Category Archives: Women’s Health
Odd question? Yes.
In this article about patenting genes author Rebecca Skloot writes: Nearly a decade ago, surgical procedures were patented similarly to genes:if you went to the hospital needing, say, a certain kind of appendicitis surgery and your doctor hadn’t licensed the … Continue reading
Earlier this week, the CDC released this report on “Changing Patterns of Nonmarital Childbearing in the United States.” The report identifies its key findings as: Childbearing by unmarried women has resumed a steep climb since 2002. Births to unmarried women … Continue reading
The ACLU has helped organize a lawsuit challenging a decision by the Patent & Trademark Office granting Myriad Genetic patent rights to two genes that are closely associated with increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer, and on the … Continue reading
“At least 84 Afghan girls were admitted to a hospital Tuesday for headaches and vomiting in the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials and doctors said.”
That’s a sentence from this frightening NYT article. Here’s another excerpt: Tuesday’s apparent attack is the third alleged poisoning at a girls’ school in less than three weeks. It comes one day after 61 schoolgirls and one teacher from … Continue reading
Pharmaceutical company Merck paid an undisclosed sum to academic publisher Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles:most of which presented data favorable to Merck products:that appeared to act solely as marketing tools with no disclosure of company sponsorship.
From Bioethics.net: The Scientist has reported that, yes, it’s true, Merck cooked up a phony, but real sounding, peer reviewed journal and published favorably looking data for its products in them. Merck paid Elsevier to publish such a tome, which … Continue reading
CBC News Sunday interview with Victor Malarek about his book “The Johns, Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It”
It began on May 23, 1996. A searing pain shot through my right hip as I stepped into a car. The pain spread into the other hip and my knees by nightfall. The day before I had completed a year … Continue reading
I bought a copy of this novel at an airport bookstore with low expectations, just looking for something to pass a few hours when yet another flight got delayed. I got drawn into it quickly, and about 100 pages in, … Continue reading
Hannah Rosin expresses her doubts here in The Atlantic. Here’s the intro: In certain overachieving circles, breast-feeding is no longer a choice:it’s a no-exceptions requirement, the ultimate badge of responsible parenting. Yet the actual health benefits of breast-feeding are … Continue reading
Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall, Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar, Too?, Visiting Prof at Pace Law School) and I have posted to SSRN our working paper, Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction. Here is the … Continue reading
Is it just me, or is there something a little odd about the similarity between the “slow-sex movement,”described here, and the slow-food movement? (The latter is now organized into”Slow Food,” a non-profit that seeks “to counteract fast food … Continue reading
Earlier this week, the FDA approved a “second-generation” female condom. Health Day News reported on it here: The Female Health Co.‘s FC2 Female Condom has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said Wednesday. The product … Continue reading
Earlier this week, I read an article stating that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was poised to sign a bill requiring parental notification when minors receive abortions. It did not seem particularly newsworthy to me at the time – the … Continue reading
From this blog: Only in the past 10 years has there emerged a critical look at the centrality of women’s relationship to food practices and the meanings embedded in them. Here’s a few of those works. I’m developing a more … Continue reading
“According to the CDC’s final numbers for 2006, just released this year, the teenage birth rate increased 3 percent, putting a stop to the 14-year decline from 1991-2005.”
From ABC News: … According to the report, teen birth rates were highest in the South and Southwest. Mississippi led the way, followed closely by New Mexico and Texas. The only states that saw a decrease in teen birth rates … Continue reading
Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium: Gender on the Frontiers: Confronting Intersectionalities
April 10, 2009 9:30 am â€“ 5 pm Room 107 Jerome Greene Hall Columbia Law School Women Crossing Borders, 9:30 am Soraya Fata, Staff Attorney, Legal Momentum Sharmila Lodhia, Post-doctoral Fellow, Santa Clara University Jenni Milbank, Professor … Continue reading
Via Jezebel, where this post features many clips of falling models. Purportedly written by a model, some of the commentary is unsettlingly blase about the dangers of the featured shoes, and outright victim blamey in others, e.g. “People say she … Continue reading
I’ve written before that pornography is not necessarily a good form of sex ed. Depends on the porn, in theory. To me, this much is clear: when porn embraces abuse, degradation, humiliation, torture, that’s not sex ed. Consider the … Continue reading
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The New York Daily News features plenty of stories that don’t make it into the New York Times. Here‘s one that caught my eye. A doctor on Long Island donated a kidney to his wife. She then began an … Continue reading
“Women in poor nations are 300 times more likely to die in childbirth or from pregnancy complications than those in the developed world, UNICEF warns.”
