Misty Copeland and the Newness of the Ballerina Body

By Lisa Wade originally published on The Society Pages Many hope that Misty Copeland is ushering in a new era for ballet. She is the first female African-American ballet dancer to have the role of Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She has literally changed the face of the dance. Race is a central and important … [Read more...]

Why Cultural Based Care Matters

By Shauna Osborn  cross posted with permission from Sovereign Bodies Documented studies show that the levels of care for minority patients and individuals from uncommon social groups are not equal to the care given to other patients within professional medicine. Cultural difference, language barriers, stereotypes, racism, … [Read more...]

Critical Conversations: Sheena Roetman on Body Sovereignty and Justice

Sheena Louise Roetman is the editor of the groundbreaking website Sovereign Bodies which is centered around indigenous women’s health. "By putting the concept of bodily sovereignty at the center of the mainstream dialogue about human rights and social justice, it is intended to ignite important new conversations about sexuality, … [Read more...]

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?

By Kat Lazo for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission Halloween is a holiday about glorifying all things spooky and scary, a day to dress up in a costume for the sake of having fun. Unfortunately, sometimes the "fun" comes at the expense of others, and the scariest thing is how rampant racism is on Halloween. Before … [Read more...]

White Privilege and the Problem with Ani DiFranco’s Apology

by Pia Guerrero   If you haven’t heard by now, many folks—not just Black feminists —are outraged with Ani DiFranco, singer, songwriter, activist and feminist icon. DiFranco planned her “Righteous Retreat” songwriter camp to be held at a former slave plantation where hundreds of slaves were tortured and murdered. From … [Read more...]