politics of gender

The Doctor’s Tongue

by | June 30, 2022

Myriam Gurba maps her sexual miseducation in California schools, homes, and medical offices.

woman at gynecology office

While in Search of my Latinidad, an Abuser Found Me

by | December 2, 2021

While a writer searched for her Latinidad, a narcissistic abuser exploiting his status as a Cuban dissident found her.

Bolivia Cabinet Awaits Estenssoro

My Life at the Dildo Factory

by | April 29, 2021

A story of workplace abuse: “Saftey words are for Pussies!” read the misspelled Roy-Lichtenstein-does-BDSM faux pop art painting displayed in the office of the Anonymous Sex Toy Company. "Safe, Sane, and Consensual" was the company motto. None of the men running the company understood those slogans were incompatible.

Saftey Words Are For Pussies!

Matt Gaetz: an Extraordinarily Ordinary Creep

by | April 6, 2021

What makes the accusations against Matt Gaetz so plausible is the ubiquity of men like him. Many of them work for state, like my former coworker John William Gunde, a high school teacher arrested for sex with a minor, currently on paid administrative leave.

Matt Gaetz

The Dangers, and Pleasures, of Smoking in Bed

by | February 4, 2021

Mariana Enriquez’s The Dangers of Smoking in Bed joins the ranks of magic realism's finest short story writers with a group of off-kilter tales enlivened by captivating unease.

Smoking in Bed cover

Don’t Call Me Resilient

by | January 14, 2021

Using the word "brave" exalts certain traumatized people as heroic and casts others as failures. All victims of assault deserve to have their experiences dignified with validation, not just those who earn it through "bravery."

AOC / instagram live