Due to recent changes in American law, The AutoEthnographer is emboldened to announce a new call for submissions to help create a late 2022 special issue, “Bodily Autonomy Rights (Abortion, Circumcision, Contraception).”


Bodily autonomy (integrity) is the right to make choices about one’s own physical self without facing coercion or violence. New York Times opinion writer Tish Harrison Warren (2022) explains,

Injustice against women in particular is often manifest as a lack of power over our own bodies. We see this in myriad ways. A 2021 United Nations report found that nearly half of all women in 57 developing countries are denied bodily autonomy, with violations including rape, forced sterilization, virginity testing and female genital mutilation. In American culture, women’s bodies are often viewed as primarily valuable only for their sex appeal and beauty. Violence is a constant threat to women’s bodies, with one in five women experiencing completed or attempted rape during her lifetime and nearly one in four women experiencing domestic violence. To have a just society, we must have protection of and safety for female bodies, and women — like men — need to be able to make decisions about their own bodies.

With what can only be described as a current radicalization of many government bodies in their efforts to turn back the clock on women’s bodily autonomy, The AutoEthnographer welcomes submissions in all literary and artistic forms and from individuals identifying as any sex or gender. Topics may include abortion, circumcision, contraception, etc. Potential starting points for creative inquiry include:

  • Tell us a story of lived experience in a unique cultural setting where bodily autonomy was challenged, removed, or threatened.
  • Tell us a story of lived experience in a unique cultural setting where bodily autonomy was taught, celebrated, or promoted.
  • Tell us a story of bodily autonomy respective of specific cultural traditions or laws.
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story where bodily autonomy is metaphorical or symbolic in some way.
  • Tell us a culturally specific story where bodily autonomy is economic, political, religious, or spiritual in some way.

Your work need not respond to the above prompts; these are merely suggestions or starting points. Accepted submissions will be published throughout 2022 as part of our special issue. “Tell us a story” textually, visually, poetically, musically, artistically, etc.; we’re open to all literary and creative expression.


The Autoethnographer is an award-winning, non-profit, open-access, peer-reviewed, digital  literary and arts magazine open for submissions. Our independent  editorial team of international artists, performers, writers, and scholars invites evocative stories – sometimes textual, audio, visual, or multimodal – crafted in  conjunction with autoethnography that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural inquiry. Simultaneous submissions to  other outlets are permissible so long as you notify us immediately  should you decide to publish elsewhere.

We strongly encourage all contributors to review current articles at our magazine before submitting their work to us.

Featured image by John Everett Millais from Wikipedia

About Author

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The AutoEthnographer, Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison is an instructor in the fields of English and Education whose autoethnographic writing has appeared in a diverse array of publications including Writing on the Edge, Reflections on English Language Teaching, The Qualitative Report, and Qualitative Research in Psychology. As a journalist, Marlen was the managing editor of the international beauty website, Fragrantica, as well as contributor to publications such as Playboy, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, ESL Magazine, The New York Times, Basenotes, The Language Teacher, and Men’s Health. As an academic and cultural researcher, Marlen has enjoyed contributing to projects at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Finland’s University of Jyväskylä, and the Japan Association for Language Teaching. Having taught and guest-lectured at leading institutions such as Doshisha University (Japan), Florida International University (USA), and University of Helsinki (Finland), Marlen is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University where he also teaches in the online MA English programs. Having called Japan, UK, Malta, and Finland home, he now lives in Florida with his husband and dog. Learn more at

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