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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

Dark Times Under the Radar: Black Women and Mental Illness

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By Lakesha Lafayett TW: This post contains discussions of trauma, suicide, and self-harm, and may be triggering for some readers. It's a darkness and chaos many people experience, but few understand. Mental health issues are no doubt a problem, yet in trying to get help, black women and other women of color face challenges … [Read more...]

As a Black Lesbian, Queerness Is Not Made in My Image

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By Kesiena Boom for BuzzFeed, cross-posted with permission I am unable to marry my Blackness and my queerness in my mind. I will pull myself apart. It starts superficially. I clutch at my hair and despair at the frizz and kink and curl. I go to a white salon for only the third time in my life and ask the gay hairdresser to … [Read more...]

7 Ways the Media’s Depiction of Eating Disorders Failed Me As a Woman of Color

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By Raquel Reichard for Mic, cross-posted with permission When I was in elementary school, I started dieting. I'd drink my mother's protein shakes and eat off-brand, low-fat frozen entrees. In seventh grade, I decided I just wouldn't eat at all. It worked for a while, but by high school I realized I could have a full meal — so … [Read more...]