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This Creepy Real-Life Barbie Infographic Makes The Doll Ideal Very Unappealing

By: Rachel Krause / April 23, 2013
In case you had somehow forgotten just how bizarre and unrealistic the Barbie ideal actually is, this new infographic makes the whole crazy thing very, very clear. Check out all of the statistics at the source. [The Fashion Spot via Rehabs.com]… More »

El Salvador Will Not Allow Lifesaving Abortion For Young Mother

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2013
A 22-year-old mother of one in El Salvador faces jail time for seeking an abortion on a nonviable pregnancy because her fetus  is developing without a brain. The woman, identified as Beatriz, cannot get an abortion because terminating a pregnancy is illegal in El Salvador under all circumstances, even though the pregnancy is posing a… More »

West Virginia Student Katelyn Campbell Stands Up To School’s Abstinence-Only Sex Ed

By: Sarah Gray / April 18, 2013
Meet Katelyn Campbell, a high school student council vice president, Wellesley College-bound senior, and sex education rabble-rouser who is filing an injunction against her principal for threats he made after she boycotted and spoke out against an abstinence-only sex-ed assembly at her school. According to ThinkProgress.org, Principal George Aulenbacher at George Washington High School in West… More »

Take Two Tylenol For Your Existential Crisis And Call Me In The Morning

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 17, 2013
In what might be the most wonderful study about existential angst to ever be performed, researchers at the University of British Columbia discovered that the same pill that helps soothe your stress headache may help mitigate the sense of doom you feel when confronting the meaning of life. That's heavy. Let that sink in. Tylenol… More »

Anti-Abortion Activists Hold First “Leave The Abortion Industry Day”

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2013
Anti-abortion activists have many approaches to stopping abortion. One is to spread lies about the science around reproductive health. Another is to pressure women to feel guilty for terminating pregnancies, regardless of their reason. Another is to restrict abortion access through the courts. And yet another is to target the employees and property of abortio… More »

Girl Talk: On The Stigma Of Mental Illness In The Asian Community

By: Kelly Kanayama / April 12, 2013
It was a workday of minor annoyances. Everything at my temp job had gone normally, except for a snippy email from IT and a laminator malfunction that forced me to dig out a half-laminated page with a fork. So why was I crouched in a bathroom stall, hyperventilating, sobbing, and trying not to scream? A… More »

Arkansas State Senate Passes Bill To Defund Sex Education

By: Sarah Gray / April 10, 2013
Abortion foes in the Arkansas State Senate passed a bill yesterday to ban certain funding grants to Planned Parenthood.  The chosen grants heading to the chopping block?  Sex education. Which sucks, because Planned Parenthood provided the state's sex ed. According to Think Progress, Arkansas lacks a codified set of sex education requirements, which… More »

Oh, Good: Alabama Restricts Abortion Rights Even More

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 9, 2013
Alabama's governor signed legislation placing more restrictions on abortion providers, including requiring them to have admitting privileges at the local hospital. [Yahoo] Michigan lawmaker House Rep. Tom McMillin, a Republican, said transgender protections "violate the privacy rights of women and children," saying that bathrooms should have to post signs saying "woman and… More »

Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2013
Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats! That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the… More »

Kansas Abortion Clinic Operated By Dr. George Tiller To Reopen

By: Sarah Gray / April 4, 2013
Finally, something positive happening for the reproductive rights of women in Kansas. Four years after abortion provider Dr. George Tiller was fatally shot by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder in Wichita, Kansas, his clinic is re-opening. Activist Julie Burkhart, who worked with Dr. Tiller for seven years, started the nonprofit organization Trust Women Foundatio… More »

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2013
Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18. Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It's not still April Fools' Day, right? More »

10 Things Our Gynos Told Us That Blew Our Minds (As Told In GIFs)

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 1, 2013
As a woman in her '30s, I thought I knew pretty much all there was to know about my body. If you had asked me, I would have sworn I was well-informed. And then I started going to a new gynecologist and she literally blew my mind when she told I'd been checking my breast… More »

Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013
Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn't align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org] Five ways to make the "Lean In" movement more inclusive of low-income women. More »

Don’t Panic! 7 Reasons Your Period Might Be Late (Besides Pregnancy)

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 25, 2013
For the last week or so, I've been somewhat convinced that I'm pregnant. For the most part, this belief was paranoid, but also not entirely outside the realm of possibility. I had a proper French affair when I wa… More »

6 Kinda Embarrassing Questions You’re Too Afraid To Ask Your Doctor — Answered!

By: Megan Reynolds / March 18, 2013
Your annual visit to the lady doctor isn't necessarily the most pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Between the poking, prodding and your casual evasion of pointed questions like "How many drinks do you have a week?", going to the the gynecologist is a necessary but not entirely awesome experience. I usually leave the gynecologist… More »

Mommie Dearest: Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Lose Their Jobs

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 7, 2013
For all intents and purposes, I had a pretty textbook pregnancy. Nothing out of the ordinary occurred, but that also didn’t mean it was all rainbows and unicorns.I've always wondered why they call it morning sickness, when for many people it lasts all day. At least, that’s what it was like for my when I… More »

A Pill You Only Take When You Know You’re Getting Laid?

By: Sarah Gray / March 6, 2013
While there are many positive side effects from taking a once-daily birth control pill — no more heavy periods, no more acne, less intense menstrual cramps -- the main purpose, as the name suggests, is to prevent pregnancies.  It is just one of many forms of contraception used by those who are not ready to have… More »

Breast Cancer Survivors Tell Their Stories Through Mastectomy Tattoos

By: Julie Gerstein / March 5, 2013
Perhaps you missed this, but last week, Facebook was in a tizzy over a topless photo of a breast cancer survivor showing off her chest tattoo. The piece was meant as a celebration of her survival and a means of covering up her mastectomy scars, but Facebook classified the image as "pornographic." The company's official… More »

South Dakota Flat-Out Being A**holes To Women Seeking Abortion

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 1, 2013
This is how anti-abortion extremists try to control women's bodies: they use state legislatures to create bogus and medically unnecessary laws that make it very, very difficult for a woman to have an abortion. Case in point? South Dakota, which already requires a 72-hour waiting period before an abortion, advanced a bill in its state… More »

Indiana Advances Bill Requiring 2 Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before & After Abortion, Then Changes It

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 2013
Indiana's state Senate advanced a bill requiring a woman to get two transvaginal ultrasounds before taking the RU-486 abortion pill, one before and one afterwards. Fortunately, today they dropped that language, saying doctors should perform "appropriate testing" on women two weeks after the abortion pill is taken. Which could mean urine testing ... or a… More »

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