Category Archives: Women’s Health

South Carolina No. 4 in New Study of”Most Dangerous”Places to Live

Rankings data here. This is in part because the Palmetto State has the highest level of violence of any state in the nation. See also (“…South Carolina has ranked first in the nation, per capita, for violent crime in all … Continue reading

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Samsung applies for patent on cell phone that monitors a woman’s menstruation cycle by measuring basal body temperature (BBT).

Patent application here. The abstract: A basal body temperature (BBT) measurement method includes: measuring each distance to at least one ear canal area by emitting a pulse to a user’s ear canal; measuring a body temperature in the at least … Continue reading

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Scott Moss on Abortion Rights Under State Constitutional Law

Feminist Law Professor Scott Moss has a new piece available about abortion rights under state constitutional law.   The premise, that with the ever-more-conservative Supreme Court state courts are going to be the better outlet for protecting abortion rights, echoes … Continue reading

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Bed Rest

My wife is 33 weeks pregnant and has been put on bed rest. She had a very serious case of preeclampsia last pregnancy, so the doctors are being extremely cautious this time. The difference though is that last time she … Continue reading

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Melissa Farley and Victor Malarek, “The Myth of the Victimless Crime”

NYT Op-Ed, accessible here.

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“Oral sex-related cancer at 30-year high”

From New Scientist: The incidence of oral cancer due to a virus transmitted during oral sex has increased steeply over the last 30 years, according to research in the US. And scientists relate this trend to changes in people’s sexual … Continue reading

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Barbara Seaman

Seaman died on 2/27/08. From Women’s Enews: Barbara Seaman always believed that women knew more about their bodies than male doctors did. As a young mother in the 1950s, she made the revolutionary decision to breastfeed her child at a … Continue reading

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Guest Post: A United Nations committee expressed concern about “wide racial disparities” in sexual and reproductive health in the United States.

It’s not every day that the United States is reprimanded on the international stage for racial discrimination. And it’s certainly not every day that part of the charges includes discrimination against women of color in the area of reproductive health … Continue reading

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Motility and Fertility

Fertility is a presumption we have about our bodies. If that presumption turns out to be wrong (or partially wrong or at least wrong for several months in a row), it can be crazy-making. Fertility treatments can be even crazier-making. … Continue reading

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NGO In Congo Says Pornography Contributing To Atrocities

From Womensphere: Last month, Stop Porn Culture (SPC) was contacted by Groupe d’Action pour le Droit (GAD), a non-profit NGO in the Democratic Republic of Congo that advocates for the human rights of children, youth and women affected by sexual … Continue reading

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“The National Network of Abortion Funds Denounces the Vitter Amendment”

From the FLP Mailbox: The National Network of Abortion Funds condemns passage of the Vitter Amendment (S.Amdt. 3896) as part of the Indian Health Services Act (S.1200). Passed by the Senate earlier this week, the amendment adds language to the … Continue reading

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HPV Vaccine May Become Mandatory in Kentucky

The Kentucky House voted 56-37 to approve a bill that “to require immunization against human papillomavirus for school-age children.” The Louisville Courier-Journal has more here.   -Bridget Crawford

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Men May Soon Be Eligible For HPV Vaccines, But Will They Get Them?

That’s the question this NYT article entitled “Vaccinating Boys for Girls’ Sake?” asks.

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Stress and HPV

A recent study (reported here) shows that women with high levels of stress have weakened immune responses to certain strains of HPV.   That makes me stressed. -Bridget Crawford

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“It’s tough enough for rape victims to come forward. Now there’s another reason for them to think twice about reporting the crime: They may get stuck with a hefty bill for the rape kit used to collect evidence against their attacker.”

So begins this U.S. News article, entitled “Rape Victims Can Be Hurt Financially, Too.” The article notes that rape kits cost $1,600 and sexual assault victims are billed for them in a number of states. Via Jezebel.

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The United Nations has launched a $44 million program to reduce female genital mutilation by 40 percent by 2015.

More information here and here.

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Contraception Is Expensive: Men and the Little Green Ones

According to this article in the Daily Women’s Health Policy Report, the increase in contraceptive costs sold at student health centers on college campuses and some clinics is a “crisis.” David S. Cohen previously blogged about the issue here. The … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again – Prosecuting Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs

This time it’s Alabama.   A new state law written to protect children from the fumes associated with methamphetamine manufacturing is being used to prosecute women who use drugs during pregnancy.   Of course, the theory of the prosecutions is … Continue reading

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Women’s Bioethics Blog!

Dear Fellow Feminist Law Professors, I warmly invite you to visit the women’s bioethics blog which is part of the women’s bioethics project and is a group effort of law professors, bioethicists, health care professionals and health policy experts who … Continue reading

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Tainted Blood

I came across an interesting story in the San Jose Mercury News yesterday about how the President of San Jose State University has suspended all blood drives on campus because the FDA’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men … Continue reading

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Score Another One for the Difference Feminists: Having a Female Surgeon May Save Your Life

According to this NYT story, radiation treatment after a lumpectomy is considered a standard of quality cancer care and has been shown to reduce breast cancer recurrence and mortality. However, many women still don’t receive it. A study found that … Continue reading

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Radio controlled male contraceptive developed

Try not to think of garage door openers. Via Froomkin, who no doubt will be thrilled about being credited for this.

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Oy.

This. Not for the squeamish.

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It’s the 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Here’s what might happen if it is overturned: More state-by-state information here. See also blogs such as RH Reality Check and the Reproductive Rights Blog.

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Remember Hoping That Toe Removal For More Tolerable High Heel Wearage Was An Urban Legend?

