Unlicensed to Ill: Navigating the Messy Intersection of Mental Illness, Love, Sex, and Social Justice

By Little Bear ‘The Bearded Lady’ Schwarz cross posted with permission from Guerrilla Feminism A few weeks ago, I miraculously found the clarity to write this article about a breakup that left me emotionally and financially gutted.  It was concise, and insightful (if overly tidy). So why then did I, just days after I wrote it, … [Read more...]

In Hollywood, Leading Men Get Older; Love Interests Don’t

Editor's Note: We often forget about age when we discuss intersectionality, and while we all know Hollywood has an age problem, these graphs show just how bad it really is. Lisa Wade, PhD on June 20, 2013 Robb S. sent along a great set of images from Vulture.  Using case studies of individual leading men in Hollywood, … [Read more...]

A Lighter Shade of Dark

By Xeph Kalma cross posted with permission of Guerilla Feminism Aside from growing up trans, I also had the pleasure of growing up in a small town on the east coast of New Brunswick. My family moved to Canada in 1979. My father grew up in an Indian family on Mauritius and met my mother in Ireland and then they moved to Canada. … [Read more...]

Barbie’s Got a New Face and Body. And We Love It!

For literally decades, Adios Barbie has been calling for more frequent and accurate representation of people who don't fit the Eurocentric ideal of Barbie not just in the media, but in toy aisles as well. Today Barbie has announced it is releasing its new Fashionista line featuring three new body types: petite, curvy, and … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Be an Ally to Transgender Folx After You’ve Messed Up

I hurt someone recently. A stranger, yes, and unintentionally, definitely. But I cannot stop thinking about it. I was in a coffee shop, working, and trying not to be distracted by the wildly irate person sitting a couple of tables away. It was impossible not to hear him hiss into the phone he had goaded the cashier into … [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...]

The FEMISPHERE: A Link Roundup

Broadly features the unique struggle of Transgender youth for treatment for eating disorders, despite being more likely to suffer from one.  "There's a lot of reasons why eating disorders are prevalent in the transgender community, but it doesn't necessarily have to do with the fact that we are trans and we have bodily issues that … [Read more...]

Decolonizing Eating Disorder Treatments

By Sheena Roetman for Sovereign Bodies, cross-posted with permission When most people think about eating disorders, they most likely conjure up a very specific image—a thin, white, upper-class woman. After all, eating disorders have been considered “a rich girl’s disease” for quite some time. A quick Google search for eating … [Read more...]

Hamilton: Wiping the Whitewash off American History

By Allison Epstein For musical theater fans, Buzzfeed readers, and my poor neighbors who have been listening to me sing along terribly to the soundtrack for a month, the musical Hamilton is an inescapable phenomenon. Composer / actor / singer / playwright / rapper / is-there-anything-this-man-can't-do Lin-Manuel Miranda, … [Read more...]