The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Body Image, Body Politics, and Body Justice News Roundup   International  Terrorism is happening and has been happening around the globe. Are we paying attention when it is not a western, predominately white country that is terrorized?  Are we grieving for the lives lost and people of Istanbul, Dhaka and Bhagdad? … [Read more...]

Taming the Feral Mind: Yoga Lessons From a Mental Hospital

By Vanessa Hazzard for Blavity cross posted with permission "It took listening to a voice outside of my head, for once, that allowed me to be gentle with myself." Growing up in Philadelphia, I realized early on that police sirens were a mainstay of city living. Though I must say, it’s quite surreal when the sirens are for … [Read more...]

3 Ways Pregnant People Face Body Oppression

Let’s face it — our cultural narratives of pregnancy paint a pretty specific picture. We imagine a cisgender heterosexual woman dressed in pink frills happily “nesting” while getting ready for the stork to bring her a little bundle of joy. In reality, this archaic 1950s picture of pregnancy is social cause for many pregnant people … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Help Combat Ableism and Saneism in Schools

The first time I formally learned about mental illnesses and disabilities was in my high school health class. Along with topics like pregnancy and a healthy diet, we also touched on eating disorders, schizophrenia, addiction, and physical disabilities. I use the phrase “touched on” deliberately, because while these topics were … [Read more...]

7 Things We Need To Stop Saying To People Taking Antidepressants

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something judgmental about “people taking antidepressants” to my face. Hi! That’s me! And with 15–23% of the overall population per state in the US taking some form of mental health medication, likely at least a few people you know are on antidepressants as well. So why do we put up … [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...]

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...]

On Being a Hairy Femme

By Jen Venegas cross posted with permission from Ladyboxbooks I have always been a hairy Latina woman, but I started growing out my body hair two years ago. I started with my armpit hair. Next came my leg hair. When I stopped shaving my armpit hair, I went into a period where I slowly got used to exposing my body hair in public. … [Read more...]

The FEMISPHERE: A Link Roundup

Broadly features the unique struggle of Transgender youth for treatment for eating disorders, despite being more likely to suffer from one.  "There's a lot of reasons why eating disorders are prevalent in the transgender community, but it doesn't necessarily have to do with the fact that we are trans and we have bodily issues that … [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...]