health

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 whatsoever as to… 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 perpetrators and… 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. 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. [TIME]
At least… 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 a lawsuit today… 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 abortion clinics in the state,… 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 what… 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… 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 out, she was faced with a barrage of transphobic comments, and many people accused… 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 »


5 (Scary) Things To Know About Exploding Breast Implants

By: Mary Odell / June 30, 2013

New thing to be afraid of: exploding breast implants!  The trauma is not unheard of, but the particular way in which one Beijing woman’s implants combusted just might be. After lying on her stomach for four hours playing a game called Dragon Summon on her phone, the woman experienced severe pain in her chest and… More »


Frisky By The Numbers: Women Are Wasting A Lot Of Time Obsessing About Weight

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 28, 2013

According to a new survey, the average woman still spends an obscene amount of time obsessing about calories and worrying about her weight. Over the course of a 67-year lifespan, we lose about one entire year of our life to thoughts of whether or not you should have that side of french fries and what… More »


Taboo Addictions: 5 Adult Eating Disorders That Go Beyond Anorexia & Bulimia

By: Hello Beautiful / June 27, 2013

Eating disorders are often times associated with specific races, age groups, and even career choices…think white teenage actress/models. But the truth is that eating disorders do not discriminate. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million American women suffer from eating disorders. This is not a Black v. White epidemic, and it certainly does not… More »


Finally! My “Hanger” Problem Explained

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 27, 2013

I suffer from a condition that I refer to as “hanger.” When I go too long without eating, something happens to me, beyond my control, not unlike Bruce Banner when he turns into the The Hulk. (I had to Google the name of The Hulk’s alter ego, by the way. Don’t mistake me for a… More »


7 Sort-Of Rules For Living (And Being Okay) With Anxiety

By: Julie Gerstein / June 27, 2013

Do you have anxiety? You’re in good company. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there’s around 40 million people dealing with anxiety disorders in the U.S. alone. That’s a lot of friggin’ people — and I happen to be one of them.

Anxiety is something I live with and manage every… More »


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