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Welcome to Princeton Students for Gender Equality's online forum for feminist writing and art! (*We went for the pun, but submissions from people of all genders are welcome)

“’Take the Damn Thing Out’: Female Contraception, Embodiment, and Challenges to ‘Choice,’” by Jamie O’Leary ’19

(Jamie O'Leary '19 wrote this as a final paper for GSS 305: Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, with Prof. Catherine Clune-Taylor.) Female contraception has long been celebrated for giving women reproductive choice. Oral contraceptives were a hard-won battle for feminists in... Continue Reading →

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“The Garden of Unearthly Delights,” by Brigid Ehrmantraut ‘18

(Brigid Ehrmantraut '18 wrote this short story as a sci-fi/fantasy, feminist re-imagining of the Bluebeard fairy tale, with inspiration from Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" triptych, c. 1500, below.) Of course there were others before her; there always were. But... Continue Reading →

“Menstrual Equity – for All? Evaluating Period Policy with an Intersectional Framework,” by Katherine McClain Fleming ’19

(Katherine Fleming '19 wrote this as a final paper for POL 422: Gender and Sexuality in American Politics with Professor Dara Strolovitch.) If men could menstruate, “sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free” and “Congress would fund a National Institute of... Continue Reading →

“Contested Chicanidad: Gender, Sexuality, and Histories of Police Brutality in Mid-Twentieth Century Los Angeles,” by Mario Garcia ’18

(Mario Garcia '18 wrote this paper in the fall for HIS 465: Latino Urban History, with Professor Rosina Lozano.) On the morning of August 2, 1942, the discovery of José Díaz’s dying body sparked a media frenzy as the local press... Continue Reading →

“Wounds Undressed: Isabella as a Personification of Catharsis in Wuthering Heights,” by Charlotte Reynders ’19

(Charlotte Reynders '19 wrote this as a paper for HUM 218-219 last spring. The paper opens with a passage from the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.) "‘I have run the whole way from Wuthering Heights!’ she continued, after a pause.... Continue Reading →

“The Banishment of Vashti,” by Jenny Kaufmann ’19

  (Jenny Kaufmann '19 wrote this poem with inspiration from the Book of Esther.)   Akhashverosh, my husband, Thou shalt not conquer me, Though Persia be thy kingdom From citadel to sea. I am no songbird cagéd, No treasure to display;... Continue Reading →

“An Argument in Favor of Equal Bathroom Access,” by Alyssa Finfer ’19

(Alyssa Finfer '19 wrote this with special consultation by her friend, Siena Wise, Wellesley College, '19 in response to the pilot program to remove locks from the women's bathrooms on Princeton's campus.) I understand that many of you, especially those... Continue Reading →

“Orientation or Disorder: Asexuality and the DSM,” by Katherine Stiefel ’20

(Katherine Stiefel '20 wrote this as a final paper for WRI 190 Madness and Culture.) In the fields of psychology and psychiatry, there is a book known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) [1] published by... Continue Reading →

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