Critical Conversations: Lydia X.Z. Brown on Ableism and the new Anthology All the Weight of Our Dreams

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a queer, disabled, and east asian non-binary activist, advocate, writer, and law student. Brown, along with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, have co-edited the first anthology of writing and artwork by autistic people of color, titled All the Weight of Our Dreams. We asked Lydia about the new book, the … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Feminist Grammarians Should Embrace the Singular “They”

By Allison Epstein I’m what you could call a “words person.” On top of working as an editor for Adios Barbie, I’m an English Lit grad who writes for an agency by day and freelance proofreads by night. So you bet your bottom dollar I give a damn about where folks are putting their apostrophes. I have stronger feelings about em … [Read more...]

From Movement To Meme: Where Marketplace Feminism Meets White Wokeness

  By Aya de Leon cross-posted with permission I just finished Andi Zeisler’s brilliant new book We Were Feminists Once. Zeisler makes a compelling argument about how neoliberal forces have mainstreamed a version of feminism that isn’t a grassroots movement for gender equality, but gets presented as a set of individual … [Read more...]

Jasmine and Brock: A Tale of Two Convictions Against Body Autonomy

By Vanessa Leigh Content Warning: This article discusses sexual assault, police brutality, and violent hate crimes. Convicted Rapist Brock Turner You’ve probably heard of Brock Turner by now. On January 18, 2015, Carl-Frederik Arndt and Peter Jonsson, two Swedish students attending Stanford University, were riding their bikes … [Read more...]

Mental Health: Why We’re All Sick Under Neoliberalism

By Ray Filar for Transformation, cross-posted with permission You are in bed, sweating and trembling, dosed up on a selection of painkillers and herbal tranquilizers. Noises outside make you jump. Your heart beats frantically, furiously, unremittingly. You sleep for brief periods, twenty minutes, ten minutes. A police siren goes … [Read more...]

On Privilege, Power, and Survivor Narratives

By Kira Rakova When Sony announced that they might be dropping Dr.Luke following Kesha’s allegations against him, I was ecstatic.  Despite the fact that Kesha had previously lost in the Sony contract case, Sony’s potential decision to drop Dr. Luke seems to be indicative of the fact that Kesha might get justice after all. Given … [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...]

The Problem With Consent

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece contains discussions of sexual assault and common victim-blaming allegations. Consent. We try to encourage it, require it, make it sexy and cool and fun. But the problem with our cultural outlook on consensual sex goes much deeper than we like to think about. In our legal … [Read more...]

Impostor Syndrome and Mansplaining in the Name of Feminism

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 If you are reading this article, you've probably had some conversations about feminism — with peers, family members, partners, or complete strangers. I love these conversations, and I love sharing struggles and thoughts about being a woman and how feminism or misogyny is affecting lives. I flourish … [Read more...]

The Body Image Movement is Due for a New Revolution and It’s About Time

By Pia Schiavo-Campo at Mixed Fat Chick, cross-posted with permission I like bodies. I think bodies are marvelous. I love their curious creases and billowing bellies. I adore their freckles, their moles, their rad wrinkles. I worship their lovely lumps and hefty humps. I revel in their sacredness. I am … [Read more...]