Tag: women’s issues

Not 1937 but 1972

Not 1937 but 1972

For Olds… for Bruck We aren’t shaped things like our moms’ hairdos So round so golden so smooth like this guy’s ego He says better not have that cheeseburger better not have that chocolate malted — And your thighs chafe like hers… so what — so, skinny is Holocaust rated. * Be as big as a bouffant sister and…

Elisabeth Horan

About Elisabeth Horan

Elisabeth Horan is a poet mother student lover of kind people and animals, homesteading in Vermont with her tolerant partner and two young sons. She writes to survive and survives to write - We are all battling something. Let's support each other. Elisabeth enjoys riding horses and caring for her cats, chickens, goats and children (not necessarily in that order). She teaches at River Valley Community College in New Hampshire.

Found Wanting: Burning With Anger, The Hidden Truth of Eating Disorders

Found Wanting: Burning With Anger, The Hidden Truth of Eating Disorders

At my childhood best friend Ashley’s house, the pantry was big enough to sit in, and when we were bored, we did just that, eating whatever was around us. The pantry was long and narrow, cool and dark, with hardwood floors obscured by tins of flour and multi-flavored popcorn. It was a tight squeeze, and different body parts fell…

Christina Larocco

About Christina Larocco

Christina Larocco is a writer and historian based in Philadelphia, where she is the editor-in-chief of a scholarly journal and a prose editor for Cleaver Magazine. Her creative nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Hotel Amerika, Avidly, Footnote, and Weird Sister. She is writing a biography-in-essays of nineteenth-century abolitionist and feminist Martha Schofield.

Weapons of War

Weapons of War

I wonder about fistulas and how a pocket of flesh is made from violence / how a coin purse of feces and urine and discharge holds the effluence of rape / who holds the run-off of soldier’s semen’s  war-crimes / who holds girls’ hands’ tremors when the fingernails are gone / who is the animal in the forest /…

Elisabeth Horan

About Elisabeth Horan

Elisabeth Horan is a poet mother student lover of kind people and animals, homesteading in Vermont with her tolerant partner and two young sons. She writes to survive and survives to write - We are all battling something. Let's support each other. Elisabeth enjoys riding horses and caring for her cats, chickens, goats and children (not necessarily in that order). She teaches at River Valley Community College in New Hampshire.

Good Girl

Good Girl

“Why are you so quiet over there?” a relative asked in my general direction at a family gathering. I was around 10 or 12 years old and lost in thought. An older relative fully snapped me out of my reverie when she replied, “Shannon’s a good girl. She’s always quiet.” This relative didn’t intend anything malicious by what she…

Shannon Williams

About Shannon Williams

Shannon is an interior designer turned stay-at-home mom who had three kids in two years (boy-girl twins + another little guy). She lives for coffee, reading, pedicures, and a good beer. She is a regular contributor to the Twin Cities Moms Blog and has also had her work featured on Coffee + Crumbs. You can find her working to use her voice by writing her thoughts on motherhood and life over at shannonscribbles.net.

The Truths We Keep Hidden

The Truths We Keep Hidden

Barefoot, I stood on the edge of the bluff, leaning out towards the great Pacific Ocean. The wind – dry and hot against my face – tethered me to the land. I stood in awe, surrounded by the beauty of the madrone tree. A sacred tree, revered for the strength of her roots, these roots that braid the whole…

Sara Ohlin

About Sara Ohlin

Sara Ohlin lives and writes in Bangor, Maine. Her essays can be found at Anderbo.com (as Sara Mitchell), Trillium Literary Journal, Mothers Always Write, The Good Mother Project and the anthology, Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About Health Care in America. She’s a contributor to Her View from Home and currently writes about life, food, grief, and motherhood at www.lemonsandroses.com

Learning to Thrive

Learning to Thrive

In July 2014, in Okinawa, Japan, I got pregnant with our second boy. Fresh off a miscarriage and two months before we were due to move eastward across the Pacific, this little one was anything but planned. I know the trend today is to say ‘We are pregnant’, emphasizing the marriage and the father’s role, which I think is…

Dana Boyer

About Dana Boyer

Since graduating with an MA in Creative Writing form the University of Nebraska, Dana Boyer has been writing and traveling her way around the world. Her work appears in The Tishman Review, A Clean, Well Lighted Place and the anthology My Body, My Words. She currently lives in Florida with her husband and two sons.

