Call for Submissions for My Body, My Health
UPDATE July 1, 2012: We are no longer accepting submissions
Call for essay, short fiction and poetry submissions
for an edited volume on women and health
Editors: Kit-Bacon Gressitt and Jodie Lawston, PhD
Women’s health became a key issue for the women’s liberation movement in the 1960s as women began to explore every aspect of themselves: their traditional roles, their expanding opportunities, their bodies, even their genitalia. And health continues to be an issue of keen interest for feminists — Third Wave, Second Wave and certainly our surviving Suffragists — as women struggle for proper diagnoses; advocate for their ill children, parents, partners and themselves; address patriarchal attempts to control their health (as exemplified in the recent congressional hearings on birth control); and demand clinical trials that test new drugs on women, not just men.
Yet few women’s stories about their experiences with health issues are shared beyond workplace women’s rooms, grocery store checkout lines and kitchen tables. Sorrowful and infuriating, hilarious and humiliating, our stories must be told, because women’s health concerns have been denied, ignored, misdiagnosed, and belittled. Today, as women are taking back control of their health and wresting their bodies away from the medicalization and politicization of what used to be natural and private, our stories — of successes and failures — will help others do the same.
This anthology will serve as a soapbox for women of all sexualities, races, classes, ages, and abilities, from which to tell their tales of health and illness, care giving and receiving, recovery and degeneration, birthing and dying, political advocacy and oppression. It is a soft shoulder and a bullhorn, a cup of chamomile tea and a concoction that will knock your socks off. This volume will allow the reader to take a look at a wide variety of issues pertaining to women’s health, from media influences on women’s body images, to women in sports, to women’s experiences with alternative healthcare practices, to women midwifing their parents to their deaths and helping birth their grandchildren.
We hope you have a feminist story or two you want to share with us in the form of an essay, short fiction piece, or poem. We are particularly interested in creative approaches to the overall theme of women and health. Each woman experiences health in so many ways, from so many perspectives: her own health, a parent’s health, a partner’s, child’s or friend’s health. And women seek better health in myriad ways from a variety of practitioners, including themselves. The topics below are suggestions only. Perhaps you have a story about a topic we haven’t thought of, but one that settles comfortably in our overall theme of women’s health. If so, we would like to see it.
We will be submitting the book proposal concurrent with editing the anthology.
Suggested topics of interest — as they relate to women’s health
Death and Dying
End of life care, hospice and palliative care
Discrimination and Violence
Contending with homophobia, heterosexism, or transphobia
Rape and other sexual assault
Violence against women and girls
Healthcare and Self Care
Alternative medicine and health practices
Caring for aging parents
Dance and other movement
Home and traditional remedies
Sick child care
Social changes in how women’s health is understood
Clinical trials, sex, gender and women’s health
Identities, Relationships and Sexuality
Sexual orientation or preference
Illness and Disease
Breast health and breast cancer
Cancer and other diseases, including ovarian cancer and osteoporosis
Intersections of women and health
Women, health and class
Women, health and disability
Women, health and gender
Women, health and the media
Women, health and politics
Women, health and poverty
Women, health and race
Women loving women
Media influences on women’s body images
Clinical trials and pharmaceuticals
Medical problems and the healthcare system
Organic living or farming
Weight, eating disorders, etc.
Policy and Politics
Politics surrounding women’s health
Public funding and women’s health
Public policy and women’s health
Legislation and women’s health
Reproductive Choice and Health
Birth control and family planning
Childbirth and child rearing
Doulas and midwifery
Pregnancy, birthing and post-partum
Women and sports
…and other sports!
Authors may submit one or two pieces to be considered for inclusion in the anthology.
Previously published works can be submitted, and international contributions with universal health themes are welcome.
Essays and stories may be no more than 15 pages or about 4,000 words.
Submissions must be made electronically.
If you submit two pieces, please include them in ONE Microsoft Word document
Please use the following formatting:
– Double-space prose, single space poetry
– Indent start of paragraphs to the first tab
– Make proper use of italics and quotation marks for titles.
– Include your full name, phone number, email address and street address on the first page of your manuscript, and your full name and page number on each subsequent page.
– Include the title of each piece in the body of the page, at the top of the piece.
– If you use references, please use MLA style. Information can be found here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/. Please keep references to a minimum (no more than 3 – 5 per submission).
– Please do not use any other formatting.
Please attach your submission, in MSWord, to an email and send it to both:
Jodie Lawston: firstname.lastname@example.org and Kit-Bacon Gressitt: email@example.com
Deadline for submissions: June 28, 2012
Questions? Email Kit-Bacon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jodie (email@example.com).
Jodie M. Lawston is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at California State University San Marcos. She is the author of Sisters Outside: Radical Activists Working for Women Prisoners and co-editor of Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists. Her other scholarly publications include articles in the anthologies (Re) Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience; Milestones for American Women: Our Defining Passages; Beyond Cages and Walls: Bridging Prison Abolition and Immigrant Justice Movements; and Women, Punishment, and Community Sanctions: Human Rights and Social Justice. She has peer-reviewed articles published in Gender & Society, Sociological Focus, Social Justice, Sage Open, and the National Women’s Studies Association Journal. She has edited several additional projects, including a special issue of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal entitled “Women and Criminal Justice: Policing, Prosecution, and Incarceration” (with Ashley Lucas), and with Martha Escobar a special issue of Social Justice entitled “Policing, Detention, Deportation, and Resistance: Situating Immigrant Justice and Carcerality in the 21st Century.” She was recently appointed to the editorial board of Gender & Society, and is currently co-editing a book with Mary Romero, entitled In Between the Shadows of Citizenship: Mixed Status Families.
Kit-Bacon Gressitt is a former editorial board member and feminist political columnist for the San Diego North County Times. Her Pulitzer Prize-submitted commentary received first place awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists. She now writes book reviews for the newspaper, and her feminist commentary is published by the Ocean Beach Rag, the Progressive Post, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and on her blog, excusemeimwriting.com. She is also founding editor of IG Living, a healthcare magazine for patients and providers; co-founder and editor of The Bridge, an erstwhile literary journal; and her work has been published in the 2006, 2011 and 2012 editions of the San Diego Poetry Annual.