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Jewelle Gomez  // Posts published by Jewelle Gomez

Care To Speculate?

Care To Speculate?

Apparently the clitoris was a scientific mystery until recently…or at least this post I found on FB says so: until-2009-the-human-clitoris-was-an-absolute-mystery. I guess it shouldn’t really be a surprise since much knowledge held by the western medical establishment can be parochial at best and misogynist in general. How we—women and men and those along that spectrum—are […]

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19 Jun Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?

I recently went to hear a conversation between feminist icons Gloria Steinem and Letty Cotten Pogrebin and felt lucky that they were still around to reflect on from whence we’ve come. Both in their seventies, have survived cancer and were discussing how to care for loved ones who are ill without becoming a pain in […]

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Janis Ian is Coming to Town!

Janis Ian is Coming to Town!

When Janis Ian’s hit record, “Society’s Child,” hit the airwaves in the late 1960s it was like a shock wave.  A young woman was singing out loud about an interracial romance between two teens that’s doomed because of the bigotry around them.  At the height of the Civil Rights movement the song was a voice […]

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24 Jan Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Like most women living in urban areas I live with an unconscious (usually) anxiety about rape. In 1989 in NYC the crime rate was horrendous; notonly did the ‘city never sleep’ muggers and rapists seemed to work on perpetual overtime. Women looked over our shoulders just going down to get the mail. When a young […]

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10 Oct Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Call the Midwife!

Call the Midwife!

Late in her life Jennifer Lee Worth wrote three books about her life as a midwife/nurse in the 1950s in London’s poverty ravaged East End.  The books, “Call the Midwife,” “Shadows of the Workhouse” and “Farewell to The East End” are a kind of 20th century mirror of the conditions written about by Charles Dickens.  […]

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25 Aug Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Hilary Swank Kicks Ass!

Hilary Swank Kicks Ass!

Beginning with the film Boys Don’t Cry actor Hilary Swank has continued to play characters who won’t settle for living half a life; people who risk everything to be full human beings.  The Brandon Teena role, based on a true and tragic story of a young woman who lived as a boy, represented a major […]

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What is Found There?

What is Found There?

When she heard, my friend, poet Cheryl Clarke, called me from Jersey City at about 5:45 in the morning because she needed to talk to someone else who knew Adrienne Rich as she did.  She needed to talk to someone on the West Coast, the place from which Adrienne left our world.  It was as […]

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Almost Audre’s Birthday!

Almost Audre’s Birthday!

A couple of years ago some women put together a program celebrating Audre Lorde and Pat Parker and I had the pleasure of doing some remembering out loud in front of about 1000 people.  They were almost all women, those who knew the two writers mostly through their work.  But Audre had been my friend…we […]

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10 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | Comments Off on What Would Jimmy Do?

What Would Jimmy Do?

What Would Jimmy Do?

“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” James Baldwin I read that quote when I was much younger and it really framed how I think of political activity.  Coming of age during the Viet Nam war, I […]

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Barbara Grier Broke the Silence

Barbara Grier Broke the Silence

Barbara Grier (left, shown with partner Donna McBride) passed away November 10 at the age of 79…young from my perspective, but obviously an elder in the world of lesbians and of publishing. Her history will be written in essays and PhD theses still to come, but a glimpse reveals: she was one of the editors […]

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