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...). 

Quiero Bailar! A Q&A with University Salsa Club

A photo of Salsa Club members during a performance

I wanted to find out why the University Salsa Club opted for an all-female dance premiering at its upcoming Salsa Showcase. I sat down with Claire Poumerol and Jaqui Arechiga to ask them and to explore how Salsa Club balances the sensuality of dance with consent and safety, and how it promotes body positivity and confidence. The University Salsa Club is a student-run contracted independent organization at UVA in Charlottesville, VA. 

Nicky: So guys. Get in here. Introduce yourselves. How long have you guys been a part of salsa? When did you join and why?


Letter From the Editor