Jenni Berrett

Features Editor

BIO

Jenni Berrett is a freelance writer and Ravishly's features editor/resident Potterhead. Her work focuses primarily on disability, feminist pop culture criticism, lady writers, and mental health. In her free time, she loves to nap, beg her cat for attention, and work on her Animal Crossing town. She's a Taurus, in case you were wondering. Even more importantly, she is a Hufflepuff, and is therefore unafraid of toil and a rather excellent off-the-cuff GIF-finder. You can find more of her work on her website: http://www.jenniberrett.com/

Jenni Berrett's Articles

Meet Gallo: Experimental Pop Musician & Unapologetic Fantasy Nerd

I called Gallo up this summer to talk about her new music, our shared Narnia obsession, and the importance of maintaining a strong sense of childlike wonder.
Jenni Berrett   |   09.20.17 12:00am   |   SHARE

Turtles All The Way Down & Mental Illness Representation In Books

An obsessive spiral is largely invisible, with no quirky Monk-like hand washing to ground it in reality. The hand washing stuff — the compulsion — comes later.
Jenni Berrett   |   09.6.17 12:00am   |   SHARE

This Is What It's Like To Have A Panic Attack Every Day

For a long time, I kept a mental list of things that I’d do once I was “better.” I yearned for a sound mind and a thin body — two things I was not born with but figured I could somehow earn. Once I had those two things, I could do anything I wanted.
Jenni Berrett   |   08.27.17 12:47pm   |   SHARE
Image credit: Anthony Intraversato via Unsplash

We Have A Perfectionism Problem

We need to stop trying to be perfect. I know better than most that it is much, much easier said than done.
Jenni Berrett   |   08.9.17 12:00am   |   SHARE

An Interview With Andrea Ritchie, Activist & Author Of Invisible No More

"I'm hoping that it goes beyond saying a new set of names and actually really changing how we think about everything in this conversation, both in the conversations around policing and racial profiling and the silent mass incarceration, but also in the... Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   08.9.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
Image credit: Cherry Laithang via Unsplash

The Power Of Pretty Things: How Makeup Helps My Mental Health

Even if I have no plans to leave the house — or if I had plans to leave the house and got to anxious to follow through with them — I find a great deal of power in the simple act of painting my face and commemorating the ritual with a selfie.
Jenni Berrett   |   08.2.17 12:00am   |   SHARE

An Interview With Fancy Feast: Burlesque Performer (AKA Professional Naked Person)

Before Instagram body positivity (actually before Instagram, period), there was tumblr body positivity. I was lucky enough to take a different turn within tumblr’s maze of angst and anguish: body positivity.
Jenni Berrett   |   07.26.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
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5 Perfect White House Press Secretary Replacements For Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House Press Secretary, much to the dismay of Literally No One.
Jenni Berrett   |   07.21.17 11:42am   |   SHARE

Daphne Willis On Her Moving Mental Health Ballad, "Somebody's Someone"

I normally go through PR music tracks as I work, listening while I type up an email or proofread a piece. When I opened the link to "Somebody's Someone," I found myself sitting and watching the whole thing, feeling every note, definitely shedding a tear or... Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   07.19.17 12:00am   |   SHARE
Perfectionism is exhausting. It steals your time, your energy, your joy, your life.

You Aren't Lazy — You're Just Terrified: On Paralysis And Perfectionism

Expecting perfection only leaves you with two options: do everything right on the very first try, or don’t even bother. Which is actually only one option, since 9 times out of 10, human beings don't do things right on the first try.
Jenni Berrett   |   07.19.17 12:00am   |   SHARE