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...]

The Complicated Relationship with My Iranian Father and Hooters

  By Shiva Zamen Editor's note: Positive association given to weight-loss as part of narrative Standing in the bathroom looking into the floor length mirror, I made sure all the pieces of my uniform were properly in place, starting with my shoes. Laces were tied; socks scrunched and there were no unseemly bulges in my … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Link Roundup of Body Politics, Image and Body Justice News   Body/Mind "The urge to pull at your hair or pick at your skin – does this sound familiar to you or anyone you know? This comic has what you need to know about BFRBs – body-focused repetitive behaviors. BFRBs include trichotillomania, which makes people … [Read more...]

The Body Monologues: A Call for Radical Empathy

By E.C. Kelly Brené Brown, a wacky woman with great hair, once said, "If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment." The cure? "Douse it with empathy it can't survive." Brown has lots of science to back that claim up in her TED Talk, but I know she's right. … [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...]