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Occasional posts examining the intersection between health, politics, and reproductive justice.

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States Questioning Abstinence Only Education

October 23, 2006

“Reproductive rights activists say they are seeing new resistance by states to sex education programs that only teach abstinence until marriage, a…

Friday Extra (The Double Dose)

October 20, 2006

When Good Stories Get Bad Play: The New York Times published an academic analysis of the growing popularity of hypersexualized Halloween costumes…

Get to Planet Gargantua

October 20, 2006

East Coast folks, take note: Big Moves is taking back the universe. Check out this fab dance troupe and their fall extravaganza…

Whistleblower Calls Attention to Safety Issue with Silicone Breast Implants Under FDA Review

October 19, 2006

The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen last week called for a criminal investigation into why Mentor Corp. didn’t send all its data…

New Healthcare Poll, Same Healthcare Focus?

October 18, 2006

Don’t you love how health care is always listed as a top priority for voters — yet once the polls close, healthcare…

Where to NIP in New York

October 17, 2006

It wouldn’t be accurate to say that Daily News reporter Tracy Connor was undercover — though cotton coverups were involved. Connor and…

Hate Crimes Against Girls: “Why Aren’t We Shocked?”

October 17, 2006

The night of the murder of the Pennsylvania school girls, I turned off the television. I’m generally a huge TV advocate who…

In Spite of Hyde: Event Marks 30th Anniversary of Hyde Amendment

October 16, 2006

Boston-area residents, take note. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., the Center for New Words is presenting “In Spite of Hyde…

Friday Extra

October 13, 2006

Is feminism more appealing to the masses when served with apple pie? Check out “Cooking With Feminists,” Stephen Colbert‘s delicious segment with…

Susan B. Anthony Photoshopped for a New Anti-Abortion Agenda

October 13, 2006

As long as anti-abortion advocates work to restrict women’s reproductive rights, the abortion debate will be omnipresent. But two recent arenas for…

Significant Others

October 12, 2006

Every so often a discussion kicks up over whether men can be feminists or if men should call themselves “feminist allies” or…

Study by Former Female Prisoner Highlights Lack of Healthcare in Prison

October 11, 2006

From the LA Times, Maeve Reston writes: Some prisoners held at the California Institution for Women in Corona failed to get basic…

Elderbloggers Shift the Universe

October 10, 2006

A reader recently asked if I knew there was a category of bloggers called “elderbloggers.” I had to confess that while I…

Speak Out for Girls and Books

October 9, 2006

Want to help get “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson — and other essential books about girls by authors like Judy Blume and…

All Pink’d Out On Breast Cancer?

October 6, 2006

Five years after Barbara Enrenreich’s masterful critique of ultrafeminine breast cancer commercial culture ran in Harper’s Magazine, it’s the pinkest October ever…

Friday Extra, Extra!

October 6, 2006

Women Face Greatest Threat of Violence at Home, Study Finds: The International Herald Tribune reports on the results of a new study…

Till Death Join Us Together

October 5, 2006

In some rural parts of China, local custom puts a high premium on marriage — even in death. “To ensure a son’s…

Targeting Girls

October 4, 2006

Monday’s massacre in Pennsylvania that left five school girls dead at the hand of neighbor whose plan apparently included sexual assault and…

New Menopause Book Arrives!

October 3, 2006

It’s here! Our new book, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause, was officially released today! Here at the Our Bodies Ourselves office, we are…

The Menopause Guide We’ve All Been Waiting For

October 3, 2006

Despite all our medical and cultural advancements, menopause, possibly more than any other women’s health issue, is still surrounded by an aura…

“Woman’s Hour” Turns 60

October 2, 2006

You’ve probably heard by now that Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and friends have launched GreenStone Media, a national radio network that broadcasts…