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GIF Quiz! Are You Having A Quarter-Life Crisis?

By: Tres Sugar / August 3, 2013
Once you hit your 20s, there's a reason "Girls" becomes your favorite show. It's as if you were waiting in line for the quarter-life crisis you heard about and got called sooner than expected. All of a sudden you're trying to get your life together while juggling things like a career and dating (when really… More »

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 2

By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 2, 2013
This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday. The participants are: Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You… More »

Victoria’s Secret Model Erin Heatherton Gets Photographed Smoking Before An Event

By: Rachel Krause / August 1, 2013
Models: they're the editorial picture of loveliness and good breeding and long legs and dagger-like cheekbones, and, well, many of them smoke like chimneys. This is not to say that all models are smokers, or that all smokers are models for that matter (no, what?), but you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a well-publicized… More »

Could North Carolina Temporarily Be Without An Abortion Clinic?

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2013
North Carolina has suspended the license of the one abortion provider in the state that is able to stay open following the passage of new abortion restrictions. Femcare, in Asheville, is expected to reopen once it improves upon 23 violations.  [Huffington Post, RH Reality Check] On things that look like… More »

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 1

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 31, 2013
This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The second half of our conversation about contraception will run tomorrow. The participants are: Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You ca… More »

All Of My Body Image Issues Summed Up Neatly Into One Hilarious Drawing

By: Rachel Krause / July 31, 2013
When it comes to judging — or rather, assessing — the appearance, weight, and other such physical attributes of People That Are Not Me, I am forgiving to the point that someone close to me refers to me (endearingly? maybe? I hope?) as "Shallow Hal" (post-hypnotherapeutic incantation, obviously). It's not that I can't see it,… More »

An Inner Monologue While Working At A FitDesk

By: Ami Angelowicz / July 31, 2013
We have had the good fortune to test out a FitDesk here at Frisky HQ and I have decided to give you an honest account of my experience working on it. As I write this piece, I promise to pedal the entire without stopping for at least 20 minutes, without censoring myself… More »

This Is What Anxiety Looks Like

By: Julie Gerstein / July 26, 2013
Photographer John William Keedy was interested in trying to visualize the dark edges of anxiety. In his series, It's Hardly Noticeable, Keedy generates powerful visual metaphors that encapsulate just how oppressive and maddening anxiety can feel. The title alone refers to what people with anxiety can fixate on, feel or worry about, that may elude people… More »

The Sordid Tale Of An Unaccounted For Tampon (In GIFs!)

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2013
Womanhood is a glorious, many-petaled flower. (Or something.) But there are some times when being a lady really sucks. Like, say, when you know you put a tampon in the night before and  you know you didn't take it out and now you can't find it. It's really missing. Seriously, where did that little bugger… More »

State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2013
In her own words, here is one of our personal heroes, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on why she stood up for TX women by filibustering an anti-abortion bill for nearly 13 hours. [Washington Post] On Massachusetts' approach to curbing domestic homicide (i.e. murder via domestic violence) by focusing on the… More »

11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist’s Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013
A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother's boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like "having a doll." Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her "depth and maturity" in carrying the pregnancy to term. Oh, and… More »

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013
Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN] On the Obama administration's push for a broader definition of sexual harassment at colleges to push for more reporting. [… More »

Doctor To Perform Vasectomies For A Live Audience To Make The World A Better Place

By: Mary Odell / July 10, 2013
In honor of the inaugural World Vasectomy Day on October 18, Dr. Doug Stein of Florida wants to perform vasectomies at Adelaide’s Royal Institution of Australia. For a live audience. Fielding questions about the procedure. And streaming it online. More »

Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?

By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2013
Apparently, when it comes to maternity care costs in this country, I lucked out big time. Seven years ago, when I found myself pregnant for the first time, I had just switched from my own insurance to my husband’s much better one, and had only one, $25 co-payment for the entirety of my pregnancy --… More »

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Abortion Law

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2013
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… More »

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

By: Daley Quinn / July 4, 2013
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 abortio… More »

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

By: Rachel Krause / July 3, 2013
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… More »

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

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… More »

A Lot Of What People Think About Transgender Athletes Is Wrong

By: Mary Odell / July 1, 2013
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… More »

Ohio Put A Lot Of Restrictions On Abortion Last Night

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013
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. More »

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