From the Island of Hungry Ghosts: A Lyrical Essay on Rape Culture

*The Ghosts of My Ancestors* My Grandpa Jake grew up in the fog of Appalachian superstition. I remember he’d always turn the car around or throw salt over his shoulder at the mere sight of a possible omen. He taught me that dead spirits get inside of you by climbing into your mouth, so, he’d … [Read more…]

A Week’s Worth of Women in the News

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photo by Peter Salanki

  See a collection of links pertaining to Charlotte here, and keep up with AB’s Facebook page, where more good pieces are being shared regularly. I’d like to add this piece by Roxane Gay, from July, which remains relevant: On Making Black Lives Matter.   It’s #BiWeek, dedicated to bisexual visibility, but a magazine for … [Read more…]

Here’s the best of what we’ve read #CharlotteProtest


  This is by no means an all-inclusive list but we hope it will offer insight into the protests in Charlotte and the larger Black Lives Matter movement that continues to grow in the face of near-monthly abuses and tragedies. There are also a few pointed suggestions here on how we can all support a … [Read more…]

Well, I Declare with Jenn Snyder


Jenn Snyder, along with a close group of friends and fellow comedians, created and continue to nurture Columbia, South Carolina’s ever-growing comedy scene. And, as Jenn increasingly takes her show on the road, she’s been breaking stereotypes about the region and bringing queer Southerners to the forefront. We here at Auntie Bellum jump at every … [Read more…]

What Would Blanche DuBois Do?

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Today’s the 65th anniversary of the cinematic release of A Streetcar Named Desire. The film, based on Tennessee Williams’ tragic 1947 play, is iconic in its portrayal of the frail, troubled Southern woman, the poor and pregnant, blindly-dedicated Southern wife, and the violent, gaslighting manchild. Despite her British heritage, Vivien Leigh, in her second turn … [Read more…]

Auntie Bellum Weekend Mix #16

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On this week’s mix, you’ll find some banjo ballads, haunting folk songs, Americana, electronica, bounce, and more. Also, our photo editor Thomas Hammond just got back from Hopscotch 2016 with some new finds. For those of you who don’t know, this is a series that highlights the many Southern women and non-binary and trans Southerners … [Read more…]