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...]

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...]

Femme Erasure In the Queer Community

Author's Note: I am not distinguishing between trans and cis women. I have had conversations with both and, while there is some divergence of experience, for the purposes of this post, “femme-identified woman” applies to anyone who identifies as such, regardless of assigned sex at birth.   By Malachi for Monomaniacism, … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Round up of Body Politics, Body Image and Body Justice News   Gender "Last year, Air Zimbabwe and Ethiopian Airlines made major strides towards the inclusion of women in the aviation world with the launch of their all-women flight crews. Women continue to be at the forefront of African-based air travel with the … [Read more...]

No, we can’t

By Molly Arthurs cross posted with permission from The F Word Everyone’s seen that vintage poster of Rosie the Riveter, famous during World War Two for telling able-bodied white women that they too could finally contribute to capitalism and Be Like The Men™. Thousands of feminists have read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, which is a … [Read more...]

High in Demand: The True Value of Black Women

By Denise Nichole Andrews cross posted with permission from Guerilla Feminism Society tries to box black women into categories. The options are always limited and exclusive. They don’t reflect us or our complexities. They don’t honor us as individuals. Yet, society would have us believe that these options are equitable. However, … [Read more...]