The Anatomy of Change

Originally posted at HeArt for Brains Over the past year, I have experienced more major life changes than during any other single year of my life. Some of these changes are so new and raw, I am not yet ready to share them with any but my most intimate circle. These changes are tender new shoots, barely peeking out of the soil, … [Read more...]

Misty Copeland and the Newness of the Ballerina Body

By Lisa Wade originally published on The Society Pages Many hope that Misty Copeland is ushering in a new era for ballet. She is the first female African-American ballet dancer to have the role of Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She has literally changed the face of the dance. Race is a central and important … [Read more...]

A Call To Action: Your Fat Friend Is Going It Alone

By Your Fat Friend for Medium cross posted with permission. I first read about Errol Narvaez at the end of a draining week. Fatigue had sunk into my bones, and I felt weakened, made pliable by stress. I had taken a rare day off to spend some time in one of my favorite state parks. After a long hike, I stopped by a favorite cafe in … [Read more...]

The Body Monologues: A Call for Radical Empathy

By E.C. Kelly Brené Brown, a wacky woman with great hair, once said, "If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment." The cure? "Douse it with empathy it can't survive." Brown has lots of science to back that claim up in her TED Talk, but I know she's right. … [Read more...]

On Being a Hairy Femme

By Jen Venegas cross posted with permission from Ladyboxbooks I have always been a hairy Latina woman, but I started growing out my body hair two years ago. I started with my armpit hair. Next came my leg hair. When I stopped shaving my armpit hair, I went into a period where I slowly got used to exposing my body hair in public. … [Read more...]

In Gratitude for Claire Vaye Watkins and my own Fatherlessness as a Woman Writer

Written By Aya de Leon on AyadeLeon.com, cross-posted with permission.  I am deeply moved by Claire Vaye Watkins’ brilliant speech-turned-essay published on Tin House, “On Pandering: How to Write Like a Man.” She begins the long essay with reflections on teaching that include being sexually harassed and utterly dismissed as a … [Read more...]

Hair with Potential

Written By M.J. Fievre It is hard to deny some of the beauty of Kenscoff, in Haiti: rolling roads, haze on the fields, morning-green hills, goats. The other kinds of beauty can be tricky. You have to train your eye, or have a certain eye already.  In the 1990’s, in the back of my father’s sedan, I watched the young women who … [Read more...]

11 South Asian Plus Size Bloggers You Should Know

By Aarti Olivia Dubey cross posted with permission of Wear Your Voice Magazine  Plus size representation is more important than ever and rightly so. Intersectionality is not just a pretty catchphrase. I remember having a conversation with my friend Ragini Nag Rao (fellow plus size South Asian blogger with a whimsical fashion … [Read more...]

Teens and Workplace Sexual Harassment: What It Means, and What You Can Do

According to a recent survey, one-third of teenage employees have been sexually harassed on the job. While this is similar to the rate adults experience harassment at work, younger victims are less likely to report their harassers or take legal action against them. And trauma inflicted at such a vulnerable age can cause serious … [Read more...]

The FEMISPHERE A Link Roundup!

News of note in the last week!   "The biggest problem with disability is how we treat people with disabilities." Dominick Evans breaks down why "feel good" viral videos of able bodied folks "helping" people with disabilities is NOT okay.   Bitch magazine gives an A-Z of how non-muslim westerners can stop … [Read more...]