Leakage: A Minor Problem

Leakage: A Minor Problem

women leak: we do not talk about our leaks: not acceptable dinner conversation: in youth I did not need extra protection, Depends, I had strong elastic muscle: now I’m told, do Kegels: surgery is an option: can we get more extreme? scientific? Pharmaceutical? when all the heart wants is a place to come home. tight, she holds tight: bubble…

Julene Tripp Weaver

About Julene Tripp Weaver

Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist and writer in Seattle, WA. Her three poetry books are: truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, (Finishing Line Press, 2017), No Father Can Save Her (Plain View Press, 2011), and a chapbook, Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues (Finishing Line Press, 2007). Julene worked for 21 years in AIDS services. She is widely published in journals and anthologies. Her poems can be found online at Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, and Writing in a Woman's Voice. Find more of her writing at www.julenetrippweaver.com and @trippweavepoet on Twitter.

The Hair There

The Hair There

The hair there keeps coming back, pushing through, endlessly, as if there is a message they have been trying to get to you, years now. But you’re good at your job of pulling out and cutting down. Wouldn’t it be a shame to quit? Suppose in some strange rebellious moment you allow– just for a time– a brute force…

Eris Gentle

About Eris Gentle

Eris Gentle is a writer, mother, visual artist, and activist living in a windy valley near Austin, Texas, where nature is her muse and meditation is her medicine. She received her BA in creative writing from Louisiana State University. You can glimpse her life on Instagram or her website Erisgentle.com.

Judy.

Judy.

I named my uterus Judy a few years ago. It made sense at the time. Calling it “Judy” gave me the freedom to air my bodily grievances while surrounded by strangers. Those closest to me knew who Judy was, and the general public, who tend to be grossed out by off-the-cuff uterus talk, didn’t have to endure such a…

Emelie Samuelson

About Emelie Samuelson

Emelie Samuelson is a girl in her twenties who is just trying her best. She spends her days reading, writing, and talking about books, playing games, and snuggling with dogs. She is the creator of the humor blog, Awkwardly Alive and Pleasantly Peculiar. Her work has also appeared on HelloGiggles, Catalyst Wedding Co., and in the anthology, This One Has No Name by The No Name Writing Group.

Organics

Organics

There is something indecent in the way she covers her body. Veins are sliding against the thick undertones of her pale skin, a bone on her elbow and peeks of hair unnecessary but unshaved, all are paving to her chest, filled with oxidants from things not inhaled. There, sitting on the edge of the placenta where she lives, a…

Paakhi Bhatnagar

About Paakhi Bhatnagar

Paakhi Bhatnagar is a student from India and an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about current politics and feminist issues. She also possess the uncanny ability of turning everything into a debate.

1922

1922

She said she never had boyfriends.

But she also said something about

a tulip growing in her garden of daisies –

some unplanned turns that knocked her

perfectly clean, white socks out from

right below her small feet.…

Paakhi Bhatnagar

About Paakhi Bhatnagar

Paakhi Bhatnagar is a student from India and an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about current politics and feminist issues. She also possess the uncanny ability of turning everything into a debate.

Reclaiming History

Reclaiming History

Men’s words cannot define you anymore.
Once, you may have let others tear you apart
only to strike the final mutinous blow yourself;
but you have come back from that.
You are more than that.
Your potential is unlimited.…

E. Mason Kaye

About E. Mason Kaye

E. Mason Kaye is a mechanical engineering major at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, previously a drama student at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. Mason has one year of editing experience with Polyphony H.S., an online annual publication written and edited by teens. They are a freelance stage manager, occasional actor, and passionate writer. Mason particularly focuses on feminist works as well as integrating science into art in addition to themes including gender fluidity, queer identities, modern politics, and a general attack against bigotry.

Working in a Hen House

Working in a Hen House

Each morning as you approach an enclosed area, you are greeted by sounds that are best described as clucking. Once inside, you are met with a flurry of activity. You detect some of the inhabitants clustered around one area, intensely admiring the new plumage of one of their companions. While others are milling around a communal drinking area, you…

Deanna Keller

About Deanna Keller

Growing up under the hot Kansas sun, Deanna Keller spent many hours sitting under the apricot tree with her nose either in a book or writing in her scruffy notebooks, carefully composing stereotypically bad teenage poetry with a number two pencil. Exploring writing as an adult, she found her voice blogging about her observations and musings surrounding life under the pen name, Avie Layne, which she has done for the past five years. Additionally, she has been blogging for The Journey Seeker and has been a guest blogger for OMighty Crisis. Creative Writing classes at college opened her eyes to the idea of short stories for young adults and ignited new writing passion--many based on the stories of her parent’s poor childhood growing up in the Ozarks of Arkansas in the late 40s early 50s, while others have been based on her own crazy life. Deanna completed her undergraduate at The College of St. Scholastica in English I 2017. Taking a 1-year break, she will continue on to a Master’s in English then on to an MA-TESOL at Arizona State. She plans to pass along the love of reading and writing to future students and assist young writers in finding their own writing voice. Currently, she provides free community writing workshops geared towards journal and personal story writing. Deanna’s motto is, “Never let anyone prevent you from reaching for your dreams. The only failure is in not trying.”

