Category Archives: Women’s Health

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.

Read it here.

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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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“Score One for Disability Rights”

That’s the title of this post at Angry for a Reason, below is a short excerpt (but you should read the whole thing): On September 11th the Senate passed S. 3406, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. This is a … Continue reading

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Sue Johanson on Sex

Here, via NPR. The shorter version: sex education is good; anal sex is risky.

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“A new report by the Poppy Project has found that there are over 921 brothels in London being advertised in newspapers with a “large and growing” number of young women who are trafficked as sex slaves.”

BBC story here. Via Jezebel. If you want to help trafficked people in this country, support passage of this. And fight the Bush funded, women hating disinformation campaign. –Ann Bartow

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Insomnia and Gender

Gayle Green’s article,  Why We Can’t Sleep: It’s Not Just in Our Heads, from the  Spring 2008 issue of Ms. Magazine posits a biological basis for insomnia: A 2007 poll by the National Sleep Foundation found that 67 percent of … Continue reading

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Health Care Providers and the Conscience Exception

“I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.”  I’ve heard that line a few times (well … less frequently from law faculty members than from my friends who are secondary education teachers), and always suspected that … Continue reading

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“What if we cared about boob health as much as we care about boob size and boob-induced profits?”

Provocative essay by that title here.

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Patricia A. Broussard, “Female Genital Mutilation: Exploring Strategies for Ending Ritualized Torture; Shaming, Blaming, and Utilizing the Convention against Torture”

Read the article here.

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Two important reports from American Psychological Assn

The APA convention meeting this week in Boston is hearing two internal reports with important public policy dimensions. The report of the Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion concludes that no evidence supports the claim that an induced abortion … Continue reading

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“The Price of Pleasure”

Website here. Trailer here. Synopsis here. Clips here.

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“Basic Female Reproductive Biology”

Amananta has a long, link filled post here. I’m not a doctor so I can’t vouch for the linked information but I think it’s worth a read. –Ann Bartow

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“Violence Linked to Rapid Rise of AIDS in Women”

From Women’s Enews: … “Violence against women is both a cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS,” said Ines Alberdi, executive director of UNIFEM, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, at a press conference preceding the international gathering, held … Continue reading

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“According to a study by Merrilee Zetaruk of the Pan Am Sports Medical Center in Canada based on data collected largely from the 1990s, the number of injuries in competitive women’s gymnastics were as high as 200 per 100 gymnasts per year.”

That’s just one sentence from this NYT Op-Ed about Woman’s [Girls] Gymnastics, entitled “Creep Show.” ETA: Ouch.

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8th Circuit Decision On Shackling Pregnant Women

In a case out of Arkansas called Nelson v. Correctional Medical Services, 2008 WL 2777423 (8th Cir. 2008), the Eighth Circuit concluded that the shackling of a pregnant inmate laboring to deliver a baby did not constitute an Eighth Amendment … Continue reading

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Sexual Misconduct and Shackling of Pregnant Women

Amnesty International surveyed all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Federal Bureau of Prisons to obtain information on the use of restraints on pregnant women in custody. These findings are based primarily on information provided … Continue reading

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Heels, Pain and Sexiness

Part one, and part two.

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Women, Body Image, Shame and Self-Objectification

Social science research report available here. Below is a short excerpt: In considering why a state of self-objectification might lead to extended body thoughts, we predicted that the experience of shame would play a key role. Previous researchers who manipulated … Continue reading

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“Liquid Virgin”

Contains alum, which is the ingredient found in persimmons that makes one pucker up. It’s also used in pickle brine.   I’m not a doctor, but I’d guess that probably douching with a jar of pickles would induce the same … Continue reading

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AIDS and WOC

According to the CDC: Early in the epidemic, HIV infection and AIDS were diagnosed for relatively few women and female adolescents (although we know now that many women were infected with HIV through injection drug use but that their infections … Continue reading

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Snip, Snip, Snip and a Couple of Lah-Dee-Dahs

 The August 2008 issue of Details magazine reports on a new “trend” in young men receiving vasectomies.  In  “The Birth-Control Extremists” Richard Morgan writes: [L]ately, vasectomies are becoming the province of young, single men who claim to be tired of … Continue reading

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Tapeworms As Diet Aid?

Ugh. Via.

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Ohio Paid Sick Leave Initiative Ignores LGBT Families

I never thought I’d see the day when I would question an effort to secure paid sick leave. But I recently learned that the campaign for paid sick leave in Ohio has proposed an initiative that will allow workers to … Continue reading

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Obama Newly Embracing Abortion Restrictions?

From the ABC News Blog Legalities: … In a recent interview, Obama appears to back away from his long-stated positions on abortion (and a proposed federal abortion rights law he had co-sponsored), repudiate 35 years of accepted Supreme Court rulings … Continue reading

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“Poverty is one reason so many Yemeni families marry their children off early. Another is the fear of girls being carried off and married by force. But most important are cultural tradition and the belief that a young virginal bride can best be shaped into a dutiful wife, according to comprehensive study of early marriage published by Sana University in 2006.”

