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...]

Dear White People/Queridos Gringos: You Want Our Culture but You Don’t Want Us — Stop Colonizing the Day of the Dead

By Aya de Leon on AyadeLeon.com, cross-posted with permission Dear White People (or should I say Queridos Gringos/Gabachos), Let me begin by saying it is completely natural that you would find yourself attracted to the Day of the Dead. This indigenous holiday from Mexico celebrates the loving connection between the living and … [Read more...]

Lakota Youth Skate for Life

By Taté Walker for Native Peoples Magazine, cross-posted with permission There’s a focused set to Emily Earring’s (Lakota) face as she glides smoothly around on her stickered-up board in one of the bowls at the Denver Skate Park. The 15-year-old traveled hundreds of miles from her home in South Dakota to be here for the … [Read more...]

Representation Matters: People of Color Are More Than a Quota

By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 When I was about seven years old, Disney Channel was my all-time favorite TV network. I couldn't get enough of the channel's funny characters like Kim Possible and Lizzie McGuire, taking on life as young, female students trying to navigate a social life and find themselves. But it wasn't until … [Read more...]

Endometriosis and the Nature of the “Female Disease”

By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Author's note: I use the phrases "female" and "woman" throughout this article to refer to someone who experiences or has experienced menstruation, because of my linguistic need for shorthand. However, it's important to note that not all women have uteruses, and not all those who have uteruses are … [Read more...]