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He / She / They

He / She / They

When I stitched this large-scale skeleton and started getting comments on it, I noticed that everyone, without exception, called it a “he.” Men, women, friends, family, followers, and complete strangers. To make sure I wasn’t imagining this, I went out of my way to show it to the strongest, most feminist women in my life. The ones who have thought hard about patriarchal society and are actively fighting against its influence in their lives. I didn’t say anything about pronoun use; I simply waited. Again, without exception. “He’s amazing.” “He’s so cool.” “He’s standing on a hillside.” “What’s he saying?”...

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What (wo)men Want

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What (wo)men Want

"Grimorium Verum," an ancient little book of patriarchal magic to help you out in matters of life, love, and travel.

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Anatomical Snark

Anatomical Snark

Galen was a Greek physician and philosopher who lived in the 3rd Century (129-c. 210 AD).  He traveled extensively, was the personal physician to several Roman emperors, and his teachings on human anatomy were largely uncontested until the 1500s. Galen subscribed to the theory posited by the ancient Greek Hippocrates that humans have four humors: black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm. As for what the interior of a human body looked like, he based his anatomical reports on dissections of monkeys, pigs, and dogs. Can you imagine your doctor trying to treat your ailments while believing you have the...

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Dar(wi)n those fish

Dar(wi)n those fish

I remember doodling fish over and over when I was a child: the oval swoop that ends in a triangular tail. As someone who felt she didn’t have any artsy, creative powers, it was satisfying to make a shape that so clearly looked like what I meant it to be. Despite the simplicity of its design, this fish shape, also called an ichthys, has a storied background. The ichthys first appeared in Christian art and literature in the 2nd Century AD when it was adopted by early Christians as a secret symbol to identify other believers and avoid persecution by...

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Going Off

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Going Off

Building a cohesive, identifiable, viable brand. It's all good, right? The sheep say no.

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