The Day After They Shoot

By Dominique Matti for Medium cross posted with permission. The day after they shoot, there is a noose tightly wound around my heart. My bed is quicksand, my blood some thick molasses sludging through my veins. My steps are slow. Everything is weighted. Everything is painful. Everything is as it is over and over again. Having … [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 Link Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image & Body Justice News   Mind/Body Salmon Caught Near Seattle Are Full Of Cocaine And Antidepressants. "Apparently, samples taken from the water showed high levels of Prozac, bug spray, cocaine, Zantac, ibuprofen and 77 other drugs. These drugs littered not only the water … [Read more...]

Growing Up Beige

By Jennifer Hassan cross-posted with permission from Femsplain The great thing about being both Irish and Turkish Cypriot is that my mixed heritage has provided me with a unique outlook on life. My philosophy being that hummus has the power to heal a broken heart and that Guinness most definitely prevents hay fever. In our … [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 news round up on the state of Body Politics & Body Justice   While a young woman in Belfast is on trial for attempting to procure the drugs to self-induce an abortion,  medical doctors and midwives in Northern Ireland are “operating in a ‘“climate of fear’ and facing the real danger of imprisonment for … [Read more...]

The FEMISPHERE A Link Roundup!

News of note in the last week!   "The biggest problem with disability is how we treat people with disabilities." Dominick Evans breaks down why "feel good" viral videos of able bodied folks "helping" people with disabilities is NOT okay.   Bitch magazine gives an A-Z of how non-muslim westerners can stop … [Read more...]

Hamilton: Wiping the Whitewash off American History

By Allison Epstein For musical theater fans, Buzzfeed readers, and my poor neighbors who have been listening to me sing along terribly to the soundtrack for a month, the musical Hamilton is an inescapable phenomenon. Composer / actor / singer / playwright / rapper / is-there-anything-this-man-can't-do Lin-Manuel Miranda, … [Read more...]

Representation Matters: People of Color Are More Than a Quota

By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 When I was about seven years old, Disney Channel was my all-time favorite TV network. I couldn't get enough of the channel's funny characters like Kim Possible and Lizzie McGuire, taking on life as young, female students trying to navigate a social life and find themselves. But it wasn't until … [Read more...]

Privilege and Allyship: What They Look Like, and What You Can Do

By the Adios Barbie team Privilege. A hard thing to accept, let alone leverage in productive ways. But with intersectional feminism as a core tenet of Adios Barbie, it's something we're always thinking about — and always working to improve. Because "checking your privilege" isn't a one-time thing. It's a constant process of … [Read more...]