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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)

“Sexual Scripts, Strategic Ambiguity, and Connection in College Students’ Hookup Discourse,” by Jamie O’Leary ’19

(Jamie O'Leary '19 wrote this paper for ANT 326, Language, Identity, Power.) The term “hookup” is central to American young adult culture: “hookup” apps like Tinder have proliferated, adults bemoan university “hookup cultures,” and “hookups” are often a staple of... Continue Reading →

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“Hold It,” by Anonymous

Let's let the states decide, Donald and Betsy, where you should go to the bathroom; maybe in the Empire State or some other enlightened place they'll deny you toilet access, you'll be forced to hold it in forever, the way children of your country... Continue Reading →

“wolf poem,” by Ayame Whitfield ’20

intertwine these truths & tell me that you want me. the rainbows in the garden sprinklers make me think of you. months have passed, & every morning, i pick up the threads that have unraveled overnight, stitch back together my... Continue Reading →

“Who’s the Real First Lady? The Power and Influence of Presidential Spouses,” by Madeleine Marr ’21

(Madeleine Marr '21 wrote this as a response paper for POL 325: The Presidency and Executive Power.) Political scientists and historians have undervalued and dismissed first ladies, choosing to view the women who have held that role solely through the... Continue Reading →

“’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 →

“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 →

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