my mother in scarlet …
Fragrances are always a statement. They say a lot about your personality–whether you’re bold, sweet, or just plain weird. There’s a fragrance out there for every person, which is why they’re so amazing!
Judgement is playing your wake up call. Your Weekly Tarot for 07/20/2014-07/26/2014.
This level of intensity would not have affected the more experienced women, their fingers thickened by years of work. But for her, it requires not an insignificant amount of effort, and I can hear it in her shallow, rapid breaths, the strain visible in her slightly curled toes. I like how hard she has to work to bring me relief; her exertions increase my pleasure, her discomfort arouses me.
I’m tired of being expected to be the kindly negress willing to hold the hand of everyone who doesn’t want to do their own work, while smiling and patting them on the proverbial bum so they know they are doing a good job.
Holy. Shit. These people.
Non-Binary Relationships: human beings are complicated. It only makes sense that the manner in which we relate to one another both romantically and sexually (or neither) would reflect that complexity as well.
I decided to move to Thailand. Yep. Today, only a handful of singles my age exist … and barely any of them exist in my little expat world of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
When X-Factor first came to the U.S., I was the most excited out of all the excited people.
BEFORE I DIE, I HOPE MY BLENDER ARRIVES by Kate Ryan Curated by Amanda Miska Eva, having stayed up the whole night …
Breastfeeding equals bonding, right? But nobody was bonding. Something needed to change—and Gerber was the answer.
7 Of Our Favorite Shakira Videos, because why not.
I’m not writing this article to review Kim Kardashian: Hollywood for y’all, because Gizmodo and Uproxx and everyone else already did. I’m writing this article because it was only while playing this dumb game that I finally realized something about the appeal of Kim Kardashian.
In the movie Before Sunrise, Richard Linklater expresses this idea – that we imbue places with meaning, not the other way around – visually. This idea of urban exploration and the emotional marking of physical spaces calls to mind the concept of psychogeography.
I may not aesthetically appreciate a piece of writing, but that doesn’t make the work inherently bad – it just means it’s not my thing. And that’s okay.
Wendy C. Ortiz recently released Excavation: A Memoir, which is not to be missed. She’s also a talented poet. Here is her …
The famed pair took their place on the stage and a reminiscent, yet totally relevant feeling of lust and love drifted across the stadium and filled our hearts with its depth. This initial performance signified the beginning; their first song together: the start of this journey that we were all allowed to glimpse upon in that moment. They are America’s sweethearts. Ride or die to the very end.
This is much more than a Gatsby party. Our social media manager talks about her experience with Luna Luna!
Writing for Luna Luna is like performing a love ritual for me. It’s saying a prayer to my most authentic, badass self. It’s coming clean with all the parts of myself that are hurt, proud, angry, ecstatic, scared, passionate and most especially TRUE.
On a particularly lonely night I started Luna Luna because I felt empty, useless and trapped. I have never been the type to be sated easily; I’ve always needed a real creative outlet that wasn’t as solitary as writing poetry. I needed people.
My favorite piece from the past year is the one through which I discovered Luna Luna; without this piece I might have never become a part of this wonderful home. Most of you have read it because it went super duper viral; it is Alecia Eberhardt’s “Stop Saying I Have a Boyfriend.”
For me, Luna Luna will always have represent a pivotal change in my life.
If I wasn’t so tall, your favorite / position for lovemaking / wouldn’t overwhelm me: / the image of wrestling some beautiful / farm animal before slaughter. / My height pains me like a piece
I think the California state legislature is of the same frame of mind as our current Supreme Court, the vast majority of our conservative lawmakers, the medical establishment, and—yeah, I’m saying it—the patriarchy. The frame of mind that says that Sex is Bad.
In the end Tammy is a frustrating tug of war between a solid R-Rated comedy and unfunny condescending mess.
He said, “I didn’t think there were still poets in the world.” I responded, “well, here’s one, alive and kicking.”
THE MYSTERY OF INVISIBLE WOMEN I can answer that, Ned replies. The secret is in the robot who only hears your voice …