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Girl Talk: I’m A Doula

Usually, when I tell people that I’m a doula I get two questions. The first: How do you spell that? And the second: Isn’t that like a midwife?

The concept of doula, at least in the way I use it, is relatively new. The word itself comes from ancient Greek, meaning “helper” or “woman slave,” but it’s been adopted in the last 40 or so years to refer to someone who provides support to women during pregnancy and childbirth. The support a doula provides ranges from emotional cheerleading to massages and acupressure to aromatherapy and meditation. It runs a wide gamut of all things non-pharmacological, a unique service for women giving birth mostly in hospitals. Keep reading »

Do Feminists Need A “Coming Out Day”?

Growing up is all about figuring out who you are, who you can call a real friend, and if you are really (really?) just going to turn into your parents. So, yeah, it’s a pretty crappy experience for everybody — and especially so if the place you call home does not embrace being “different.” In the past few decades, LGBT groups and their allies have made huge inroads helping gay young adults feel welcome with gay-straight alliance clubs and the like. In fact, Human Rights Watch’s nationwide event, National Coming Out Day, is next week, on October 11. The day doesn’t necessarily promote gay folks “coming out” of the closet, but it promotes everyone voicing their support for gay rights and equality. Given how just last month, an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman jumped to his death after his roommate live-streamed his gay encounter on the internet, events like Coming Out Day are so important for visibility.

Later this year, there will be another coming out day: a recent college graduate is organizing “Feminist Coming Out Day” to take place on March 8, 2011, which also just happens to be International Women’s Day. Keep reading »

Boob Lube Makes Breast Exams More Fun


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and by now you should know the importance of self-exams and early detection. You may not know that there’s a real product on the market called “Boob Lube” that makes those exams a little easier and maybe even more fun — especially if you have a partner help you out. A portion of every sale will go to support breast cancer research and awareness, which is nice and all, but you could always buy regular lotion or soap for a fraction of the price and donate the difference to a breast cancer organization of your choice, like Susan G. Komen for the Cure. [via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

I Was In The Psych Ward

In a group, they all laughed. It didn’t take much to make them laugh, and once they started, it escalated within minutes, growing more out of control, as if they were trying to outdo each other in their maniacal hysterics.

I lay on my right side, staring at the gray wall in front of me and listening to them cackle and howl, their voices echoing through the day room. Even in the throes of my breakdown I knew the difference between them and me — I was depressed; they were insane. Read more Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “The Social Network” Stars Facebook Geniuses, Trophy Girlfriends

  • Women in “The Social Network” (i.e., the Facebook movie) are not computer programmers, silly! They are just trophy girlfriends. In real life, however, Mark Zuckerberg’s right-hand man is a … woman. Or maybe that’s the “fiction” part? [Salon.com]
  • A 20-something male-to-female transsexual in Hong Kong has lost a court battle to marry her boyfriend. [BBC]
  • In the mid-90s, a Department of Defense employee operated a Museum of Menstruation out of his suburban basement. If that sounds creepy, it wasn’t. Amanda Hess at TDB.com interviewed Harry Finley on why the Museum of Menstruation closed up shop. (But don’t worry — it can still be found online!) [TDB.com]

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Anti-Binge Drinking Campaign Slut-Shames Drunk Girls

Curbing dangerous binge drinking on a college campus? An admirable goal. Slut-shaming women whose inhibitions melt away when soused? Not so much.

The University of Minnesota debuted a new anti-binge drinking campaign called “The Other Hangover,” which warns students to think about how their reputation will be tarnished if they do stupid things while drunk. It was created by students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications for the 2009 National Student Advertising Competition. It’s an ad campaign blitzkrieg with billboards, coasters, sidewalk clings, magnets, and mirror clings all around the campus. Some of the sentiments on “the social consequences” of drinking: “‘But I was drunk,’ doesn’t repair the friendship” or “Just because you were drunk, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen,” which is innocuous enough. But others are straight-up slut-shaming young adults for being sexual. Keep reading »

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