Does my experience of a thing have distinct characteristics, does it tap an essence universally understood? The taste of red wine, that is a typical example of qualia. What is the taste of red wine?
Yoked: How a Homesteading Woman Reconsidered the Meaning of Bodies
In the 1980s, my girlfriend and I had stumbled upon an old farmstead, and soon we left Brooklyn with plans for making use of the thirty acres around our new home. We were vegetarians, and in short time the garden was vast.
What I Learned From My Adult Acne
As a teenager, I had a few breakouts here and there around my period, but nothing that couldn’t be treated overnight. My skin was more or less a perfect canvas with a few freckles.
Revenge 2.0: The Rise of Nonconsensual Porn
The internet is a vast resource, one that can enlighten and educate us. But for victims of nonconsensual pornography, it can be a murky pool, in which lurk painful reminders of a violation that only takes a Google search to uncover.
Two Days in Tasmania: Diary of a “Body Landscape” Retreat
Last November, in the rugged west of Tasmania, 14 dancers from around Australia converged to participate in “Body Landscape,” an experiment facilitated by Dutch choreographer Frank Van De Ven.
Poem: For the Last Time Body Explains Dissociation by Lois Roma-Deeley
Lois Roma-Deeley is the author of three collections of poetry: “Rules of Hunger” (2004), ”northSight” (2006), and “High Notes” (2010)—a Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist.
Jennah Ferrer-Foronda’s Killing Pain With Wonder
Writer and photographer Jennah Ferrer-Foronda describes the “thrive instinct” she developed after being hit by a mysterious autoimmune disease. Her story is one of resilience through art, beauty, and wonder.
Do We Ever Escape “The Talk”?
Sometime after my 11th birthday, a warm breeze blew through my room and turned everything in my life to sex.
My Hairy Legs and Me: A Puberty Story
When I was a child my thick hair was a stunner. As the daughter of a dark Latin man and a blonde Eastern European woman, I hit the genetic jackpot.
Sharon Olds’ Disgusting and Beautiful “Odes”: Cleavage, Menstrual Blood, Stretch Marks
To go as far as she can, and yes, to be a little disgusting too, is the project of Sharon Olds “Odes.” The poems dig deeply into the thrilling un-loveliness of aging, made lovely by her classic, single stanza poems.
Between the Chisel and the Gene: Neri Oxman’s Organic Design
Neri Oxman argues in her 2015 TED Talk that “the world exists between two design cultures, one that is designed for nature and the other made by her.”
Poem: Harlem 2012
by Sara Fetherolf
Sara Fetherolfʼs work has been published in numerous journals and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Hunter College …
Marilyn Minter for Planned Parenthood
Marilyn Minter is an American artist currently living and working in New York City. She collaborated with Miley Cyrus to support Planned Parenthood of New York City.
Why Women Should Talk about Masturbation
While our society is coming to embrace women’s free sexual expression with a partner, we still tend to keep mum about self-pleasure.