Online and in real life. Today I have a new column up at McSweeney’s, titled, “We Will Lift Each Other Up”:
Pregnancy is a transition, a time of overlap, when one organism gradually shapes another into something approaching independent existence. There are few clear-cut milestones on this journey; it is at one and the same time a miracle, and a complex, failure-prone mechanical process.
I also have a guest post up at The Rude Pundit, a real privilege, as that blog did much to keep me sane during the Bush presidency. This post, like the newest installment of Bitchslap, is about the fight for women’s reproductive rights in Texas:
A conservative male Texas legislator, contemplating the problem of female sexuality, basically sees himself as a bull–not a tough, range-savvy Longhorn, but a pampered, cosseted beef industry breeding machine, with all the female fecundity of his species as his lawful due. He feels entitled to respectful handling, ready access to his herd, and docile receptacles for his valuable seed, which it is his right and duty to propagate.
Also also, See Jane Write Magazine is running an excerpt from Smile at Strangers today! See Jane Write is a wonderful website based in Birmingham, Alabama, dedicated to writing, wellness, and women’s empowerment. Be sure to read their excellent collection of links to women writing about the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial.
Finally, I’m packing to head northward for the annual National Women’s Martial Arts Federation special training, which will be in Naperville, IL this year. Looking forward to meeting up with some fellow women martial artists whom I don’t get to see often enough! Keep an eye on my Twitter feed (@SusanSchorn) if you can’t come and want to see what all the excitement is about.