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...]

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...]

On Privilege, Power, and Survivor Narratives

By Kira Rakova When Sony announced that they might be dropping Dr.Luke following Kesha’s allegations against him, I was ecstatic.  Despite the fact that Kesha had previously lost in the Sony contract case, Sony’s potential decision to drop Dr. Luke seems to be indicative of the fact that Kesha might get justice after all. Given … [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...]

Men of Few Words: Untold Stories of Sexual Violence

By Birdie McNeill CW: This article includes personal stories of sexual violence and contains explicit language. Rape, sexual violence, sexual assault, consent violation, sexual harassment. When we hear these terms, many automatically picture a small young woman fending off some sexually aggressive man. This paradigm leaves … [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...]

The Complicated Relationship with My Iranian Father and Hooters

  By Shiva Zamen Editor's note: Positive association given to weight-loss as part of narrative Standing in the bathroom looking into the floor length mirror, I made sure all the pieces of my uniform were properly in place, starting with my shoes. Laces were tied; socks scrunched and there were no unseemly bulges in my … [Read more...]

Growing Up Beige

By Jennifer Hassan cross-posted with permission from Femsplain The great thing about being both Irish and Turkish Cypriot is that my mixed heritage has provided me with a unique outlook on life. My philosophy being that hummus has the power to heal a broken heart and that Guinness most definitely prevents hay fever. In our … [Read more...]

Why Cultural Based Care Matters

By Shauna Osborn  cross posted with permission from Sovereign Bodies Documented studies show that the levels of care for minority patients and individuals from uncommon social groups are not equal to the care given to other patients within professional medicine. Cultural difference, language barriers, stereotypes, racism, … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round Up

  A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Image, Politics & Body Justice News   Body/Mind When Kylie Armstrong noticed several small dimples on the underside of her breast she suspected something was wrong. It turned out she had breast cancer. There was no lump, just the dimples. She posted a picture of the … [Read more...]