Navigating Gender Norms With My Transgender Daughter

Stephanie via Flickr

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

University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment

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

Rowena Waack via Flickr

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

Image via Elias Schewel

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...]

Me, My Puffy Face, and Ashley Judd

Me (and my puffy face) on a heavy load of medication.

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor As most of you know, after being pounded in them media over speculation that her puffy face was a sign of bad plastic surgery that made her ugly not more attractive, Ashley Judd slammed the media for upholding patriarchy and for perpetuating sexism, misogyny and objectification. When I … [Read more...]

Of Shame and Pride: Confronting My Culture and Identity


By Olivia Hoang Often times, love and criticism go together. To fully embrace our heritage, we must be willing to rectify the bad, as well as nurture the good. It was July 2002 when I stepped out of  Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and into the streets of Saigon, revisiting my homeland and my past.  The heavy humid air … [Read more...]

Conversations About Body Image: A Place at the Table for Me?

‘Black Torso’ by American artist Nancy Fried.

By s.e. smith Original post found at FORWARD. Cross-posted with permission. Conversations about body image come up often in feminist communities, and unfortunately, many of those conversations are predicated on the dual ideas that all people should love their bodies and that lovable bodies are healthy ones. This can be seen … [Read more...]