Keepers

As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: September

Ms. September September’s kohl-rimmed eyes at cabaret, her turtleneck in black, the color wrong. But will she listen? No, this is her song, the little room now falling, flows away. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or scantily […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: Ms. July

Ms. July July, come find me in the fish’s gill. July, come splash and tip my quick canoe. July, come whisper who is kind and true. July, come when you willow, if you will. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: June

Ms. June Where is the girl of June who skipped and ran along the feather lane of birdy hill? I’d like to give her my last daffodil. She’s lost on river road where she began. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: May

Ms. May   The life they tell of May is a mistake. They simply wanted her to love a man she didn’t. Skewed her voice to fit their plan. Left May alone with her peculiar ache. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: March

Ms. March On windy nights in March, her stars align, like satin stitches neatly placed in rows, and for a moment, though the rough wind blows, her needlepoint is part of the design. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: February

Ms. February Make me the heart of February, please, her sweet and frilly be-mine valentine, shot through and through with love incarnadine and holy scented essence of heart’s ease. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or scantily dressed […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: January

Ms. January All January wanted was a home, and not these crows, and not these frozen trees, limbful of snow. It was a home, with these: a door to close, a chest of drawers, a comb.   A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: December

Ms. December Outside December’s window howls the bark rolled endlessly, big ocean’s opal foam, then silence. Then she thinks of her shalom, then longs for home, then hears the morning lark. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]

Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: November

Ms. November November steels herself for this eclipse. She twirls her silver ring, light wheels to dark. Shuffle around the closed amusement park. Take flight before the skygray canvas rips.   A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or […]