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...]

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...]

7 Things We Need To Stop Saying To People Taking Antidepressants

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something judgmental about “people taking antidepressants” to my face. Hi! That’s me! And with 15–23% of the overall population per state in the US taking some form of mental health medication, likely at least a few people you know are on antidepressants as well. So why do we put up … [Read more...]

How Grading on Fitness Fails College Students

By Kira Rakova This year, Oral Roberts University (ORU) announced that it would start requiring its students to wear Fitbits to track physical activity. Students’ recorded physical activity will then be graded as part of their physical fitness requirement. Although the use of Fitbits is mandatory for incoming students, older … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Fatigue Isn’t Like Normal Tiredness (Proving Most People Don’t Get It)

By Katie Ernst for Miss Treated, cross-posted with permission When you’re dealing with a chronic illness, there are a lot of things non-sick people say that are annoying. Things such as, “Aren’t you better yet?” Of course not. This is a chronic illness, not a you-have-it-for-a-week-and-then-it’s-over-with illness. You don’t say … [Read more...]

How I Rewrote the Story of My Heart Defect

By Camille DePutter I was born with a congenital heart defect called "complete heart block." It was not a tragic or even particularly dramatic condition. It was certainly not visible or noticeable to the rest of the world. In other words, it was easy to hide. In simplest terms, the condition meant that my heart beat … [Read more...]

“But You Don’t Look Sick” — Living With a Chronic Invisible Illness

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 "Mom," I choked into the phone. "Mom, I —" Mom, I can't breathe. Mom, I'm clawing at my legs and arms, like I'm trying to break out of my own skin. Mom, I think I'm dying. "Jessica? Jessica!" My mother's voice carried through the phone and across the country. "You're OK. Just take a … [Read more...]

The Accidental Alien

By Marc Stecker at Wheelchair Kamikaze, cross-posted with permission Imagine for a second that you're a perfectly healthy, able-bodied person, minding your own business, walking down a quiet suburban street just after nightfall. Suddenly, you are caught in the tremendous vacuum of a strange whirl of blue light, and you feel … [Read more...]

Dear Ableism: It’s Not Me. It’s Really, Really You

By Cheryl Green Dear ableism, We're not supposed to name names. You know, out of respect and all. It's painful to be publicly embarrassed! But this time I have to. You, ableism, are Danny, the Alaska Airlines manager at the Chicago-O'Hare airport who refused to open the door to the jetway for my friends after the plane had … [Read more...]