health

FDA Approves Morning-After Pill Plan B One-Step For Over The Counter Use

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 21, 2013

In an enormous victory for women and girls across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved the Plan B One-Step brand morning-after pill for over-the-counter use. Plan B One-Step is a one-pill version of emergency contraception and this approval covers women and girls of all ages. Like all EC, it is more effective… More »


Finally Some Good News: HPV Vaccine Has Been Incredibly Effective

By: Mary Odell / June 20, 2013

Since the introduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil in 2006, infections in women and girls have been by more than half. This statistic exceeds the expectations of researchers and although this progress is encouraging, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden stated, “the report should be a wake-up call to our… More »


Obesity Is Now Recognized As A “Disease” By The American Medical Association

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2013

Lesley Kinzel from xoJane on how the American Medical Association classified obesity as a “disease” yesterday, but that really doesn’t mean a whole lot in a society with such a warped image of women’s bodies. [xoJane]
A Christian college in Pennsylvania can exclude the morning-after pill and birth control from the college health… More »


House Of Representatives Passes Ban On Abortion After 20 Weeks

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2013

Yesterday, the Republican-dominated House of Representatives advanced a so-called “fetal pain” bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Fortunately, it is not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama would veto the bill. Thus, the bill is largely symbolic.

The Orwellian-worded bill called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act… More »


VICE Makes Light Of The Suicides Of Female Writers With A Fashion Editorial

By: Rachel Krause / June 18, 2013

Fashion thrives on controversy in all of its many manifestations, but how far is too far? VICE, which has been distributing its fair share of maybe-too-much content since 1994, wants to test your limits. The free monthly magazine’s largely self-explanatory Women in Fiction issue brings us “Lost Words,” a fashion spread featuring models styled and… More »


Models Under 18 In New York Will Soon Be Protected By Child Labor Laws

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 14, 2013

We know that some models pursue dangerous measures in the hopes they will join the cadre of elites. We know that being a top model means million-dollar contracts and the key that unzips Leonardo DiCaprio’s pants. And we also know that many modeling agencies are all too happy to exploit preteen and teen girls, putting their… More »


Wisconsin Governor Supports Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds For Abortion [UPDATE]

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2013

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is supporting an anti-abortion bill that is making its way through the state legislature which would require some women seeking first-trimester abortions to have transvaginal ultrasounds, which are performed by inserting a probe into the vagina. The forced transvaginal ultrasounds are medically unnecessary and are a popular ploy of anti-abortio… More »


Attention, Models: Cotton Balls Are Not For Eating

By: Mary Odell / June 12, 2013

Eddie Murphy’s genetically gifted daughter Bria Murphy is now a model and recently revealed some  … questionable … eating habits of her peers. Said Murphy in an interview:
“I’ve heard of people eating the cotton balls with the orange juice … they dip it in the orange juice and then they eat the cotto… More »


Not This Crap Again: Republican Trent Franks Says Pregnancy From Rape Is Rare

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2013

Wait, I thought the GOP attached nodes onto all white male Republicans’ balls to deliver electric shocks as soon as their lips start to form the words “rape” and “pregnancy”? What happened? How did Rep. Trent Franks dodge that?!

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing today, Rep. Franks of Arizona said his ba… More »


Victory! Obama Administration Backs Off The Morning-After Pill

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2013

Ending a years-long losing battle against making the morning-after pill accessible to all, the Obama administration has finally conceded to the wisdom of the masses and will stop fighting against emergency contraception. More »


Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

By: Mary Odell / June 7, 2013

The Massachusetts Legislature’s Public Health Committee is considering a new bill to ease parental consent rules for abortion. According to Planned Parenthood League Of Massachusetts, young women in Massachusetts under age 18 need to acquire written permission from a parent or guardian to obtain an abortion; if she’s unable to discuss this sensitive subject with… More »


The Trendiest New Way To Get Alcohol Poisoning

By: Mary Odell / June 6, 2013

In 2004, people figured out that if you smoke alcohol, you can get drunk almost immediately without any of the empty calories associated with that old-fashioned liquid alcohol.  A product called AWOL (Alcohol Without Liquid) was quickly banned in the U.S. because inhaling alcohol straight into the bloodstream is super dangerous. But now inhaling alcohol… More »


Beatriz, El Salvador Woman, Finally Has Emergency Abortion

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2013

Beatriz, a 22-year-old pregnant woman in El Salvador with serious health issues, has finally had an abortion that will hopefully save her life.

The mother of a 14-month-old was 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; doctors had warned that Beatriz, who has kidney issues and lupus,… More »


Celebrating Caffeine Intoxication Disorder With Cappuccino Art

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 3, 2013

It’s official. Coffee addiction is a now a mental disorder. The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) includes a condition known as “caffeine intoxication.” You may suffer from the caffeine-related disorder (and subsequent withdrawal) if you’ve had more than two to three cups of coffee and experienced five or more… More »


El Salvador Will Allow Beatriz An Emergency Abortion After All

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 31, 2013

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of El Salavador refused an appeal by a 22-year-old woman with serious health issues to have a lifesaving abortion. Beatriz is 26 weeks pregnant with a fetus missing parts of its brain and skull; it is not expected to live for more than a few hours after birth. Her doctor… More »


Learn The Art Of Prancercise

By: Ami Angelowicz / May 29, 2013

As a person born in the Year of the Horse, the art of prancercise appeals to every level of my being. My new fitness guru, Joanna Rohrback (who just so happens to be from the great state of Florida), demonstrates how to prancercise in this instructional video. It’s a fitness workout, yes. But it’s more… More »


7 Ways To Stop “Fat Talk”

According to an article in the New York Times’ “Well” Blog, a study found that a staggering 93 percent of college women engage in something called “fat talk.” Think, one woman says: “I can’t believe I just ate that whole bag of Oreos. I’m so fat!” Think, another woman says in response: “Oh my god,… More »


Roman Polanski Gripes The Birth Control Pill Has “Masculinized” Women

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2013

I know you care about the opinions of a man who, in 1977, gave a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl before he raped her. This weekend, filmmaker Roman Polanski said that the birth control pill has “masculinized” women and taken the “romance” out of our lives. You know, the romance of yore, like giving… More »


This Is A Photo Of Eight Men Discussing A Ban On Women’s Reproductive Health

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 25, 2013

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett snapped this photo Wednesday at a House of Representatives hearing regarding a proposed nationwide 20-week abortion ban spearheaded by Republican Rep. Trent Franks. If you look closely, you will see a dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, another dude, and yup, one more dude. EIGHT… More »


Republican Politician Shames Woman For Abortion, Said She Should Have Delivered Severely Disabled Baby

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 24, 2013

Yesterday, a woman named Christy Zink testifed before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcomittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice to discuss a bill proposed by Rep. Trent Franks to ban abortions after 20 weeks. Zink spoke about her difficult decision in 2009 to have an abortion at 22 weeks after she learned the fetus she… More »


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