The idea that children’s bodies belong to them and no one else is considered revolutionary in my family, and that’s the saddest part of all.
No longer will we come into spaces and be hidden in corners. Fat femmes are at the forefront and are not settling for mistreatment. We don't have to.
We are failing young girls and women and it is time we teach them that their worth isn’t tied to virginity or their ability to wait it out. But most importantly, we need to stop shaming those who choose not to wait.
I turned around to face this man while simultaneously reaching inside my purse. As I faced him with my hand inside my bag, I sensed something different from him, no longer predatory. Fear. He was afraid of ME.
Brands like Black Opal and Creme Of Nature scored poorly, and beauty products from lipsticks, concealers, and foundations to sun protective makeup came in underperforming.
Whatever the situation, you are not beyond help. You are not alone, and you don’t have to walk alone in your journey of healing. The next steps may not be easy, but with the right support, you can conquer them, one step at a time.
In the first roundtable discussion of our new In Conversation series, five brave women sit down to share their personal stories of healing and moving forward after sexual assault, the cultural impact of rape culture and the power of self-truth.
"The building blocks of my self-care are eight hours of sleep, lots of water, as much laughter and family time as possible, and following my heart around instead of my head."
"Too often women are not supported enough or are discouraged from choosing their path. I hope together we can change that. For me, it was a question of resilience. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself – my race, my gender – I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future."