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.

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

Child Model's Rights
young models
The Model Alliances petitions for child model's labor rights. Read More »
Racism In Modeling
Chanel Iman has been told "We already found one black girl." Read More »
"Girl Model" Documentary
This movie pulls back the curtain on underage modeling. Read More »
Models Eating Cotton Balls
Models are eating cotton balls to feel full.
Some models go to desperate measures not to gain weight. Read More »
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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 sexual, mental and physical health at risk in pursuit of big bucks and prestige. Agencies get a cut of the money, after all. The 2012 documentary “Girl Model” (which is screening on Netflix now — go watch it!) pulled back the curtain on the lack of protections for underage models, especially ones who have traveled from faraway foreign countries, alone, don’t speak English or know their rights — like, say, you shouldn’t have to suck anyone’s dick to get a gig.

This week, New York’s state legislature took a step in the right direction by passing a bill that will give models under age 18 the same legal protections as child actors and other young performers. The laws would apply to both print and runway models.  Keep reading »

Wisconsin Governor Supports Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds For Abortion [UPDATE]

Not This Crap Again
Rep. Trent Franks
Rep. Trent Franks says pregnancy from rape is rare. Read More »
Parental Consent Laws
pregnant teen
Massachusetts considers easing parental consent rules. Read More »
Dudes Enact Bans
men abortion ban
This is a photo of eight men discussing a ban on women's health. Read More »
  • 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-abortion folks to scare women from obtaining abortions . [Think Progress] [UPDATE: Talking Points Memo disputes that the ultrasounds would be transvaginal, instead stating only "ordinary" on-the-belly ultrasounds would be required. — Talking Points Memo]
  • Facebook announced a new policy in which it will stop treating photographs of post-mastectomy scars (usually scars on removed breast tissue) the same as it does pornography. Recently, FB also tightened its regulations on gender-based hate speech. [Think Progress]
  • Apropos of nothing, Austrialian soccer team manager Holger Osieck announced at a press conference that “women should shut up in public.” What? Right! He has since issued a non-apology apology in which he said, convincingly, “It was off the record. It was more of a funny remark. It was nothing against any women or whatever. Definitely just a complete misunderstanding.” [Yahoo] Keep reading »

Attention, Models: Cotton Balls Are Not For Eating

Plus-Size Models
plus-size models on vogue italia
Vogue Italia features three plus-size cover models. Read More »
"Girl Model" Documentary
This movie pulls back the curtain on underage modeling. Read More »
My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »

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 cotton balls to help them feel full, because the cotton’s not doing anything.  It’s just dissolving.  And it makes you think you’re full, but you’re not.” Keep reading »

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

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
STFU, GOP
New sensitivity training helps GOP understand that rape = bad. Read More »
Politicians On Rape
A handy guide to what various old white conservatives have said. Read More »

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 ban on abortions after 20 weeks does not need an exception for rape and incest because pregnancy as a result from rape is rare. “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Dr. Franks announced. Keep reading »

Victory! Obama Administration Backs Off The Morning-After Pill

How Does It Work?
how plan b works
How does the morning-after pill work? This video explains everything! Read More »
Give Teens EC?
Pediatricians urged to discuss, prescribe Plan B to teenagers. Read More »
I Took Plan B
Our writer took the morning-after-pill to thwart unwanted pregnancy. Read More »
woman pharmacy

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. Keep reading »

Massachusetts Considers Easing Parental Consent Rules On Abortion

Teen Birth Rate Lowered
teen pregnancy photo
Kids these days just aren't getting pregnant like they used to. Read More »
Free BC, Fewer Abortions
sex
Free birth control means fewer abortions, says study. Read More »
I Had An Abortion
A mother writes about choosing to have an abortion. Read More »
pregnant teen

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 a parent, she can get permission from a judge. But this new bill would allow young women to get permission from a doctor, nurse, or family member over age 25 instead of the court.

Additionally, a Democratic state rep in MA filed another bill including these same provisions, but would also lower the current age of consent  to 16.

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