Read more at the BBC News, which notes: “In its report, UNICEF said: “The divide between industrialised countries and developing regions – particularly the least developed countries – is perhaps greater on maternal mortality than on almost any other issue.”” … Continue reading
Fabulous feminist law prof Naomi Cahn, one of the best feminist legal theorists around, has a new book out: Synopsis of publisher NYU Press: The birth of the first test tube baby in 1978 focused attention on the sweeping advances … Continue reading
Khiara Bridges is the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School fellow at Columbia Law School who has just completed her PhD in Columbia’s Anthropology Department studying the intersection of race, poverty, and gender through the experience of women in an … Continue reading
Via What About Our Daughters.
“The National Crime Victimization Survey, based on projections from a national sample survey, says that at least 248,300 individuals were raped or sexually assaulted in 2007, up from 190,600 in 2005, the last year the survey was conducted.”
That’s a quote from Human Right’s Watch. The underlying DoJ survey is accessible here. The data shows that domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault increased more than any other violent crimes. With the exception of simple assault, which increased … Continue reading
Nazneen Mehta is a second-year law student at Columbia Law School and is writing a Note on the international market in surrogacy services – particularly between relatively affluent “intended parents” in the US and poor female surrogates in India. Her … Continue reading
This WSJ article entitled “Ova Time: Women Line Up To Donate Eggs — for Money” notes that clinics have seen an increase in the number of women applying to “donate” their eggs or serve as surrogates, positing that the surge … Continue reading
Cheerleading accounted for two-thirds of all catastrophic injuries among female high school and college athletes.
That’s a statistic from this WaPo article, entitled: “Rooting for Safety: Cheerleading Is Risky But Ill-Regulated.” Below are a couple of excerpts: … Concerns about cheerleading safety arise whenever a high-profile accident occurs. But alarm spiked again this summer when … Continue reading
Great post here, below is a short excerpt: Now, Dr. Isis quite frequently blogs about being a girl, so a letter in this week’s Science entitled Flaunting the Feminine Side of Research Studies certainly caught the eye of the domestic … Continue reading
That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading
Useful overview here.
One of my favorite law profs sent me a link to a medical student discussion board, where a very long thread started off with this post: From some personal experience and hearing stories from others, there seems to be a … Continue reading
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Kimberly Mutcherson, “Making Mommies: Law, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, and the Complications of Pre-Motherhood”
The abstract: The article focuses on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (“PGD”), a technology that allows health care providers and potential parents to screen embryos for a range of characteristics prior to implanting them in a woman’s uterus. Many potential parents use … Continue reading
I know there are concerns about Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV, and I’m not a medical professional so I can’t provide any sort of authoritative opinion about its safety or effectiveness. What I will tell you is this: My cousin … Continue reading
The headline says: Study: Vitamin C or E pills do not prevent cancer But the first line of the article says: Vitamin C or E pills do not help prevent cancer in men, concludes the same big study that last … Continue reading
From the publisher’s website: The industrialization of prostitution and the sex trade has created a multibillion-dollar global market, involving millions of women, that makes a substantial contribution to national and global economies. The Industrial Vagina examines how prostitution and other … Continue reading
NYT story here. Below are a couple of short excerpts: … Insurers say they have a sound reason for charging different premiums: Women ages 19 to 55 tend to cost more than men because they typically use more health care, … Continue reading
New Study Documents Sharp Rise in Pregnancy Discrimination Complaints, Driven by Discrimination Against Women of Color
From The National Partnership for Women & Families: In 2007, working women in the United States filed 65 percent more complaints of pregnancy discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) than they filed in 1992. A sampling of these … Continue reading
From Reuters: Nearly 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking medical care from the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department have suffered sexual trauma, from harassment to rape, researchers reported on Tuesday. … … Most veterans who were affected were women, … Continue reading
“U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, researchers reported on Tuesday.”
Short article here.
Read:The State Can Violate Women’s Bodies if They Want to At WoC Phd.
Elizabeth Scott (Columbia) has posted to ssrn her article “Surrogacy and the Politics of Commodification.” Here is the abstract: This essay examines the changing social and political meaning of surrogacy contracts over the twenty years since this issue first attracted … Continue reading
Explained here, at Diary of An Anxious Black Woman.
Today is Unity Day, celebrated since 1981 it is the first Monday in October and was intended to provide an opportunity for connection among advocates supporting victims of domestic violence. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month> (see the National … Continue reading
The American Cancer Society reports: A case-control study published in 1997 of 313 women with ovarian cancer and 422 without this disease found that the women with cancer were more likely to have applied talcum powder to their external genital … Continue reading