Making This World Mine

Hand-drawn photo of mace on a pink background with the words "Reclaim our World."
Art by Kirsten Hemrich

Many women who attend the University of Virginia are aware of the two attempted abductions that occurred on October 27th at 2 am and October 29th at 8:05 pm. UVA students and faculty received two emails detailing the abductions on the date they occurred. However, I will briefly recount the emails here in case some are not aware of the incidents. At approximately 2 am on Wertland Street a female was walking alone when a white male approached her from behind, covered her mouth with his hand and took her to the ground.

We Did it, Folks!: A Letter From the Editor

A hand-drawn photo of balloons, champagne bottles, and confetti A
Art by Kirsten Hemrich

Well, folks. We did it. We made it through another semester. Considering the circumstances under which we entered this semester, it certainly felt a little new this year. But we made it through! 

And 2017 is almost over, too. Whether this was the best year of your life, worst year of your life, or somewhere in between, give yourself a pat on the back for making it. 

The semester being over doesn't stop our Iris writers from doing great work. We have four excellent pieces for you to reflect on as you enjoy your break:

Having A Vagina is Hard: A Letter from the Editor

Hand-drawn photo of ovaries with two scales hanging off of them.
Art by Kirsten Hemrich.

Fun fact: having a vagina is hard.

If it's not the lawmakers trying to legislate what we do with our bodies, it's ridiculous pressures to make our vaginas "smell good."

If it's not those ridiculous pressures, it's the periods we certainly did not sign up for. Bleeding for days is bad enough, but then we have to make sure we have money to buy tampons? No wonder women of a certain age called it "the curse" (shout-out to Iris editor Mary...). 

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