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?

Why Our Bicentennial is Really a Guy-centennial

A hand-drawn photo of the Rotunda with a banner underneath that reads "48 Years!"
Art by Kirsten Hemrich

I’ll admit it: I bought a comfort colors Bicentennial shirt. I took one of those free clear bags with the "200" logo emblazoned on the side. I like the idea of being a part of something that’s been around for so long, in a place of education and discovery, with peers who are as interested in knowledge as I am. It’s easy to buy into the huge celebrations UVA is hosting. The Bicentennial launch ceremony was obviously a success, with the huge turnout, and the long, impressive set list that performed that night.


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