Author: Sarah L, literature

Badass Women in Literature You Never Knew Existed

This essay appears in Boshemia Magazine: Identity.

Unless you studied English Lit any further than GCSE level (that’s high school for you readers across the pond), there’s a fairly good chance that if I asked you to name as many women writers as you could your list would look something like this:

Jane Austen

the Brontë sisters

J K Rowling.

If you’re lucky, maybe even add Harper Lee or Virginia Woolf to that list. Continue reading

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art, author: Erin, feminist art, pop culture

The Radical Vulnerability of Yoko Ono

This essay appears in Boshemia Magazine: Technology & the Sublime. Above portrait of Yoko Ono by Pirelli/Annie Leibovitz.

If you were to ask your average person to tell you one thing they know about Yoko Ono, they would probably reply that she’s the woman who broke up The Beatles. Maybe they would call her a homewrecker. For decades, this narrow portrayal of Ono has been spat out in the tabloid press, which categorizes women according to three classic stereotypes: the virtuous, virginal woman, the seductress, and the hag. Very seldom are women allowed to blur these lines and occupy real lives full of conflict and character. But a closer study of Ono’s life reveals a thunderous force in an art movement that continues to echo through the 21st century.   Continue reading

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