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.

Planned Parenthood Launches Breast Health Initiative

PP's Youth Organizing
Why "Twilight"'s Elizabeth Reaser is attending this PP event. Read More »
How To Support PP
You can support Planned Parenthood even if conservatives won't. Read More »
Survivor In Pool
Breast cancer survivor fights to swim topless in public pool. Read More »
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Did you know that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?

This astonishingly high statistic is one of the many things I learned about breast health at Planned Parenthood’s Breast Health Initiative briefing yesterday. Surrounded by some incredibly influential and inspirational women, including Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and actress/activist Gabrielle Union, I was informed about the lives that screenings have already saved and the ways in which Planned Parenthood is expanding their services. Keep reading »

Rep. Steve King Says He’s Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Rape Or Incest

"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Akin Wants Forgiveness
Lemme think ... nope! Not gonna get it! Read More »
An Exception For Rape
The problem with the anti-abortion movement's "rape exception." Read More »

Today in our regularly scheduled segment “Old White Male Politicians Revealing Themselves To Be Ignorant About Reproductive Rights”: Rep. Steve King (R-IA), when asked about a minor being impregnated from statutory rape or incest, told a reporter:

“Well, I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way and I’d be open to discussion about the matter.”

One, what is there to “discuss” when an 11-year-old is impregnated by her grandpa? And two, this  is where I remind you that Rep. King, along with Rep. Akin and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, all co-sponsored a bill to rewrite the existing federal ban on abortion funding to have an exemption only for cases of “forcible rape” or in the case of minors, “an act of incest.” Keep reading »

Therapy 101: 6 Popular Types Of Psychotherapy

The word therapy conjures an image of a serious man with a steno pad taking notes while a patient reclines on a black, leather couch, talking about her childhood. I’ve been to therapy a bunch of times and never once have I reclined. One of my therapists was a tough talking Texan who threw a Kush ball with me as we spoke. Another was a completely bald little person who drank protein shakes and gave me existential philosophy CDs to listen to. Yet another liked to write possible solutions to my problems on a dry erase board.

While there are therapists who employ the whole reclining on the black, leather couch while you talk about your childhood thing, that’s only one kind of psychotherapeutic treatment available. If you’re not into that (I know I’m not!), don’t let it stop you from seeking out some support for your issues. There are many, many other approaches and types of therapy available. Depending on your personal preferences and what kind of issues you might want to tackle, you’ve got options. Many, many options. So many, that I’m only going to tell you about a few.  Click on through for a very abridged breakdown of some of the most popular types of therapy available.

How To Deal
Life is hard. Sometimes we all need help dealing. Read More »
Pre-Therapist GF
Why do so many of Amelia's bf's head to therapy after they split? Read More »

Republicans Asking Rep. Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Race

  • Republicans are calling on poorly informed Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of his Senatorial race in Missouri.  Like, begging him: Seriously, please, dude. You are making us look terrible. [Huffington Post]
  • Other things Rep. Akin believes to be true about the uterus! [The Awl]
  • And here’s Em and Lo’s send-up of the top five kinds of “illegitimate rape.” [Em & Lo]
  • Just a friendly reminder that in 2007, Mitt Romney said he would be “delighted” to sign a bill banning all abortions nationwide. His statement on Sunday night in response to the Akin incident said he supports abortion in cases of rape and incest. Before that, he identified as pro-choice and attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. So, which is it? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Everyone Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Is A Moron, Except For Those Who Don’t

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
It Was Rape
jennifer baumgardner
Help fund a documentary about sexual assault survivors. Read More »
Project Unbreakable
Victims hold signs with of words said before, during, or after the assault. Read More »
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Rep Todd Akin rape
Warning: Not Actual Science

Amelia is still down on the floor of her bathroom with her hand mirror, trying to find that anti-pregnancy rape mechanism thingamajig [APRMT] inside that will keep her from getting pregnant if she’s raped. I keep telling her that no such body part actually exists in a woman’s body and Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is just a dumbass, but she is all, like, “No, Jessica! Our elected officials would not lie to us. I will find this thing!” Hmm. I don’t think she’ll get much editing done today.

The good news is that a lot of people have come out to say Rep. Akin’s comments were medically inaccurate — a 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that approximately 32,000 pregnancies each year are the result of rape— and that casting doubt on whether rape is “legitimate” or not is horrible. The bad news is that other people have come out to defend him. Keep reading »

Longtime Tennessee Abortion Clinic Forced To Close

  • A longtime abortion clinic in Tennessee is shutting down as the result of a new law called the Life Defense Act, which requires doctors have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville has provided women’s health care to TN women for 38 years but had to close because the only physician who had admitting privileges recently died and the clinic could not afford to stay open while other physicians obtained them.  [Washington Post]
  • Twelve Democratic women running for office in the U.S. have already bested their competitors in fundraising. [Politico]
  • Chess grandmaster Gary Kasparov was arrested for protesting outside the Pussy Riot trial in Moscow today. The three band members were sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism.” [The Quietus]
  • Criminal prosecution of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, was dropped today. [KansasCity.com]
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