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

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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

Luigi Morante

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

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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?

Sarah Browning

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

Frankie Leon

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

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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

Esther Marí

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

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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...]

Talking about Periods: Removing Menstrual Shame for Social Justice

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By Sayantani DasGupta In most countries, there is a culture of taboo and secrecy around menstrual health and hygiene. Just think of all those ridiculous commercials for sanitary products that allow you to engage in activities ‘without anyone knowing’ you are menstruating – even if you are wearing white spandex or leaping in the … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama’s “Biggest” Mistake

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Introduction by Ragen Chastain When I heard that Michelle Obama was going on The Biggest Loser to congratulate the participants on being role models I knew that I had to do something. So I e-mailed my friend Darryl Roberts, filmmaker of America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments. We wrote a well-researched article pointing … [Read more...]