This is an article written and published by someone I admire greatly; someone whom I consider to be a hero, a feminist, an activist. More admirable than those attributes: she is gifted, a poetic writer who actively campaigns for the human rights of others who cannot help themselves; she shares valuable information with those who do have the power to help themselves and others by empowering them to use less chemicals and choosing more fragrance free products. Meet Eva Caballé, author of the Spanish blog: No Fun
When you do not like something, when something bothers you, if there is something that remembers your mistakes, and it’s easier to not to deal with it, to leave it for another day, just put it in a corner, wrapped by a thick silence. This [is what] happens to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) sufferers. They want us this way, in silence, in order [to] not annoy, in order not to alert, so nobody realises that the precipice is every day, a little bit closer and we will all fall: we, our children, our grandchildren…
We feed International Economy with our health, our future and the future of those who have not even [been] born [yet]. It is the same society who lets us get sick, gratuitously exposing us to toxic products, while it abandons us to our fate and silences us [so that] to no one knows the truth.
Whenever can we break this spiral? It’s necessary for someone to give us a chance to leave this silence where they force us to live.
Delirium opened a door through which I scream, with all my force, that we are here, that we have MCS, because the present way of living is making us sick. It opened a door through which I scream how they are not going to silence us and above all, how this is only the beginning and it’s necessary to act right now.
Delirium helped us to break the silence publishing “The Naked Truth about MCS” in the edition dedicated to nudity. Delirium undressed me, both inside and out, in order to denounce our hard reality.
Unexpectedly this article has gotten so far that it has been translated and published in nine different languages, and been published in several countries all around the world. And some of these countries have included forewords explaining their own situation, like Germany or Norway.
The One That WAS INITIALLY my shout from the silence, has turned into the patients’ unanimous shout of the whole world denouncing that MCS exists, that we are left here, but also that nobody will manage to silence us.
Thanks for being our loudspeaker!
Caballé is not considered a feminist because she posed naked in the photos that elegantly accompany her articles on MCS and chemical sensitivity, but because she has taken a controversial subject cloaked in mythology, lies and innuendo, and stripped it down to its bare naked elements; until all that’s left is the truth.
“I stripped inside and outside to denounce the situation we MCS patients in Spain [suffer] and spread [the information about] our disease through art. The experience has been fantastic. The article is on pages 30 and 31 of Delirium and photos by David , who has taken up photography, his second great hobby after music.”
The photos of Eva and her nakedness are a metaphor for what lies beneath Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Environmental Illness (EI), and chemical sensitivities, and what needs to be shown: again, the truth. We won’t go away. And no, we won’t be silenced. (And yes, she makes wearing a mask look beautiful, almost desirable, yet nothing to be ashamed of… )
I wish Eva the fruition of all the promises in the world to help her make her own way out of the labyrinth that is chemical sensitivities.
Reprinted with full permission from, and attributions to Eva Caballé and her blog No Fun: (A Spanish Blog)
This article has been published in Spanish, English, German, Italian and Japanese
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