Who is a Woman if not in a Dress?

By Elena Tamagno, TIWP Student I’m not a girl. There’s no way I can be a girl, right? I don’t like skirts, or dresses, or those pink-colored bedsheets. I cut off all my hair and half the people I ran into thought I was a boy or just refused to use gendered terms near me.Continue reading “Who is a Woman if not in a Dress?”

Yes, I’m Female and Autistic

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student People often ask me what it’s like in my head, and I never tell them the truth, because in all honesty, who would listen? I give people minimum-word answers, answers they expect, like “Weird,” “Crazy-land,” and “Unexplainable.” These satisfy people, because they don’t really want to know, or they wouldContinue reading “Yes, I’m Female and Autistic”

My Manifesto

By Daniel Litwin, TIWP Student What is a manifesto? Throughout history people have taken a stand for what they believe―physically in the form of revolution or protest, or in writing, as in a manifesto ― for good or for ill. Notable historical manifestos include The Declaration of Independence (1776), the Declaration of the Rights of theContinue reading “My Manifesto”

Mainstream and Me

By Ellen Jurgens, TIWP College Program I grew up about sixteen miles east of Seattle. In our neighborhood, my family was one of four or five white families. One of six if you count our neighbor to the left who was a middle-aged Russian lady. Obviously she was white, just not as boring as theContinue reading “Mainstream and Me”