Men of Few Words: Untold Stories of Sexual Violence

By Birdie McNeill CW: This article includes personal stories of sexual violence and contains explicit language. Rape, sexual violence, sexual assault, consent violation, sexual harassment. When we hear these terms, many automatically picture a small young woman fending off some sexually aggressive man. This paradigm leaves … [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...]

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...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

  A Weekly Link Roundup of Body Politics and Body Justice News   LOURDES ASHLEY HUNTER is the chief operations officer at Casa Ruby LGBT Center and the National Director for Trans Women of Color Collective. She recently wrote a Commentary piece addressed to the  Black Trans Community for Black Future Month in … [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...]

Serena Williams Responds to the “Smile!” Treatment

By Anita Little on Sociological Images, cross-posted with permission Serena Williams, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest living female athlete, was understandably exhausted after defeating her sister and best friend Venus Williams in the U.S. Open earlier this week. So she wasn’t having it when, during … [Read more...]

The Problem With Consent

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece contains discussions of sexual assault and common victim-blaming allegations. Consent. We try to encourage it, require it, make it sexy and cool and fun. But the problem with our cultural outlook on consensual sex goes much deeper than we like to think about. In our legal … [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...]

Exiting the Sausage Fest

By Megan Stodel for The F Word, cross-posted with permission Recently, I've been trying to eat less meat. In my case, it's for environmental reasons, but there are plenty of other good reasons why people choose to cut down or eliminate it from their diet altogether. Being the sort of person who likes so few vegetables that … [Read more...]

Navigating Gender Norms With My Transgender Daughter

By Tasha Sanders For the first time in her life, my eight-year-old daughter is finally able to be her true self. She loves dresses, the color pink, and rocking purses with pizzazz. These may seem like normal things, but for my daughter, being able to showcase her identity publicly this way is brand-new. My daughter is … [Read more...]