So to Speak Summer 2018 Issue

art + writing by: Diana Zipeto, Shannon Flaherty, Jacqueline Doyle, Claudia Lundahl, Natalia Conte, Christina Bartson, Maureen Ott, Dayna Patterson, stephanie roberts, Sneha Subramanian Kanta, Isabella Marie Garcia, Angelique Zobitz, Susanna Lang

Letter from the Editor

Alexandria Petrassi

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

Alexandria Petrassi

Dear Readers of So to Speak,

Welcome to yet another fantastic online issue, featuring visual art, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that emphasizes a particular intersection. The pieces in this issue all represent a unique voice in feminism, and they share perspectives on everything from plural marriages in Mormonism, to disordered eating and self-image distortion, to new twists on myth and historical anecdote. The voices in this issue are interested in …

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Art

Shannon Flaherty

Woman: Undefined

Woman: Undefined

Shannon Flaherty

Artist’s Statement

Woman: Undefined is a collection of abstract, multimedia pieces endeavoring to deconstruct womanhood as a particular shape or role and represent it as the essence of a person. The work centres around intersectional feminism, nature and human form.

 

 

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Fiction

Bloom

Claudia Lundahl

It has been three years.

She knows she is not dying.

She is freeing herself from the confines of being human, from dragging around the weight of this burdensome skeletal mess.

The first time it happened, she was fourteen years old. Afterward, she stood in front of the mirror, unclothed, staring at herself. She was in the small bathroom on the top floor of her parents’ house, the …

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Nonfiction

Isabella Marie Garcia

February: A Timeline in 28 Parts

Isabella Marie Garcia

 

The First

I really need to choose one specific day every week to wash my clothes.

My current method hails from the world-renowned

“Wait until you have nothing left to wear but one dirty towel” School of Laundry.

I had to heap everything into the basket with my hair still wet from the shower.

The Second

At …

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Poetry

Two Poems by Susanna Lang

Susanna Lang

Terra Incognita
       And I’m generating, I’m generating,
       oh my babies by the millions where
       will you all sleep?
       —Helen Degen Cohen

It’s like when one of the dragons who patrol the edges of the known world
breaches beside the ship we did not know
we were sailing, water spraying off its scales;

or when a long-forgotten word swims …

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blog

by Jhanvi Ramaiya

The Identity that Immigration Built

The Identity that Immigration Built

by Jhanvi Ramaiya

We are pleased to announce that the So to Speak Blog’s Immigration Limited Series is now open for submissions. Please read our submission guidelines and submit your pieces on Submittable.

To introduce the series, here is a letter about coming to a new country and finding a place to call home, written by So to Speak‘s very own Nonfiction Editor, Jhanvi Ramaiya.

 

My first view of …

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a collaboration by Debra Dean, Denise Duhamel, Angie Griffin, and Julie Marie Wade

100 Lies

100 Lies

a collaboration by Debra Dean, Denise Duhamel, Angie Griffin, and Julie Marie Wade

(“Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” Donald J. Trump)

 

1. The sun continues to rise in the west, just as it always has. Trust me, I’ve studied these things.

2. Medical experts say I have such good genetics, I will never sprout a gray hair.

3. Obama went gray in office because the job was way over his head. Total disaster …

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the So to Speak Team

The #MeToo Movement and the Future

The #MeToo Movement and the Future

the So to Speak Team

When the #MeToo movement achieved mainstream visibility and global reach last year, the entire team of So to Speak wanted to be a supportive and active part of the campaign. Our goal was to provide a platform for the victims of sexual assault and harassment, something with a little more room than Twitter’s initial 140 characters to continue their stories.

We can honestly say this series …

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by Jenny Fan Raj

#MeToo. Now What? | Jenny Fan Raj

#MeToo. Now What? | Jenny Fan Raj

by Jenny Fan Raj

How might we turn a hashtag into lasting social change?

 

The revelations keep coming, descriptions of sexual harassment and assault both disgusting and horrifyingly familiar. Amid the ongoing maelstrom of political gaffes and natural disasters, we are witnessing a wave of women coming forward to share stories of sexual assault and harassment. An endless row of survivors, lining up like lemmings to reveal private ordeals.

And yet …

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