The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image, and Body Justice News Politics A different kind of tour in Jerusalem shows the city as it is under Israeli occupation. "Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, expressed concern Monday over the situation of Indigenous … [Read more...]

Misty Copeland and the Newness of the Ballerina Body

By Lisa Wade originally published on The Society Pages Many hope that Misty Copeland is ushering in a new era for ballet. She is the first female African-American ballet dancer to have the role of Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She has literally changed the face of the dance. Race is a central and important … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round Up

  A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Image, Politics & Body Justice News   Body/Mind When Kylie Armstrong noticed several small dimples on the underside of her breast she suspected something was wrong. It turned out she had breast cancer. There was no lump, just the dimples. She posted a picture of the … [Read more...]

Hair with Potential

Written By M.J. Fievre It is hard to deny some of the beauty of Kenscoff, in Haiti: rolling roads, haze on the fields, morning-green hills, goats. The other kinds of beauty can be tricky. You have to train your eye, or have a certain eye already.  In the 1990’s, in the back of my father’s sedan, I watched the young women who … [Read more...]

Does Make-up Make Mommy Beautiful?

By Erin Brown from I Am Erin Brown, cross-posted with permission The first time I put on make-up in front of my daughter, she was just a few days old. She was lying there like a tiny lump of newborn human and I gave my first "you get to be who you are" speech. It went something like this: "Mommy likes to put on her eyebrows. You … [Read more...]

The Reasoning Behind My Public Battle with L’Oreal

By Jessica Assaf at Beauty Lies Truth, cross-posted with permission I have been trying to educate the public about the unregulated beauty industry for almost ten years. Whenever I tell someone about the potentially harmful ingredients in our cosmetics and skincare, these are two typical responses:     There … [Read more...]

Break My Nose and Make Me Pretty: Why I Said No to Plastic Surgery

By Z Zoccolante The doctor holds his finger against the bridge of my nose, covering the small bump. In the mirror, my profile looms. Little fairies jump on a trampoline in my belly. Black Sharpie lines conjoin in a fractured map along my nose, outlining the nose I've always wanted. I am sixteen and time spills before me like a … [Read more...]

America Still Doesn’t Get It: White, Blue-Eyed, and Thin IS the Universal Standard of Beauty

By Alana de Hinojosa Earlier this month, journalist Ester Honig had what seemed to be a pretty good idea. Having stumbled upon Fivver, a freelancing platform that connects freelancers around the world for a variety of tasks, Honig decided she'd send a makeup-free picture of herself to 40 individuals in 25 countries with one … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Have a Body-Positive Summer

By Erin McKelle Oh, hi! So you may have noticed that I’m doing this video in a bikini. And there’s a reason for it. Because today’s video is all about body positivity.  I am going to give you five ways today that you can have a body positive summer. So let’s get started. The first thing is to share your bikini body … [Read more...]