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...]

Chronic Illness, Marginalization, ED and Me

 Growing up in image conscious West LA as an avid ballet dancer was a recipe for eating disorder disaster. In a primarily white ballet school that primed us to be professional dancers, the pressures were high. Girls were told they couldn’t get a part in the Nutcracker unless they lost weight. Attention was given only to the girls … [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...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup!

A weekly news round up on the state of Body Politics & Body Justice   Rebirth Garments is a clothing line created by Sky Cubacub to make people feel more comfortable with who they are. The line includes apparel for transgender or gender nonconforming people as well as disabled people, but Cubacub said anyone is … [Read more...]