(Trigger warning: rape culture) Still facing skepticism about if women’s “complaints” about daily sexism are valid? We know the microaggressions, implicit biases, and street harassment you deal with aren’t just in your imagination. So here it is – a summary of a day in the life of a woman in the U.S., complete with the daily doses of sexism that can make seemingly simply tasks risky.
Seen as a hairy South Asian girl, this author was ridiculed. And even after he started using he and him pronouns, it took him two years to let the hair on his face grow. Why? Find out with this compelling story of overcoming the Western beauty and gender standards that impact us all. Here’s hope for unconditional self-love, no matter what society says.
What would you tell your younger self? For this author, there’s a lot that he wishes he’d known as a young genderqueer and non-binary person. So here are his words to his younger self, shared with you as a reminder of how important you are. Even if you don’t identify as non-binary, you can read this for comfort and validation wherever your path takes you.
What’s up with men’s rights advocates? Maybe you’ve read their commentary, and maybe you’ve wanted them to shut the hell up about so-called “men’s oppression.” But is there any truth to what they’re saying? What are their worries, and who are the true champions of gender equality? Let’s get into the concerns, the myths, and the real story behind men’s rights.
Maybe you’ve seen increasing acceptance and support for LGBTQIA+ people. That’s great! But we still live in a society where straight people have rights, power, and freedom that influence their lives in so many ways. Here are some examples of how straight privilege comes into play. The last one is essential for supporting vital LGBTQIA+ liberation.
What if I told you it’s okay to not be okay? We’re pushed toward constant optimism. But is there a cost to this focus on positivity? Avoiding tough emotions might not be as positive as you think – and there’s no substitute for your real emotions. Here’s how to feel what you feel without drowning in your feelings, and define healing on your own terms.
Can you identify Imperial Feminism? It’s the kind of “feminism” that centers the narratives of white saviors and strips away agency of Muslim women and women of color in general. Framing non-Western nations as savage and misogynistic and white Western people as heroes ignores the truth of misogyny. Read on to see it for what it really is – gendered racism.
It doesn’t take an expert to know that the celeb moms we fawn over don’t have the typical post-pregnancy experience. But applauding “bouncing back” from a pregnant body is just one of the ways we send humiliating messages to people who have given birth. Have you internalized these messages? Here’s your guide to challenging the criticism of the post-pregnancy body.
In this beautifully written piece, a young biracial woman sets out to write a letter to her father – a white father to a black daughter. And her heartfelt words are what every white parent of children of color should hear: that race matters, that accountability matters, and that it’s up to you to make sure that you are a part of your child’s understanding of race.
(Trigger Warning: transphobia and violence) Many well-meaning allies are spreading the word about horrific violence against transgender people (especially the high rates against trans women of color). But have you thought about what it’s like to be a trans woman of color and constantly encounter these stories? This moving piece shows how vital it is to center trans voices and offer hope for living long and happy lives.