As a woman in a male dominated field, I have become very aware and exposed to the physical and social spaces that are granted to me. In a literal sense, my space is always minimized or marginalized in the gym. One example is the turf area at the gym that I worked at for two years. It is a rectangular shape where the space is pretty much a free for all. Many times I see women being pushed to the corners of this turf, therefore being minimized to a small space and marginalized to the outside with less opportunity to…


Lately, I’ve noticed people are starting to voice their weariness of PC culture. Sometimes I overhear others lightly talking about how everyone is “too sensitive nowadays” and they can’t just “take a joke” or something in that manner. I find these comments naïve and elementary. They are conducted as if words and actions do not hold meaning, history, and deeply rooted connotations. But I’m writing to say that the truth is, we do not live in a vacuum. Maybe if we did, then PC culture would be pointless and irrelevant. But our world is filled with all these cultural and…


I’ll admit, I didn’t know what the Met Gala was until several weeks ago. I’m probably one of your least pop-culture-involved people living in Los Angeles. But I do follow a total of two separate entertainment news media accounts on Instagram, and one day they started to blow up my feed with pictures of celebrities at this event called the Met Gala. I literally had to Google Met Gala because I was not familiar with its significance, and I’m think I’m still not sure about it to this day. However, I indulged myself in all the glamorous A-listers and their…


In light of everything that has been happening around USA Gymnastics, and as a gymnast myself, I feel as if I should add to the conversation. Something important to take away from all the stories that have come out, is the abusive culture behind this sport. I have always been aware of it’s harmful, toxic nature, which was what led to so many moral dilemmas in my life growing up. I would view myself as a strong-willed, independent woman, but something about the gymnast side of me did not make room for those characteristics. I always felt as if I…


I find the term, “passing” quite divisive. And I’m not talking about the kind of passing that happens when you take a test in school, or when a motorcycle splits the lane on the freeway and speeds past you in your fuel efficient vehicle, or when you awkwardly make eye contact with a passing pedestrian on the street who looks vaguely familiar only to turn out being a lost Tinder match from months ago. No, what I’m talking about is a term mostly used within, but not limited to, the trans community. When a transgender individual is able to go…


I am a gymnast, and I am broken.

No fourteen-year-old girl should think a man’s approval is what validates them as a person, let alone their success as a gymnast. No fifteen-year-old girl should believe their efforts and hard work will never be enough for a man. No sixteen-year-old girl should think being belittled and constantly attacked and judged is the way men are supposed to treat women. No seventeen-year-old girl should believe that their thoughts and opinions do not matter to men. No eighteen-year-old girl should let the words of a man drive them to feel like their life…

Stefany Bryan

I like words and stuff. BA in English, minor in Political Science. MA in English. Post-structuralist, feminist, anti-racist, social justice warrior.

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