The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Body Image, Body Politics, and Body Justice News Roundup        End the Violence As Mexican authorities investigate whether police used excessive force or opened fire first, witnesses were clear that the police were in the wrong against striking teachers and their allies during Sunday's clashes that left 12 dead and more … [Read more...]

Consensual Rape? A Feminist’s Story of Violence, Love, and Sexual Empowerment

By Birdie McNeill, guest edited by pajarolibre (PJ) Content Warning: This piece discusses sex, kink, and consensual violence, which may be triggering to some readers. “He held my hands above my head.” “Like this?” my partner said, grabbing my wrists. “Yes. I remember trying to crawl out from under him, but I was drunk … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

Body Image, Body Politics and Body Justice News Politics National Public Radio's Democracy Now reports on Jasmine Richards, a Black Lives Matter organizer is facing up to four years in state prison after she was convicted of a rarely known statute in  California law known up until recently as "felony lynching." "Richards was … [Read more...]

5 Ways Sex Ed Promotes Shame

By Birdie McNeill Wouldn’t it be great if sex education helped students feel comfortable and informed when they (eventually) pursued healthy, sexual relationships? Unfortunately, sex education in the US often does the opposite, ignoring the most essential safety information and promoting a sense of shame around body, gender, and … [Read more...]

You Deserve Respectful Sexual Healthcare

By Bianca Palmisano of Intimate Health Consulting, originally published on Slut, Ph.D. and cross-posted with permission “The gynecologist assumed that because I’d had male and female partners within the last year, I was irresponsible somehow. And to top it off, she didn’t even know what a dental dam was, when I told her I’d been … [Read more...]

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...]

The Problem With Consent

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece contains discussions of sexual assault and common victim-blaming allegations. Consent. We try to encourage it, require it, make it sexy and cool and fun. But the problem with our cultural outlook on consensual sex goes much deeper than we like to think about. In our legal … [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...]

As a Black Lesbian, Queerness Is Not Made in My Image

By Kesiena Boom for BuzzFeed, cross-posted with permission I am unable to marry my Blackness and my queerness in my mind. I will pull myself apart. It starts superficially. I clutch at my hair and despair at the frizz and kink and curl. I go to a white salon for only the third time in my life and ask the gay hairdresser to … [Read more...]

Defining a “Metrosexual Male”

By Sam Killermann, cross-posted from It's Pronounced Metrosexual What does metrosexual mean?  What’s the difference between a metro guy and a non-metro guy?  Isn’t metrosexual just another word for gay?  Is your ringtone from Kimpossible?  These are questions I find myself answering on a semi-daily basis, and I’ll be answering … [Read more...]