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...]

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...]

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...]

Me, My Hair, and My Brownness

By Shailee Koranne for The Aerogram, cross-posted with permission Nine years old: I find a tube of hair removal cream in the bathroom. I decide to use it on my arms, but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't … [Read more...]