The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Round up of Body Politics, Body Image and Body Justice News   Gender "Last year, Air Zimbabwe and Ethiopian Airlines made major strides towards the inclusion of women in the aviation world with the launch of their all-women flight crews. Women continue to be at the forefront of African-based air travel with the … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

  A Weekly Link Roundup of Body Politics and Body Justice News   LOURDES ASHLEY HUNTER is the chief operations officer at Casa Ruby LGBT Center and the National Director for Trans Women of Color Collective. She recently wrote a Commentary piece addressed to the  Black Trans Community for Black Future Month in … [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...]

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...]

Campaign Aims to Quash Xenophobia With #MoreThanALabel Hashtag

By Megan Dottermusch When GOP front-runner Donald Trump called for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, he began the xenophobic churn that has stirred heated discussions about immigration reform in the 2016 election cycle. The additional dynamics of the Syrian migration crisis in Europe — where countries are … [Read more...]

5 Truths on Sensuality and Cracking the Code of Body Image Problems

By Krista Kujat About 80% of what we take in everyday comes through our vision. When we see what’s outside of ourselves, we envision possibility and what inspire desires, and it also becomes a first point of reference for comparing ourselves to others. The massive overload of media messages we receive daily tantalizes us into … [Read more...]

Protecting our Daughters’ Self-Esteem: How does the Internet Harm Our Girls?

By Amy Williams In a world where trending stories revolve around human Barbies and celebrity plastic surgery fails, it's easy to get distracted by superficial concerns. Selfies and "belfies" (pictures of a person's toned backside) flood teens' news feeds begging for "likes" and comments. Social media and the Internet play huge … [Read more...]

Violence against Indigenous Women: Fun, Sexy, and No Big Deal on the Big Screen

By Elissa Washuta This piece originally published on Tumblr and cross-posted with permission The body of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine, a member of Sagkeeng First Nation, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg on August 17. Her murder has brought about an important conversation about the widespread violence against First … [Read more...]

The Gross Factor of Sex and The Typical Male Body in the Media

By Tami Winfrey Harris Scene in question begins at 4:56. ***2/12 DOWNTON ABBEY SPOILERS AHEAD... Women are disproportionately judged by narrow beauty standards. Witness how in Sunday night's pre-Grammy profile of Adele, 60 Minutes felt obliged to mention that the singer doesn't have "runway model looks." The show made … [Read more...]

Standing with Sluts

By Hugo Schwyzer On April 3rd, 2011, the world’s first “Slut Walk" took place on the chilly streets of Toronto, Canada. The official site is here. The march was organized in response to the infuriating remarks of a police constable, who told a safety workshop at a Canadian university that “women should avoid dressing like sluts … [Read more...]