Virginity and The Red Tent

I’d been meaning to read The Red Tent long before my last post on menstruation positivity, and prompted by a reader, I finally did after the New Year. (Spoiler alerts for those who haven’t read it.)  I remember reading about Dinah’s mention in the Old Testament, as part of a university class on militant metaphors […]

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Dear Miss Madame : Boobs on TV

MAMMARY OVERLOAD GETTING YOUR GOAT?  Miss Madame Says: lie back and think of Balenciaga!   Dear Miss Madame,   When I told everybody I was moving to France, people who knew better warned me. They said that French people smell bad, chain smoke, drink shots for breakfast, hate Americans, and like their commercials full of […]

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My Life As a Published Man

It’s all about confidence, they said. You have to have as much chutzpah as all those dudes who self-publish poem after poem about road kill and baseball, girls, their fathers, chess, sailing, yeats’ gyre and bukowski’s pocked face. I was bold to write aloud before three teachers said they liked my poems. I got excited […]

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A Girl and Her Gun

Kate Bonn handled her first shotgun at the tender age of 10. Her father, a gun owner, felt it would be prudent to teach her gun safety through firsthand experience. He took her to his local gun club, handed her a .410-gauge shotgun, and taught her how to trap shoot—a form of clay target shooting […]

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