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Lady Lattes & Maiden Mochas / Food

Ladies, charge up your day and uncover your barista’s unsolicited politics with any one of these six, functional Lady Latte & Maiden Mocha recipes, courtesy of The Re(a)d Table and The Bottomless Cup. After all, resistance is serious business, but there’s no reason to fight a bitter battle when victory is delectably sweet.

1) Too smart and spicy? You’re Hysterically Caffeinated

Hazelnut
Chili Powder
Dark Chocolate Mocha
Cashew Milk
Whipped cream topped with crushed spiced nuts

2) Shut up and double the chocolate, it’s Lady Business (aka, the Aunt Flo)

Beet sauce
Chocolate Milano
Dark Chocolate Mocha
Whole Milk
Whipped cream with beet drizzle

3) Get nasty and put on your Pussyhat Capp

Strawberry Syrup
Hemp Milk
Espresso

Alt: Rose Syrup, Whole Milk and Espresso
Alt: Milk and Espresso with Strawberry drizzle

4) Fall crazy in love with the fierce Queen B.

Honey
Amaretto
Whole Milk
Whipped cream with honeycomb

5) Grow natural from the inside out with the Hairy Dairy

Irish Cream
White Chocol…
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This Will Be My Undoing / Book Review

Morgan Jerkins’ debut essay collection, This Will Be My Undoing, promises the reader 10 essays about "living at the intersection of black, female, and feminist in (white) America”. From the first essay to the last, Jerkins does not stray from that promise; she keeps us there.

Her words are raw and direct. In the first essay, Monkeys Like You, Jerkins writes about the cultural norms that surrounded her at 10, and how they shaped her desire to join the all-white cheerleading squad. The experience was the catalyst for her understanding of what it means to grow up as a black woman in a predominantly white society. From there, she segways into memories of mean girls, and commentary about old-school feminism.

In one of the final paragraphs of the essay, she gives the disclaimer, “This book is not about all women, but it is meant for all women”. Jerkins, a Princeton University graduate based in Harlem, purposefully directs the bulk of her words to black women working to just be in a wh…

Urgent, Unheard Stories / Book Review

Roxane Gay's Urgent, Unheard Stories is a pocket-size love letter to books and authors past, present, and aspiring. At only 64 pages in length, Urgent is printed as a petite hard back with a brown, paper bag-esque cover design and font selection that makes it feel a little "top secret".

This quick-glance impression got me before I realized the book was written by Gay. In this way, I feel the cover doesn’t do this tiny gem justice. As a new, obsessive fan of Gay’s writing, I shouldn’t have been surprised that she wrote it. If anything, I should have already known. Still, I’m happy to have it now.

Unfortunately, Urgent, Unheard Stories only takes an hour or two to finish, but for anyone who has wondered how a writer’s mind works, these seven essays read like an intimate coffee-and-chat with one of today’s most notable. Gay dishes on the books that have shaped her, and those that have most commanded her attention.

“In all these books and in so many more, I find the most es…

Explicit* I'm Not Sorry for What I Read / Essay

It’s a word that drips with arrogance, ‘feminist’. “Angry slut”, however, is what his eyes brand across my forehead at the checkout counter. I’m buying feminist magazines for the first time ever. They won’t be my last.

I’m femme, but I dressed more butch today. It’s cold, so I thought nothing of lacing up heavy boots to match my camouflage jacket. My lip gloss wore off an hour ago with my mocha. But I doubt it would have mattered if it hadn’t; I looked like a lesbian, and here I was, buying ‘femi-nazi’ propaganda.

I can read all of this because I’ve met, and purchased, from this clerk a few times before, on days when I was ‘cuter’, and ‘more approachable’. He was jovial and friendly then. He was today, too, before I reached the counter. Now, feminist magazines in tow, it’s clear that I’m not what he wanted me to be.

Now, he knows I won’t play with my hair for him, or giggle at his jokes (unless they’re actually funny). If he finds a way to get close, I’ll only waste his time. I would…

A Note From The Editor / About

On my red table are books and magazines written by women to empower other women. The subjects include essay collections, biographies, cookbooks, car guides, lgbtq romances, and feminist books and magazines. If I’ve gone off the deep end by any standards, to me, I haven’t gone far enough. I want more.

Inspired by the late nights spent at my actual red table, The Re(a)d Table is my excuse to explore women-centered topics in-depth, and it’s my ‘safe space’ to vent about the inherent issues and judgements I’ve come across by doing so. There will be book reviews, personal essays, and interviews with other badass, professional women. I hope these articles inspire you in much the same way my books have inspired me.

So, grab a cup of coffee, and pull up a chair. Welcome to The Re(a)d Table.

-Megan Wolfe