The Devotion Issue

Issue #77 | Winter 2018
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We Are Not Yours

What are the unspoken things you are devoted to and, more importantly, what do they reveal? In this issue, we reach under the top soil and grab at the roots of our cultural beliefs. Devotion isn’t just about loyalty; it’s an examination of habit—a mixture of internalized superiorities and inferiorities, ideologies, and obsessions that influence our identity and choices as media consumers and pop cultural enthusiasts. It’s worth it to take time to think through what and who deserve our devotion—including our own selves.


CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?: The fragility of maternal transition. | Vanessa Mártir

UNDIVIDED STATE: A conversation on feminism and spirituality. | Hosted by Lisa Factora-Borchers

WE ARE NOT YOURS: Black women are supreme but not superhuman. | Jordan McDonald

I LEARNED IT ON YOUTUBE: What online beauty gurus can—and can’t—teach us about sex. | Vanessa Borjon

NEITHER SLAVE NOR PHARAOH: Finding the divine in BDSM. | Randa Jarrar


FROM THE GOLDEN AGE: How Hollywood closeted queerness for capital. | Samantha Ladwig

FROM TEXAS: Remodeling the quinceañera for immigration reform. | Emilly Prado

FROM JAPAN: In J-pop, teen dreams become nightmares. | Catherine Komuro


DRAWN OUT: Devotion. | Whit Taylor

ADVENTURES IN FEMINISTORY: Dr. Dorothy Brown. | Cynthia Greenlee and Jaz Malone


6 Sports Podcasts to Add to Your Lineup | Britni de la Cretaz
Keyword: Divine Racism | Jordan McDonald
Black Madonna: Deciphering the gospel of Beyoncé | Cate Young
Reproductive Rights Corner—Unlikely Disciple of Abortion: Dr. Willie Parker’s Sacred Work | Dahlia Grossman-Heinze
Starved for Sainthood: The divine hunger of Catherine of Siena | Ann Foster


Dogs We Saw This Week: A Podcast by Kate Lesniak
Who Fears Death by Dahlia Grossman-Heinze
Grace Talusan by Lisa Factora-Borchers
She Fights Foundation by Soraya Membreno
Electric Arches by Soraya Membreno
History of Them by Dahlia Grossman-Heinze by Kristin Rogers Brown
In the Service Podcast by Evette Dionne


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death (Caitlin Doughty) by Sonya Vatomsky
The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It (Joana Scutts) by Joshunda Sanders
Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (Amy Tan) by Ilana Masad
The Promise of Patriarchy: Women and the Nation of Islam (Ula Yvette Taylor) by Najma Sharif
The Floating World (C. Morgan Babst) by Dara Mathis


Supergirl (Directors: Various) by Cate Young
Geeta’s Guide to Moving On (Directors: Phil White and Reshmi Hazra Rustebakke) by Nicole Froio
The Misandrists (Director: Bruce LaBruce) by Sam Riedel
Dalya’s Other Country (Director: Julia Meltzer) by Stephanie Abraham
A League of Your Own (Director: Penny Marshall) by Britni de la Cretaz
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Directors: Various) by Kathleen J. Woods


4:44 (Jay-Z) by Fredrick Salyers
Something to Tell You (Haim) by Karen Muller
Girl Disrupted (Sevyn Streeter) by Chanelle Adams
Superscope (Kitty, Daisy & Lewis) by Nitzan Pincu
Okovi (Zola Jesus) by Christine Capetola


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