The Blue Issue

Issue #67 | Summer 2015
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Diversity in YA • Swim Through This • Dildo History • Plus: Squirting!


MAKING WAVES: The Slow Crawl Toward Making Swimming More Inclusive  |  by Meisha Rosenberg

DON’T WE HURT LIKE YOU? Examining the Lack of Portrayals of African American Women and Mental Health  |  by Nyasha Junior

RED STAR RISING: Wendy Red Star Discusses Blue Skies, Fake Deer, and Reclaiming History  |  by Sarah Margolis-Pineo

HERE’S LOOKING AT BLUE: Scientists, Soul Singers, and Sailor Moon—A Few of Our Feminist Favorities Inspired by the Color Blue

SHADES OF AMRITA: The Enigmatic Hungarian-Indian Artist Lives on through Her Paintings  |  by Eesha Pandit

INTRIGUE AND ASHES: Diversity in YA Genre Lit Is No Mystery for Valynne E. Maetani  |  by Victoria Law

A DARKER SHADE OF BLUE: Depictions of Postpartum Depression Onscreen Paint a Dire Picture for Moms Watching at Home  |  by Hannah Moulton-Belec

GOT THE WORLD IN A JUG: The Legacy of the Blueswoman Transcends Genre  |  by Jessica Machado


FOOD NOT LAWNS: Susana De Anda Pushes for Clean Water for All  |  by Sarah Mirk

IF YOU MOLD IT, THEY WILL COME: How Gosnell Duncan’s Devices Changed the Feminist Sex-Toy Game Forever  |  by Hallie Lieberman

YES WE CAN: Gushing Over the Ability to Ejaculate  |  by Mary Katharine Tramontana


Decorated Heroes: Texas History in Stitches  |  by Cindy Widner
When Dove Tries: The Latest “Real Beauty” Gimmick   |  by Parker Molloy
Selfie Shake-up: #BlackoutDay is Coming to a Timeline Near You  |   by Tamara Winfrey Harris
Revolution Rock: Jessica Hopper is a Real, Live, Female Rock Critic  |   by Megan Kirby
Stolen Elections: How Convictions Keep Americans From Voting   |  by Victoria Law
Bitch In: Intersectional Souls Project   |  by Tina Vasquez


ADVENTURES IN FEMINISTORY: Gloria Toyun Park  |  by Mari Naomi


Supermutant Magic Academy by Sarah Mirk
Melanin Collective by Amy Lam
Kate Tempest by Kate Lesniak
Healthvana by Elisabeth Wilson
Nimona by Alyssa Nabors
Last Call by Camila Coddou
Never Alone by Liza Dadoly
Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period by Amy Lam
Awkwafina’s NYC by Sarah Mirk
Mirror, Black Mirror by Tina Vasquez


God Help the Child: A Novel (Toni Morrison) by Deesha Philyaw
Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on The Decision Not to Have Kids  (Meghan Daum, Ed.) by Joshunda Sanders
Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity (Dianna E. Anderson) by Katie Klabusich
Apocalypse Baby (Virginie Despentes) by Allison Floyd
Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Timothy Caulfield) by Anna Hamilton
Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story (Mac McClelland) by Sulagna Misra
The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History (Emma L. E. Rees) by Heather Seggel
Alone Atop the Hill: The Autobiography of Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press (Alice Dunnigan, Carol McCabe Booker, Ed.) by Joshunda Sanders
Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (Kate Bolick) by Sulagna Misra
In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, an Ancient Choice (Bronwyn Preece, Ed.) by Katie Presley
The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson) by Genevieve Hudson


Regarding Susan Sontag (Director: Nancy Kates) by Tyler Rizzo
Ana Maria in Novela Land (Director: Georgina Riedal) by Tina Vasquez
What Happened, Miss Simone? (Director: Liz Garbus) by Leigh Kolb
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Directors: Ronit & Shlomi Elkabetz) by Amelia Ayrelan Iuvino
3 ½ Minutes (Director: Marc Silver) by Rhienna Renée Guidry
Out Here (Director: Jonah Mossberg) by Vivian Underhill
Girlhood (Director: Céline Sciamma) by Samantha Herndon


Fast Food (Nadine Shah) by Hilary Saunders
Not Real (Stealing Sheep) by Claire Ashton
Age 101: Drop 3|000 (Little Simz) by Katie Presley
Land (Novella) by Jordannah Elizabeth
Crooked Doors (Royal Thunder) by Laina Dawes
Peanut Butter (Joanna Gruesome) by Emilly Prado
Giants (Andreya Triana) by Katie Presley
Bury Me at Makeout Creek (Mitski) by Claire Ashton
This Thing of Ours (Rainy Milo) by Jordannah Elizabeth
Full Communism (Downtown Boys) by Emilly Prado

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