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.

Today In WTF: Bill Comparing Women To Livestock Passes

AZ On Abortion
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The prenatal nondiscrimination act would let men/parents to stop abortions. Read More »
My Abortion
This author says her abortion was the best decision of her life. Read More »
Banning Abortions
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PreNDA would ban abortions based on race or sex. Read More »

Seriously, ladies, what is this fuckery? As we reported earlier, a Georgia bill criminalizing abortion after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, has passed Georgia’s Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Republican Governor Nathan Deal.

This bill has affectionately been referred to as the “women as livestock” bill, after Representative Terry England noted that farmers often have to “deliver calves, dead or alive,” so therefore it shouldn’t be that difficult for a woman carrying a dead fetus to carry it to full-term.

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The Soapbox: In Response To Vogue Editor’s Speech On Eating Disorders

Overcoming E.D.
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A woman explains how she overcame her eating disorder. Read More »
Snarking On Angie
Why we should stop snarking on Angelina Jolie's thinness. Read More »
Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »

Franca Sozzani excels at many things. She is the long-standing editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and, in 1994, she was even made the editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Italia in its entirety. She is acknowledged as a contemporary and collaborator to, among others, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, and Paolo Roversi, unarguably the most influential fashion photographers of the past two decades. She is credited as the driving force, alongside Meisel, behind the groundbreaking “supermodel” movement in the ’90s. Last year, she launched Vogue Curvy, a branch of the magazine’s Italian edition geared towards plus-sized women. Sozzani has accomplished a great variety of things, but despite her apparent devotion to targeting her publication towards a medley of body shapes and sizes, she herself champions thinness. It’s a true study in contradiction: she encourages others to appropriate acceptance of all body types, but at the bottom line, the girls that land the coveted cover of her magazine — not to mention Sozzani herself — are built like greyhounds.

Which brings me to my point: Vogue Italia has a history, more so than any other Vogue publication, of promoting the emaciated look, so why, in the name of all that is good and holy (which is nothing, these days), did Franca Sozzani, notorious for her use of strikingly thin models, give a speech about anorexia, obesity, and body image at Harvard?

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Explosive Detonated At Planned Parenthood Clinic In Wisconsin Last Night

Help Planned Parenthood
How you can help protect access to reproductive health care. Read More »
My Abortion
This author says her abortion was the best decision of her life. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
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UPDATE, 1:40p.m.: Mother Jones is reporting the clinic is “temporarily closed” and the FBI has joined an investigation into the bombing. [Mother Jones]

An explosive blew up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute, Wisconsin last night at around 7:30 p.m. Police say a homemade bomb was placed on a windowsill outside the Appleton North Health Clinic. It started a fire that burned itself out but still caused damage to the building. No one was hurt.

Intimidation tactics like this are nothing short of domestic terrorism, intent on scaring the employees of abortion clinics from doing their jobs. Thank you to the women and men who work at these clinics and put themselves at risk for clinic violence every day.  

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10 Things You Think About When You Are Sick

Sending Out An SOS!
Julie's migraines are out of control. Read More »
In Sickness...
...and in health. And essay on caring for someone who's sick. Read More »
15 Skills To Learn
Every woman should master these 15 skills. Read More »
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I was sick with a crap cold all last week and hopped up on spacey combo of Sudafed and Benadryl (the magic recipe is Sudafed during the day, Benadryl for sleep). It might be the wacky weather, or my generally pathetic immune system, but either way, my brain felt funny and snot-filled. Last week, I took a sick day. Here’s my ridiculous inner monologue from that day… Keep reading »

An Open Letter To The Loud Sneezer In My “Office”

Dear Chin Hair
An open letter to Winona's ever-reliable chin hair. Read More »
Dear Education Connection
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Dear Extra Button
Dear extra button, it's time I let you go. Read More »

Dear Loud Sneezer In My Office,

How are you? Good, I hope. I just wanted to bring something to your attention. Every time you sneeze, the air is momentarily sucked out of the office, and we are swallowed into your black hole of sound. Okay, so the “office” is a coffee shop and you and I just happen to use it every day as our home away from home; you’re doing whatever — a screenplay maybe? — while I’m plugging away on my freelance writing gigs. Or I’m trying to — but that SNEEZING! It’s so loud, my nervous system stops. I am startled to the point of duck and cover. When 99.9 percent of people in the world sneeze, I say “bless you” and move on with my life. But when you sneeze, I involuntarily shout out the word “NO!” Intellectually, I understand that you are performing a natural bodily function, but irrationally, I don’t understand. I say “NO!” because I am in shock. In shock that a human sneeze could be that loud. I’ve tried putting my headphones on, listening to Queen at top volume. I still hear you. Your bark sneezes cut through the noise like a sonic boom. There is only one solution, Loud Sneezer: You must lower the volume of your sneezes. (Or I must find another coffee shop/office to work, but really, I’d rather not. The scones here are good.) Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Kim Zolciak Knocked Up With Baby #4

