The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

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“Juliet Takes a Breath” By Gabby Rivera. Cover art by Cristy Road

A Link Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image & Body Justice News

Identity

  • Linette Reeman introduces a poem they wrote called Dear Birth Gender on Bitchtopia. “I’ve recently been struggling with depression and anxiety related to my gender identity and sexuality, as well as some other miscellaneous factors. This poem is an open letter to the different parts of my gender, and it strives to bridge the chasm that has opened within me over the past few months. I wrote it also as a reminder to myself; you are allowed to change your identity as you grow and gain new experiences, your feelings are valid even if they’re confusing, and society has this weird way of putting gender and sexuality into boxes that are not accurately representative of the way they work in the real world.”

 

 

  • Refinery 29 features 9 Stunning Photos Of Differently Abled Women Taking Back The Beach.  “I’m not really concerned about what other people think or what they’re looking at or the questions that they have. I’m there to enjoy the company of my friends. They know what I look like and they know my situation; that’s not a concern for me at all. I think I made a conscious decision when I lost my legs that I just was going to ignore people looking at me strange. There’s already so much energy that it takes to get through the day that I don’t want to waste any of it thinking about what other people are thinking of me.” – Danielle Perez
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Danielle Perez Poto: Emily Berl for Refinery 29

Art/Media/Culture

 

  •  ColorWeb magazine features an analysis of how disability tropes define the villains and heroes of Star Wars. “[O]ne constant that might escape the ableist point of view is that all of the Star Wars films involve a relationship between the main character(s) and disability. Specifically, one of the central themes of the film series is how disability comes to define and/or change the character, either taking them further along their hero’s journey or down the path to the Dark Side. The paths Anakin/Darth Vader and Luke take inform how Finn, another character with a disability, will be treated as he develops in the films after The Force Awakens.” 

 

  • Remezcla interviews Gabby Rodriguez who debuts a young adult novel about a Queer Latina.  “Published in late January, Juliet Takes a Breath tells the story of Juliet Milagros Palante (aka La “Sin Verguenza”), a 19 year-old Puertorriqueña from the Bronx who comes out to her family just before heading to Portland to intern for her favorite feminist author, Harlowe Brisbane. This coming-of-age tale, loosely based on Rivera’s personal experiences, is truly exceptional in that it not only brings complex issues to the forefront—coming out to your traditional familia, the erasure of intersectional feminist narratives, painful crushes on hot librarians—but also beautifully maps out radical possibilities for queer Latinx youth and queer people of color.”