Kelly Rose Pflug-Back
Writer, Student, Social Activist
Kelly Rose Pflug-Back is a writer, student and social activist in Toronto. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in places like Counterpunch, This Magazine, Imaginarium Speculative Fiction, The Vancouver Media Co-op, and many others. Her first book of poems, These Burning Streets, was published with Combustion Books in 2012. She is also a contributing editor with Fifth Estate magazine, America's longest-running journal of anti-authoritarian ideas.
I didn't realize that I wasn't a virgin until the day, after coming home from Grade 1, I finally worked up the courage to ask my mother what sex was. I remember experiencing a strange sinking feeling as she calmly described to me some vague approximation of the terrifying ritual which a group of older boys I knew had been forcing me to perform with them for some time. When I started to become acquainted in later years with the world of feminist activism, I immediately felt alienated by the ways in which mainstream feminist movements approached things like sexual empowerment and body acceptance. Almost 10 years later, the face of popular, "sex-positive" feminism seems to have changed very little.
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