Victim-Blaming Doesn’t Work: If You Want to Help, Listen to Victims First

Think of the last time you blamed someone. Did it make the victim’s problems go away? Did the victim thank you for being such an inspirational person in their life? Did the victim increase their respect for you? Probably not.

‘Unsung Echoes’ Answers the Question: What Does it Mean to be a Woman?

The posts are simple – a paragraph or two (or more) of text along with a picture, all provided by the interviewee, answering the same question – “what does it mean to be a woman?”

#NotOvaryacting: 10 Quick and Easy Tips for the Best Health ‘Down There’

No one cares if your mother or aunt powdered her vagina with Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder every day for the past 30 years and is doing fine. This stuff is just bad for you in general. As mentioned before, your vagina is self-cleaning.

The Art of Contentment: Live as You, Forget Others, and Be Happy

I realized that the more I burden myself with the thoughts of others, I will forget that I have thoughts of my own. In an instant, I decided to let go. Let go of the expectations of my peers. Let go of the expectations of my family. Let go of the expectations of other people.

Don’t Overlook Your Oral Health: 5 Simple Tips for Improvement

In our South Asian culture, this aspect of health is just not given as much importance as the rest of the body. The mouth is a gateway to the body and infection there can spread to other parts of the body!

Maria Qamar aka Hatecopy’s Newest Exhibition Highlights Border Detainment for POC

Going through lines, giving up my items, and being stopped for secondary searches is common for me when I walk through airport security coming to the United States even though I’ve never had any trouble with the law, am a Canadian-born citizen, and have not visited any of the countries on Trump’s list.

Dear Brown Girls Who Were Bullied: Here are Five Things to Know

Remind yourself that your bullies’ comments on how you look have no validity to them. Remember that Priyanka Chopra and Nina Davuluri are examples of attractive and successful Indian women who still got bullied.

Closed Doors: 5 Truths I Wish I Could Tell My Parents

I think what parents don’t understand is that we are hungry. But not just for food, necessarily. We’re hungry for positivity. We’re hungry for understanding. We’re hungry for things that can’t physically be fed to us.

5 Toxic ‘Good Health’ Habits to Recognize and Change

Yes, it may seem healthy to create goals for yourself, but when you start to look in the mirror, self-loathe, and wish you looked like someone else, there is a real, underlying problem.

To Muslim Women: ‘I love you dearly, regardless of what stage of Islam you operate in’

Islam is a religion of women. I will speak these words until my heart stops. Islam is a religion of women.

#NotOvaryActing: My Awkward First Time at the Gyno

I felt like everyone’s eyes were on me. I felt like they could tell I was having problems in my vagina and were judging me for it. I felt ashamed.

MannMukti’s New Podcast “Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health”: In Honest Conversation with Salma Vir-Banks

Salma’s ability to stand up and say, “Yes, I have had a difficult journey,” serves as an example to those who are secretly struggling. Her honesty lets people know that their similar struggles aren’t fictitious. They’re not being over dramatic, emotionally weak, or stupid. Her honesty lets people know that being flawed is okay and speaking up is even more so okay.

Feeling the Guilt? How to Eat Low-Calorie at 5 Different Fast Food Chains

Alert! Eat fresh – Subway’s punch line – is not always true. By the time you have added double cheese to your foot-long, gotten a cookie, and a bag of Lays chips, your attempt at a healthy meal becomes an 800+ calorie meal. Here’s how to avoid it.

Learning Self-Love Through Photography

I’ve never done a photoshoot before. I don’t know how to model. Hell, I don’t even like being in front of the camera. At first, I didn’t even recognize myself. I looked incredible! All the things I was insecure about seemed to fade away. The photography was art.

6 Fun Ways to Practice Self-Care

Self-care is important, but people often think that it’s too time-consuming or that it’s meant to be something extravagant like a massage or a vacation. But even a 5-minute cat nap can help you feel rejuvenated.

Hate Running? 5 Innovative Ways to Still Get in Your Cardio!

Luckily, I have found a few ways to get my cardio in on days when I’m just not in the mood for running in any form, even on a treadmill, or using an elliptical.

A Poem on Depression: You Didn’t Think To Say…

Maybe an “I love you” and “I’m here to support you” would have helped to climb out of the depths of darkness that I am no longer able to get out of.

Dear My Main Man: A Daughter’s Letter of Love to Her Father

Dear My Main Man,

I write to you because out of every helping hand I have received in this world, yours is the one with the most impact. You receive the least amount of credit and praise for the things you do. You’ve always stood back and let me shine or run in the rain knowing I always get caught up in a storm. You’re always stepping in when I call for you, knowing you can’t be more than a few feet away ready to comfort me in your arms as you have been doing for years. It’s time that light radiates on who you are and the love that you have shown me.

Get Fit While Having Fun with These 5 Couples’ and Partner Workouts

As summer goes on, it can be easy to get lost in the ice cream, tanning, and margarita slump. Sometimes, you can forget entirely about the gym and working out. I have found that a good way to combat this is to make working out fun – make it an experience. And the best way to do that? Do it with that someone special. Because everyone knows…couples who lift together, stay together.

With My Mental Illnesses, One Thing Led to Another

I have dealt with substance abuse, an eating disorder, and I still struggle with depression and anxiety today. My mental illnesses are very interconnected and I’m slowly tackling them, one at a time. I think many people have trouble understanding how all of these can occur at once. I often hear from people that I did this to myself or that I’m seeking attention. There’s so much stigma around mental illnesses and I hope by being open about mine, I can help erase some of that stigma.