health

Help Make This Documentary About Loving Your Body A Reality

By: Claire Hannum / May 15, 2014

You may remember Australian mom Taryn Brumfitt from the unconventional “before and after” photos she released in 2013, which showcased her transition from an ultra-fit body-building physique to an equally beautiful post-baby body. The images went viral, and in the months since then, Brumfitt was inspired to create a documentary, “Embrace,” that encourages women to love their bodie… More »


Transgender National Security Leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning May Be Transferred To Civilian Prison To Be Treated For “Gender Dysphoria”

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Private Chelsea Manning, also known as Bradley Manning, a dishonorably discharged soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. The last we heard from Manning was in August, when she had publicly come out as transgender and informed the world she wanted to be referred… More »


This Mother-Daughter Exercise Team Is Totally Adorable (And Strong)!

By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

Meet Cheryl and Tessa, a mother and daughter who pledged to spend 100 days getting fit together — and happened to lose a combined 74 pounds along the way. These ladies are amazing. When I first came across this video, I was skeptical. Sometimes “inspirational” videos about losing weight irk me because they encourage a very… More »


Can Anybody Actually Pass This Sleep Deprivation Test?

By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

Try the test in this video by Richard Wiseman to see if you need to catch up on your catnaps (hint: you probably do). According to Wiseman, an easy way to tell if you’re sleep deprived is if you need the help of an alarm to wake up in the morning. Seriously? I have known maybe two people… More »


The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women, Too

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 13, 2014

The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love.
It wasn’t like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this. Thanks to the myth that I needed to do high reps with light weights to get  “toned” arms and legs (because, of course, as a woman,… More »


South Carolina Advances Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2014

A subcommittee in South Carolina’s state Senate has advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest, rape and fetal abnormalities. The 20-week limit is based on the medically unproven claim that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. [CBS, RH Reality Check]
Secretary… More »


My Reaction To ABC’s New Drama “Black Box,” As A Person With A Bipolar Loved One

By: Anonymous / April 28, 2014

Leading up to last week’s pilot episode of “Black Box” on ABC, I’d seen a bunch of previews for the drama centered around Dr. Catherine Black, a talented neuroscientist harboring a secret diagnosis of her own. The series premiere aired right after “Grey’s Anatomy,” which I had been watching, so I decided to give itMore »


Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Get Birth Control “At 7-11″

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2014

Catholic Cardinal Dolan said non-religious businesses shouldn’t be required to cover contraception in their health care plans, because women can get their birth control at “7-11 or any shop on any street in America.” Didn’t you know? They keep the Loestrin on the grill right next to the taquitos. [Raw Story]
Female soldier… More »


Powdered Alcohol & 6 Other Stupid Ways To Get Drunk Or High

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 21, 2014

Stupid people getting drunk is about to get stupider: powdered alcohol is on the way. A company called Palcohol was inspired to create powdered booze that can then be added to other liquids in order to make drinks. Powdered rum and powdered vodka are standalone versions or you could try powdered Cosmopolitan, powdered Mojito, powdered… More »


Tennessee May Soon Criminalize Drug-Addicted Pregnant Moms

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

Tennessee’s state legislature has approved a bill that would make it possible to charge pregnant women for assault if they use narcotics during their pregnancy. Critics of the bill rightfully point out that it’s a sneaky way to give more rights to fetuses, thus easing the way to criminalizing abortion. Women’s rights groups and… More »


South Carolina Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

A South Carolina state Senate panel has advanced a bill that justifies a pregnant woman using force against anyone who tries to harm her “unborn child.” Abortion rights supports rightly point out bills like this are a sneaky attempt to criminalize abortion by making a fetus legally recognized as person. (The panel postponed o… More »


6 Remedies To Make Your Period Less Miserable

By: College Candy / April 5, 2014

Readers beware: you’re now entering TMI territory. I’m currently the world’s most uncomfortable, unpleasant and unbearable blogger. As we speak, Aunt Flow is performing a Vine-worthy Nae Nae all up on my uterus. Yes, folks, it’s that time of the month. Here’s the rundown of feels thus far: I’ve sent about six overly-emotional texts to… More »


May I Interest You In A Back-Alley Abortion, Madame?

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2014

On the terrifying return of the back-alley abortion. [Huffington Post]
A trans woman student at a North Carolina college was hassled by campus security after she used the women’s bathroom. [Advocate]
The governor of West Virginia vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, calling it “unconstitutional.”… More »


“Biggest Loser” Winner, Rachel Frederickson, Is Back To Eating The Occasional Oreo

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 3, 2014

“I’ve gone up about 20 pounds. I think I’m at my perfect weight!…I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like SoulCycle, I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It’s not the end of the world.”
“Biggest Loser” winner Rachel Frederickson talks about her 20-pound weight gai… More »


The 13 Emotional Stages Of Thinking You Might Have An STD (In GIFS!)

By: The Frisky / April 1, 2014

We’ve all been there. You had a one night stand, engaged in spontaneous travel sex, or found out your significant other was a big, fat cheater, and soon after, something very suspect appeared on your nether regions looking like it may be an STD. Could that be a genital wart or is it just a… More »


Dear Fat-Shaming Yoga Teacher, Here’s What Yoga Is Really About

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 27, 2014

You might be sick to death of me writing about yoga. If you are, my apologies. But there’s one last thing I have to cover before I go back to resting in child’s pose. The other day I saw a friend’s Facebook status and it disheartened me so much that I could not remain silent. More »


Planet Fitness Tells Woman To Cover Up Her “Toned Body” Because It’s Intimidating Members

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 19, 2014

I’m feeling outraged on behalf of California’s Tiffany Austin. After recovering from injuries she suffered in a car accident, Austin joined Planet Fitness, whose ads boast of their no “gymtimidation” vibe, because she was excited to get back in shape. Fifteen minutes into her inaugural workout, Austin claims a manager approached her and said, “Excuse… More »


5 Invisible Obstacles I Conquer Every Time I Run

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 18, 2014

I started running regularly about six months ago, moving slowly from the “Oh My God I Hate This So Much” stage to the “Hey This Is Kind Of Cool” stage to the “If I Go More Than 2 Days In A Row Without Running I Miss It And Get Really Aggro” stage, which is where… More »


Montana Abortion Clinic That Survived A Firebombing Attack Was Broken Into & Vandalized

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014

All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in Flathead Valley, Montana, which provides abortions as well as numerous other reproductive health surfaces to women, suffered a break-in and extensive vandalism on March 3rd.

All Families Healthcare experienced damage to its furniture, medical instruments and supplies, file cabinets, sewer line, furnace and water heater. A… More »


5 Awful Side Effects Of Insomnia No One Talks About

By: Cracked / March 11, 2014

I have insomnia — the “I haven’t been able to sleep regularly in 25 years” kind. It’s extremely hard to talk about, because most people attach the term to any random night that they had trouble sleeping. “Sorry, I’m kind of loopy today. I had insomnia last night.” Mara Wilson can back me up when I say… More »


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