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...]

4 Variations on the Body-positive Movement and Why We Need Them

By Kira Rakova For the longest time, I struggled with the concept of body positivity. My interaction with the notion often felt forced. Body-positive mantras and affirmations felt constrained and empty when I tried them out. I had trouble viewing my body through an exclusively positive lens because I felt that I was still … [Read more...]

The Weight/Health Conspiracy: A Conversation With Body of Truth Author Harriet Brown

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Size discrimination doesn't just focus on looks. America's so-called "obesity epidemic" has led the medical establishment to push a policy based on healthism, focused on weight as an indicator of health. The idea that one can tell a person's health based on their size is complete bullshit—and Harriet … [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...]

Forget Body Love: Where Is the You-Are-More-Than-Your-Body Movement for Women?

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Love your body! It's a message that the body-positive movement is working very hard on. With all the messages the media sends women about their bodies — that they must look a certain way, that they need all sorts of products and exercises and diets in order to be worthy of love and attention — the … [Read more...]