Tag Archives: Health

What’s killing poor white women in the South?

Feministe friend and former guest blogger Monica Potts takes a look at the decrease in life expectancy for low-income whites in the Southern United States. She doesn’t come away with any definitive answers, but paints a picture of desolation, few opportunities and lack of access to decent health care and good food as potential culprits. It is a heart-breaking must-read. Continue reading

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Fat and Health.

Jezebel posted today on a perennial favorite among feminist bloggers: the BMI. This was prompted by a doctor in the New York Times talking about how useless a measure it is for personal health. Here’s my response: of course it … Continue reading

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Will the Stupak amendment punish women who miscarry?

A must-read piece, and a good reminder that the kinds of black-and-white lines we draw around the human body, reproduction and health are never so clear.

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Aging Is (Not) Unnatural

Laurie and Debbie say: Cross-posted to Body Impolitic. All photographs by Laurie Toby Edison. Some photos below may not be okay for office viewing. After our introductory post here last week, Daisy Deadhead asked if we wrote about age as … Continue reading

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Disabled Character: Able-Bodied (Emaciated) Actresses Only, Please

Laurie and Debbie say: Cross Blogged on Body Impolitic We had our attention brought to this casting call for Stargate: Universe, a Stargate franchise TV show due to debut in October of this year as a movie, and then a … Continue reading

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Disability Culture: Defining Our Lives

In the comments of another post that I wrote a few days ago, a few people questioned the idea that Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer is incurable but not terminal. Different authorities were cited and used as the basis for how the … Continue reading

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Bodily Autonomy:Jehovah’s Witness Teens and Blood Transfusions

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about bodily autonomy. It seems to me that when feminists discuss this issue it is usually with regards to reproductive justice. However, I’ve got something different in mind right now and I’m … Continue reading

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Sayonara, Fat Friends

Having fat friends will make you fatter. But of course you wouldn’t want to dump your friends just for being fat — that would be shallow. Instead, you should pick friends who are thin because that’s good for you and … Continue reading

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Friday Cat Blogging – The Old Skool Edition

Doug, Pablo, And by popular request, Merle. And poor Sasha, She doesn’t feel well. She’s lost quite a bit of weight and seems as though she’s on the verge of something sinister. We have a feeling the adoption agency lied … Continue reading

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Museum of Menstruation

My dear friend Kate Goldwater of AuH2o fame has some of her creative works — paintings with her menstrual blood — up in the online Museum of Menstruation and Women’s Health. Check out her work, and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Those Who Might Scorn It Are Invited To Kiss It

It looks like Nike is going the way of the Dove ads, even their new Nike Women website. Good? Bad? I defer to Jill. At least Nike is selling a brand of health (if you can overlook the sweatshop labor). … Continue reading

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The Break

As I need to recommit my time to my health, home and schoolwork, I’m taking about a week from blogging to get things in order. I have a few great guestbloggers signed up and ready to go, so stick around … Continue reading

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