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From Feminist Porn to Psychic Tears, the Best of The Swaddle in 2019

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Dec 23, 2019

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In case you missed it, here’s a collection of the issues and articles The Swaddle team devoted itself to over the past year. Thanks for reading.

This year in Health, we …

Busted period myths and stigma

Critiqued health care

Took on diet culture and disordered eating

Helped readers to better know and care for their vaginas (and the parts that aren’t technically the vagina)

Challenged the idea that beauty equals health and hygiene

Examined the barriers to good mental health

Explored how culture complicates birth control

This year in Science, we …

Unpacked the gendered issues affecting STEM education and research

Learned more about how our minds and bodies work

Dived deep into the current climate crisis

Freaked ourselves out

This year in Family, we …

Explored the breadth of experience of LGBTQ+ people within a biased society

Spotlit how ingrained sexism harms everyone from the earliest ages

Challenged traditional assumptions and gendered norms around families

This year in Culture, we …

Took on inequity and bias in sport

Featured the habits and trends that our days a little better

Called out the habits and trends that our days a little worse

Scrutinized the obstacles and solutions to equal opportunity at work

Sought out new ways of exploring sex

Called out bias in the media

This year, we talked to …

This year, we’re most proud of …

  • Why the Moon’s Cultural Legacy Still Endures
    “This was the first feature I filed for The Swaddle! Picking this because writing it was an excellent lesson in picking up a humongous topic, choosing what fits in a strong narrative, and stitching it together. Plus, I enjoy a fun fashion reference in features about things that are not fashion.”
    Aditi Murti, Features Writer
  • My series: This Is My Family, Know Your RightsPeripheral Vision, and What It’s Like To Live With
    “Every chapter of these four series I’ve worked on has been an eye-opener and, at the same time, overwhelming. If not for these series, how else would I get a peek inside people’s lives, their struggles, how they’ve reached where they are right now, and what it takes to defy norms and live in a way that it becomes an inspiration for society. To more such stories, and more power to the people in 2020.”
    Anubhuti Matta, Associate Editor
  • As Marriage Has Changed, So Too, Has Infidelity
    “This became a minor obsession — looking into why people cheat. Ultimately, while motivation is highly unique, there’s a social and historical undercurrent that the piece exposed to me that was very common. It was fascinating to learn about that and hear how it played out in individual relationships, and humbling to listen to people speak so candidly about their most intimate relationships — not all of which stories could fit into the piece, unfortunately.”
    Liesl Goecker, Managing Editor
  • All The Arguments You Need: to Prove Fat Isn’t Necessarily Unhealthy
    “I like this piece more than most I have written because I was just tired of explaining this to people around me until I wrote it, and now all I have to do is send a link. Oh, I also got a lot of hate for this, so yay! Always fun to anger some fatphobes in life.”
    Rajvi Desai, Culture Editor
  • The Batman‑Joker Universe Offers a Crucial Platform to Talk About Mental Health
    “This piece is a personal favorite from 2019. Timed to the release of Joker, and written during a difficult personal time, I am proud of how I was able to place two male comic characters in the context of mental health — convincingly, without pissing off the many, many Batman-Joker fans.”
    Pallavi Prasad, Features Editor

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Written By Liesl Goecker

Liesl Goecker is The Swaddle’s managing editor and has been living and writing in Mumbai since 2010. She is passionate about women’s rights, everyone’s health, and caffeine.

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