The Complicated Relationship with My Iranian Father and Hooters

  By Shiva Zamen Editor's note: Positive association given to weight-loss as part of narrative Standing in the bathroom looking into the floor length mirror, I made sure all the pieces of my uniform were properly in place, starting with my shoes. Laces were tied; socks scrunched and there were no unseemly bulges in my … [Read more...]

Chronic Illness, Marginalization, ED and Me

 Growing up in image conscious West LA as an avid ballet dancer was a recipe for eating disorder disaster. In a primarily white ballet school that primed us to be professional dancers, the pressures were high. Girls were told they couldn’t get a part in the Nutcracker unless they lost weight. Attention was given only to the girls … [Read more...]

In Hollywood, Leading Men Get Older; Love Interests Don’t

Editor's Note: We often forget about age when we discuss intersectionality, and while we all know Hollywood has an age problem, these graphs show just how bad it really is. Lisa Wade, PhD on June 20, 2013 Robb S. sent along a great set of images from Vulture.  Using case studies of individual leading men in Hollywood, … [Read more...]

Barbie’s Got a New Face and Body. And We Love It!

For literally decades, Adios Barbie has been calling for more frequent and accurate representation of people who don't fit the Eurocentric ideal of Barbie not just in the media, but in toy aisles as well. Today Barbie has announced it is releasing its new Fashionista line featuring three new body types: petite, curvy, and … [Read more...]

Critical Conversations: Sheena Roetman on Body Sovereignty and Justice

Sheena Louise Roetman is the editor of the groundbreaking website Sovereign Bodies which is centered around indigenous women’s health. "By putting the concept of bodily sovereignty at the center of the mainstream dialogue about human rights and social justice, it is intended to ignite important new conversations about sexuality, … [Read more...]

Campaign Aims to Quash Xenophobia With #MoreThanALabel Hashtag

By Megan Dottermusch When GOP front-runner Donald Trump called for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, he began the xenophobic churn that has stirred heated discussions about immigration reform in the 2016 election cycle. The additional dynamics of the Syrian migration crisis in Europe — where countries are … [Read more...]

A Public Letter Calling for Solidarity with Indigenous and PoC Communities—and Against Conferences at Former Labor Camps and Sites of Genocide

Nalgona Positivity Pride, T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders, Adios Barbie and our allies find the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals’ (iaedp) location choice of The Amelia Island Plantation (Labor Camp) Resort for its 2016 Symposium offensive, ignorant, and symbolic of the ways white supremacy is … [Read more...]

#MasculinitySoFragile Challenges Toxic “Male” Culture and Stereotypes

Twitter is exploding at the moment with #MasculinitySoFragile--the hashtag conversation about our culture's stereotypical ideal of masculinity and the toxic impact of the narrow definition on both men and women. These are some of our favorites so far. Got one … [Read more...]

5 Unexpected Truths About Aging No One Talks About

by Cyndi Springford   “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.” — Gloria Steinem My early impressions of aging were, of course, procured by watching my parents deal with it. Both of them have their fair share of hang-ups when it comes to appearance. Mom would spend almost two hours fussing … [Read more...]

The Sorority Fight for Women’s Right…To Party!

By Kiana Henry, Senior at USC The collegiate Greek system has been around for hundreds of years and is a prized tradition in many elite universities around the country. Every year thousands of men and women go through the rush process to be initiated into this prestigious system in hopes of finding a home away from home, a … [Read more...]