5 Ways Body Shaming Is More Than an Issue of “Thin Vs. Fat”

One of my friends—let’s call her Ruth—has been a bit overweight for most of her life. She’s the same dress size that half of women in the country are at or above, but with her short height and small frame, it has drawn “concern” from doctors and criticism from people around her. I—and you know my name—have spent the majority of … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Body Image, Body Politics, and Body Justice News Roundup Gender "There is some early evidence, then, that science is catching up with something many of us already assume, and for good reason: Gender identity exists on a scale, rather than in narrow dichotomized groups. In essence, trans people had brain chemistry … [Read more...]

The Day After They Shoot

By Dominique Matti for Medium cross posted with permission. The day after they shoot, there is a noose tightly wound around my heart. My bed is quicksand, my blood some thick molasses sludging through my veins. My steps are slow. Everything is weighted. Everything is painful. Everything is as it is over and over again. Having … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Feminist Grammarians Should Embrace the Singular “They”

By Allison Epstein I’m what you could call a “words person.” On top of working as an editor for Adios Barbie, I’m an English Lit grad who writes for an agency by day and freelance proofreads by night. So you bet your bottom dollar I give a damn about where folks are putting their apostrophes. I have stronger feelings about em … [Read more...]

3 Ways Pregnant People Face Body Oppression

Let’s face it — our cultural narratives of pregnancy paint a pretty specific picture. We imagine a cisgender heterosexual woman dressed in pink frills happily “nesting” while getting ready for the stork to bring her a little bundle of joy. In reality, this archaic 1950s picture of pregnancy is social cause for many pregnant people … [Read more...]

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...]

After Orlando

I remember the first time I went to an LGBTQ+ space. I was with my girlfriend and we went to Climax, the once-a-month night at our university Student Union. It was no different than any other night I had spent at the Union: same venue, same drink offers, same awful sound system. But I was brimming with happiness and freedom and … [Read more...]

Femme Erasure In the Queer Community

Author's Note: I am not distinguishing between trans and cis women. I have had conversations with both and, while there is some divergence of experience, for the purposes of this post, “femme-identified woman” applies to anyone who identifies as such, regardless of assigned sex at birth.   By Malachi for Monomaniacism, … [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

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...]