Kim Before The Wigs
Kim Zolciak Before She Was Famous
This is what Kim Zolciak looked like before she has a blonde wig. Read More »
RHOA Wig-Snatching
Wendy Williams and Gabby Sidibe reenact the RHOA wig snatch. Read More »
Morning Quickies
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Relax, Bobbi Kristina Brown is not engaged to her brother. Read More »
  • “Real Housewives Of Atlanta” hot mess Kim Zolciak is preggo again with her fourth kid, her second with husband Kroy. Mazel tov! [Dlisted]
  • Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima is also knocked up.  [Just Jared]
  • Kathy Bates beat ovarian cancer eight years ago, she revealed today on Anderson Cooper’s talk show.  [US Weekly]
  • Here’s a sneak peek of Kate Moss and Stella McCartney on “Ab Fab”! [Styleite
  • Rihanna’s working on her own fashion line because, duh, of course that was going to happen. [PopCrush]
  • Orange is not your color … and other lessons to be learned in jail. [The Gloss]
  • Will people please just stop Photoshopping Demi Moore’s face into oblivion already?! [Buzzfeed] Keep reading »

Idaho To Vote On Bill Forcing Ultrasound Before Abortion

Transvaginal Ultrasound
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VA governor backs off the bill. Read More »
State-Sanctioned Rape
Virginia is considering mandating a transvaginal ultrasound. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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All of The Frisky's posts about reproductive rights. Read More »
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Idaho’s state senate may vote as early as today on a bill that will force women to get a medically unnecessary ultrasound before terminating an unwanted pregnancy. Anti-abortion activists say forcing a woman to have an ultrasound gives her “more information” before an abortion. Pro-choice activists and doctors say this is just another a tactic to restrict middle- and low-income women’s access to abortion, as the additional cost can be prohibitively expensive for women who already may be struggling to pay to end an unwanted pregnancy.

And guess who would love to jump in and “help” with that financial conundrum? Idaho’s so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which offer free ultrasounds to women but are staffed by anti-abortion activists — not actual doctors! — who will do everything, including lie to women, to stop them from terminating a pregnancy. Several cities around the country have actually passed legislation to thwart CPCs from misleading women.  

So, to recap: Idaho women would be forced by law to have an ultrasound and if they cannot afford that ultrasound, the only place they could get one for free would be from anti-abortion activists.

Let’s have a big round of applause for women’s health care in America, everybody!

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Sending Out An S-O-S! My Migraines Are Out Of Control!

Chocolate for Health
A bar a day keeps the doctor away! Read More »
Heartbreak Hurts
Literally! Breaking up can cause physical pain. Read More »
Married For Insurance
An essay from a woman who got married for health insurance. Read More »

This is what I looked like yesterday in the office, my head ensconced in a scarf, attempting to cradle it slightly from the outside world and at least partially keep the bright light, noise and throbbing pain that is my migraine at bay. Oh, yes, my migraine. The twice or thrice monthly (at least) headache I suffer from that makes me want to d-i-e. It is large, and it is in charge.

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Kindly Inform Your Ladybusiness That Pap Smear Guidelines Have Changed

I Got A Vagina Facial
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WTF is this beauty treatment all about? Read More »
My Boring Vagina
This woman has a has a boring vagina. Read More »
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Important news about your vagina: the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that instead of annual Pap smears, you can now get screened for cervical cancer every three years. ACOG has actually been saying for awhile that women don’t need annual Pap smears, but this recommendation was finally put in writing yesterday by the United States Preventative Task Force and the American Cancer Society.  

So, why have the recommendations changed? Keep reading »

Doctors Could Tell Women That Abortion Causes Breast Cancer Under New Hampshire Bill

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Another day, another new height reached in WTF-ery: New Hampshire’s state House has advanced a bill that would require doctors to give women “informational materials” before an abortion that “that inform the pregnant woman that there is a direct link between abortion and breast cancer.” Even though there isn’t.

This scare tactic just doesn’t go away, does it? Excuse me while I facepalm for the next three hours.  Keep reading »

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