“Safe” Sex with IUDs Is Not Safe Enough

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An innovative study on birth control, published in the New England Journal of Medicine Oct. 2, was reported with such headlines as, “Free, long-acting contraceptives may greatly reduce teen pregnancy rate.” The three-year study of 1,400 teenage women who were offered various contraceptives at no cost showed that those who chose birth control pills, patches or rings were 22 times more […]

The Power of Social Media and the Thigh Gap Trap

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Reprinted with permission from Adios Barbie, “the intersectional body image site for every body, promoting media literacy, along with a large dose of healthy self-image.” Read the original post here! The thigh gap is everywhere—on social media sites, television, in books and clothing catalogs. It was even rumored that Beyoncé digitally altered photographs posted to her Instagram so that […]

Can Menstrual Products Mess With Your Birth Control?

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Reprinted with permission from Bedsider Ever since I got my IUD last year, I’ve been pretty much in love, especially when my period comes around. Yes, I just said that. Getting to use my DivaCup with my ParaGard IUD is possibly the best thing ever. So you can only imagine that my world stopped a bit when a few […]

The Beauty Industry’s Invisible Victims

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Getting a manicure or a blowout is a regular part of many women’s grooming routines, and we’re all familiar with the risks those treatments can sometimes involve. But we don’t always consider the consequences of hair and nail pampering on the women providing those services. A new report from Women’s Voices for the Earth, “Beauty […]

Baby North West Gets Gender-Policed

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Little Miss North West is not even 2 years old and already she’s stirring up trouble with the gender police. Her father, Kanye West, claims he invented the leather jogging pant, so it was no surprise to see little North sporting a pair of the slick trousers on her mother Kim Kardashian’s Instagram last week. What was surprising, […]

Serena and Venus Williams Battle More Body-Shaming

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It seems like Serena and Venus Williams just can’t catch a break. Though both have been ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis, taken home armfuls of trophies and been credited with ushering in a new era of American women’s athleticism, nasty comments about their bodies—and gender performance—continue to plague their careers. The most recent […]

How Yoga Can Heal a “Fractured Body Image”

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During every yoga class, my teacher said it: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” Given that this is true, why do so many American yoga practitioners look the same? Why has “doing yoga” and “wearing yoga pants” become ready joke fodder about slender, young, sorta-clueless, upper-middle-class white women? Yoga has become a modern […]

Breast Cancer Industry Month Is Here!

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Pink pink pink pink pink!! You must have noticed the vast influx of pink promotional products lining the aisles of supermarkets, adorning the logos of well-known brands, accessorizing the uniforms of football players and overtaking ad space. Breast Cancer Industry month is upon us! You may know it more familiarly as Breast Cancer Awareness month—a […]

More Bad News About Abortion in Texas

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If you’ve been following the saga of recent legal challenges to Texas’ extreme anti-abortion laws, you’ll know that things have heated up in the last few weeks—and not in a good way. The state’s omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2, includes a number of provisions designed to limit women’s access to reproductive care. Different parts of the […]

Surprise! Abortion Restrictions Are Bad for Women

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Anti-choice legislators introduce TRAP laws (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) and other restrictions on women’s access to abortion, saying they’re simply trying to protect women’s health and lives. Pro-choicers raise the red flag, pointing out that the safest bet for women is to be in control of their […]