Our stories this week may seem like they’re all over the map, but really, they are about borders, boundaries, and selfhood. In navigating the space between here and there. In understanding the vastness of liminality, especially as it pertains to identity, which is such a rocky landscape anyhow.
Let’s start off by introducing our newest monthly features: Dacia Holliday’s monthly tarotscopes! Your October Tarotscopes: Letting Go Of What Once Was is full of beautiful wisdom for your whole month.
“Five of Bones, the card for this month, shows a bone hand, palm up, with a small mound of sand falling through. We both know this sand wasn’t always sand. At one time your hands & life were overflowing with the gifts of the Femmeiverse — tasty treats, relationships that made you happy you survived everything to get here, career opportunities, connection …”
Mary “Pepper” O’Brien’s piece on bi-erasure, “Bisexuality And Unexpected Pregnancy” offers us a much-needed, little-discussed look at how pregnancy, child-rearing, and bisexuality has lent itself to erasure and being eighty-sixed — inside and outside of the queer community.
“My feelings weren’t important enough to consider because, apparently, every person I talked to only understood half of me”.
My piece is another take on juxtapositions: “The Great Divide: Gender And The Classroom” takes a look at the way gender is perceived in teaching — both with children, who often don’t have a fully-formed construct of gender, and with adults, who do.
“With children, I do not have to create the line of respect and deference; children are automatically pre-dispositioned to treat adults as an other. What’s better is that the very youngest among the children don’t have a fully realized understanding of gender, and so it doesn’t matter whether or not the person in the front of the room is male or female.”
“Crossing the line” can also be thought of in terms of the wonderful world of fetish — and that’s exactly what Kirin Kahn’s piece tackles in “The Foot Fetishized, The Brain Dissociated, And The Body In-Between”.
“There are theories that the origins of foot fetishism lie within the brain, that the regions of the brain associated with feet get crossed with those associated with sensory processing of genital stimulation.”
And, lastly, Katie Tandy’s interview with rope master Victoria Blue, founder of Vox Body rope tying studio in San Francisco, illuminates the land of fantasy and reality, as well as the body as art.
Hello from the other side, angel cakes.