Solitary Confinement: Not Just a Black Man’s Problem

In a special report released on April 22, 2015, Juan E. Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, found that prolonged solitary confinement (in excess of 15 days) is torture. This torture happens EVERY DAY in the United States. And in the state of New…

The Case Against Trigger Warnings

TW: This piece may contain material that is upsetting or offensive to some audiences. On the Origins of the Trigger Warning Trigger warnings (TWs) on the Internet began as an earnest, potentially useful way to give audiences a heads up before delving into serious issues like rape, eating disorders, or domestic violence. This way, individuals who may…

Cruella DeVille

my mother named it Cruella DeVille when i could not find the words to describe the elephants that were sitting on my chest crushing my bones and squeezing the very life out of me my doctor named it depression and anxiety but i still prefered Cruella to describe the days when i tasted loneliness in…

Guest Artist: Poet Meggie Royer

    Ode to Ovaries According to biology women are born with all the eggs//they’ll ever have// so some girl collects robin shells//and finches and blue jays// drains the slippery bodies inside like oysters//til all that’s left//is hollow// til their dead pulses//turn this into a poem//and she waits// and waits and waits//lining them up on…

“To You, Love, Your Facebook Stalker”: A Satire

I am Jack’s good humor. I am Jack’s stinging sense of abandonment. I am Jack’s metastasized loneliness. I am Jack’s reference to Fight Club. I am Jack’s stolen shoes. I am Jack’s disappointed mother. I am Jack’s unemployment check. I am Jack’s weed dealer, I am Jack’s unloved dick. I am Jack’s paralyzing terror because…

Body Shaming of Latinas

I have never been skinny. There is a common misconception that Latinas get a “free pass” to be curvy or larger, yet my experience as someone growing up in Puerto Rico has been far from that. I grew up being an awkward, chubby girl and was teased for being bigger than my female classmates. At the…