The Weight of Being a Woman

The Weight of Being a Woman

As I sit here six months pregnant, I ponder about my life and what my existence has become. So many women have told me how beautiful the gift of life is, and “just wait until you look at your baby for the first time,” how magical it will be. It’s not like I don’t believe them, I do. I…

Hannah Forkel-Matte

About Hannah Forkel-Matte

Hannah Forkel-Matte is a writer and legal assistant in Evansville, Indiana. She graduated in 2014, with her Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Southern Indiana. She mainly writes to share her experiences through non-fiction work, but also dabbles in fiction when a solid idea strikes.

Against Her Will

Against Her Will

She stood against the wind As it fought to consume her She braced for its brutality And the thick darkness She knew it always brought But it seeped fervently Into all her raw wounds And sapped all her strength So that after a few brave seconds Her valiant effort was thwarted And the wind took her once again Once…

Hasty Words

About Hasty Words

HastyWords is an anxiety driven over-analyzer. With a mind full of rainbows and devils she began giving her thoughts a way out of her head by writing poetry. Writing began as therapy for her depression and helped her gain perspective by putting her tears and laughter into words! Be sure and follow her journey, you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

My Misunderstood Vagina

My Misunderstood Vagina

This is the story of how my life changed when I discovered that my vagina is an entity unto itself. My personal experiences have lead me to believe that it can be dangerous to be a woman. Welcome to my version of The Vagina Monologues. Everyone has the journey of a lifetime trying to understand their sense of “self.” My…

Julie Anderson

About Julie Anderson

Julie Anderson is the Creator and Publisher of Feminine Collective. Julie was inspired to create this safe place for women to share their secrets, desires, triumphs and pain as the antithesis of what mainstream media offers women today. In her column Pursuit of Perfection, she explores the importance of rectifying the balance of inner and outer beauty through essays, poems and articles on self-esteem, shame, family, and self- acceptance.

Clearing the Air in the Friend Zone

Clearing the Air in the Friend Zone

He was Romanian, and I was smitten. A junior. Joint majoring in Linguistics and Psychology, Valentin was anything but ordinary. Quiet and shy, it had taken me an entire semester to get to this point. Just when I thought this friendship was going nowhere fast, he surprised me. The second semester was turning into a good one. My psychology…

Brittany Nelson

About Brittany Nelson

Brittany Nelson is a 24-year-old Kindergarten Teacher in Tuscaloosa, AL. She has a dear husband named Blake, and a feisty cat named Zelda. She loves orange juice, thrillers, Stephen Curry, and writing sadly ironic stories about herself. Check out her Twitter for shorter versions of hilariously awkward moments and unhinged tweets about Alabama Football.

I Am Afraid

I Am Afraid

There. I said it. Bring on the Calvary! Sound the alarm! Blow the trumpets in Zion and quote every single scripture on fear you know and I will say them right along with you. Yes, I am fearless, fearfully and wonderfully made but I am also afraid. Of what you ask? SUCCESS! HOW does something like that happen to…

Ericka Arthur

About Ericka Arthur

I am Ericka Arthur an Inspirational blogger, Poet and Radio Divas cohost on GrindhardRadio.

The Voice Within

The Voice Within

When I can listen to the voice inside of me, I will be free. I have allowed myself to become shackled by the expectations of others. I have muted my own voice. Other people fill my heads with shoulds, what I should wear, what I should want, how much money I should have in my bank account, when I…

Angela Arenivar

About Angela Arenivar

Angela Arenivar is a PhD student at Texas A&M University and a former National Spelling Bee contestant featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary Spellbound. She fell in love with the power of words at a young age. When she is not working on papers for her studies, she writes in order to make sense of the world around her. She loves seeing the humor in everyday situations and loves rooting for the underdog.

Cradles Long Forgotten

Cradles Long Forgotten

Heavy minutes rhyming on her white wall, crying, flailing, slowly falling down like trickles of blood pooling around everybody’s eyes, around everybody’s smiles, but everybody smiles. Her fingers walk across the marble floor, nails scraping and tongues bending like half-empty dresses hung inside a closet. Boots, now worn, lie sullenly dry filling up with ghosts with small sized feet…

Paakhi Bhatnagar

About Paakhi Bhatnagar

Paakhi Bhatnagar is a student from India and an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about current politics and feminist issues. She also possess the uncanny ability of turning everything into a debate.