Femme Erasure In the Queer Community

Author's Note: I am not distinguishing between trans and cis women. I have had conversations with both and, while there is some divergence of experience, for the purposes of this post, “femme-identified woman” applies to anyone who identifies as such, regardless of assigned sex at birth.   By Malachi for Monomaniacism, … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

A Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image, and Body Justice News Politics A different kind of tour in Jerusalem shows the city as it is under Israeli occupation. "Victoria Tauli Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples, expressed concern Monday over the situation of Indigenous … [Read more...]

5 Ways Sex Ed Promotes Shame

By Birdie McNeill Wouldn’t it be great if sex education helped students feel comfortable and informed when they (eventually) pursued healthy, sexual relationships? Unfortunately, sex education in the US often does the opposite, ignoring the most essential safety information and promoting a sense of shame around body, gender, and … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round UP!

  A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News Indian Country Today Media Network reports that Gyasi Ross has a new track called White Privilege 3 available for free right now on Soundcloud. It’s a response to another Seattle hip hop artist, Mackelmore - who released the controversial, White Privilege … [Read more...]

The Bicycle: A Woman’s Ride to Fear or Freedom

A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle. - Irina Dunn In 2015, eight cyclists were killed in London. Of these eight, six were female. That’s 75%. In London, like other parts of the world, cycling is seen as a “man’s game". And there are a whole host of reasons for this. In 1895, an article in The Literary Digest … [Read more...]

Serena Williams Responds to the “Smile!” Treatment

By Anita Little on Sociological Images, cross-posted with permission Serena Williams, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest living female athlete, was understandably exhausted after defeating her sister and best friend Venus Williams in the U.S. Open earlier this week. So she wasn’t having it when, during … [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...]

Forget Body Love: Where Is the You-Are-More-Than-Your-Body Movement for Women?

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Love your body! It's a message that the body-positive movement is working very hard on. With all the messages the media sends women about their bodies — that they must look a certain way, that they need all sorts of products and exercises and diets in order to be worthy of love and attention — the … [Read more...]

5 Survival Tips for When Caregiving Is Overwhelming

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 What if I offered you a job that included no pay or benefits, required 24-hour availability, required you to learn basic medical care, and made it difficult for you to tend to your own basic needs? Would you take it? If you have a grandparent, parent, or child, you likely have experience with … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Pregnancy: From Shame to Post-baby Bodies and Kim Kardashian West

By Nicki Karimipour Kim Kardashian West is in the limelight again for one of her magazine cover appearances — but this time, she's fully clothed. Who could forget about the time she tried to break the Internet with her racy Paper Magazine  cover in winter 2014? Kim K. appeared, sans (visible) makeup, on the cover of the … [Read more...]