WHO WE ARE...
Historically, the creative work of women has been underrepresented and under-appreciated. Often times women could not even be credited for their artistic work as that was thought to be unacceptable. Have you ever read a book or seen a painting from an earlier time in history that was attributed to "Anonymous?" Well, in the words of Virginia Woolf, "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."
Started in 2016 at New York University through a grant intended to build community spaces, we at The Rational Creature are a team of creative individuals working against this long, biased history to find and create work that explores the fight for feminist issues, promotes messages of intersectionality, and strives toward overall gender, racial, and sexual equality for all.
WHAT WE DO...
We publish biannual journals to showcase work exploring issues regarding gender politics and expression. From essays to photo series, documentaries to artwork, we are open to all forms and individuals whose artistic goals are the same as ours. Teamwork makes the dreamwork! We also operate a blog for shorter, topical pieces throughout the year.
In addition to our publications, we hold a number of other events. We sponsor salon series where we encourage open discussions on topics relating to gender (such as sexual assault treatment on college campuses and women working in STEAM). We work with organizations such as Planned Parenthood and New Sanctuary Coalition to raise funds for causes with similar principals to ours. Plus, we host killer launch parties to celebrate each and every volume published!
HOW YOU CAN HELP...
Visiting this website is the first step! What we do is possible through the support of others. Every bit of funding to support this project is raised by our team. Please consider supporting us by purchasing something in our shop or by attending an upcoming event.
Any other questions/ideas and open positions on our team can be found here.
Rachel A.G. Gilman
Rachel is a NYC-based writer and journalist. She holds a B.A. from NYU and is pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing at Columbia University and an MSt in Creative Writing at The University of Oxford. Her previous work includes WNYU-FM, TV Guide Magazine, Popdust, and others. She has interned at W. W. Norton & Company and Grove/Atlantic. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal, Issue 58. She enjoys turtles, corgis, and the Kinks.
Hannah is a sophomore in the Liberal Studies Program, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Creative Writing.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Cian is a sophomore at NYU studying Journalism, Linguistics, and Gender and Sexuality Studies. A lifelong queer activist, they hope to bring visibility to queer issues and narratives through their writing. Along with writing, they enjoy cooking, hiking, and performing with the Lesbian and Gay Big Apple Corps, New York City’s only entirely queer and allied concert band.
Social Media Director
Yasmeen is a third-year student at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a Social Media Director for The Rational Creature. You can catch her calling out people on twitter, wearing rose embroidered clothing, or collecting magazines to tape to her apartment walls. She is a devout advocate of human rights, especially in contexts where women are more vulnerable, so when she’s not telling you to listen to Janelle Monáe, she’s probably venting about the world.