Yoplait’s confessional

It’s time to confess your sins.

So says Yoplait. The yogurt company recently launched a campaign urging women to post their diet “fails” online using the hash tag “foodfessional.” It’s OK to slip up on your diet, says Yoplait—as long as you confess your sin and pledge to make the virtuous choice: opt for a cup of yogurt next time. Customers have responded on Twitter and Facebook, fessing up to their dessert and snack food binges for all the world to see.

In 2011, Yoplait aired an ad featuring a woman in front of the refrigerator, debating with herself over whether or not she deserved some dessert. Responding to complaints from groups such as the National Eating Disorders Association saying that the ad promoted eating disorder behavior, the company agreed to pull the ad. But apparently they haven’t learned their lesson. Read More »

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Depathologizing gender diversity in ICD-11

The new 11th release of International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is coming soon. Diagnoses related to gender variance are those that are likely to be altered in this version. Despite wide acceptance among trans* community that these diagnoses must be changed, there’s a big diversity in opinions on how exactly this should be done. So, I’ll start by mentioning the options currently under discussion.

If speaking of what now is called “transvestic fetishism”, this diagnosis should be eliminated completely. But when we move to those states that are ascribed by “transsexualism” diagnosis, there’s a great deal of opinions. Unlike “transvestism” (or earlier depathologised “homosexuality”), people now diagnosed with “transsexualism” sometimes want some kind of body modifications, either by hormones or by surgery. This fact discourages many trans* activists from requesting the complete removal of the diagnosis and makes them argue for its preservation in some form or another. The suggested options include moving the diagnosis from psychiatric disorders (F codes) to a different existing or specially created class in ICD. The less pathologizing option is class Z (“Factors influencing health status and contact with health services”), the others include moving to nervous or endocrine diseases. Read More »

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Today my rapist walked

*Trigger warning*

A few hours ago, I got a call from the prosecutor I was assigned to one and a half years ago, telling me the man who raped me was acquitted on counts of both rape in the first degree and kidnapping in the first degree. Today my rapist walked.

When I was a senior in high school, I went upstairs with a 19-year-old man. He was someone I had been ‘upstairs’ with before. Though we’d never slept together, we’d been intimate on different occasions throughout high school. He was older, a pothead, well liked by the popular crowd. That night when we went upstairs, he asked if we could have sex. When I told him no, he did not listen. I said no repeatedly, and he raped me. Read More »

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Happiness & Healing Day in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

On April 11, 2014 in New York City, the Rising Minds Foundation presented Happiness & Healing Day, an empowering and uplifting event in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month created to strengthen and encourage survivors of sexual abuse.

Happiness & Healing Day featured a performances by Stephanie Foltz, Zoe Becker, Ebony Warner, Gabriel Gitman, and the Rising Minds Foundation CEO & Founder, Amber Amour. They presented Eve Ensler’s empowering poem entitled, “My Short Skirt,” along with poetic monologues written by Maya Angelou and Ebony Warner. Read More »

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WWWWD (What Would Wonder Woman Do?)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Women Thrive Worldwide needs your help to build support for the International Violence Against Women Act…

Please consider submitting a photo to the #No1Nowhere campaign to end violence against women and girls. 

We’re bringing the faces of the global movement against gender-based violence to Washington, DC next month in a special Capitol Hill reception… and we want you to be a part of it.

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