The Irony of Menopause

Featured Illustration: Aishwarya Viswamitra My name is Aishwarya Viswamitra and I am a final year Master’s student studying lived experiences of menopause in India. Through qualitative interviews with menopausal and postmenopausal people, one of my study’s aims is to study social structures that play a role in an Indian woman’s menopause. One woman’s narrative of…

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PCOS and Its Impact: How Having Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Affects More Than Just The Menstrual Cycle

Featured Illustration: Marta Pucci When I first started my period, I was nine-years-old. It disappeared for months after that first time, and in all the years following, I can’t even accurately tell you what day I will actually be on it. Since I started puberty, I have suffered from moderately severe depression and severe anxiety,…

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The Subtleties of Body-Shaming (Explained by a Therapist)

Featured Illustration: Sherrin George “Do I look fat?” “You’re so skinny, you should eat more!” “You’re not fat, you’re beautiful.” “Real women have curves.” “She looks pregnant.” ‘You look so skinny in that dress!” “Did you lose weight? You look great!” “Have you been working out? Your butt looks so big!” You might be surprised…

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A Year of Gratitude

Featured Illustration: Ann Chen A year ago, soon after I returned from an emotionally exhausting Civil Rights trip to the USA, I had the opportunity to take stock at a women’s retreat that I attended. I realised that there had been many positives hidden among the personal challenges of the previous year. Determined to begin…

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The Radical Movement You’ve Never Heard Of

Featured Illustration: Julia Mauch Since 2012, we have seen the proliferation of the body positivity movement on social media channels such as Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. While we have all heard of the movement and its accompanying hashtag, and understand what it is meant to achieve, very little is known of its historical origins  —…

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Liberatory Self-Care Means Unlearning: How Rest Can Help Heal Intergenerational Wounds

Unpacking racialized myths of the Sambo and the Strong Black Woman is essential spirit work to Black folks learning how to practice radical self-care. . . . When it comes to liberation practices, no concept or idea can be enacted without doing the work. We see this often in direct action campaigns, organizing, and protests.…

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She is Viv and She is Here for Your V

Featured Artwork: Hazel Mead “Menstruation, or period, is normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle.” (Menstruation, Period 2020). “Normal” as it may be defined, menstruation continues to remain as one of the lesser discussed topics, especially when it comes to women’s health. Menstruation often has associated with itself strong social…

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I Need To Be Thin: A Psychosocial Perspective

Of all the women I’ve known and loved, there is an underlying effort that is, for the most part, unsaid. Among the bravest of us, a few voices on body-image dissatisfaction have started to ring in the air and find their place in the research and literature around the pressure for women to be thin.…

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PMDD: The Acronym That Saved My Life

I was sixteen-years-old when my body decided it was ready to complete its transition into womanhood. My face was slick and shiny with oil, uterus irritatingly contorting but I had a stockpile of pads — I was ready! Or so I thought. There is only so much they taught us during the awkwardness of Sexual…

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