Tired of hearing about legislation based on menstrual cycles, publisher Kim Wyatt sounded a call for essays about women's rights and reproductive health in 2012. A shocking snapshot emerged of regressive policies, the erosion of basic human rights, and the culture that allows this to happen. Get Out of My Crotch! is an attempt to remind, to remember, and to continue the fight for equal rights.

A percentage of the proceeds from this book will go to Planned Parenthood.

About the Editors

Sari Botton is a writer whose articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, More magazine, W, New York Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, the New York Daily News, Time Out New York, the Village Voice, the Rumpus, This Recording, and various anthologies. She’s taught at SUNY Albany, and is a partner in the TMI Project (tmiproject.org), a nonprofit storytelling workshop that empowers teens and adults in underserved communities. Sari is also a New York Times best-selling ghostwriter and the editor of the Seal Press anthology, Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC, to be published in the fall of 2013.

Kim Wyatt is the publisher of Bona Fide Books and Cherry Bomb Books. Kim has worked in most facets of publishing, including journalism, textbook development, manuscript evaluation, and as managing editor at print and online publications. Kim holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Bona Fide Books is the convergence of her lifelong love of literature and commitment to community. She founded its imprint, Cherry Bomb Books, in 2012 to right wrongs.

Contributors

Elissa Bassist edits the Funny Women column on TheRumpus.net and has written for the New York Times, NYMag.com, the Daily Beast, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, and the Rumpus. Visit elissabassist.com for literary, feminist, and personal criticism. 

Martha Bayne is a writer and editor based in Chicago. Founder of the Soup & Bread series of hunger-relief fundraisers, she is the author of Soup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time (Agate/Surrey, 2011), and her features and essays have appeared in Time Out Chicago, Bookforum, the Baffler, the Christian Century, and the Chicago Reader, where she was on staff for ten years.

Rebecca Cohen is the writer and illustrator of the webcomic The Adventures of Gyno-Star. She is also a freelance writer and is always looking for ways to make use of her very expensive dual master’s degrees in cinema studies and education. She lives in Berkeley, California, where she enjoys drinking scotch, drawing funny pictures, and correcting people’s grammar.

Janet Frishberg loves many things, especially writing, used bookstores, eating peas from the pod, and when people give her beautiful music. She’s proud to be a founder of FemSexComm, a community-based workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area. Janet graduated from UC Berkeley, was a 2012 New Leaders Council Fellow, and is a grateful alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives in a light-blue room in San Francisco, where she’s currently working on her first book.

Roxane Gay lives and writes in the Midwest.

Camille Hayes is a Sacramento-based social advocate and writer. Since 2005 she has worked in the anti–domestic violence movement, specializing in policy and public affairs. In addition to her antiviolence work, Camille also has experience in teaching, book editing, and journalism. She has taught writing at several universities and community colleges, and from 2000–2002 worked as a features reporter for a daily newspaper.

Today, Camille’s writing is focused on women’s issues, the nature of social change movements, and how different cultural institutions can combine resources to move society forward. In her free time she cooks, kayaks, and complains about injustice at her blog, Lady Troubles: ladytroubles.com. Camille holds a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of arts in English.

Betty MacDonald, sculptor, writer, and improvisational actor, has been a cast member with Community Playback Theatre for twenty-two years and is affiliated with the International Playback Theatre Network, an organization of more than one hundred companies and practitioners dedicated to a unique form of improvisation. In New York City she studied acting with Walt Witcover and Uta Hagen. Later she studied playwriting with Herbert Berghof and improvisation with Joan Darling of the Premise. More recently she studied monologue with Kirsten Wilson and is currently widening her writing and monologue skills with her involvement in the TMI Project. Betty studied theatre and broadcasting at Emerson College in Boston. Following college, her first job was as a disk jockey, radio actor, and continuity writer for the NBC affiliate in Richmond, Virginia.

Over a period of forty years, Betty sculpted hundreds of porcelain figures shown at galleries and craft fairs in the United States. As a freelance writer she was a regular contributor to travel-industry magazines and a research assistant to a financial writer. Currently she is writing her memoir, Some of the Joys of Aging, or Basking in the Glow of the Golden Years.

A graduate of Duke University, Addy Robinson McCulloch is a freelance writer and editor whose clients include Pearson Education and Houghton Mifflin. She is currently working on a collection of poems. Addy lives in southeastern North Carolina with her husband, two dogs, and an outdoor cat.

Sarah Mirk is a Portland-based writer and comics artist who is curious about gender, politics, history, and other people. Most recently, she wrote and edited the ten-volume series Oregon History Comics and interviewed dozens of strangers for her forthcoming guide to nontraditional relationships, Sex From Scratch. She is a staff writer for the Portland Mercury, where you can read her column, Sexual Politics

Tara Murtha is senior writer at Philadelphia Weekly, where she focuses on news, crime, policy and social justice issues with particular interest in youth violence, sexual violence, gender/media issues, and reproductive rights. In 2012, PW’s “The Rape Issue” earned the first-place Public Interest award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Tara is an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, and she teaches journalism at Temple University. She is currently working on Bobbie Gentry: Ode to Billie Joe for Bloomsbury Academic’s 33 1/3 acclaimed music book series, to be published in 2014.

