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. Since its inception, As It Ought To Be has published commentaries on a wide range of topics, including current events, politics, and cultural criticism. We’ve just finished archiving the past five years of articles. Check out our newly updated … Continue reading

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Against Provocation: a Roundabout Response to John Sanford Friedrich

by Eric Kroczek On Inauguration Day 2017, a meme was born. Actually many memes were born that day, but the ones I’m thinking of featured noted white supremacist Richard B. Spencer getting punched in the jaw as he was giving … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: “LET THEM NOT SAY” BY JANE HIRSHFIELD – A POEM OF SOLIDARITY & PROTEST

from LET THEM NOT SAY By Jane Hirschfield: Let them not say: we did not see it. We saw. Let them not say: we did not hear it. We heard. … Let them not say: it was not spoken, not … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: THE HEART OF A WOMAN

THE HEART OF A WOMAN By Georgia Douglas Johnson The heart of a woman goes forth with the dawn, As a lone bird, soft winging, so restlessly on, Afar o’er life’s turrets and vales does it roam In the wake … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: A DOROTHY PARKER POEM DEDICATED TO HILLARY CLINTON

THE LADY’S REWARD By Dorothy Parker Lady, lady, never start Conversation toward your heart; Keep your pretty words serene; Never murmur what you mean. Show yourself, by word and look, Swift and shallow as a brook. Be as cool and … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: DEVIN KELLY

FEAR OF By Devin Kelly We are discussing the roots of things. How phobia means fear of, and we make them up. Bookaphobia. Classroomaphobia. Girlaphobia. I say there will be a quiz. They laugh. It is evening in a small … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: JEN CAMPBELL

Vaginaland By Jen Campbell “Vaginaland” was previously published in English Pen “Poems for Pussy Riot” and appears here today with permission from the poet. Jen Campbell is an award-winning poet and short story writer. She’s also the author of the … Continue reading

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SATURDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: LAURA E. DAVIS

By Laura E. Davis: ATTITUDES TOWARD SEX THE BOYS ARE ALWAYS TALKING about their cocks, naming names—Rebecca, Elizabeth, Ashley—we see these girls all lined up, waiting to admire the boys’ cocks. And the boys talk about size of their cocks, … Continue reading

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Hell Yes, I’m Intolerant

    Hell Yes, I’m Intolerant By Joanna Schroeder The other day on Facebook a friend of mine shared his thoughts on the Coca Cola ad set to the song “America the Beautiful.” My friend’s status said, “If this bothered you… I don’t … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to North Carolina’s Governor

Dear Governor McCrory: In light of the new law allowing concealed weapons in bars, I’d like to propose to you and your cronies (McCrory’s Cronies has a nice ring, doesn’t it?) a law that would allow open containers at gun … Continue reading

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