The Femisphere: A Link Round Up

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A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News

 

 

 

 

  • There has been a lot of talk about Beyonce’s video, Formation, her Super Bowl appearance, and  a lot of talk about Blackness. Black people aren’t monolithic and we each feel different ways about different things, including Beyonce and her video, if thinking about it at all. Analytical culture pieces and declarations of racist reaction about Beyonce are popping up daily! But one of the most important messages yet, may have come from Kate Forristall. A message directed to white people by a white person.  “[If] you check the “caucasian” box on a job application, your place is in the bleachers for this dance,” wrote Forristall. “It’s time for us to stop singing along — to Formation, to Kendrick Lamar’s Alright, to any song that has the N-word or celebrates blackness in a way we will never understand.”

 

 

  • In the midst of Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and Presidents’ Day all occurring in February, most people might forget about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week which begins Feb. 22. The National Eating Disorder Association is working on getting the message out that there are “many different ways eating disorders present regardless of body size, race, gender or age.” This feature on ABC News is just one example of cultural assumptions becoming barriers to seeking treatment.