Melissa and Rachel are feminists and Joanna Newsom fans who like to write and talk about her music… a lot.
Melissa hails from Brooklyn, NY and is a doctoral fellow in Classical Studies, hoping to focus on Roman women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She has been a feminist ever since she read the Old Testament in its entirety when she was eleven-years old and did not like what she saw. Melissa’s main feminist interests include rape, reproductive justice, the history of the waves, notions of femininity and masculinity, safe(r) and radical spaces, intersectionality, body-policing and bodily autonomy, feminist presentations of women in visual media, and feminist musicians. Joanna Newsom has had a dramatic influence on Melissa’s life and sanity—no other musician has made her feel so human and has made her cry so much in public.
Some of Melissa’s Posts:
Rachel began listening to Joanna Newsom while studying Literature at a small, liberal arts university in Ontario’s “cottage country”. A childhood of east coast Canadian folk music, mixed with her main research interest (representations of gender in Middle English literature and traditional folklore), made Newsom an instant favourite.
She is particularly interested in issues surrounding women’s voices, women as storytellers/balladeers, personal mythologies, and gender-informed readings of traditional folk forms (fairy stories, ballads, oral tales etc).
Some of Rachel’s Posts: