An open call for women from Yoko Ono.
We’re obsessed with this ode to brown girls everywhere.
Shak’ar Mujukian writes about class privilege and the “Queer Poor Aesthetic.”
“No powerful Black narrative should come at the expense of the violation of a woman’s body.” – Michael Arceneaux on why he won’t support Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation.
Read an interview with Courtney Bryan, a classical music composer whose recent songs address Black Lives Matter.
Madison Young writes about how she became a feminist pornographer.
The Affrilachian Poets rejects Kentucky’s Governor’s Award in the Arts.
Survivors of campus sexual assault are demanding that their schools #JustSaySorry.
Bitch looks back at radical cheerleading as a creative form of feminist protest.
“We could drop names all day, and something would still be missing: Where are all the Latinas?” –ReMezcla brings us four rad Latina garage punk bands influenced by 60s girl groups, for your listening pleasure. Continue reading
“Since Friday, there have been stories of three Black women killed by acts of state-sanctioned and intimate partner violence. Those are just the three we lost this weekend, that we know about, but I’m sure there are others.” – Brittney Cooper’s “Connect The Dots: For Korryn Gaines, Skye Mockabee and Joyce Quaweay”
“Korryn’s demeanor and energy reminded me most immediately of Assata’s: boldness in the face of police and the very real threat of physical violence, in the face of imprisonment, or a lethal outcome—and all the while, maintaining the capacity to love. What a feat. To look at the world around you thriving on the death and disposability of you and your kin and still choose to invest in a radical kind of familial love.” – Jacqui Germain’s writes about Korryn Gaines and Black women who dare to be defiant.
“We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure and our boys to be assertive, that criticizes our daughters for speaking out and our sons for shedding a tear. We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs.” Barack Obama says “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” in Glamour.
The National Network of Abortion Funds’ new program We Testify is “dedicated to increasing the spectrum of abortion storytellers in the public sphere.”
The New York Public Library opened its 93rd branch in Rikers Island women’s jail. Continue reading
Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey will be writing a Marvel comic set in the world of Black Panther called World of Wakanda; Marvel interviewed Ta-Nehisi Coates (writer of Black Panther) and Gay about the new series: “It’s challenging but in a good way. As a fiction and nonfiction writer, it’s just me and the page but with this, there are so many people involved. It makes me admire the comic form even more, to see what it takes to pull an issue together.”
Poets Morgan Parker, Angel Nafis, and Danez Smith are on tour in Paris this month!
Apogee’s new Queer History, Queer Now issue is available to read online. Edited by Cecca Ochoa and Alejandro Varela, the issue includes work by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Cristy Road, Raquel Salas Rivera, Audre Lorde Project, and more: “We offer up this work, unas ofrendas, for those who were taken from us this month, on June 12. Let our collective rage, love, tears, and dance beats move us toward a more just future.”