I am not the poster child queer woman. Pastel sundresses, lacy push-up bras, and vanilla lip gloss would not, as it were, come as accessories with Stereotypical Lesbian Barbie. Femmes are the surprises. Femmes are the ones who are asked how we can possibly be queer-identified if we paint our nails. We’re the ones who have to fight to be noticed for who we are.
There seems to be a disconnect between the reality of eating disorders, and what most people think is the reality of eating disorders. Our media misrepresents EDs so much that most people don’t recognize their complexity. Here to lay down the facts is Melissa A. Fabello! Whether you’re trying to learn more about EDs, or are feeling frustrated and alone, be sure to watch Melissa’s informative video.
Effective communication is hard. Especially when we’re dealing with a topic as sensitive as our feelings, which we’re often taught simply don’t matter enough to be worthy of attention. It’s not something that we’re taught how to do effectively, and so that can leave us really at a loss for how to go about it. So here are a few things to keep in mind.
Being aware of and enjoying other cultures is not inherently bad. On the other, stealing them and claiming them as your own can do unseen, oppressive damage. So where do we draw the line between “appropriate” forms of cultural exchange and more damaging patterns of cultural appropriation? Jarune Uwujaren helps to clear the air around this important issue!
Burn-out happens when you give more energy and compassion than you receive, and as a result, you lose sight of the light of hope at the end of the tunnel. For activists and people working in human service professions in particular, where we never get a respite from dealing with people face-to-face, burn-out feels inevitable. But it really doesn’t have to be.
(Trigger Warning: Body Image) According to Glamour, “Fitspo refers to images and words that women post with the purpose of inspiring themselves and others to live a fit, active life.” The problem that we see with fitspo, though, is that it looks too much like a not-so-cleverly-disguised thinspo. And these ideas that our bodies just aren’t good enough the way that they are is still dangerous.
Whether we like it or not, as teachers, our students are listening. They’re watching. They’re learning how to navigate and interpret the world – from you. So if you’re a feminist and you want some ideas on how create a more feminist classroom (without, you know, wearing your “Clitoris is Not a Dirty Word” t-shirt on dress down day), here are five efforts that you can endeavor.
I believe strongly in the idea that women need to lift one another up; it’s a basic tenet of my feminism. And because one system that tends to give us a lot of trouble is the workplace and our attempts at career advancement, when young feminists write to find out my supposed secrets to success, I’m all for it. So you want a feminist job? Here are some things to keep in mind.
I’m not going to tell you that labels are for soup cans, although I understand that sentiment. But the secret that no one is telling you is this: This is who you are, and your experience is valid – with or without a label affixed. But for everyone who’s got a hold on identifying their feelings, but needs help figuring out a label, let’s talk about it.
The upcoming holiday season brings with it new hurdles for those recovering from eating disorders. With all the festivities involving food, not to mention the eating-related commentary, the next several months can be a mine field of triggers. So how can you support your loved ones in eating disorder recovery over the holidays? Vlogger and writer Melissa A. Fabello has some ideas!