Trigger Warning: Rape/Sexual Assault The stereotypical image of ‘real’ rape? “[T]he crime consists of a forcible attack, perpetrated by a male stranger on a female victim who has not been drinking or […]
I'm a Gloria Siren, a licensed attorney, and a mother of four adults. I own my own tools, drive a stick shift, am quite fond of my Old Country Roses china, can do the NY Times Crossword every day of the week, and am told I'm "high-maintenance." Whatever. I'm an experienced traveler who can navigate through airport security faster than George Clooney's character in "Up in the Air" (2009).
Jen Pastiloff first posted this essay, titled “Shame to Love: Learning to Live Again After Rape” on TheManifestStation.net, leaving the writer’s name out. She’s posting it again after receiving this note: ”Dear […]
by Suzannah Gilman No, I can’t pass judgment on what happened in that situation, but I can be glad for the revival of the noise. Sadly, the allegations of sexual abuse at […]
by Suzannah Gilman I had never before thought I was going to die. I was in one situation where I hoped I wouldn’t die. I was a teenager, riding in a car […]
HOMEWORK by Terry Godbey The last time I stared at a sonogram screen, my husband held my hand. We watched the flickers of our son’s heartbeat, admired his runner’s legs that […]
by Suzannah Gilman Ah, Labor Day, a day to pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. What have I contributed? A whole […]
Metaphors by Sylvia Plath I’m a riddle in nine syllables, An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils. O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loaf’s big with […]
by Suzannah Gilman Not that long ago, I packed my four children into my mommy-van, making sure everyone was buckled in, prepared for the shopping trip in which […]
Have you seen this short essay by Julia Benson Connolly? It’s perfect for our Labor Day theme. Enjoy.
Work it, Girl! All through September, the Sirens will be singing songs of labor, whether it be childbirth labor, laboring toward artistic goals, or laboring to be the best selves we can […]