Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Abortion Law

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  • A federal judge in Wisconsin temporarily blocked an aspect of a new law restricting abortion which would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinics.  A similar restriction is in the anti-abortion bill currently under debate in Texas. [NYMag.com]
  • The ACLU filed a lawsuit today seeking to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. [NBC Philadelphia]
  • Six tips for discussing Muslim women during Ramadan. [Racialicious]
  • Meet Sarah Thomas, 39, who is set to become the NFL’s first-ever female referee. [Concord Monitor] Keep reading »

A True Account From Monday’s “Stand For Texas Women” Rally

TX Pro-Choice Rally
Stand With Texas Women: Photos & Videos From Today’s Rally As Rick Perry Calls Special Session To Vote On SB5
Photos and videos from the pro-choice rally against SB5 in Texas. Read More »
About The TX Abortion Bills
Texas Abortion
...And the feminist army that's fighting them! Read More »
Why Men Need Abortion
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This is not just a women's issue. Read More »
SB5 Is Defeated!
Thanks To Senator Wendy Davis And Texas's Feminist Army, #SB5 Is Dead
Thanks to Wendy Davis and the TX feminist army. Read More »

After attending the “Stand With Texas Women”  rally in Austin on Monday, I think I have to reconsider my aversion to calling myself a Texas woman. The pro-choice rally, which brought together over 5,000 women, men and children to speak out against the SB5 anti-abortion bill which would shut most abortion clinics in the state, was the first I have ever attended. It will definitely  not be the last. Keep reading »

If You’re In The Market For A Brand New Body, Now’s Your Chance

How Brains See...
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A study says brains see men as people, women as body parts. Read More »
Science Explains Cute
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We like cute animals because they remind us of human babies. Read More »

Listen up, self-loathers and body-snarkers worldwide! If you, like me, often find yourself ruminating on how, if the technology were to exist, you would happily surrender your current body, preserve your same old head, and put this head on a better, cooler body that you prefer, you may just be in luck. I know what you’re thinking — me? Luck? Does not compute. And yet! Sergio Canavero, a neuroscientist at the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group (uh-huh), is like, “Yeah, we might be able to do this soon.” New advances in spinal cord surgery indicate that it should now be “technically possible” for one to take pretty much any human head and put it on pretty much any human body with minimal or no paralyzing effects. That said, the study is geared less toward people like me (ahem, the body dysmorphic) and more toward medical patients suffering from spinal cord injuries who might be able to regain mobility thanks to the new technology, which is of course fantastic news — but seriously, if you could have any body, which body would it be? Think of the possibilities. (Also, do not try this at home. I mean, I shouldn’t, right?) [BetaBeat] [Photo of left hemisphere of brain via Shutterstock]

True Story: I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant (For 6 Months)

Mirror, Mirror: Pregnancy
Kate discusses how being pregnant has affected her body image. Read More »
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

The moment that changed my life was actually pretty anticlimactic.

I took a pregnancy test. Waited the prescribed amount of time. Looked at the result. Threw the test away without really looking at it.

I knew I wasn’t pregnant. I had gotten the Mirena IUD over the summer –- the single most effective form of birth control outside of sterilization. I had packed on the pounds over the past few months, but as a newlywed who had just resumed eating like a sane person after a summer’s worth of dieting, that was to be expected, right?

It was a good 15 minutes or so later that something clicked in my head. I went back to the bathroom and fished the little white plastic pee-stick out of the trash. I stared at the little line across the window. I looked again at the back of the box. Back to the pee stick. Then the box.

It was positive. What? No. No way. There had to be a mistake. Keep reading »

A Lot Of What People Think About Transgender Athletes Is Wrong

Trans MMA Fighter
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Fighter Fallon Fox comes out as trans. Read More »
I Love MMA
MMA fighting
A feminist explains why she loves to watch MMA fighting. Read More »
Trans Kids & Identity
Some transgender kids have it more figured out than the rest of us. Read More »
fallon fox

Fallon Fox received a lot of attention and abuse in March after she was forced to come out as a transgender woman. Fallon had been a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter for six years, but as soon as she came out, she was faced with a barrage of transphobic comments, and many people accused her of having an unfair advantage because she was once physically a man. Some argued that she had more testosterone in her body than a cisgender (people who identify with the gender they were assigned at birth) woman. Others claimed that she would have larger or denser bones than a cisgender woman.

These assumptions and accusations do not just apply to Fallon Fox: lots of trans athletes are discriminated against because there’s an assumption that e a trans woman must have some physical advantage over cisgender women — but science says otherwise. In fact, an article on Outsports debunks a couple of these myths.

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Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Ohio Sex Ed
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Ohio seeks to ban sex ed teaching "gateway" sexual behavior. Read More »
Vag Photos On Campus
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U of Cincinatti artist displayed images of vaginas on campus. Read More »
Abortion Clinic Exorcism
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An abortion clinic in Ohio underwent an exorcism. Read More »
Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

Last night, Ohio’s Governor John Kasich signed a host of restrictions on abortion into law, which went into effect today. Like other Republicans before him, Governor Kasich placed these legal restrictions on women’s reproductive rights flanked by a bunch of old, white men. Keep reading »

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