Make Muse is thrilled to debut our 2nd print magazine. The magazine is a scrapbook-style collection of exclusive content, our favorite online pieces, op-eds, art, photography, and writing. Make Muse believes in the power of slow media, as this 140-page book is designed to be read over and over again. Read the issue 2 intro letter and check out the cover below. You can now preorder the magazine until late April 2019. The magazine will officially go on sale in mid-May 2019.
The Make Muse magazine is a semi-annual project with exclusive pieces and the best of our submitted content, resembling a scrapbook or journal of sorts. We’re calling our second issue our sophomore issue, as it covers the wisdom and the playfulness similar to the ethos of Make Muse.
The magazine will officially be out on May 16, 2019 and will ship thereafter.
I’m pleased to welcome you to issue 2 of Make Muse. You know what they say, first is the worst, second is the best!! Second also equates to sophomore or “wise fool.” I’d like to think Make Muse has both a sage and playful spirit.
Since Make Muse was birthed onto the internet, the number one question I receive from readers, social media followers, and my own friends and family is about our name. What could Make Muse possibly mean?!!
Well, there’s a lot of things.
Make Muse sounds like “make music” and comes from a line in Arthur O’Shaugnessy’s poem, “Ode.” The first line reads, “We are the music makers.” The first stanza has been my phone wallpaper for years and serves as my personal mantra as to how I want to live my life. I like to tell people that Make Muse is, “the muse to make a change,” and features photos, writing, media meant to inspire you to go out and do something.
Here are some other interpretations:
Make Muse is also the idea that you are the muse of your own life. Make Muse is transforming the notion of the muse into an interesting- rather than one dimensional- person. Make Muse is actually going out doing something because of what you’ve seen on the internet or in a book. Make Muse is not morphing into the dominant masculinity and owning femininity. Make Muse is the marriage of activism and art. Make Muse is knowing there’s more than looks. Make Muse is smashing society. Make Muse is the time between teenage-hood and adulthood. The reality meets mythological. The intelligent meets creative. Make Muse is a breeding ground for makers. Make Muse is about fostering the interests, hobbies, and curiosities you have. Make Muse is a renaissance- a rebirth.
And I think a lot of these ideas relate to the idea that it could be for the *wise fool*, too.
I called a friend recently (on a Friday night, no less) and chatted for hours. She- of course- happened to inquire about Make Muse’s name during the conversation and my definition of its meaning. I told her that Make Muse is whatever you take from it. Whatever you want it to be. Whatever it makes you feel, consider, or do.
**Take note that I said Friday night. I’m sitting here in my pajamas, drinking tea. But I also kind of want to be at a preschool because I’m dying to do crafts right now. If age is wisdom, then my senior-citizen tendencies probably are making my IQ soar. However, there might be something foolish about having an intense need to DIY or even starting a ~print~ magazine in this day and age. Wise Fool. Weird moods.
I kind of hate the word “founder.” It’s just a publication that’s a collection of interesting things. It’s up to you to find out what Make Muse is to you.
By Maura Sheedy
In my last spring break, I disappeared for a night. While I suspect that this was the second time I’ve been roofied, I’ll probably never know for sure. After waking up in a strange place and returning home, I saw the damage that I believe I had caused--the tears and panic in my mom’s eyes, my boyfriend sitting in the driveway crying as he waited for me to come home. I don’t know what happened that night.
In a world where engaging in feminist discourse can sometimes be wearing, it is always important to keep in mind how to stay happy and close with your female friends. Female networks are vital to staying happy and healthy. With this in mind, ‘gassing’ is a great way of sending positive energy someone else’s way.
The conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault has become far more open in the last few years, yet there is still a stigma surrounding violence involving men or LGBTQ+ people. Run by Children's Inn, an emergency shelter for women and children, the domestic violence support group is starting sessions for these marginalized victims.
A study from the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin indicates that women are increasingly basing decisions on their future partners’ moves. The caregiving or breadwinning role that heterosexual young women envision for themselves could depend on the extent to which they think men will be involved in taking care of their future families.
I remember yearning to feel the intrinsic bond every child seems to share with grandparents, But the title “abuelos (grandparents)” did not make them any less of strangers to me. In that moment I thought, maybe, if we had more in common, that connection would instantaneously spark.
Time’s Up, a movement created to combat gender discrimination and sexual assault in the workplace, is fronted and supported by various female celebrities. They are using their fame and status to push for change in various industries. Brie Larson, Stacy Smith, and Tessa Thompson, three key leaders of the movement, spoke about the next concrete steps for Time’s Up with the Hollywood Reporter.
Pushing for gender equality often comes down to removing restrictive gender roles. Mothers are often constrained to being solely caregivers in the family, whilst men are the breadwinners. To fight such reductive stereotypes, we must promote active behavior to the contrary, such as providing the facilities for men to care for children just as much as women do.
The Indian State of Maharashtra held its first LGBTQ+ literary festival, Sahitya Sammelan, in the local dialect of Marashi. Organized by the Samapathik Trust, people from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum were invited to share their stories of coming out, finding their identity, or anything else they wanted to discuss.