No, we can’t

By Molly Arthurs cross posted with permission from The F Word Everyone’s seen that vintage poster of Rosie the Riveter, famous during World War Two for telling able-bodied white women that they too could finally contribute to capitalism and Be Like The Men™. Thousands of feminists have read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, which is a … [Read more...]

7 Things We Need To Stop Saying To People Taking Antidepressants

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something judgmental about “people taking antidepressants” to my face. Hi! That’s me! And with 15–23% of the overall population per state in the US taking some form of mental health medication, likely at least a few people you know are on antidepressants as well. So why do we put up … [Read more...]

The BMI Is Bullshit, and Other Thoughts From My Doctor’s Office

“Here, take these,” he said. “We give them to everyone.” I stared at the nurse and reached for the papers he was holding. I had been to this clinic several times before, and my appointments had never ended like this. His tone remained relatively normal, although he seemed uncomfortable. He smiled and leaned toward me to show … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Break Up With Your Fitness Tracker

By Allison Epstein Tuesday morning, 9 a.m. I stand up, snatch my phone, and mosey across the office to ask a coworker a question. 11 a.m., I tuck my phone into my pocket and walk over to top off my coffee. 8:15 p.m., I meander around the kitchen, phone in hand, pulling beans and a box of rice out of the cabinet. Hello. My … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Fatigue Isn’t Like Normal Tiredness (Proving Most People Don’t Get It)

By Katie Ernst for Miss Treated, cross-posted with permission When you’re dealing with a chronic illness, there are a lot of things non-sick people say that are annoying. Things such as, “Aren’t you better yet?” Of course not. This is a chronic illness, not a you-have-it-for-a-week-and-then-it’s-over-with illness. You don’t say … [Read more...]

Unlicensed to Ill: Navigating the Messy Intersection of Mental Illness, Love, Sex, and Social Justice

By Little Bear ‘The Bearded Lady’ Schwarz cross posted with permission from Guerrilla Feminism A few weeks ago, I miraculously found the clarity to write this article about a breakup that left me emotionally and financially gutted.  It was concise, and insightful (if overly tidy). So why then did I, just days after I wrote it, … [Read more...]

The Accidental Alien

By Marc Stecker at Wheelchair Kamikaze, cross-posted with permission Imagine for a second that you're a perfectly healthy, able-bodied person, minding your own business, walking down a quiet suburban street just after nightfall. Suddenly, you are caught in the tremendous vacuum of a strange whirl of blue light, and you feel … [Read more...]

The Body Image Movement is Due for a New Revolution and It’s About Time

By Pia Schiavo-Campo at Mixed Fat Chick, cross-posted with permission I like bodies. I think bodies are marvelous. I love their curious creases and billowing bellies. I adore their freckles, their moles, their rad wrinkles. I worship their lovely lumps and hefty humps. I revel in their sacredness. I am … [Read more...]

Dear Ableism: It’s Not Me. It’s Really, Really You

By Cheryl Green Dear ableism, We're not supposed to name names. You know, out of respect and all. It's painful to be publicly embarrassed! But this time I have to. You, ableism, are Danny, the Alaska Airlines manager at the Chicago-O'Hare airport who refused to open the door to the jetway for my friends after the plane had … [Read more...]

Please Stop Saying “Don’t Let Your Disabilities Define You!”: An Open Letter to Almost Everyone

By Rabbit KM for Queer Cripple, cross-posted with permission Hi, able[-bodied] people! Today on Twitter, I saw a series of tweets by @shufflejoy  that I wish all abled people would read and think about: It’s important. People, particularly abled people, try to separate disabled people from our disabilities a lot. For … [Read more...]