Hysterics is a blog (and podcast!), highlighting bodies outside the “norm.”

Alongside her own journey, Kate features other women and gender nonconforming folks voicing their experiences living in bodies often disregarded and misunderstood.

Hysterics Episode Five: Trans Visibility with Mac McCusker

In the last in this series on ceramics and the body, transgender artist and activist Mac McCusker discusses the way that they use their own body within their work. Through figurative sculpture and provocative functional work, Mac advocates for trans rights and gives intensely vulnerable windows into their own transition. In this episode, we discuss the double edged sword of visibility as an artist and activist - particularly on social media.

This is the third installment in a series of episodes in which ceramics artists discuss the ways that bodies, their own or our cultural perceptions of them, impact their work - and how their work is effected by the bodies of those that view or use them.


Hysterics is now on Anchor

You can still listen in on all your podcast apps and sites, but now there’s an easy way to support the podcast (if you feel so inclined!)


Closing the Chapter on Diagnosis


I finally found a diagnosis, a doctor I trust, and the closure I’ve needed. Now its time to get to work rebuilding the aspects of my life that I’ve lost.

Youtube creator and disability advocate Jessica Kellgren-Fozard

Youtube creator and disability advocate Jessica Kellgren-Fozard

Reclaiming Hysteria: Disability Advocates have embraced Youtube - but the feeling isn’t mutual.

Demonetization and algorithm bias can dramatically affect the income of disabled creators seeking to raise awareness and share their stories.


About Kate


Kate Averett is a writer and podcaster sparking unique discussion at the intersections of gender, disability, chronic and mental illness. Kate received her MA in Art History from UNC Chapel Hill with a focus on representations of hysteria in horror films and popular culture.



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