Category Archives: Women’s Health

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

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CBC News Sunday interview with Victor Malarek about his book “The Johns, Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It”

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Living Well With Lupus: One Woman’s Journey

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

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“Still Alice” by Lisa Genova

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

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Breast is Best?

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

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Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class & Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction

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

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Thinking S-L-O-W-L-Y

  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

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New Female Condom Approved by FDA

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

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Debunking Abortion Talking Points

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

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“The Feminist Food Studies Bookshelf”

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

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“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

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Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium: Gender on the Frontiers: Confronting Intersectionalities

April 10, 2009       9:30 am – 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

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Women Hating Fashion

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

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Sex Ed That’s, Well, Quite Educational

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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Fat Kills.

Read more here.

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The Cukold and the Kidney-Hold: How a Donated Organ Should be Distributed in Divorce

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

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“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

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Naomi R. Cahn, “Test Tube Families Why the Fertility Market Needs Legal Regulation”

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

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Aborting Culture

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

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Black Woman Walking: A Documentary By Tracey Rose

Via What About Our Daughters.

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“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

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Globalization of Surrogacy Markets – US and India

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

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Buyers’ Market for Egg Donation?

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

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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

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Sex Based Medicine

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

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“Exploiting People, Stereotypes Is Not Exactly Sexy”

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

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FGM and Asylum

Useful overview here.

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Patients v. Medical Students: A Provocative Discussion.

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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Today is World AIDS Day

More information here.

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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

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Cervical Cancer

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

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The Importance of Careful 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

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High Heels As Business Opportunity For Pain Killer Vendor?

Via.

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Time Periods: a history of menstrual products

Here.

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Sheila Jeffreys, “The Industrial Vagina: The political economy of the global sex trade”

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

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Women Pay A Lot More Than Men For Health Insurance, Even When Childbirth Isn’t Covered.

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

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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

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Study finds sexual trauma afflicts 15 percent of U.S. veterans

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

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“U.S. suicide rates appear to be on the rise, driven mostly by middle-aged white women, researchers reported on Tuesday.”

Short article here.

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Against Mandatory Guardasil Vaccinations

Read:The State Can Violate Women’s Bodies if They Want  to At WoC Phd.

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Scott on “Surrogacy and the Politics of Commodification”

 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

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Racism in the ways HIV is linked to Africa

Explained here, at Diary of An Anxious Black Woman.

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Unity Day and A Deepening Financial Crisis

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

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IntLawGrrls is featuring a series on disability human rights.

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Studies Find Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

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

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2008 World Stem Cell Summit in Madison, Wisconsin

This week stem cell scientists from across the globe are meeting at the University of Wisconsin at Madison to discuss a multitude of issues they face including the scientific, business, legal, ethical and regulatory issues these doctors, clinicians and researchers … Continue reading

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“Paradigm shifts and paying for sex”

Brilliant essay by S. M Berg, below is an excerpt … The old prostitution paradigm sees prostitution as a women’s problem and thusly suggests fixing women as the solution. Identifiers of the old paradigm that circles around prostituted women are: … Continue reading

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Yet Another Way Health Insurance Companies Are Messing With People

My friend   W.   is on prescription medication that she can only obtain refills for every 30 days, so on every thirtieth day she has to go to a pharmacy. Last Friday when she got there after work, she … Continue reading

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Hillary Rodham Clinton and Cecile Richards, “Blocking Care for Women”

NYT Op-Ed, reprinted below: Last month, the Bush administration launched the latest salvo in its eight-year campaign to undermine women’s rights and women’s health by placing ideology ahead of science: a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human … Continue reading

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“Most teen girls still experience sexual harassment and sexism, according to new study”

From here: Nine of 10 teen girls report experiencing sexual harassment, and majorities also say they have received discouraging comments about their abilities in school and athletics, according to a new study that appears in the May/June issue of the … Continue reading

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