2014 has been a big year, both for our publication, and for feminism and its intersecting movements. We released the fourth issue of our print publication, published three fabulous zines, re-designed and re-centered our web platform, and reported on, analyzed, and highlighted issues ranging from violence against black bodies to sexual assault on college campuses across the country.
In celebration of the discourse prompted by our readers, contributors, and editorial staff throughout 2014, we’ve compiled a list of ten of our most insightful, radical, and shared pieces published over the past twelve months. We invite you to read, reread, comment on, and share them — and as always, consider submitting your own voice for publication:
- In The Radical Performance of the Carefree Black Girl, Patricia Ekpo breaks down and historically contextualizes The Carefree Black Girl as image and representation, but also as “practice and embodied performance.”
- In A Response to the Janus Forum’s Most Recent Opinions Column, Will Furuyama cogently responds to Brown University’s Janus Forum’s decision to invite a rape apologist to speak on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, and deconstructs the ostensible neutrality of a “two-sides” framework.
- In All Play and No Trouble: Gender in the ‘Switcheroo’ Photo Series, Sophia Seawell pushes back against “quirky” photo series where largely gender-conforming, heterosexual couples momentarily switch clothing, pointing to how these images may do more work to uphold the gender binary than trouble it.
- In Geographies of Safety: Mapping Safe Spaces for Students of Color at Brown University, Aanchal Saraf discusses her creation of a participatory map on safe (and unsafe) spaces for students of color on Brown University’s campus.
- In Love Love Love: Asexuality and the Consumption of Romance, Paige Morris compares various portrayals of romance and (a)sexuality in American popular media and Korean television dramas, noting the consequences of these representations for viewers, asexual and otherwise.
- In An Open Letter to the Brown U. Queer Alliance, Rebecca Hensler, one of the original organizers of the first “Sex Power God” Dance held in 1986, responds to the decision made by the current Queer Alliance Coordinating Committee to cancel this year’s event.
- In Mocking Yours Sins: Indigenous Laughter as Healing, Myacah Sampson discusses the medicinal potential of laughter for Indigenous communities facing genocide and cultural appropriation.
- In Polyamory’s Social Stance: Seeking a Freedom of Relatedness, Emma John breaks down various understandings of polyamory in the United States historically and contemporarily.
- In Justice for Lena, Radhika Rajan reports on Lena Sclove’s mistreatment by Brown University and its disciplinary process after reporting her sexual assault in April of 2013. Her coming forward, in conjunction with other survivors and campus activists, prompted the creation of our Brown Sexual Assault Series, published last spring.
- In How To Love Your Hair (A History), Melanie Abeygunawardana explores her relationship with her hair, race, queerness, and their intersections.