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Teens, Freaks, Outlaws and Alternatives to Suicide


Lessons in Staying Alive

“Gender is so firmly entrenched as ’natural,’ it’s not often seen as a primary, secondary or even tertiary causative factor of our oppression,” writes Kate Bornstein.

But that’s not the case for youth struggling with their gender. The author and activist has lessons in staying alive to share:

“We don’t learn to shift identities for purely whimsical reasons...It’s something we do in order to survive.”

“The ability to control who and what we are or seem to be in the world is a life skill we learn through practice.”

“All life forms evolve according to their surroundings.”

An excerpt from Bornstein’s illuminating book, “Hello, Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws,” is in The Café at On The Issues Magazine.

“What is Feminist Art?” Heather MacGibbon explores the many nuances of Feminist Art in her analysis of the show, “Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video,” at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. MacGibbon finds that video may be the only level playing field for both genders in art.

The next edition of On The Issues Magazine deals with race, feminism and a new progressive movement. We welcome article ideas. Send to:

Congratulations to Managing Editor Cynthia L. Cooper on receiving the Anne E. Fisher Champion of Choice Award from NARAL Pro-Choice America.


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