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Continental Grift: Wellness and the Western Consumption of India

A cultural obsession with Indian-centered wellness also comes from a place that acknowledges that everyone, sick or not, is in some way fundamentally broken.

Doulas Gone Digital: How to Self-Advocate If You’re Forced to Labor without Support

A lack of support can feel scary for new parents and is especially unsettling for those who are marginalized. Read more »

Autistic and Disabled Folks Know about the Dangers of Bleach "Cures" Firsthand

It’s time for the public to listen to what autistic and disabled advocates have been saying for years. Read more »

Come as You Are: Orgasms Prioritize Pleasure in the Midst of Pain

Orgasms can be restorative for pelvic-pain patients because orgasming helps them experience a “healing trust” that reconnects them with their need for sexual pleasure and intimacy. Read more »

Even during a Pandemic, Fatphobia Won’t Take a Day Off

The medical system is the locus for fat people’s oppression. Read more »

Traci Medeiros-Bagan Wants to Uncouple Sickness from Otherness

Your therapist isn’t necessarily going to know more about you than you know about yourself. You’re the expert about yourself. Read more »

Good Grief: Why Does Mourning Have an Expiration Date?

The raw reality of a grief that cannot be muffled after some quiet crying in the bathtub is disruptive to a world where discussions of mourning often include the phrase “moving on.” Read more »

Where the Green Grass Grows: Cultivating a Haven Away from outside Violence

Having a place to recharge is essential for everyone, but for people who are both oppressed and personally affected by the terrors of the outside world, relaxation is part of resisting. Read more »

A $2 Lifeline: Astrology Apps Give a New Meaning to Universal Healthcare

The planets and stars function as a lifeline for many of those who can’t access traditional healthcare. Read more »

Fake It Off: Reddit’s r/Illnessfakers Community and the Politics of Disbelief

The continued tracking of alleged over-the-top chronically ill influencers is part of an established cultural history of believing that chronically ill people, particularly women, are exaggerating or faking their illnesses for profit. Read more »

Immunocompromised Teachers Are on the Frontlines of Coronavirus

The safety of all citizens—regardless if they are living with disabilities, have compromised immune systems, or are able-bodied teens—should be prioritized over a business or institution’s bottom-line. Read more »

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Critical Conditions: For Trans Individuals, Seeking Medical Care Can Be a Minefield

When trans individuals encounter the medical system, they're often met with discrimination and misunderstanding. Read more »