The Femisphere: A Link Round Up

Shamisia Hassani
Shamisia Hassani

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




  • Shamsia Hassani, a painter who teaches at Kabul University, is also a graffiti artist who in the dangerous streets of war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan creates murals at night.  She is currently on a two-month residency at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. “I call my latest body of work ‘Birds of No Nation,’… People in my country are all the time traveling somewhere to stay safe and find a peaceful life. And we are missing a lot of our friends and family who have left the country. Usually, birds are traveling all the time; they have no nation. And I thought maybe also we have no nation because everybody has moved to different countries. It doesn’t matter what country that is; the thing that’s important is just feeling safe, staying alive. Art — I can tell that story.”


  • Dazed Magazine interviews Dark Matter, the NYC-based art duo using poetry and performance to dismantle society enforced gender binaries and restrictions. They talk about their latest project during NYC Fashion week, ctrl/alt/gender. “We thought it’d be a neat interruption in the usual parade of bodies and aesthetics that occupy fashion week.  It’s frequently the case that gender nonconformity and ‘androgyny’ are valued as ideas in fashion week, but trans politics/issues have little appearance in how those concepts are laid out or presented. The representation of trans-aesthetics in mainstream fashion often renders trans people as spectacles or tokens.”


  • Andrew Gurza writes a beautiful essay about self-realization for Out. “I’d never considered the price of intimacy until I hired a sex worker. Though I’d been learning to embrace my life in a wheelchair—a result of cerebral palsy—going without touch, or even access to my own body was taking a toll. Even so, I didn’t come to my decision lightly. I was worried about shame, stigma, and fear, and concerned I’d pay for time and still not get what I needed.”


  • “On Friday, March 11, Black Muslim women will take to the internet, posting selfies and sharing how the erasure of Black Muslim women from the Muslim narrative has affected us, using the hashtags #BombBlackHijabis and #BombBlackMuslimahs. When this idea was first introduced, I was immediately overtaken with excitement to participate, but my reasons were not the ones you might expect. This isn’t just about sharing selfies through the void of social media. This is about taking back our narrative….  I want to reclaim my space as a BLACK WOMAN in Islam. I want to remind everyone that we, Black Muslim women, have always been a part of the story of Islam.” – Safura Salam via



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