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...]

Endometriosis and the Nature of the “Female Disease”

By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Author's note: I use the phrases "female" and "woman" throughout this article to refer to someone who experiences or has experienced menstruation, because of my linguistic need for shorthand. However, it's important to note that not all women have uteruses, and not all those who have uteruses are … [Read more...]

“I Tried to Have Sex with a Porcupine”: Dodging the Stigma of Self-harm

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece candidly discusses self-harm, which may be triggering for some readers. Despite statistically affecting one in four of us, mental health is shrouded in stigma and often goes undiscussed. Unless your mental health problems manifest in self-harm — then suddenly it's everybody's … [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...]

It’s Time to Say Farewell to Welfare Stigma

By Tasha Sanders I'm pacing outside a government assistance office, deciding whether or not to go inside. The harsh stereotypes attached to someone on welfare are humiliating, but with a child to support, I don't have a choice. After a few minutes, I go inside. I can't afford not to. I have lived most of my adult life, up … [Read more...]

Breaking Down Binge Eating Disorder

By Tasha Sanders When I think of an eating disorder, the first thing that comes to mind is anorexia or bulimia. This might be because of my history with anorexia, but it also has to do with the media's narrow portrayal of what constitutes an eating disorder. If Lifetime isn't sensationalizing anorexia or bulimia, the tabloids … [Read more...]

Men, Eating Disorders, and Chasing Impossible Perfection

By Z Zoccolante Sex sells, regardless of gender. Men, like women, are objectified. I've had more than one friend remind me of how a guy's dancing turns them on because it mimics how hot they'd be between the sheets. Hips don't lie, right? Still, we enjoy living in fantasy worlds. We like the escape. It's common for couples to … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders: The Secret Epidemic Facing Gay Men

By Megan Dottermusch I was in college when I first realized the serious consequences of eating disorders. As the risk manager on my sorority's executive board, I was the designated confidante for members to discuss their personal and emotional issues with in full disclosure. While I could not give them formal counseling or … [Read more...]