The Elemental Issue

Issue #56 | Fall 2012
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NUDE AWAKENING: Can the Nudist Movement Get its Groove Back? | by Victoria Bekiempis

SUGAR RUSH—Speaking with Author and Advice Columnist Cheryl Strayed | by Tina Vasquez

LIFE ON MARS (HILL): In the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Megachurch, Faith and Feminism Don’t Mix | by Alison Sargent

STREET SMARTS: The Gender Justice of Graffiti Artist Panmelo Castro | by Gabriella Brown

ILL ADVISED: A New Crew of Relationship Experts are Cashing in on the Single-Black-Woman Meme | by J. Victoria Sanders

BOOKMARKED: Why Does Gender Need its Own Genre? | by Thea Lim

SEX AND SALACITY: Should We Laugh or Cringe When Women are Vulnerable Onscreen? | by Sonia Saraiya

RAPPED UP: Why Can’t the Mainstream Media Address Female MCs One at a Time? | by Jonanna Widner


FAITHFUL DEPICTION: A Q&A with Writer G. Willow Wilson | by Fatemeh Fakhraie

PINNED DOWN: Is Pinterest as Girly as the Media Paints it? And If So, Who Cares? | by Tammy Oler

STILL ACTING UP: Sarah Schulman Talks Activism, Publishing Politics, and Making Art from the Margins | by Alexis Clements


ANNALS OF JUNK SCIENCE: G-Spotting | by Keely Savoie
HAVING YOUR CAKE AND GENDERING IT TOO: A Point/Counterpoint on the Latest Fad in Baby Showers | by Ruxandra Looft and Kelsey Wallace
ENCHANTED: A Q&A with Nina Lacour | by Heather Seggel
SEX AND CANDY | by Soo Young Lee
OFF THE AIR, ON THE RECORD: A Q&A with Michele Norris | by Julie Falk
BITCH IN: Black Feminist Film School | by Nijla Mu’min


ADVENTURES IN FEMINISTORY: Dr. Mae Jemison | by Jennifer Cruté


Beyond Buckskin Boutique by Kelsey Wallace
OGLAF by Garland Grey
CLAW by Ashley Jean Hight
Kissing Jessica Stein by Heather Seggal
All’s Well and Fair by Melanie Williams
Derby Lite by Veronica “Dolores Hurt Ya” Arreola
No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics by Kjerstin Johnson
A Morning Cup of Yoga by Heather Seggal
Etheria Film Festival by Candace Opper
Pen & Ink by Kristin Rogers Brown



The End of Men: And the Rise of Women (Hanna Rosin) by Diane Shipley
The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of News-Week Sued Their Bosses and Changed the Workplace (Lynn Povich) by Tammy Oler
Beautiful Thing: Inside the Secret World of Bombay’s Dance Bars (Sonia Faleiro) by Sonia Saraiya
Radical Reinvention: An Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church (Kaya Oakes) by Allena Tapia
Single: Arguments for the Uncoupled (Michael Cobb) by J. Victoria Sanders
Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure On and Off the Ice (Erica Rand) by Mai Nguyen
Odd Couples: Friendships at the Intersection of Gender and Sexual Orientation (Anna Muraco) by Nina Lary
The New Feminist Agenda: Defining the Next Revolution for Women, Work, and Family (Madeleine M. Kunin) by Gabriela Salvidea
Legs Get Led Astray (Chloe Caldwell) by Molly Oswaks 
Buy it Now: Lessons from EBay (Michele White) by Susan Chenelle
Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle, and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children (Rachel Pepper, Ed.) by Maria Alexander


In the Time of Gods (Dar Williams) by Katie Presley 
Look Around the Corner (Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro) by Nicole Morales
We Could be Arsonists (Loquat) by Heather Seggal
Master of My Make-Believe (Santigold) by Stephanie Nolasco 
Boys & Girls (Alabama Shakes) by Kimberly Chun
Two Adult Women in Love (Kaia Wilson) by Jessie Nelson
Mornin’ Old Sport (Mornin’ Old Sport) by Brittany Shoot
Valley Tangents (Blues Control) by Kimberly Chun
Tigermending (Carina Round) by Heather Seggal
Ring (Delicate Cutters) by Katie Presley


Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel (Director: P. David Ebersole) by Audra Schroeder
Future Weather (Director: Jenny Deller) by Martha Polk
Buffalo Girls (Director: Todd Kellstein) by Lyndsey Bourgon
Smashed (Director: James Ponsoldt) by Rhienna Renée Guedry
Wildness (Director: Wu Tsang) by Kjerstin Johnson
Women with Cows (Director: Peter Gerdehag) by Brittany Shoot
An Encounter with Simone Weil (Director: Julia Haslett) by Martha Polk

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