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For Confronting the Pitfalls of Female Solidarity…

by R.H. Lossin
 

 

During the late 19th and early 20th century, women demanded the franchise, organized as workers, advocated for birth control and educational equality, and experimented with collective living arrangements. Women, as Simone de Beauvoir has pointed out, are extremely difficult to organize as women because their interests—as members of a race or economic class or, more intimately, as wives—often lie elsewhere. In The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict, 1880-1917 Meredith Tax traces the ways in which women of different social classes attempted, with varying degrees of success, to collaborate during a period marked by extreme violence and social upheaval on many fronts.  READ MORE

 

 
 

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For When You Are Tired of Being Used as an Excuse for Imperialism

by R.H. Lossin
 

Women who inhabit that vague space known as Western society are, we are regularly told, in an enviable position. Of the virtues that the United States claims to export in its on-going multi-front war, gender equality ranks high on the list. There is no escaping the fact that ... READ MORE


When There Really Shouldn't Be An App For That

by R.H. Lossin


Many years before our social selves were wedded to an algorithm, philosopher Herbert Marcuse observed that any activity that seemed to diverge from technological rationality appeared irrational or even neurotic. If attempts to resist technological imperatives make us seem ... READ MORE


For Valentine’s Day

by R.H. Lossin
 

No shortage of ink is spilled trying to terrify women into monogamous partnerships and make those who have chosen to leave them feel incomplete and pathological. The propaganda machine charged with propping up the economic unit of the nuclear family has upped its game ... READ MORE


If You Aren't Sure #metoo Is Enough

by R.H. Lossin
 

In 2016, I was one of two women in a small graduate seminar on the history of slavery. I spent most of the semester feeling like a complete idiot. Insecurity always has its own very particular constellation. Being ...  READ MORE


For Better Understanding the Pan-Asian Diaspora

by Alex Laughlin
 

I went on a deep dive into Ruth Ozeki’s work earlier this year, and My Year of Meats was my favorite. Ruth Ozeki is a master of marrying opposing forms and of doing that uncomfortable thing of holding contradictory truths in your head at once. READ MORE


For Dead of Winter Existential Crises...

by R.H. Lossin


Maggie Nelson wrote The Art of Cruelty in the final years of the second administration of George W. Bush. A time, Nelson writes, when “there was no shortage of cruelties to contemplate.” It was also a time, like ours, when the very notion of moral complexity  READ MORE


For a New Year in the Same Horrible World...

by R.H. Lossin
 

This year it occurred to me that I would like to give up shopping. I read about this in the New York Times—a place I go for relevant information about distant, violent conflict and end up staying in for dumb wellness articles. I would also like to stop reading the READ MORE


Feeling Weird About Christmas Shopping….

by R.H. Lossin


Christmas seems like a good time to think about what it means to live in a consumer culture—to consider how we have become beings who experience a large part of our social and personal lives as an exchange of cash and READ MORE


If You Have Period Cramps

by Annie Spence
 

The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. Dundy’s 1958 novel about a young woman’s romp around Paris will pair you with the ultimate vicarious travel buddy, Sally Jay Gorce. She’s young, she’s got someone else’s money, and she’s READ MORE


For Finding Your Bookish Girl Crush

by Magdelena Mcguire


One of my early – and most treasured – memories is of learning to read. I remember sitting on a brown carpeted floor, looking at a picture book, running my finger underneath the black printed shapes at the bottom of the page. READ MORE


To Understand Loneliness...

by Julia Bainbridge
 

The percentage of American adults who say they’re lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent. For the first time ever, single adult women outnumber married adult women in the U.S. READ MORE


To Gain More Empathy for Human Behavior...

by Caitlin Mobley


What is the What opens with Valentino Achak Deng, a former Lost Boy of Sudan, living his new life in the United States after managing to flee the chaos and intense hardships he experienced in his READ MORE


If You've Ever Been a Teenage Girl Whose World is Crumbling Around You...

 

by Eleanor Kriseman
 

Megan Abbott is the queen of the teenage suburban gothic, and Dare Me is her crowning achievement. Two high school cheerleaders, Beth and Addy, are best friends until the new cheer coach, alluring READ MORE

 
 

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