a woman is lost By Amanda Musmacher
My Body, My Voice: A Feminist Story Collection
If only my ancestors could see me now they’d smile and be proud of me and my ability to think and work outside the boundaries men have built for us. Empowered to push the limit break the ceiling shatter expectations and not stand for anything but everything and run for something. President? “That’s a man’s job” Not anymore. Choosing a spouse? “That’s your father’s decision” Not anymore. Be quiet? “This is none of your business” Not anymore. –Mentee Jadah Jones
My piece is on women and the word “history,” so I decided to put those words together. The idea that inspired both my poster and the short story is really the idea of woman power. The story isn’t about a woman herself being powerful, but more about women being able to write a story because women today are still discriminated against across industries, whether we recognize it or not. The poster symbolizes sisterhood, women from different backgrounds coming together, and the idea that we are all stronger together.
Caster Semenya is a South African runner who has been banned by the IAAF from competing with women because she was found to be hyperandrogenic, meaning she has a higher level of testosterone. This whole investigation was based on the opinion of fellow athletes that she looks like a man. As a result, she must either take testosterone decreasing drugs to compete with women or run with men. As of now, Semenya is still fighting the case, not just for herself but for the human rights of all women.
Women in the past fought for the rights we have now in our present. And we’ll continue that fight for the future. I wrote this poem to reflect on the progress we’ve made.
This piece is about the double standards that plague society and force women to be small.
I sat in Port with my legs curled up on the floor, leaning up against my bunk bed.
In their second episode of Everyone’s a Little Bit Gay, Angelica and Amina discuss the ups and downs of growing in their sexuality as young women. They analyze the ways that their families and society have conditioned them into expressing their sexual desires and how to break free of the bonds of traditional femininity.
“Violence against women” looks into the way that society views and constantly normalizes all the struggles that women face.
“I Smile Lemon Peel” is a heart-wrenching, at times sour (no pun intended) journey of a woman finding her place in the world as she navigates her relationship with her body and her struggle to reclaim her agency over it. An homage to the image of the 1950s housewife baking a lemon meringue pie, this poem depicts the untold story of women as survivors, not victims, as they witness sweets curdle before their eyes, refusing to crumble when people pillage their bodies/souls.
In New York, there are many times I’ve been catcalled on the train. I wrote this poem to release my bottled up anger about the constant catcalls and times I was seen as an object.
Join me on this four-year journey to become the Meril I am now.
These pieces explore my ideas on love, loss, and emotional validation. They’re the products of a girl who got lost inside her own head for too long.
A controlled experiment on the nature of memory, romance, and dandelions.
Through the discussion of pop culture, we will be examining the prevalence of the patriarchy in certain aspects of our psyche.
This piece analyzes a girl’s friendship with a boy at school, one that shows her that taking ownership of her sexual desires should be done without shame.