3 Ways To Help Combat Ableism and Saneism in Schools

The first time I formally learned about mental illnesses and disabilities was in my high school health class. Along with topics like pregnancy and a healthy diet, we also touched on eating disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, and physical disabilities. I use the phrase “touched on” deliberately, because while these topics were … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

Body Image, Body Politics and Body Justice News Politics National Public Radio's Democracy Now reports on Jasmine Richards, a Black Lives Matter organizer is facing up to four years in state prison after she was convicted of a rarely known statute in  California law known up until recently as "felony lynching." "Richards was … [Read more...]

No, we can’t

By Molly Arthurs cross posted with permission from The F Word Everyone’s seen that vintage poster of Rosie the Riveter, famous during World War Two for telling able-bodied white women that they too could finally contribute to capitalism and Be Like The Men™. Thousands of feminists have read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, which is a … [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...]

7 Things We Need To Stop Saying To People Taking Antidepressants

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something judgmental about “people taking antidepressants” to my face. Hi! That’s me! And with 15–23% of the overall population per state in the US taking some form of mental health medication, likely at least a few people you know are on antidepressants as well. So why do we put up … [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...]

5 Reasons Fatigue Isn’t Like Normal Tiredness (Proving Most People Don’t Get It)

By Katie Ernst for Miss Treated, cross-posted with permission When you’re dealing with a chronic illness, there are a lot of things non-sick people say that are annoying. Things such as, “Aren’t you better yet?” Of course not. This is a chronic illness, not a you-have-it-for-a-week-and-then-it’s-over-with illness. You don’t say … [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...]

Performing Sickness and Navigating Medicine in a Brown Body

By Sasha W. cross posted with permission from To Speak A Song *Note: This post is referencing experiences from a few months ago, I just haven’t had the courage to post it until now. That said, I think the experiences, reflections and frustrations of navigating doctors’ offices are still worth sharing.* Chronic pain. Chronic … [Read more...]