The title is perhaps melodramatic—but publishing a quarterly periodical means that occasionally there is scrambling to pull together an issue. This is particularly true when the journal, like Sinister Wisdom, is an all-volunteer enterprise.
Women in the U.S., now facing down anti-abortion laws across the country and a domestic gag rule replicating the dangerous policies the Trump administration administers abroad, find themselves considering a dismal future for their reproductive health and rights—and wondering what life under an abortion ban would look like. They don’t have to look far.
I am too often asked to recount my career trajectory as an example of female triumph against the stacked odds of a male dominated orchestral field. But frankly, I am tired of waging this battle on traditional grounds.
“The many women that I’ve had the opportunity to know and to walk alongside over the years are incredible. They’re powerful, and they have their own voices, but they’re not always given the mic or the megaphone—and I believe that all of us need to find ways to help those who are least visible be passed the microphone.”
The 15 girls sitting in a circle are refugees, immigrants or asylees from all over the world. But right now, they’re not talking about their experiences of the past. Right now, together, they’re imagining their futures.
The resettlement system is designed to keep people alive, but it does not and can not address what people need to feel alive—their unique, human, psychological and social needs.
The deep existential dread I feel this time of year might be well-reasoned. Maybe the world really is going to hell in a hand-basket. Or maybe it’s wedding season.
Guys who struggle to get laid are not the most put-upon members of our society. The male ego is not a sacred object. And nobody should waste time and energy tiptoeing around a dude just because he can’t take a joke.
When I arrived in New York City 24 years ago—barely speaking any English and never having touched a computer—my dreams of becoming a novelist seemed completely out of reach.
This week on Feminist Instagram: Ilana Glazer and Lizzo spoke up for black trans women, Lucy McBath spoke out against gun violence, Amy Schumer showed off her mom-bod and Nadia Murad finally met Malala.