Category: Health

What Financial Equality Really Means

XtinaS passed along this Livejournal post by alchemi responding to Mickey Kaus’s argument that social equality is more important than money equality. And the response begins with “Bullshit,” and continues thus: Yesterday, at work, I was standing in a urinal…

Two, Two, Two Moral Panics in One!

Ah, you have to love a good cable-news moral panic story. This time, it’s a twofer: CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells us that working moms cause childhood obesity! Gupta starts by coyly acknowledging that mothers get blamed for an awful…

The Nutmeg State Does Right by Women

It’s ridiculous that this law was (and is) considered “controversial.” Connecticut Gov. Jodi Rell today signed a bill that will require all licensed health care facilities to provide emergency contraception (EC) to victims of rape and other sexual assaults. The…

Congress to Call off the Ab-Only Hounds

Abstinence only “education” programs are chock full of misogyny , are hetero-centric, and are totally ineffective. This we know. Yet the Bush administration has allotted more and more money to them at every turn. That’s the bad news. The good…

Caretakers

Chris Clarke has an interesting post at Pandagon about how several quality-of-life movements depend on unpaid female labor. Even the “enlightened” ones, because what else is new? Yes, death has been increasingly medicalized, but McKown isn’t exactly advocating de-medicalizing the…

Instruments of Torture

All I ever had to do to decide not to wear high heels on any sort of regular basis was to look at my mother’s feet. Years of wearing high heels had given her bunions and pinched her toes so…

“Pro-life” Laws: Totally Fucked.

This seems relevant. In Brazil, poor women are routinely maimed and even killed by illegal abortion. But that’s cool with the “pro-life” Catholic church, so long as women have to be held “responsible” for their misbehavior by dying. And that…

Virgnia Tech and Mental Illness

The reporting on the Virginia Tech tragedy has been cringe-worthy for many reasons. The conservative punditry has been worse (especially the bending over backwards to figure out how we can blame Muslims for this one). But of the myriad causes…