That’s a paragraph from this heart wrenching account of young girls forced into marriage.

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The Real Story Behind the Massachusetts Pregnancy “Pact”

As most people should know by now (and should have suspected originally), the story of the Massachusetts teen pregnancy “pact” was wrong. And, a follow-up story on Women’s eNews today has this paragraph, which really should be getting all the … Continue reading

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“Gardasil Not Approved for Women Over 26”

From the Feminist Daily News: The Food and Drug Administration denied Merck and Co Inc’s application to expand Gardasil use to women over the age of 26 on Wednesday. The FDA cited pending issues with the vaccine that could not … Continue reading

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How much prostitute sex does a woman who is not a prostitute have to displace, to effectively lower a nation’s HIV transmission rate?

That’s a question some economists are vigorously debating. Yes, high HIV transmission rates are apparently the fault of women who are not putting out enough, and therefore driving men to disease ridden prostitutes. Feel free to unpack that, and all … Continue reading

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Pimp Empowerment

A few short excerpts from this NYT article: Mr. Elms said that he started The Erotic Review in 1999 because he wanted to empower the customers of prostitutes. “I was getting ripped off,”he said.”There was no way to hold people … Continue reading

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Thomas McGarity and Wendy Wagner, “Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research”

From here: In their book, McGarity and Wagner describe how scientists can find their research blocked, or find themselves threatened with financial ruin. Corporations, plaintiff attorneys, think tanks, even government agencies have been caught suppressing or distorting research on the … Continue reading

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“Health care for female military veterans lags behind the care offered to male vets at many VA facilities, an internal agency report says, even as women are serving on front lines at historic levels.”

Story here.

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Stop Violence against Women website looking for volunteers!

The Advocates for Human Rights is seeking volunteers to create content for a website that is accessed by people all over the world. The Stop Violence against Women website (StopVAW) is an online resource with more than 4,000 pages of … Continue reading

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“NOMAS supports Reauthorization of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, HR 3887”

The National Organization of Men Against Sexism gets it. The organization stands with decent people everywhere in opposing human trafficking, and affirms the following: The U.S. law addressing the crime of Sex Trafficking, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act 0f 2000, … Continue reading

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Feminism and FGM

Interesting post here at Womanist Musings.

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Human Trafficking, Coercive Sex and Feministing

I’m having a difficult time understanding this post at Feministing. As far as I can tell, the post author prefers that the federal government NOT “waste time” investigating cases where pimps claim that trafficked, prostituted people are “free to leave.” … Continue reading

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The Days Before Roe

The New York Times today has an essay from an obstetrician/gynecologist who recalls the days before Roe.   He treated women with all sorts of medical problems as the result of attempting an illegal abortion without medical assistance.   The … Continue reading

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What is the Health Benefit of Wealth? About 2 Years of Life

The IRS has issued its quarterly    SOI Statistics of Income Bulletin  Spring 2008  (IRS Publication 1136). Included in that bulletin is an analysis of  Federal Estate Tax Returns Filed by 2004  Decedents.   As shown in Figure C, both … Continue reading

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Guess What “How To” Advice This Photo Advertises…

Answer here. And no, I do not think that is a cherry tomato. Via.

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On Footbinding

Heart has a post here, with photos.

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New Blog: “Care Talk”

Ingrid Robeyns notes at Crooked Timber: Nancy Folbre, who is widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable economists on issues of care work, has recently started a new blog, called Care Talk. It’s a research blog that aims … Continue reading

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“Equality Now has issued Women’s Action 30.1, India: The Demand for Sex Trafficking: Holding Commercial Sex Buyers Accountable”

Government and NGO reports estimate that there are from hundreds of thousands to millions of women and girls prostituted in India, many of whom are victims of sex trafficking. The majority of women prostituted and trafficked within India are from”lower”(scheduled) … Continue reading

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“Feeling powerless impairs higher mental abilities”

From Not Exactly Rocket Science: Feeling powerless is no fun. A lack of control can make the difference between contented and unhappy employees. But new research shows that a lack of power doesn’t just make people feel disgruntled. It has … Continue reading

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Is It Really That Hard to Say “Abortion” on TV or in the Movies?

Thanks to TiVo, I’m several days late on this one, but last week’s 30 Rock continued in the tradition of television shows such as Scrubs, Friends, and the Nine as well as movies such as Waitress, Knocked Up, and Juno … Continue reading

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“‘Mad Pride’ Fights a Stigma”

That’s the title of a NYT article about “Mad Pride,” featuring the awesome blogger Liz Spikol, and USC (the other USC) law prof Elyn Saks, here. Below are two excerpts: … About 5.7 million Americans over 18 have bipolar disorder, … Continue reading

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