Category: Health

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…

Department of Missing the Point

So I’m reading this story on Yahoo about an abstinence group at Harvard. It pretty much runs the course of most articles of this sort: blahblah students are oversexed, blahblah the university promotes sex, blahblah we formed a group to…

Pricier contraceptives for college women

Well this is fantastic. Prices of oral contraceptives are doubling and tripling on college campuses. While $30-45 might not sound ridiculously expensive — after all, you are preventing pregnancy — that’s a lot of money for a student living on…

Myth-Busting

Emma Goldman speaks to a crowd about birth control in New York City’s Union Square. via. via Feministing, CNN has a good article which clears up 10 myths about the pill. The only one I have a quibble with is…