The Femisphere

  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...]

High in Demand: The True Value of Black Women

By Denise Nichole Andrews cross posted with permission from Guerilla Feminism Society tries to box black women into categories. The options are always limited and exclusive. They don’t reflect us or our complexities. They don’t honor us as individuals. Yet, society would have us believe that these options are equitable. However, … [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...]

The FEMISPHERE: A Link Roundup!

A weekly news round up on the state of Body Politics & Body Justice   Feministing reminds us that "Sexual Harassment is Bipartisan," as it discusses the allegations of harassment that seems to have closed the doors of Washington PR firm FitzGibbon Media. FitzGibbon represented groups like the AFL-CIO, NARAL, Amnesty … [Read more...]

Liberate Halloween Action Kit!

By the White Noise Collective They’re ba-ack! (shudder) With Halloween quickly approaching, and costume shops like Spirit Halloween opening their doors, many of us are cringing at the thought of another Halloween full of racism, sexism, heterosexism and the full range of offensive apparel we annually witness. In response, we … [Read more...]

Fat, Trans, and (Working on) Being Fine With It

By Mey DJneres One of the scariest things about the early steps of my transition was shopping for clothes. I wasn't ready to go out in "girl mode," and even if I was, I didn't have the clothes to do so. Every time I went into a store I was deathly afraid that the cashier would ask who I was buying the dresses for, that … [Read more...]

Body Shame Bowl XLVII: Advertising Cultural Ideals Does No One Any Good

By Allison Epstein, Intern (2013) Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere away from any form of mass media, you’ve probably noticed a common theme in print ads and commercials. Advertisers are now not only selling us products, they’re selling us another object that we consume by virtue of just seeing it: ourselves. Not … [Read more...]

PETA’s Porn Charade: to Return to Tried-and-True Misogyny & Sizeism?

By Ashley-Michelle Papon Almost a year after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) disclosed their intention to defend our beastly bedfellows by showcasing the virtual bedroom habits of our kind, the activism-after-dark site has finally gone live. Well, they DID go live for a little while. After a brief time … [Read more...]

21st Century Street Harassment: Sneaky Snapshots on Public Transportation

Editor's note: See June 2, 2012 update at the bottom of the post. By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Imagine getting on a local bus or subway car knowing the possibility exists that someone will take your picture and upload it online for viewers to comment on your appearance—all without your permission. Creepy, huh? It’s the new … [Read more...]

Downcast, Decapitated and Dead: Why Don’t Women on Book Covers and in Ads Stare Back?

By Sayantani DasGupta In 2007, I was flipping through the latest issue of Marie Claire magazine, when I stumbled upon a striking image. It was this full color photo of several brown-skinned, pregnant women in vibrant colored saris, and it accompanied an article on what’s been sensationally called the “wombs for rent” industry: … [Read more...]