Me, My Hair, and My Brownness

Hair and Brownness

By Shailee Koranne for The Aerogram, cross-posted with permission Nine years old: I find a tube of hair removal cream in the bathroom. I decide to use it on my arms, but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't … [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...]

7 Ways the Media’s Depiction of Eating Disorders Failed Me As a Woman of Color

Russell Mondy

By Raquel Reichard for Mic, cross-posted with permission When I was in elementary school, I started dieting. I'd drink my mother's protein shakes and eat off-brand, low-fat frozen entrees. In seventh grade, I decided I just wouldn't eat at all. It worked for a while, but by high school I realized I could have a full meal — so … [Read more...]

Why Corporations Should Keep Their Hands Off Employees’ Ovaries

Image ©Raymond Bryson

By Sayantani DasGupta at The Feminist Wire We all knew the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision earlier this year, which ruled that corporations with religious owners cannot be made to pay for insurance coverage of contraception, was only the tip of the iceberg. I for one imagined (only a bit facetiously) … [Read more...]

The Invisible War: Sexual Assault in the Military


By Sayantani DasGupta A female soldier shows the two items she always carries on her body: a cross and a hunting knife. “You always have protection with Jesus,” she says, “but sometimes you need just a little bit more.” Similarly, another female soldier explains, “[My] knife wasn’t for the Iraqis… it was for the guys on my … [Read more...]

Study: Black Girls 50% More Likely to be Bulimic than Whites


By Tamika Thompson from Tavis Smiley-PBS In 2005, The New York Times published an article called "Blacks Join the Eating-Disorder Mainstream." The article explained that "more blacks and other minorities have been seeking help from eating disorder clinics" and that "[n]o reliable numbers exist for how many minority women suffer … [Read more...]