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...]

Exiting the Sausage Fest

By Megan Stodel for The F Word, cross-posted with permission Recently, I've been trying to eat less meat. In my case, it's for environmental reasons, but there are plenty of other good reasons why people choose to cut down or eliminate it from their diet altogether. Being the sort of person who likes so few vegetables that … [Read more...]

Dark Times Under the Radar: Black Women and Mental Illness

By Lakesha Lafayett TW: This post contains discussions of trauma, suicide, and self-harm, and may be triggering for some readers. It's a darkness and chaos many people experience, but few understand. Mental health issues are no doubt a problem, yet in trying to get help, black women and other women of color face challenges … [Read more...]

The Era of “Mad” Men: How Sexism Stigmatizes Men’s Mental Health

By Megan Dottermusch The stereotype can be traced back through the ages — in biblical stories, fables, and Shakespearean masterpieces, women are ruled by mercurial emotions, and men are the stoic defenders of rational thought and logic. Feminists across the country have spent decades trying to prove that negative biases against … [Read more...]

Dating With Mental Illness: Can We Start Talking About It?

By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Everyone you date is hiding something, right? And anyway, mental illness isn't exactly first date conversation. And besides that, isn't it fun to be seen as a new person, someone who doesn't have debilitating panic attacks ... for once? I have this internal conversation with myself every … [Read more...]