As 2018 is wrapping up, we wanted to share some of our most popular pieces from the past year with you – and what a year it’s been! Two print magazines, scores of blog posts, and plenty of wine later, the proFmagazine team has loved learning from and sharing with our readers over the past 12 months. Without further ado, here are proF’s top five most-read articles of 2018:
5. The Inevitable Question: A Personal Essay for Limb Difference Awareness Month by Lauren
“’What happened to your arm?’
I’ve been asked this question what feels like a million times.
The simple answer is, ‘No one really knows.’”
Here at proF, we’re not afraid to get personal. Lauren did just that in April, sharing her insights and experiences for Limb Difference Awareness Month.
4. Gun Violence on College Campuses: Does Concealed Carry Help Or Harm? by Terri
“It has been said that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But is this true? Could students and staff with concealed weapons have prevented these shootings? According to a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 20% of undergraduate women have been sexually assaulted. Could concealed carry weapons lower this statistic?”
Unfortunately, gun violence at educational institutions across the country continued to make headlines in 2018. Terri helped break down the statistics and primary arguments behind the debate over concealed carry at US colleges.
3. proFile of Suzie Sheehy by Suzette
“As the underlying issue stems from society itself, it is not the job of women alone to fix it. It is not my role to inform and educate my male colleagues about these issues, but I will encourage them to do their own research and reading and discuss it with them. In my research group, the male group members now openly call out instances of sexism and are some of my strongest allies. They have even helped me problem-solve responses to inappropriate behavior, and I believe involving them in this way has helped them realize that this stuff really happens, and how emotionally draining it is to constantly deal with it alone.”
Getting to sit down with outspoken, dynamic and groundbreaking #CampusWomen is one of the unique joys about working with proF, and Suzette’s interview with physicist and award-winning lecturer Suzie Sheehy was no exception.
2. Crisis of Power: A Review of Naomi Alderman’s Dystopian Novel by Laura
“Alderman’s novel is not a result of any one man’s abuse of power. Rather, it is a response to hundreds of years of patriarchal power. We may feel a political crisis emerging when it comes to the mistreatment of women and children, but it is the work of writers like Atwood, Le Guin and now Alderman that provide important counter stories.”
In a year dominated by eerily accurate comparisons to the world of The Handmaid’s Tale, novels like Naomi Alderman’s The Power turned typical imaginings of dystopian patriarchy on their heads.
1. On Geriatric Motherhood by Rebecca
“There are a number of women who choose to have or adopt children earlier in their academic careers, and dang, am I impressed by them. Motherhood is challenging no matter when one takes on the mantle. And the truth, of course, is that society and career pressure really shouldn’t dictate when a woman decides to become a mother – that is a decision she (and in some measure her partner, her doctor and possibly the adoption courts) should determine. Of course, there are things to consider as one gets older, and to be clear, I am not advocating for waiting. But being an older mother does have some ‘perks.’”
Our top story of 2018 was a clear winner from one of our founding contributors. Rebecca’s reflection on becoming a “geriatric” mother – all while balancing a career in academia along with personal goals – racked up the most reads and generated some compelling conversation as well.
As always, we’re so grateful for the community of #CampusWomen and supporters who have helped us take this magazine from dream to reality. We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings, and we hope you’ll share your goals, triumphs and setbacks with us. Don’t forget to let us know your thoughts on our top five articles from 2018! Is one of your favorite pieces missing? Let us know in the comments – we can’t wait to hear from you!