Men of Few Words: Untold Stories of Sexual Violence

By Birdie McNeill CW: This article includes personal stories of sexual violence and contains explicit language. Rape, sexual violence, sexual assault, consent violation, sexual harassment. When we hear these terms, many automatically picture a small young woman fending off some sexually aggressive man. This paradigm leaves … [Read more...]

On Having Sex As A Woman With A Penis

By Xeph Kalma cross posted with permission from Guerilla Feminism I’m not in the habit of disclosing what lies within my pants, but for this piece it’s going to be necessary. I am a woman, and I have a penis.  I am on a waitlist for GCS (gender confirming surgery) but I’m no longer sure if I really want to go through with it. … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round Up

A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Image, Politics & Body Justice News   Eve Ensler writes for Guernica magazine about Bodies of Revolution, convened by One Billion Rising, African American policy Forum, and  Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies(CISPS) . The participants were many and varied including … [Read more...]

Boobs are for Sex: Body Image, Breastfeeding & the Media – Part 1

By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper and Julia Fuller-Kling By now, most of us have heard all about the controversial TIME cover published earlier this month. Here on Adios Barbie, Sayantani DasGupta posted “The Breast Wars,” in response to this troubling representation of breastfeeding. As two women passionate about natural parenting, … [Read more...]

Looking Towards the Future and Beyond Beauty Alone

By Melanie Klein They say “love don’t pay the rent.” Love is undeniably the foundation of any healthy relationship, but it is by no means the only essential ingredient to keep that relationship humming smoothly. The same rules apply to the relationship with our bodies—relationships often complicated, contradictory and influenced … [Read more...]

Boobies, Ta-tas, and Cha-Chas, Oh My! The Sexy-fication of Cancer

By Sayantani DasGupta "Save the Boobies!  I  ♥ Ta-tas! Save Second Base!" Like the ubiquitousness of Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong armbands and Susan G. Komen Foundation’s pink ribbon festooned campaigns, "I heart the boobie" bracelets seem to be everywhere these days. Such as on the arms of young women showing their breast … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Kanye’s “Monster”

By Pia Guerrero, Founder and Co-Editor Last week we posted a petition calling to stop the official release of Kanye West’s “Monster” video for its eroticized depictions of death and extreme violence against women.  Since then news of the video and our petition to MTV and Universal Music has gained momentum causing bloggers and … [Read more...]