The pain of being a feminist in an anti-feminist world is palpable and it stings. Online backlash is one thing. It isn’t deserved or excusable, but it’s expected. But what about when the backlash is in your real life, when it’s from friends or family? It can easily lead to resentment, frustration, and anger. So here are some ideas for self-care to deal with it.
So let’s explain love. Let’s explain that fervor – with neurobiology! Why that may seen unromantic, it’s important to us as people and as feminists. We deserve full comprehension and control of our bodies. Instead of being driven by our body’s reactions, we can see them as just hormones flowing through our bodies – and not as the undeniable truth!
I was lying in bed when suddenly, I heard a blood-curdling scream. “STOP IT!” the voice said. “PLEASE, STOP IT.” Thankfully some bystanders stopped the man who had his arms around the woman’s neck from behind. I soon learned that he had attacked her because she didn’t respond favorably to his street harassment. And there are still people who say it’s not a legitimate issue?!? (Trigger warning)
Eating disorders are difficult – not just for the sufferer, but admittedly for the people who care about that person, too. This is an article specifically for those of you who need a place to start, who are saying, “I know that my friend or family member has a history with an eating disorder. Now what?”
There’s a lot of misinformation still out there about vaginal sexual response and what is considered “normal,” driven home by patriarchal ideals about what vaginal orgasm “should” look like. This leads people with vaginas to second-guess their own bodies and forget that they too experience and deserve sexual satisfaction – for their own sake.