In her essay Sex and the Stepford Wife, Katha Pollitt asked: … if women are free to be whatever they want, why are they still so obsessed with fitting narrow and rigid definitions of beauty? Feminism was supposed to send … Continue reading

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Congressional Rep Loiuse Slaughter: Letters to DoD and DoS Regarding KBR Rape Case

She writes: “I am asking the Department of Defense and the State Department about their efforts to address crimes against government contracted employees, like in the case against former KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones.” Read the letters here. Heart has … Continue reading

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New Study On The Economics Of “Street Prostitution”

University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and coauthor Sudhir Venkatesh conducted a study which is based on surveys conducted with prostitutes and pimps in Chicago neighborhoods and incident data from the Chicago Police Department. Their focus seems to be on … Continue reading

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The Truthiness, Or Lack Thereof, of “The Heart Truth”

From Our Bodies, Our Blog: … Diet Coke and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute are teaming up to promote “The Heart Truth” campaign, which aims to raise awareness of women’s risk of heart disease. In 2002, The Heart … Continue reading

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Ricki Lake on Natural Childbirth

I saw the new documentary, “The Business of Being Born,” at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will soon screen in Manhattan at the IFC theater on Sixth Avenue in the Village and, I assume, elsewhere with a DVD likely to … Continue reading

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“Sexual assault is a crime, even in war zones”

Read this post at Journey to Ithaca. And, see also.

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Some Links About Depression

Heather Armstrong has a post here, and her husband Jon has one here. Liz Spikol’s contribution is here.

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The greatest wealth is health

No, Virgil won’t be there, but Dr. Gregg Bloche will. On Sunday, Dr. Bloche, senior health care policy adviser to the Obama campaign, will be speaking in Columbia, SC. If you’re in the area, come and seek answers to your … Continue reading

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I Watched It In Fifth Grade

This. About which NY Magazine notes: Hey, it turns out that despite their policy of sending out dismissive rejection letters to any women who dared to apply for animation jobs, golden-age Walt Disney Pictures was actually totally on women’s sides. … Continue reading

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“…a man has filed a complaint with the Nevada Human Rights Commission citing the Las Vegas Athletic Club for providing discounts to women and women-only spaces…”

And After Atalanta has a great post about this here. –Erin Buzuvis

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“Alexis Goggins – What we can do for her”

Overviews here and here and here. If only this was a unique story.   But yesterday right here in Columbia, SC a child was murdered by her mother’s boyfriend. –Ann Bartow

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People who eat a lot of red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of several types of cancer, including lung cancer and colorectal cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday.

Story here. The feminism angle is here. And, see also.

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Today is “International Women Human Rights Defenders Day”

It’s part of a “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence“ campaign that you can learn more about here.

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“Spanish researchers found that after four weeks of drinking two glasses of wine per day, women showed lower levels of certain inflammatory substances in their blood.”

Full (and robust, with hints of oak and undertones of lemon) story here. Picture by Judi Bagnato.

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One Very Sad Story About Internet Anonymity and Mean Assholishness

Here. A follow up article at Wired contemplates the newspaper’s decision to “protect the privacy” of the accused bad actors here.

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“Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Extremist to Remove Threats to Clinic Staff from Website”

From Law.com: A federal judge ordered an anti-abortion activist to remove Web site postings that authorities said exhorted readers to kill an abortion provider by shooting her in the head. District Court Thomas Golden granted an injunction Nov. 8 seeking … Continue reading

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Sexual Assault and the Military

The infamous Tailhook convention, during which 83 women and 7 men reported sexual assaults by military aviators, took place in 1991. See also.   Twelve years ago newspapers like the San Francisco Chronicle decried the high rates of sexual abuse … Continue reading

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Sale of Breast Milk

From the AP, this story about a woman in Iowa: A   woman who doesn’t want her breast milk to go to waste has taken out a newspaper ad in hopes of selling it. Martha Heller, 22, of Tiffin, took … Continue reading

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“Not For Sale”

A video about prostitution by the European Women’s Lobby, via Witchy-woo.

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The Onion on Birth Control in Maine

As always, the Onion has a great satirical take on the story about the middle school in Maine giving out birth control for its students. – David S. Cohen

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Trend Toward Double Masectomies

From the AP: More women who have cancer in only one breast are getting both breasts removed, says research that found the trend more than doubled in just six years.   It’s still a rare option: Most breast cancer in … Continue reading

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Great Blog About Reproductive Health: RH Reality Check

Blog homepage here.   To highlight just one useful offering by this blog: A podcast of Amanda Marcotte interviewing kickass feminist Jenn Frederick of the American Domestic Violence Crisis Line on the myths and realities of domestic violence and barriers … Continue reading

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“Consent and Coercion: Examining Unwanted Sex Among Married Young Women in India”

This study, by K.G. Santhya, Nicole Haberland, F. Ram, R.K. Sinha and S.K. Mohanty, reports: A growing body of research explores the nonconsensual sexual experiences of young people in developing countries. A recent review of evidence suggests that significant minorities … Continue reading

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Prostitution In Atlanta, As Described By the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

I encountered this 43 page opinion in U.S. v. CHARLES FLOYD PIPKINS, a.k.a. Sir Charles, ANDREW MOORE, JR., a.k.a. Batman during the course of some research, and I found it depressing how, even filtered through two layers of judges, the … Continue reading

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You Can Get Your Satisfaction

“Feminism boosts sexual satisfaction for both men and women, a new study suggests,” so says this news report.   Jessica Valenti made the same observation in Full Frontal Feminism (blogged here).   We’ve known it for years. Hat tip to … Continue reading

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I Think She Answered It Really Well…

See if you concur… –Ann Bartow

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