Issue 17

The Power Issue

The Power Issue is full of stories that explore the micro and macro ways that power does its work in our world.

When Walking It Off Stops Working

This was the way we found power over pain: Move.

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The Power of Change

“I told myself that moving was not going to actually fix my life, that living in a different state didn’t mean that my personality was going to change. It wouldn’t fix my depression and anxiety. I told myself this, all the while secretly hoping this move did have the power to fix me, to break me down to an elemental level and rebuild me.”

By

I Want Co-Star to Tell Me What to Do

Astrology was too complicated. I decided to place my trust in Co–Star.

By

Small Waves

I don’t think anyone looks at the introverted, disabled woman, and thinks she’s powerful. But my family chose to. They are the reason that I can pushback against the stereotypes society holds for a quiet blind woman, and assert my place in this world. They taught me to swim in the waves.

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Anatomy of a Power Lesbian

The power lesbian or power dyke is an enduring stereotype of the past few decades, a shorthand that conjures up images of shoulder-padded suits and queer women getting shit done. Is there more to it than that? Is any lesbian with power a power lesbian? How can you tell the sartorial difference between a powerdyke and literally any woman that’s been in politics since the 1980s?

By Sally
coming
11/14

How to Fry Potatoes

One Thanksgiving I spent all my money on alcohol, because of my addiction, and had to eat potatoes every meal for two weeks.

By danijanae
coming
11/15

The Unfortunate Power to Confuse

An autobiographical comic.

By Guest
coming
11/18

The Color of the Sky

After years of trying to make my Mormon mother see me, I finally learned how to let go. At my Grandfather’s funeral. On my birthday.

By Guest
coming
11/19

On Loving a Country that Doesn’t Love You

On being a queer Ugandan in this particular moment of homophobic violence.

By Guest
coming
11/21

Finding Personal Power and Magic in Tarot

Church leaders wielded the idea of “the will of the Lord” in ways that forced me to surrender power and agency — but when I started reading tarot, I found a new way to move through the world.

By meg
coming
11/25

On Saying No

Saying yes almost destroyed me, but I was still afraid to say no.

By Guest
coming
11/26

If I Could Freeze Time

Vulnerability, anxiety, and superpowers.

By Kayla
coming
12/2

Queerly Kneeling, a Tale of Three Temples

When is kneeling a punishment? When is it an intentional practice, like in traditional Buddhist temples in Taiwan? How does power, queerness, pain and femininity intersect with tradition?

By Guest
coming
12/4

The Burlesque Show

Minutes before I saw Poison Ivory pour champagne down her back and watch it drip between her legs, I knew seeing this black burlesque performer was POWER.

By Guest
coming
12/5

Toward an Applicable Theory of Just Not

Exploring the relationship between refusal, rest, and resistance.

By Rachel
coming
12/6

8 Books Featuring Queer Women with Superpowers

Eight titles featuring queer/lesbian/bi/trans women with superpowers you won’t want to miss!

By Casey
coming
12/9

Ghosting Is the Ultimate Power Move

The principle of least interest essentially states that the person who is least invested in the relationship has the most power.

By Guest
coming
12/10

“Tired!” or How I Ran, and Queered, My Union’s Politics

Based on that and my general frustrations with my union, I ran for a seat in SAG-AFTRA’s delegation, won, and ended up helping queer up Union Politics in the largest actor union in the world.

By Guest
coming
12/12

Dykes Rule the Night

With so few permeant spaces, dykes have taken power into their own hands by starting parties, forming collectives and building communities.

By Guest
coming
12/16

How Queer and Trans Organizers Are Building Power to Decriminalize Sex Work in D.C.

These queer and transgender activists have banded together to support a city council bill that, if passed, would decriminalize consensual sex work in D.C. for people who are 18 and older.

By Guest
coming
12/16

Summer of 1990

A small moment in a rural grocery store taught me just how powerful visibility can be.

By Vikki
coming
12/18

The Cost of Love

The dinner I couldn’t afford to take them on for their birthday but did anyway, the hotel room I unexpectedly had to buy when we fought on New Year’s Eve, the therapy, the yoga, the letting go.

By Reneice Charles
coming
12/19