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Friday Extra, Extra!

September 29, 2006

Nature and Origins of Hysteria: The Scout Report, published by the Internet Scout Project at the University of Wisconsin, provides not only…

In Good Company: Banned Books Week

September 28, 2006

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Banned Books Week. Considering that the U.S. is all about preaching freedom these days, you’d…

The Female Brain

September 27, 2006

Mark Liberman did some digging into claims featured in the new book “The Female Brain,” specifically the I’ve-heard-it-so-often-it-must-be-true assertion that women talk…

Breast Implants Linked to Higher Suicide Rates; Nose Jobs Big in Iran

September 26, 2006

Add to the health debate over breast implants a study pointing to a higher rate of suicide among women who get implants…

Women During Wartime: Their Lives & Deaths

September 25, 2006

Sixty-five women in the U.S. military have died in Afghanistan or Iraq since 2002. That’s the cover story of Sunday’s New York…

Friday Extra, Extra!

September 22, 2006

Introducing the 23rd Carnival of Feminists — “This edition has a special focus on women and health care because issues of access…

Step C: Promote Plan B

September 21, 2006

An editorial by Anna Glasier published last week in the British Medical Journal noted that the abortion rate in the UK has…

Breaking a Tragic Silence

September 20, 2006

Committing suicide in response to racism or racial pressures has a long history in America, but it has rarely been discussed openly…

File Under: Suspicions Confirmed

September 20, 2006

From The New York Times: Women in science and engineering are hindered not by lack of ability but by bias and “outmoded…

Estelle Ramey: Rage On

September 19, 2006

Could a female president — prone to hormonal shifts and mood swings — be trusted to run the country? That question seemed…

Popular Drug to Treat Menopause Symptoms Lacks Approval

September 18, 2006

“In the first half of 2006, women in the USA spent nearly $90 million on unapproved estrogen-plus-testosterone pills, says IMS Health, a…

The Pose That Launched 1,000 Posts

September 17, 2006

Feministing’s Jessica Valenti found herself at the center of a blogging maelstrom Friday for having the nerve to bring her breasts to…

State Support for Cervical Cancer Vaccine

September 15, 2006

Kudos to Michigan legislators. According to the Detroit News, a bill introduced Tuesday in the Michigan Senate by Sen. Beverly Hammerstrom, R-Temperance…

Muscle Is the New Cleavage: The Male Body in the 21st Century

September 14, 2006

Admitting that American culture pressures men as well as women in terms of their body image is nothing new, but revisiting that…

Former Gov. Ann Richards Dies at Age 73

September 14, 2006

Ann Richards, the 73-year-old former governor of Texas and a role model for women everywhere, died Wednesday of cancer. From The New…

Drugs to Get You Back on Your Feet – And Back in the Kitchen

September 13, 2006

If you have some free time today, check out this great collection of vintage drug ads (hat tip: Feminist Law Professors). My…

Cosmetic Education

September 12, 2006

Plastic surgery and education don’t go together. And it’s about time we said that out loud. One is about image and superficiality…

Mommy Wars and Motherhood Movements

September 11, 2006

If your tolerance for stories about the “mommy wars” has reached its limit, you might want to cross the border and give…

E-mail Health Alerts: Fact or Fiction?

September 8, 2006

A member of a listserv I subscribe to recently passed along a recipe for Nieman Marcus chocolate chip cookies, believing that the…

A Modest Proposal

September 7, 2006

In the annals of fashion, the hospital gown — if it is known for anything — is known for its unintentional immodesty…

Whose Biological Clock is Ticking?

September 6, 2006

For years the pressure has been on women to worry about how their age will affect the health of their child. But…