On Radical Acceptance (& Not Fixing Your Kid)

By Heather Kirn Lanier for Star In Her Eye cross posted with permission. There’s a small town in Belgium named Geel (pronounced hale with a throaty, Germanic H). By 1930, a quarter of its residents were mentally ill. If you know about Geel, you know this was not because something lurked in the water or food supply. It was … [Read more...]

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...]

The Day After They Shoot

By Dominique Matti for Medium cross posted with permission. The day after they shoot, there is a noose tightly wound around my heart. My bed is quicksand, my blood some thick molasses sludging through my veins. My steps are slow. Everything is weighted. Everything is painful. Everything is as it is over and over again. Having … [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...]

Taming the Feral Mind: Yoga Lessons From a Mental Hospital

By Vanessa Hazzard for Blavity cross posted with permission "It took listening to a voice outside of my head, for once, that allowed me to be gentle with myself." Growing up in Philadelphia, I realized early on that police sirens were a mainstay of city living. Though I must say, it’s quite surreal when the sirens are for … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Help Combat Ableism and Saneism in Schools

The first time I formally learned about mental illnesses and disabilities was in my high school health class. Along with topics like pregnancy and a healthy diet, we also touched on eating disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, and physical disabilities. I use the phrase “touched on” deliberately, because while these topics were … [Read more...]

After Orlando

I remember the first time I went to an LGBTQ+ space. I was with my girlfriend and we went to Climax, the once-a-month night at our university Student Union. It was no different than any other night I had spent at the Union: same venue, same drink offers, same awful sound system. But I was brimming with happiness and freedom and … [Read more...]

What It Means to “Hold Space” for People, Plus 8 tips on How to Do It Well

By Heather Plett cross posted with permission When my mom was dying, my siblings and I gathered to be with her in her final days. None of us knew anything about supporting someone in her transition out of this life into the next, but we were pretty sure we wanted to keep her at home, so we did. While we supported mom, we … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Body Image, Body Politics, and Body Justice News Roundup   Orlando As we grieve after another horrific act of mass murder and gun violence in the U.S., we come face to face with the reality that transgender and non-binary POC face violence daily. The massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on its Latinx night is a … [Read more...]

The Power of Hair Can Be Deeply Rooted

By "OJ" Jamie for thirdwheelED, cross-posted with permission Caveat: Long post. Short hair. Yesterday, I cut my hair. Short. The shortest it’s ever been. I hadn’t necessarily been planning to do this. In fact, when I left to get my hair cut, I told CJ I was just getting a trim. But when I got to the salon, the hairdresser … [Read more...]