These Are My Scars

by: Kimberly deLeon

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Originally published in Script, 2017.
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It’s Wednesday!

Let’s widen our online reading!

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Image description: 3 women looking off camera dressed in robes and jackets, the center woman is in focus and wears goggles on her forehead. All three appear weary and covered in dirt.

I love the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. From just a purely aesthetic standpoint – I love action movies, I love post-apocalyptic stories, I love the cars, I love the way it was brought together in all its excess, its costumes and music and editing and sparse dialogue.

And I also loved it for its embrace of a woman action hero, it’s feminist messages in the refrain “who killed the world?” and in the story of women rescuing women, and for its side story of Nux’s transformation from a religious fanatic to a person who discovers the true meaning of devotion.

But the movie can not be hailed as a feminist masterpiece. As movies improve and representation for women becomes more common, our intersectional feminism for POC still suffers. (See Ghostbusters, another movie I loved but failed in this regard. ) Continue reading “It’s Wednesday!”

It’s Wednesday!

Let’s widen our online reading!

Please click through and read Vrai Kaiser’s essay, “Nobody to Wear” on Popularium. It’s a beautiful look at identity, seeing yourself, and that adolescent feeling of not believing your outside can ever match your inside.

And then click over to Feminist Current for the provocative, “You’ve Heard of Rape Culture, but Have You Heard of Pedophile Culture?” I don’t want us to ever get into the trap of shaming other women for the choices they make with their bodies, but this resonated strongly, every summer when I feel compelled to shave my body baby smooth, every time I see those flirty 50s dresses that keep coming back in style with their petticoats you’d put on a toddler as soon as a grown woman. We want to live in a society where women and men can make free choices about their personal expression, but we don’t live in that society. Not yet.

And finally, a great meme by Jerilyn Hassell Pool, found on facebook.


What have you been reading this week? What’s challenged you?

Women’s History Month

As Women’s History Month comes to a close this year, it’s difficult not to think about how the role of women continues to be viewed and limited, as evidenced by the election of The Orange Menace. If anything his victory taught me (like so many other privileged people that could choose to stay blind for so long) just how pervasive misogyny and racism continue to be in this country.

I want to close out this year’s Women’s History Month by highlighting women in history that have been hidden and marginalized. We have to see it to believe it. Continue reading “Women’s History Month”

Lilith’s Final Warning

artist: Kimberly deLeon

Image description: a dark photograph featuring a small red-roofed house on a brown ground surrounded by 4 fires and a rock. A small amount of dark blue sky can be seen.

Lilith’s Final Warning

15 in. x 10 in.

digital photograph


From the artist: Lilith’s Final Warning focuses on fire as a violent, powerful, and somewhat uncontrollable force. It represents Lilith, an apocryphal precursor to Eve who would not be controlled by Adam. The red roof hut in the photo – the target of Lilith’s ire – is inspired by menstrual huts but more broadly, represents all the boxes we put femininity and womanhood into.

Kimberly deLeon started Lift Magazine in the spring of 2017 as a personal project to both create and seek out socially responsible art. She is a recovering scientist, a recovering Mormon, and a recovering know it all. Her creative endeavors include baking, photography, and creative writing, but she would rather spend all that time watching British TV. She and her husband live in Fort Worth, Texas with their two children and their Yorkie, BamBam.

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