health

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 »

Cover the Coronavirus without Being an Ableist Asshole

Our current discourse reinforces the reality that some of our lives are more deserving of being fraught with worry and risk, but warding off coronavirus is on all of us. Read more »

What Just Happened?: Coronavirus Is Here

We are not helpless. Educating ourselves is the first step: Once we know what we’re facing, we can act. Read more »

The Inescapability of Social Media’s Sexual Violence Discourse

How can I navigate a media cycle that can cause flashbacks, panic attacks, and anxiety if I’m receiving push notifications about rape with no trigger warnings? Read more »

Nama-Slay: For Black, Southern Women, Practicing Mindfulness Offers Escape

What happens when you turn to spaces that are supposed to be built for healing, only to find yourself an outsider? Read more »

For the Love of Goop: What We Lose When Women’s Magazines Prioritize Celebrity over Truth

Dr. Jen Gunter didn’t want to build a career out of criticizing Goop, but Goop didn’t stop giving her reason to be critical. Read more »

The Intimate Act of Performing Pain

There’s an acute and near-indescribable vulnerability that comes with admitting to being in pain in real time. Read more »

Cleaned Up: “Strung Out” Complicates the Conversation about Women and Opioid Addiction

We can only help people if they’re alive; the only bottom you can’t recover from is death. Read more »

The Food-Related Racism Surrounding Coronavirus Has Political Consequences

Even if they come in the form of a seemingly harmless joke or meme about Chinese food, denouncing these racist narratives is imperative. 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 »