Some Bloody Good Feminism for Earth Day

Reusable menstrual pads are making a comeback, and this time they’ve got feminism on their side. Yes, we said reusable. Here’s why we believe that this trend may be the start of a new feminist period (pun intended). Menstruating is ridiculously expensive. When we actually stopped to consider the costs incurred to manage a normal, […]

Shamed Into Silence, Empowered to Choose

Imagine being a teenager before 1972. Birth control is not a legal option. You haven’t had a period for three months. The swelling in your belly confirms your worst fears. You aren’t ready to get married. A back-alley abortion is dangerous. If your condition becomes public, you face certain shame and blame for having “gotten […]

These “Bad Medicine” Laws are Making it Nearly Impossible to Get an Abortion

By now you’re probably familiar with Texas’ HB2, the anti-abortion law at the heart of the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. But HB2 is just one law in an epidemic of “bad medicine” anti-abortion restrictions that are sweeping the nation. Laws like this undermine health care […]

How the ‘Period Paradox’ Keeps Women Down

It’s been a red-letter couple weeks for menstruation-related media. First came Olivia Goldhill’s call for funding for period-pain research in Quartz, followed by news of a policy in China’s Anhui province to institute a “paid menstrual leave” program. In many ways, stories like this are positive, simply because they challenge the notion that periods are inherently […]

The CDC Tells Women Not on Birth Control That They Can’t Drink. Seriously?

There is a clear difference between disease control and prevention, and outright paternalism and mistrust of women. Based on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the organization seems to have difficulty making that distinction. On Tuesday, the CDC released a set of guidelines on alcohol consumption and pregnancy, recommending that any women who […]

Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law is Having a Predictably Terrible Effect on Women

A new study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) has found that, thanks to Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2—parts of which are currently under consideration by the Supreme Court—women face a variety of obstacles that delay care and, in some cases, prevent them from obtaining a desired abortion. The study found that after being turned away […]

Tea, Cookies and At-Home Abortions

As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]

The U.S. Just Got a D+ on Reproductive Health and Rights

A woman’s reproductive health and rights should not depend upon her zip code, but increasingly they do. The Population Institute last week released its annual 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, and it points to alarming disparities. Four states received an A (California, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington), but 19 states received a […]

Periods Went Public in 2015: Here’s What’s Next!

From Cosmo to The Guardian to BuzzFeed to the Times of India, there has been resounding consensus that 2015 was “The  Year The Period Went Public.” NPR’s “Why 2015 Was the Year of the Period” called the year’s period positivity an “epic” phenomenon, calculating that the number of times the word menstruation was mentioned in five national news outlets […]

Toxic Culture 101: Understanding the Sexualization of Women

A year ago I decided to drive across the street from my office for lunch. I wanted to avoid the catcalls I’d endured the last time I had crossed this particular street, when a middle-aged man yelled from his red Chevy truck, “Ride my cock, baby!” I wondered what it would be like not to […]