A Call To Action: Your Fat Friend Is Going It Alone

By Your Fat Friend for Medium cross posted with permission. I first read about Errol Narvaez at the end of a draining week. Fatigue had sunk into my bones, and I felt weakened, made pliable by stress. I had taken a rare day off to spend some time in one of my favorite state parks. After a long hike, I stopped by a favorite cafe in … [Read more...]

The BMI Is Bullshit, and Other Thoughts From My Doctor’s Office

“Here, take these,” he said. “We give them to everyone.” I stared at the nurse and reached for the papers he was holding. I had been to this clinic several times before, and my appointments had never ended like this. His tone remained relatively normal, although he seemed uncomfortable. He smiled and leaned toward me to show … [Read more...]

The Body Monologues: A Call for Radical Empathy

By E.C. Kelly Brené Brown, a wacky woman with great hair, once said, "If you put shame in a petri dish, it needs three ingredients to grow exponentially: secrecy, silence, and judgment." The cure? "Douse it with empathy it can't survive." Brown has lots of science to back that claim up in her TED Talk, but I know she's right. … [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 Round UP!

  A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News Indian Country Today Media Network reports that Gyasi Ross has a new track called White Privilege 3 available for free right now on Soundcloud. It’s a response to another Seattle hip hop artist, Mackelmore - who released the controversial, White Privilege … [Read more...]

Hair with Potential

Written By M.J. Fievre It is hard to deny some of the beauty of Kenscoff, in Haiti: rolling roads, haze on the fields, morning-green hills, goats. The other kinds of beauty can be tricky. You have to train your eye, or have a certain eye already.  In the 1990’s, in the back of my father’s sedan, I watched the young women who … [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...]

How I Rewrote the Story of My Heart Defect

By Camille DePutter I was born with a congenital heart defect called "complete heart block." It was not a tragic or even particularly dramatic condition. It was certainly not visible or noticeable to the rest of the world. In other words, it was easy to hide. In simplest terms, the condition meant that my heart beat … [Read more...]

29 Lessons I’ve Learned About My Body in 29 Years

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 Oh, hello there, 29th birthday. Here come the wrinkles. Is that a gray hair? Are parts getting ... droopier? As a woman, I think I'm supposed to feel some kind of fear or anxiety about the approaching third decade of my life: the signs of aging, the mortgage, the sense that I'm supposed to … [Read more...]

Speak Up: Recalibrating the Relationship Between Body Image and Assertiveness

Editor's note: Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It's important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a … [Read more...]