Finding Self-Care Through the Joy of Masturbation

“Have you ever masturbated?” whispered my friend Joyce when our fifth grade class lined up to leave the auditorium following the sexual education assembly. “No!” I responded, slightly mortified, but intently curious. “Have you?” “No,” she said with a knowing smile.But she told me she had noticed that her baby cousin was … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

  A Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image, and Body Justice News  International/Environment Peru is experiencing one of the worst environmental disasters in its history — and nobody’s talking about it. Check ou the video from Mic. TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno has created this film featuring Filipino … [Read more...]

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 Roundup

Survivors Julie S. Lalonde talks about the complicated feelings around When Your abuser Dies. "Speaking out against someone who has died is bad enough, but doing so about someone who died young? It is rarely done. So, when my abuser passed away and I decided to go public about what I had survived for so long , I was navigating … [Read more...]

A Call To Action: Your Fat Friend Is Going It Alone

By Your Fat Friend for Medium cross posted with permission. I first read about Errol Narvaez at the end of a draining week. Fatigue had sunk into my bones, and I felt weakened, made pliable by stress. I had taken a rare day off to spend some time in one of my favorite state parks. After a long hike, I stopped by a favorite cafe in … [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...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Link Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image & Body Justice News   Mind/Body Salmon Caught Near Seattle Are Full Of Cocaine And Antidepressants. "Apparently, samples taken from the water showed high levels of Prozac, bug spray, cocaine, Zantac, ibuprofen and 77 other drugs. These drugs littered not only the water … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

  A Link Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image & Body Justice News Justice Tunisia's black community says racism is commonplace in the country today. In this village, children of different skin colour travel on separate buses. Locals say this is to prevent mixed marriages. But not all Tunisians would agree. … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

  A Link Roundup of Body Politics, Image and Body Justice News   Identity 'For me, fat is a statement of fact. It is a description of the body I have. Fat is not a referendum on my morality, willpower, character, attractiveness, intellect or worthiness. It is a descriptor. It captures an important aspect of … [Read more...]