July 14, 2010

Womyn Wednesday!

WOMYN magazine is excited to announce that we will be featuring polls from our community in the magazine! We want to hear what you have to say about LGBT issues, queer women, Duke, and a combination of the three! To this end, we're going to post a weekly poll here on the blog so that we hear everyone's voice in the magazine. The general goal of WOMYN magazine is to increase the visiblity of queer women on this campus, and we can't think of a better way to reach our community and beyond than the BDU blog. A special thank-you to Chris Perry, the editor of the BDU blog, who is letting us post a weekly poll!

Our first WOMYN poll is:
Who is your favorite out, queer, woman-identified celebrity role-model?

Click here to take the first WOMYN poll.

Want to view the results? Check out the UPB newstands when WOMYN is realesed on campus in late October!

Why are there so many options to choose from? The honest truth is that, we (Jack, Jess McD., Summer, Brandy, and Michelle) had difficulty providing just the 11 names (well, its technically 12, unless you want to count Tegan and Sarah as a unit). At one point we had a list of 15-16 women. It was actually a pretty powerful exercise to work on and realize the countless LGBTQ-identified women who have so profoundly impacted our culture. We picked 11 names but there are so many others that we're missing, so we also added a "submit your own" field if you have a different favorite.

And don't forget - submissions are now being accepted for the magazine! Click here to look at some ideas of what to submit. (Remember, submissions are rolling, which means that you have a better chance of getting your piece published if you send it in earlier, and it's less work for us!) Contact WOMYN by emailing us (womynatduke@gmail.com) or by visiting our website.


  1. No Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City?

  2. Are you more interested in the role-model aspect or the favorite celebrity aspect because I would pick different womyn for each? I'm thinking you want role-model? Correct?

  3. Hey anonymous 1 - we totally talked about Cynthia Nixon, but since she's not on there, feel free to submit her in the "fill in the blank". =) glad you're thinking outside of just our choices! it's totally a statement that we have to choose from so many.

    Anonymous 2 - well, this might be up to you! speaking as an individual, I would look at the role-model aspect with the most weight in this question, but of course you need to consider "out" and "queer" with some weight (or else they wouldn't be on the list). :D