The Power of Hair Can Be Deeply Rooted

By "OJ" Jamie for thirdwheelED, cross-posted with permission Caveat: Long post. Short hair. Yesterday, I cut my hair. Short. The shortest it’s ever been. I hadn’t necessarily been planning to do this. In fact, when I left to get my hair cut, I told CJ I was just getting a trim. But when I got to the salon, the hairdresser … [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...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round UP!

  A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News Indian Country Today Media Network reports that Gyasi Ross has a new track called White Privilege 3 available for free right now on Soundcloud. It’s a response to another Seattle hip hop artist, Mackelmore - who released the controversial, White Privilege … [Read more...]

On Being a Hairy Femme

By Jen Venegas cross posted with permission from Ladyboxbooks I have always been a hairy Latina woman, but I started growing out my body hair two years ago. I started with my armpit hair. Next came my leg hair. When I stopped shaving my armpit hair, I went into a period where I slowly got used to exposing my body hair in public. … [Read more...]

7 Ways Body Positivity Can Be More Inclusive of Non-binary and Queer Individuals

By Meg Zulch for Bustle, cross-posted with permission In recent years, the body positivity movement has been inarguably important in helping people grow to accept their bodies (especially those whose bodies have been marginalized for not fitting into conventional beauty standards), whilst calling for representation in the … [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...]

The Impossible Standards of a Smile

By Sarah Landrum When you look in the mirror, you probably smile. Why? When we smile, we believe we look the most beautiful. However, the smile has been widely criticized for thousands of years. A natural smile, one that has not been altered from its original state, doesn't seem to fit beauty standards. Is that fair? Isn't … [Read more...]

How I Learned to Love My Pale Skin

By Giorgia Guazzarotti As I'm sitting here, I'm assaulted by doubts. Wracked with guilt. Tempted to hit "cancel" and delete this whole thing. It feels wrong to complain about the color of my skin. My white skin. I'm Caucasian. A member of that privileged caste that will never know racism. I don't have to worry that a … [Read more...]

Why We Should Think Twice Before Idealizing Ruby Rose

By Sam Dylan Finch for Let's Queer Things Up!, cross-posted with permission The Internet is abuzz about Ruby Rose, a genderfluid actor, DJ, and model who appeared in Season 3 of Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black. While Rose is undoubtedly stunning and a perfectly lovely person, our idealization of Ruby Rose … [Read more...]

The Empowerment Project: Meditations on Fear

By Vanessa Leigh for SweetLeigh, cross-posted with permission People everywhere are constantly telling us to love ourselves. Especially now that body positivity is a "trending" topic. I really dislike the word and concept behind the word "trend"... It often feels hard and challenging to love ourselves, and I've written a little … [Read more...]