Do you believe everyone who’s fat is unhealthy? This author heard it from everyone – other fat people, doctors, strangers, concerned friends and family – and herself. Here’s how she changed the game by refuting the excuses people give for sizeist and fatphobic comments. Learn why it doesn’t have to be this way, and how to reframe what we call “healthy living.”
Being a trans person who experiences body dysphoria can be a challenge – both for the person directly experiencing it, as well as for the loved ones around them. The truth is, few people feel prepared to help someone cope with body dysphoria. So if you’re wondering how to support someone with this experience in your life, this list of five tips is a great place to start.
We have a hard time envisioning a woman who isn’t driven by romantic aspirations. You need go no further than any grocery store magazine aisle to be bombarded with quizzes, horoscopes, and advice on love. And we really need society to catch up and stop asking single women annoying questions. But until that glorious day, here are seven snarky responses to try.
We get it. It can be hard sometimes to understand the difference between catcalling and complimenting people. But what it really comes down to is respect – and you’re usually better off saying nothing at all. This article is to help those who have the best intentions, but are struggling with understanding when it’s appropriate to approach someone in public.
Depression is a drag. And while raising awareness is great, we’ve got a ways to go when it comes to compassionately treating people with depression like they have a serious illness. At the end of the day, we need people around us who understand our illness and how best to interact with us. So here’s a guide on how to support a loved one with depression.
There’s been a lot of talk lately critiquing call-out culture – and a lot of the concerns are valid. But is calling in always the answer? Or can that sometimes reproduce oppression inside social justice movements? Read this to get the lowdown on when each approach might be useful by centering on how to be most survivor-centered and how to achieve the results you want.
The body positivity movement has made great strides in helping bodies of all shapes feel loved, cherished, and acceptable. But what does it mean when major media outlets create lists of body image heroines and virtually every woman listed is white? In this article, Sonya Renee Taylor details the racist undertones that have caused the movement to overlook and neglect her and other black women’s body-loving activism for far too long.
It seems like for every action empowering a marginalized group, there’s an opposite reaction bringing the focus back to the dominant culture. And we’ve got to get rid of this echo! Refocusing on the dominant narrative instead of making room for the celebration of oppressed people hurts our efforts to create a just world. Read this article to learn how and why.
We – as social justice activists – need to explore beyond thinking of the very large and very public demonstrations as the sole means of radical change. Who is included in our idea of “activists?” In which ways are we unintentionally excluding folks in this vision? What other platforms are activists using to raise awareness about injustice? Let’s talk about it.
When an actress steps onto the red carpet, the first question she’s asked is “Who are you wearing?” Why is she reduced to how she looks, and not the achievements that brought her there? Sooner or later, these narrow standards of beauty and value hurt us all. Here’s what you need to know about how, and what you can do to bring this machine to a screeching halt.