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I Do Not Have to Tell You This

Carolina VonKampen

I do not think I belong with #MeToo.

I do not have stories as deep and dark as these.

I sheltered myself. I heard stories. I heard how my family talked about my cousin, pregnant in high school: “So embarrassing.” I didn’t like people anyway; I liked books; I stayed in my room and read. I did not go to parties. I did not have friends. I …

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Poetry by Athena Melliar

Athena Melliar

“Pallid Mirrors”

Pale yellow star-shaped flowers were scenting
the air, the lime fragrance of zest combined
with thyme balm; Zephyr, just orienting
a swarm of bees towards the east, confined
them in its breeze. The tree’s loose canopy
left a dappled shade on the ground below;
the trunk hedged itself with a panoply
of branches growing out of it. The slow,
doddering beams of sunlight were dotting
her legs, wide open, stained with blood spotting.

The …

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A Letter from the Blog Editor

Sarah Batcheller

To our readers,

Recent months have seen an onslaught of discussion about sexual assault and harassment in the media. As survivors come forward and powerful people admit, apologize, step down, deny, and/or lash out, many of us witnessing it all from our devices are reminded of our own experiences and encounters, or those of someone we care about.

Tarana Burke began the “Me Too” campaign years ago, …

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Speaking With Artist Mojdeh Rezaeipour on “Belonging”

Holly Mason

By Holly Mason

Belonging, Mojdeh Rezaeipour’s solo show at Arlington Arts Center, is on exhibit through December 16th. She will be participating in a Gallery Talk about the work on its closing day this Saturday from 1-3pm.  All seven solo artists at AAC for the Fall (one in each gallery) are women.

In Belonging, Rezaeipour plays with space, dimensionality and architectural elements to invite us inside the walls of her learning, as she tugs deeper …

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Voices in Motion

Allie Ross

A note from the Assistant Blog Editor—

The response to So to Speak’s themed series, itself a response to the #MeToo and #HimThough campaign, was beyond our expectations. It has been humbling to read your very personal recollections made prose, poetry, and art. We are taking appropriate time to read each and every individual piece submitted. The final pieces to be published here will debut as soon as …

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