Witches we need you. Now more than ever. In the time of COVID-19 we can find respite in place-based reverence, plant magic and the divine feminine. So writes Lisa Richardson, who came to witchiness with nothing but white hetero straight-lacedness and a crush on a yoga teacher.
The Danger of Desire
Faylita Hicks considers what it means to be a Black nonbinary activist in the age of Trump — and questions how the social justice movement has changed the way they have sex.
“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female
Rachel Vorona Cote on how the Victorian era’s restrictive prescriptions for acceptable female behavior pollute society to this day.
“The Anger of Women is an Earth-shattering Thing”: Lidia Yuknavitch on Resisting the Hero Narrative and the Body as a Generator of Stories.
“I’m going to say a blasphemous thing, which is we are so fucking done with the hero’s journey. It has been to our peril.”
The Criminalization of the American Midwife
New York midwife Elizabeth Catlin faces 95 individual felony counts at her upcoming trial. For what? For doing her job. Politics and patriarchy make the work of many credentialed, experienced midwives illegal — to the detriment of women and underserved communities.
Margery Kempe: Patron Saint of Writing Moms
“Having children has simultaneously fried my brain and made it sharper and more focused.”
If Miscarriage is So Normal, Why Doesn’t Anybody Talk About It?
When she loses a pregnancy, Anna Lea Hand searches in vain for vital advice and information.
Sharing Our Stories Was Supposed to Dispel Our Shame
Emily Gould reconsiders the likelihood of women’s first-person writing bringing about change.
Making Periods Green To Topple Tampax
Will a pain-relieving, CBD-infused, biodegradable cotton tampon be enough to beat Tampax?
A Tribute to Lynn Cohen, 1933-2020
New York character actress Lynn Cohen died on Valentine’s Day 2020, survived by an extended family of friends and collaborators.