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...]

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...]