BIO

Originally from Virginia, Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist. She also is the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine, a place for real and unreal stories from around the world. Her art and stories have appeared in CosmopolitanBustle,The Huffington PostVivalaThe Feminist Wire, the New York Transit Museum, Philly Fringe Fest, and beyond. She also is the author of Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press, 2016). In 2014, Folio Magazine named Christine one of the media industry's top visionaries in their 20s.

Christine Stoddard's Articles

What we cannot afford to do is spread more hate, especially among our own people.

I Won’t Resent The Latinx Folks Who Voted For Trump

In the weeks since Election Day, I’ve come to realize that while I’m entitled to my feelings, resenting the Latinx folks who voted for Trump is not a productive use of my time.
Christine Stoddard    |   01.16.17 12am   |   SHARE
Photo: courtesy of the author.

How Drag Queens Like Lady Bunny Inspire A Straight Biracial Woman Like Me

Drag queens, like Lady Bunny, teach outsiders to embrace ourselves and to embrace others. That means doing more than demonstrating tolerance.
Christine Stoddard    |   12.21.16 12am   |   SHARE
Emotionally, there were times I longed for a hint of my Salvadoran heritage in my name.

Why My Immigrant Parent Gave Me Such An “American” Name

Plenty of Americans have names that don't convey their full cultural background because, at this point, so many of us are mixed up. How could our names possibly communicate all that we are? But when... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   12.12.16 12am   |   SHARE
If someone doesn’t want to have sex, now or ever, that is her choice.

We Can Respect Virginity & Celibacy Without Supporting Purity Culture

I eventually began to accept that truly being a feminist means embracing the idea of “my body, my choice” in all its incarnations. If I truly believe that women have the right to accessible birth... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   11.28.16 12am   |   SHARE
Though my father meant it as a compliment, the word “othered” my mother, younger sisters, and me.

When Your White Father Calls You "Exotic"

For years, my white father called my mother’s beauty an “exotic” beauty. When I started to come into my own, he began calling me “exotic,” too. It wasn’t until high school that I began to understand... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   11.11.16 12am   |   SHARE
We need to make women of all faiths feel included. (Image:Thinkstock)

I'm A Non-Religious Woman, But I Respect Religious Women 

Though I was raised in an interdenominational household, my upbringing could at best be described as vaguely Christian. My sisters and I were taught to believe in God and learned the major Bible... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   10.18.16 12am   |   SHARE
You and your husband have a responsibility to integrate yourselves into the neighborhood. (Image: Thinkstock)

When You’re Married To The Only White Man In The Building

When you’re married to the only white man in your apartment building—and one of the very few in the neighborhood—you, as a woman, make a habit of observing him, especially if you’re a woman of color... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   10.12.16 12am   |   SHARE
Bills or principles? Sometimes the choice isn't easy (Image Credit: Think Stock)

A Reluctant Disney Princess: Cinderella AND A Feminist?

It's totally cool to be a feminine lady, but that doesn't mean the message of Disney Princess culture is harm-free. Christine Stoddard shares her story of doing the job of playing princess for... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   09.19.16 12am   |   SHARE
By the end of the first haunted house rehearsal, I knew the job would truly test my abilities to carry my body and voice well.

 Working At A Haunted House Was Better Than Therapy 

Before I became a haunted house performer, I thought having my face touched was one of the creepiest things imaginable. But it wasn't the eerie set music or the beheaded baby dolls that changed my... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   09.5.16 12am   |   SHARE
image credit: Thinkstock

Love It? Hate It? Vocal Fry Is Everywhere

I cringe when Kim Kardashian opens her pouty lips because I know the onslaught of vocal fry is about to begin. But as much as I hate... Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   08.29.16 12am   |   SHARE