Category Archives: Women’s Health
“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
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
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
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
Conference: New Dilemmas in Medicine, co-hosted by the IHEU-Appignani Bioethics Center & Bioethics International Where: 777 United Nations Plaza, 2nd Fl., New York, NY When: May 23, 2008 9.30 am – 7.00 pm Topics include: “To Have the Best Child … Continue reading
Story here. There are no obvious links to feminism, but there is one to academia generally. I once had a fairly lengthy conversation with an epidemiologist who was studying and making recommendations for Universities with respect to the Coming Flu … Continue reading
The New York Times reported last week that about 77 percent of new mothers breast-feed, the highest percentage in the United States in over a decade. However, at six months age for the newborn, the rate of breast-feeding is … Continue reading
Full report here (PDF). The research reflects a collaboration between the Women’s Support Project in Glasgow and Prostitute Research and Education in the U.S.. Links to press coverage of the report here. Via The Burning Times.
From the University of Wisconsin’s Badger Herald, this article, “Law School Shuts Down â€˜Sex Toys 101′ Talk:” The University of Wisconsin Law School canceled an event with controversial sexual content last Wednesday, and some students are calling the action a … Continue reading
“Liquid infant formula from the top manufacturers is sold in cans lined with a toxic chemical linked to reproductive disorders and neurobehavioral problems in laboratory animals, according to an investigation by Environmental Working Group (EWG).” More here. Scary. -Bridget Crawford
So far, anyway: This. Why does the blogger worry that feeling upset about a “manager” father who is pressuring his 18 year old daughter into porn and prostitution means she is “not as progressive as [she] thought”? Coercion and manipulation … Continue reading
That is the title of a post about sexual violence at Document The Silence, which in part suggests Wearing Red on April 30, 2008 in observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
“A new study of young children living in extreme poverty found that those whose mothers showed symptoms of depression had low levels of cortisol, a hormone activated during times of stress, compared with children whose mothers did not exhibit depressive symptoms.”
That’s the first sentence of this article, from the U.C. Berkeley News. A second account of the study is here. Via Sharon Sandeen.
Very informative post addressing this question at Our Bodies, Our Blog.
“Women in the Wake of the Storm: Examining the Post Katrina Realities of the Women of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast”
Here, a report issued last week by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research – related press release here. Via Feminist Philosophers.
One weird PSA.
From the publisher’s website: Governments in different parts of the world have been struggling to develop constructive policies to deal with prostitution â€“ as, for example, the British Home Office recently instigated a £1.5 million programme to help address the … Continue reading
“In the late 1990s the government began underwriting studies … using poor neighborhoods as laboratories to make a case that sludge may … directly benefit human health.”
BUT: … Meanwhile, there has been a paucity of research into the possible harmful effects of heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, other chemicals and disease-causing microorganisms often found in sludge. A series of reports by the EPA’s inspector general and the National … Continue reading
If Johnson & Johnson withheld information about the level of hormones delivered by the Ortho Evra birth control patch, in what universe should FDA approval shield the company from lawsuits? According to this NY Times article, More than 3,000 women … Continue reading
Really interesting post by this name by Jennifer Bard at the Women’s Bioethics Project blog.
According to this Time article, oral sex can add to HPV-associated cancer risk in men. Oral sex can get most men’s attention. The topic becomes considerably more relevant, however, when coupled with a new study linking the human papillomavirus (HPV) … Continue reading
Cronespeaks explains why.
Props to Rowling for discussing this here. Below is an excerpt: … Rowling and her first husband, Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes, had their daughter Jessica in 1993 but split up several months later. The author, now 42, said the end … Continue reading
At Concurring Opinions, Frank Pasquale explains why top medical students would rather treat wrinkles than diabetes.
Interesting, link filled post at Our Bodies, Our Blog.
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
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
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
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
NYT Op-Ed, accessible here.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
That’s the question this NYT article entitled “Vaccinating Boys for Girls’ Sake?” asks.
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
“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.
The United Nations has launched a $44 million program to reduce female genital mutilation by 40 percent by 2015.
More information here and here.
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
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
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
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
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
Try not to think of garage door openers. Via Froomkin, who no doubt will be thrilled about being credited for this.
This. Not for the squeamish.
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.
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