Rebecca K. O’Connor is the author of the award-winning memoir Lift published by Red Hen Press in 2009. She has published essays and short stories in South Dakota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Los Angeles Times Magazine, West, divide, the Coachella Review, Phantom Seed, Prime Number Magazine, Used Furniture Review, and the Rumpus. Her work has been anthologized in New California Writing 2011, New California Writing 2012, No Place for a Puritan: The Literature of California’s Deserts, and Animal Companions, Animal Doctors, Animal People. Her novel Falcon’s Return was a HOLT Medallion Finalist for best first novel, and she has published numerous reference books on the natural world. rebeccakoconnor.com

Kari O’Driscoll is a writer and mother of two girls who lives in the Pacific Northwest. She has worked extensively in the healthcare field, both in direct patient care and in program assessment/quality management. She is passionate about medical ethics and women’s health care and has had work published online in Buddha Chick Life magazine, Elevate Difference, and BlogHer.com and has written poetry for the upcoming anthology The Cancer Poetry Project, to be published in January 2013. Kari maintains a blog where she writes about parenting, health and nutrition, and spirituality. the-writing-life.blogspot.com

Dolores P. is now a nurse practitioner in New York working in family planning and community health. She still really, really, really loves her job.

Katha Pollitt is well known for her wit and her keen sense of both the ridiculous and the sublime. Her Subject to Debate column, which debuted in 1995 and which the Washington Post called “the best place to go for original thinking on the left,” appears every other week in the Nation; it is frequently reprinted in newspapers across the country. In 2003, Subject to Debate won the National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. Katha is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute.

Many of Katha’s contributions to the Nation are compiled in three books: Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism (Knopf); Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture (Modern Library); and Virginity or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time (Random House). In 2007, Random House published her collection of personal essays, Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories.

Katha has also written essays and book reviews for the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New Republic, Harper’s, Ms., Glamour, Mother Jones, the New York Times, and the London Review of Books. She has appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air and All Things Considered, Charlie Rose, The McLaughlin Group, CNN, Dateline NBC, and the BBC. Her work has been republished in many anthologies and is taught in many university classes.

Katha has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship for her poetry. Her 1982 book Antarctic Traveller won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have been published in many magazines and are reprinted in many anthologies, most recently The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006). Her second collection, The Mind-Body Problem, was published by Random House in 2009.

Born in New York City, Katha was educated at Harvard and the Columbia University School of the Arts. She has lectured at dozens of colleges and universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brooklyn College, UCLA, the University of Mississippi, and Cornell. She has taught poetry at Princeton, Barnard, and the 92nd Street Y, and women’s studies at the New School University.    

Mira Ptacin is a creative nonfiction and children’s book author, a New York Times best-selling ghostwriter, and the founder and executive director of Freerange Nonfiction, a New York City reading series and storytelling collective. She teaches writing at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, and lives on Peaks Island with her husband and two dogs. miraptacin.com, Twitter: MiraPtacin

J. Victoria Sanders has been a writer and journalist for over fifteen years. Her writing has appeared in Bitch, the Utne Reader, Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the Austin American-Statesman. Her work has been widely anthologized, and her publication credits include Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time; Quiet Storm: Voices of Young Black Poets; Madonna & Me; and the forthcoming Seal Press anthology Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions. She recently completed her first book, Single & Happy, which will be published in 2013. She is a Bronx native living in Austin, Texas. She blogs at jvictoriasanders.com and partyofones.com.

Kevin Sampsell is the publisher of Future Tense Books, a small press based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Salon, Nerve, Hobart, the Rumpus, Fairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. His books include the story collection Creamy Bullets (Chiasmus Press) and the memoir A Common Pornography (Harper Perennial). Find him at kevinsampsell.com.

Kate Sheppard is a staff reporter in Mother Jones’s Washington bureau. She was previously the political reporter for Grist and a writing fellow at the American Prospect. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times’s Room for Debate blog, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, High Country News, the Center for Public Integrity, the Washington IndependentForeign Policy, the Washington SpectatorIn These Times, and Bitch. Mother Jones’s team coverage of the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen was a finalist for a 2010 Digital Ellie from the American Society of Magazine Editors, and Kate was part of the reporting team whose coverage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster won a 2010 Online News Association award for spot news reporting as well as a beat reporting awardfrom the Society of Environmental Journalists. Kate was a contributor for Countdown with Keith Olbermann on Current TV in 2011, and has appeared on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, and a number of radio programs around the country. 

s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects. smith delights in amplifying the voices of those who are often silenced and challenging dominant ideas about justice, equality, and liberation to ensure that all those with a stake in the fight for justice are heard. International publication credits include work for the Sydney Morning Herald, Bitch, the Guardian, and AlterNet, among many other news outlets and magazines.

Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the anti-memoir The Chronology of Water, the novel Dora: A Headcase: A Modern Farce, and three books of short stories. She is the founder of Chiasmus Press and a core faculty member of the MFA program at Eastern Oregon University. She doesn't much believe in genre anymore, she writes without apology, and she is a very good swimmer.