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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