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...]

The Bare Minimum is Worthiness

By Vanessa Leigh for BlackGrrrl, cross-posted with permission I have been out of traditional employment for years now. And every year it gets harder to be considered for gainful employment. I have been depressed for quite a while.  I have chronic moderate depression. When times are good I am highly functional, when they are not, … [Read more...]

4 Variations on the Body-positive Movement and Why We Need Them

By Kira Rakova For the longest time, I struggled with the concept of body positivity. My interaction with the notion often felt forced. Body-positive mantras and affirmations felt constrained and empty when I tried them out. I had trouble viewing my body through an exclusively positive lens because I felt that I was still … [Read more...]

The Weight/Health Conspiracy: A Conversation With Body of Truth Author Harriet Brown

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Size discrimination doesn't just focus on looks. America's so-called "obesity epidemic" has led the medical establishment to push a policy based on healthism, focused on weight as an indicator of health. The idea that one can tell a person's health based on their size is complete bullshit—and Harriet … [Read more...]

Oprah Buying 10% of Weight Watchers — WTF?

By Virgie Tovar for Wear Your Voice Magazine, cross-posted with permission Dear Virgie, What hope do us women have when Oprah buys Weight Watchers stock? Hey, frustrated friend, This question is so special, I've decided to forego the bulleted advice points for today's question and just go for a cross between a short … [Read more...]

Forget Body Love: Where Is the You-Are-More-Than-Your-Body Movement for Women?

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Love your body! It's a message that the body-positive movement is working very hard on. With all the messages the media sends women about their bodies — that they must look a certain way, that they need all sorts of products and exercises and diets in order to be worthy of love and attention — the … [Read more...]

Me, My Hair, and My Brownness

By Shailee Koranne for The Aerogram, cross-posted with permission Nine years old: I find a tube of hair removal cream in the bathroom. I decide to use it on my arms, but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't … [Read more...]

The Impossible Standards of a Smile

By Sarah Landrum When you look in the mirror, you probably smile. Why? When we smile, we believe we look the most beautiful. However, the smile has been widely criticized for thousands of years. A natural smile, one that has not been altered from its original state, doesn't seem to fit beauty standards. Is that fair? Isn't … [Read more...]

29 Lessons I’ve Learned About My Body in 29 Years

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 Oh, hello there, 29th birthday. Here come the wrinkles. Is that a gray hair? Are parts getting ... droopier? As a woman, I think I'm supposed to feel some kind of fear or anxiety about the approaching third decade of my life: the signs of aging, the mortgage, the sense that I'm supposed to … [Read more...]