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...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

The I'm Tired Project A Link Roundup of Body Politics, Image and Body Justice News   End the Violence Kourtney Yochum, a 32-year-old transgender woman was shot and killed by her partner in downtown Los Angeles,  March 23rd. She is thought to be the 7th Trans person to be murdered in the U.S. this year. "The … [Read more...]

A Lighter Shade of Dark

By Xeph Kalma cross posted with permission of Guerilla Feminism Aside from growing up trans, I also had the pleasure of growing up in a small town on the east coast of New Brunswick. My family moved to Canada in 1979. My father grew up in an Indian family on Mauritius and met my mother in Ireland and then they moved to Canada. … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A weekly news round up on the state of Body Politics & Body Justice    This week there was a Twitterstorm when the hashtag #TraditionallySubmissive started trending after UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that Muslim women are traditionally submissive. Fariha Khan writes her response for Huff Post UK.  Ruwan … [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...]

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...]

Excellence As a Survival Strategy for Black Women in Academia

By Dellea K. Copeland for Conditionally Accepted, cross-posted with permission I am a 22-year-old queer womyn of color, first-generation college graduate, first generation American. I wear my afro like it's 1969. I speak openly about patriarchy and racism. On my desk, you will find an American flag that says "Black Lives … [Read more...]

Please Stop Saying “Don’t Let Your Disabilities Define You!”: An Open Letter to Almost Everyone

By Rabbit KM for Queer Cripple, cross-posted with permission Hi, able[-bodied] people! Today on Twitter, I saw a series of tweets by @shufflejoy  that I wish all abled people would read and think about: It’s important. People, particularly abled people, try to separate disabled people from our disabilities a lot. For … [Read more...]

Addressing Privilege: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Necessary

By Allison Epstein, Associate Editor In my younger days, the big fads were slap bracelets and Pokémon cards. Today, it’s Buzzfeed quizzes. There’s a quiz on everything, from “Which One Of Jesus’ Disciples Are You?” (Saint Andrew) to “How Many Life Skills Do You Have?” (52/100, so apparently it’s a miracle I’ve lived to 22). But … [Read more...]

Trans Dance: A Complicated Love

By Beck Heiberg Dancing is athletic art, demanding your full attention as an artist and athlete. Your body and mind have to be in sync. It can be hard navigating that while dealing with trans dysphoria and distorted bodily norms. But when gender and art play together, there are no boundaries. I am currently choreographing a … [Read more...]