Hands Off: Tattoo Etiquette

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By Melissa A. Fabello I’m tattooed. And by “I’m tattooed,” I don’t mean one or two or five or seven. I don’t mean that I’m tattooed in the #TeamTatted, finally-I-turned-eighteen-so-I-got-my-first-tattoo sense. I mean tattooed. And I say that to say: I’ve noticed a shift since my body was a blank canvas. The fact of the … [Read more...]

Born This Way? How Sexual Orientation Does (And Doesn’t) Affect Body Image

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By Allison Epstein “Obama Admin Funding $1.5 Million Study To Find Out Why Lesbians Are Fat” “Yes, Seinfeld, Gays Really Are Thinner, Study Says” “Lesbian Women Feel Less Pressure To Have A ‘Perfect’ Body” “Manorexia Is Taking Over The Gay Community!” The media has attempted to explain the link between sexual … [Read more...]

Fat, Trans, and (Working on) Being Fine With It

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By Mey DJneres One of the scariest things about the early steps of my transition was shopping for clothes. I wasn't ready to go out in "girl mode," and even if I was, I didn't have the clothes to do so. Every time I went into a store I was deathly afraid that the cashier would ask who I was buying the dresses for, that … [Read more...]

Trans Dance: A Complicated Love

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By Beck Heiberg Dancing is athletic art, demanding your full attention as an artist and athlete. Your body and mind have to be in sync. It can be hard navigating that while dealing with trans dysphoria and distorted bodily norms. But when gender and art play together, there are no boundaries. I am currently choreographing a … [Read more...]

Childhood, Selfhood, and the American Girl

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By Allison Epstein, Intern 2013 It’s amazing how much of an impact our favorite childhood toys can have on us years and decades later. If I asked you what toy you treasured back in the day, what would you say? Maybe we have some Lego people out there, or Easy Bake Oven folks, or for children of the nineties like me, Doodle … [Read more...]

Talking about Periods: Removing Menstrual Shame for Social Justice

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By Sayantani DasGupta In most countries, there is a culture of taboo and secrecy around menstrual health and hygiene. Just think of all those ridiculous commercials for sanitary products that allow you to engage in activities ‘without anyone knowing’ you are menstruating – even if you are wearing white spandex or leaping in the … [Read more...]

The Boston Attacks Unleash Viral Racism

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon The country is still reeling from the attacks in Boston. At present count, three people have died and over 180 have been injured from detonation of the dual bombs that shook the Cradle of Liberty just a few hours into the annual Boston Marathon. The shock hasn’t worn off, even as authorities have … [Read more...]

New Transgender Comic Character Does Not Erase Gay Censorship

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon It’s a banner year for women in comics. Just three months after comic powerhouse Marvel announced their intention to reboot the classic X-Men series with an all-female line-up starring quintessential 90’s teen Jubilee, DC Comics has upped the ante with the revamped Batgirl series. Already featuring … [Read more...]

Aging Gracefully in a World of Anti-Aging

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by Sally McGraw My girl Audi made this request: I’d love to see you do a piece about embracing our bodies and faces as we age. It bums me out to see so many attractive women succumbing to the pressure to look “younger” through cosmetic surgery and Botox and all that. You’ve written a lot about loving your body the way it is … [Read more...]

Fantasy vs. Reality: Lesbian Sex in Pornography

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By Melissa A. Fabello I’m not here to talk about fingernails. At least, I’m not here just to talk about fingernails. Because when it comes to mainstream pornography’s depiction of lesbian sex, the least of our gripes should be about how long the actresses’ nails are. The entire performance is inaccurate at best, offensive … [Read more...]