catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Women’s Worlds

vol. 7, num. 21 :: 2008.11.21 — 2008.12.05

As much as social structures and roles have changed with regard to gender equality, deeply ingrained ideas remain about what is feminine. Are these aspects of the 21st century to be embraced or resisted—or some combination of the two?



Femininity and the Big-Boned Gal

Reflecting on identity via a mother's larger-than-life mythology.


Unequal embrace

Contextualizing a healthy sense of gender identity within a hierarchy of privilege.


The mouse that roared

A sixth grade boy stumbles upon mystique on the middle school stage.

A porch glider and a glass of sweet tea

A grandmother's humble lessons about what it means to be a woman.

Finding my feminine

Seeking good questions and good answers on a personal journey toward feminism.

An essay unwritten

On receiving a call for submissions for the "Women's Worlds" issue of catapult magazine.

To be two

A fantastic tale about losing--and finding--one's voice.

Conversation: “Women’s Worlds”

Your opportunity to be a part of the conversation about women and femininity.

How to have a meaningful Christmas

Embracing mystical experience as a means of understanding the incarnation.


High school drama

A review of the teen noir film Brick.


In case you missed it the first time

On becoming a Diva for Jesus

Some words about conscious personal care for women, with a warning to those who faint at the thought of seeing The Vagina Monologues.

Into Esther

A keynote address from Jubilee 2006 that takes a look at what one of the Old Testament's more obscure texts is speaking to us here and now.

Neither Minnie Mouse nor Wonder Woman

An overview of the genre and two specific novels reveals changing images of women.

Weaving the web

Broadway’s Glass Ceiling

Why an artistic culture dominated by men is a problem.


Ain’t I a Mommy?

Bookstores brim with motherhood memoirs. Why are so few of them penned by women of color?



An excerpt from Greg Bottoms’ new book Fight Scenes.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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