As we take a short festive break, here’s what’s coming up in 2019, and how you can get involved…
Hysterical Women will be taking a short festive break from today, Tuesday 18 December, until Wednesday 2 January.
But there’s lots of great stuff lined up in 2019 (even if I do say so myself!) We’ll be back with guest posts on anorexia, endometriosis, pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder and more, plus Q&As with the editor of The Colour of Madness – which explores mental health and race – and the authors behind some of my favourite books on sexism in women’s health.
But I also want to hear from you! I’m seeking guest post submissions for 2019 from any woman, trans or non-binary person who’s got a story to tell about sexism, dismissal and disbelief in healthcare.
In particular, I’m interested in hearing from:
- Women of colour who’ve experienced sexism and/or racism when trying to access support for mental, physical or sexual health concerns
- Trans/non-binary people who’ve experienced misgendering and stigma in healthcare, health problems being dismissed or automatically attributed to your status as a trans/NB person (e.g. “it’s just the hormone treatment”), negotiating sexual health services either as a trans man or as a trans woman, gender dysphoria being dismissed as teenage hormones/confusion/just a phase, etc.
- Women who’ve faced dismissal, disbelief, and sexism when seeking help for any of the following:
- Mental health problems
- Sexual dysfunction or sexual pain (e.g. vulvodynia/vaginismus)
- Autoimmune/chronic health problems
- Mothers who’ve been dismissed as neurotic or making a fuss about nothing when struggling with their own physical or perinatal/maternal mental health, or when concerned about their child’s health
- Campaigners and healthcare professionals who are working to raise awareness and improve healthcare for women across the UK
In the meantime, have a very merry Christmas period, and a happy new year. See you in 2019!