De-Program Yourself from Slut Shaming

Jul 13, 2015 Slut shaming is one of the deepest internalized prejudices that most people seem to have, regardless of gender. Even with my extremely liberal upbringing and a very conscious effort as an adult to deprogram deep-seated misogyny and macro/microaggressive racism, I still find myself judging other women and my own sexual past harshly…

Jes Baker Tells Us The Things No One Tells Fat Girls

11/4/2015 Jes Baker and her crew of badass feminists took over San Francisco’s The Booksmith bookstore last week for Baker’s anticipated book release “Things No One Tells Fat Girls,” a brilliant body positive anthology composed of many different tales and perspectives on self-acceptance and unlearning patriarchal beauty standards. Accompanied by Sonya Renee Taylor, Virgie Tovar, Sam…

6 Trans and Agender Beauties Disrupting the Status Quo

11/24/2015 As we continue to celebrate our trans siblings this month, I want to show some love to those who have changed the beauty industry, one brushstroke at a time. You think Kylie Jenner learned how to overdraw those lips on her own?  Hell no!  Kim Kardashian, too, has learned a thing or fifty from…

My Weekend In The Psych Ward

Jan 19, 2016 (Trigger Warning: suicide, institutionalization) Tonight, I found out that I have lost yet another friend to suicide.  Yet another person whose hand I could have held, whose phone call I would have taken, whose live, warm body could have been in my arms.  Once the initial shock wears off, I am left with…

The History Behind the Super Bowl Sunday Human Trafficking Myth

“Contrary to what well-meaning magazines and organizations may tell you, what Super Bowl Sunday does NOT mean is an increase in violence toward women. Nor does it mean an increase in sex trafficking for the city in which the Super Bowl is held that year…” Read more on Wear Your Voice Mag.com

Introducing Harlot Magazine!

Harlot Magazine  is a digital publication born from the collective minds of UC Santa Cruz lecturer and former professor Anna Reynolds Cooper, writer and plus-size pornographer Kitty Stryker, and trans femme and sex worker activist Jetta Rae Robertson. It could be somewhat accurately dubbed, the trio’s love child. … read more on Wear Your Voice…

Black and Queer: Judge LaDoris Cordell Should Replace Scalia as SCOTUS

A perfect balance to Scalia’s dangerously racist, sexist, and homophobic politics, LaDoris Hazzard Cordell has been an integral member of California’s judicial system and political sphere for decades. “In my view, the criminal justice system is broken and it’s also my view is that it can be fixed. It isn’t just one thing that needs…

Queer Fashion Week, 2015 (#QFW2015)

Bertha Pearl, a friend of mine and the owner of Size Queen Clothing, was showing her clothing at the first ever Queer Fashion Week in Oakland, CA last year. Like most first time events, there were a couple of hitches, but thanks to the professionalism of the crew and designers, these hiccups were totally invisible…

Laurel by Nicole Kondra Photography.

January, 2012. I did a product shoot for Mag-Big (now known as ALTAR), Hubris Designs, and Clair Vintage Inspired back in 2012.  I served as stylist for the shoot, but ended up tossing on my favorite shirt from the Mag-Big collection and my favorite Iron Oxide necklace.  Nicole Kondra captured it all.

#LiberateAllNipples by Suma Jane Dark for Wear Your Voice Magazine

Bring Diversity to #FreeTheNipple with #liberateALLnipples [NSFW] by Monica Cadena for Wear Your Voice Magazine August 24, 2015 “Yesterday was National Topless Day, an event created by by GoTopless in support of gender equality and Women’s Equality Day happening August 26. From NBC News to The Australian, publications from around the globe covered the annual event,…