Last year, Dr. Shirolyn Ruth Moffett delivered a baby by Cesarean to a woman in Berryville, Arkansas. I know you’re probably thinking, “Big whoop!” But the shocker is that Dr. Moffett decided to perform a tubal ligation at the same time without the woman’s permission. Dr. Moffett claims she feared the woman’s uterus would burst if she became pregnant again. Not only did the doctor not have authorization, but she didn’t tell the woman after the procedure and made no notation in the woman’s medical chart. Officials at St. John’s hospital, where the procedure took place, stopped Dr. Moffett from seeing any patients after they became aware of the situation. But regulators at the Arkansas State Medical Board feel a reprimand is more appropriate for the offense and voted last week to allow Dr. Moffett to keep her medical license. “I know now that [it] was a mistake,” she told the Medical Board. “I had not made this kind of error my whole medical career. I was appalled.” Officials at St. John’s issued a release expressing surprise at the Medical Board’s decision. And I have to say I’m equally as appalled. I would think performing a tubal ligation without permission would be enough cause for revoking a medical license, but the fact that Dr. Moffett tried to keep it a secret makes the situation that much worst. [Parent Dish]
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The woman recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest woman died yesterday at age 53. Sandy Allen, who was 7 feet 7 inches, had grown to more than six feet by age 10, and she passed the seven-foot mark by 16. Her speedy growth was caused by a tumor on her pituitary gland, which she had removed in 1977. Earlier in her life, Sandy was uncomfortable with her height, but being recognized by Guinness in 1974 helped her accept and even laugh at her size. She spoke to school groups about how about different is okay and wore shirts that said “The weather up here is fine.” [AP via CBS News] Keep reading »
Each season of America’s Next Top Model has a sob story or a gimmick, a model that is just so different from the competition, that host Tyra Banks has decided to take under her wing and mold into the perfect supermodel. Usually this gives Tyra a platform to “save” someone and then applaud herself for being so courageous — at first, this “different” model was just, say, overweight (only last season did a big girl actually stick around long enough to win), or from the streets. But as the seasons went on, Tyra and crew had to find someone with a more dramatic story — a refugee from Africa, a woman with Asperger’s Disorder, a woman who had been raped and molested, and a woman who had experienced domestic violence. Last season, I thought Tyra peaked with the sadness by casting an African woman who had experienced genital mutilation. Though she was gorgeous and certainly a worthy competitor, it did seem like another cheap ploy for Tyra, again, to toot her own groundbreaking horn.
Well, this season the gimmick isn’t sad, but it sure is daring. One of the models on the new season, which premieres September 3, is a transgender woman (who was born a man) named Isis, 22, from Maryland. Sure, in the past many of the models who have appeared on Top Model have looked like drag queens (love you Dominique!), but this is a pretty fantastic step for a popular reality show on a major network to take. While transgender characters have appeared on TV shows like Nip/Tuck, The L Word, Ugly Betty, and even the soap opera All My Children, but never on an American reality show. So here’s a pat on the back Tyra, from The Frisky. Give that hand a rest! [Us Weekly] Keep reading »
In June, there was a controversy in the news about a high school in Massachusetts with 17 pregnant students — four times as many as the school usually has. When Time first wrote about it, they interviewed the school’s principal, Joseph Sullivan, and he talked about how there was a pregnancy pact among the teenagers. Well, now the Gloucester, MA, mayor and school district’s superintendent say there’s no evidence of a pregnancy pact, and this story ends with the news that the principal has resigned over the issue. [AP via CBS News]
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Manufacturers believe women will do anything to be young and beautiful — like wear the most terrifyingly Halloween-esque mask with electrode stimulators to “rejuvenate” themselves. Luckily Ghoul Skool from EverythingIsTerrible.com sees the beauty in every woman and has a sense of humor to match this rare vintage video gem he edited from the original infomercial. So, when you’re feeling fugs, just watch this clip and save yourself the “three easy installments of $29.95!”
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If you haven’t heard already, the July issue of Italian Vogue was unprecedented. All the models in it were black. Amidst the buzz that followed, the much-hyped “Black Issue” became such a popular success that distribution was increased by 40-percent, an amazing feat. Some (including me) saw the concept — race as an “issue” — as a gimmick, an attempt to shush critics who frequently point out how little page-time the fashion industry gives to anything other than white faces. But, without a doubt, the issue got people talking about the issues. Now, let’s hope their attention isn’t squandered.
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