Writing

CHRISTEN CLIFFORD

 
 
 
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women in clothes

ONE

I bought it at Halloween Adventure. It cost $6.99. A bright blond natural-hair mustache, with a net, that you attach with spirit gum to either side of the philtrum, that dip above the lips. I couldn't smile very much, or the mustache would start to peel off. Maybe that's why I felt less feminine. I couldn't smile. 

It's wonderful to be a women if you are young, thin, and pleasing to men. Otherwise there's not so much that's wonderful about it. We were told to be sexy, that without children we wouldn't be fulfilled as women, but raising them in decent conditions is practically impossible. It seems essential to capitalism that women be made to feel that they are failing all the time. Every choice is the wrong choice. I wanted to break free of convention.

 
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baby love

"I greatly admire Christen Clifford's risk-taking ..."

David Shields

 
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ping pong

An essay about marriage.

 

Reviews

Sext Me if You Can by Karen Finley CultureBot
http://www.culturebot.org/2013/05/17741/sext-me-if-you-can/

The RePerformance Art of John Fleck CultureBot
http://www.culturebot.org/2013/06/18051/the-re-performance-art-of-john-fleck/

Fragments of Feminism: Four New Books in The Brooklyn Rail
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2014/12/books/fragments-of-feminism-four-new-books

The Odd Woman and the City by Vivian Gornick in The Brooklyn Rail
http://www.brooklynrail.org/2015/12/books/the-odd-woman-and-the-city

I Got Hoaxed By JT Leroy in Identity Theory

http://www.identitytheory.com/hoaxed-jt-leroy/

Unpacking The Medicated Motherhood Mystique in Hyperallergic
http://hyperallergic.com/139171/unpacking-the-medicated-motherhood-mystique/

Essays

50 Shades of PussyBow: Excerpts from the Secret Archives of a Vast Feminist Conspiracy

http://weird-sister.com/2016/10/12/pussybow-romance-feminist-proportions/

I Don’t Want to Boycott You, Lands’ End in Weird Sister

http://weird-sister.com/2016/02/29/i-dont-want-to-boycott-you-lands-end/

Pumping In Public in Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christen-clifford/pumping-in-public_b_162713.html?

Clippings in Smith Magazine
http://www.smithmag.net/memoirville/2007/06/15/clippings-by-christen-clifford/

“It Was Rape” and One Story of Just Too Many in Ms. Magazine
http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/10/21/it-was-rape-and-one-story-of-just-too-many/

Comics

My Home Birth: A Graphic Graphic Memoir in Smith Magazine
http://www.smithmag.net/memoirville/2009/05/06/my-home-birth-a-graphic-graphic-memoir-by-christen-clifford-and-david-heatley/