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Feminspire | April 23, 2014

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Memoir

A Message to Sexual Assault Survivors: Your Beauty Isn’t Defined By Your Abuser

April 22, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne

Trigger warning for discussion of sexual assault

What do you see when look in the mirror? So many survivors/victims of sexual violence can sometimes feel weak, ugly or unimportant. You may have been told that you are ugly, that you … Read More

Using Masks to Survive a Lifetime of Abuse

April 7, 2014 | Eyn Ominous

Trigger warning for the discussion of sexual assault and abuse

Sometimes I question who I am and why I am the way I am. The practice is not new. In fact, it is foundational to any thorough education, which reveals … Read More

Stepping Out of the Shadows of Sexual Abuse in the Family

March 20, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne | One Comment

Trigger warning: Discussions of child sexual abuse, incest, and suicidal thoughts. 

Sexual Abuse isn’t something we are told or taught about in St.Lucia, or the wider Caribbean. Growing up, there are no mentions of people touching you inappropriately, of people’s … Read More

No One But Me Gets To Judge How I Cope With My Sexual Assault

February 21, 2014 | Souyenne Dathorne | 4 Comments

Trigger warning for discussion of rape and sexual assault

If I were to ask a room full of people to voice what they understand about what a person goes through after they have been sexually assaulted, it would be so … Read More

I Wasn’t Taught to Love My Body

February 13, 2014 | Rachel Lewis | 3 Comments

I was nine years old when I went to my first birthday party. It was for a girl from my school named Kimberly; she was turning 10 years old. At the time, 10 seemed to be the glorious world of … Read More

Why Lena Dunham’s Curves Make Me Feel Like Shit About My Own

February 7, 2014 | Chelsea Leibow | 2 Comments

It’s true: Lena Dunham’s very public, extremely naked, hotly discussed body has made me more self conscious of my own. As a woman who “sort of looks like that,” as a girl who was always “chunky” or “slightly overweight,” Lena’s … Read More

I Can Be a Christian AND a Feminist! …Can’t I?

February 6, 2014 | Danielle Aleman | 8 Comments

A few years ago, as I was eating lunch with a few classmates, a woman came around asking for signatures for a petition. My classmates had no hesitation and signed it while saying how great of a cause the petition … Read More

Giving Myself Permission to Feel More Than Guilt and Fear

January 7, 2014 | Zeinah Zaki

“All I know how to feel is guilt and fear,” I said. And said. And said.

I have bipolar disorder and I experienced a pretty rough childhood for various reasons, chemical and environmental.

I had to do something really difficult … Read More

Getting Through the Holidays as a Sexual Violence Survivor

December 17, 2013 | Souyenne Dathorne

The holiday season is supposed to be a cheerful and enjoyable time of year.

So many look forward to the break from work, the gifts, the festivities, the food, the coming together of family and friends. For many survivors of … Read More

“You Don’t Act Black” And Other Struggles of a Multiracial Woman

November 6, 2013 | Laila Corbeau | 18 Comments

Let’s get one thing straight: I’m American.

I was born in the beautiful Pacific Northwest to American parents. My father was also born to American parents. My mother was born to an American mother and an immigrant father.

When you … Read More

Fighting the Establishment When Everyone Says You Should Just “Let It Go”

October 28, 2013 | Anonymous | One Comment

Somewhat recently I spent four weeks listening to old white guys ramble on about how great the rich white men of the past were. I somewhat expected this, and knew that I would have to grit my teeth and bear … Read More

Invisible Walls: How to Set Boundaries After Abuse

October 1, 2013 | Zeinah Zaki | 3 Comments

When you’re depressed, anxious, abused and/or have been isolated your whole life, it’s easy to feel like other people can’t really ever get close. It’s hard to imagine closeness when all you’ve experienced is alienation and lonliness.

You might just … Read More