McConnell and Judd: What It Means When We Talk About Gender and Mental Health

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On Tuesday, Mother Jones released an audio recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaking with members of his reelection staff. Much of the conversation focused on actor Ashley Judd, who, until recently, was rumored to be mulling a run against the current Senate GOP leader. For the most part, the recording is typical opposition research. […]

Mary Todd Lincoln: A Lunatic, or Just Grieving?

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While President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy looms large, his wife remains a maligned, one-dimensional figure and has been considered “one of the most detested public women in American history,” according to biographer Jean H. Baker. I recently became fascinated by Mary Todd Lincoln quite by accident, when a friend gave me a book about her. And […]

Time to Say No to “Jerry”

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I’m no football fan. It’s not a game I understand. But I am familiar with the latest rule from Penn State’s playbook: “You can’t say no to Jerry.” Or, is it that you just don’t know how? Thanks to Penn State football, “Jerry” now symbolizes a predator who molests, sodomizes or otherwise victimizes our children. […]

Can Sex “Just for Fun” Be Emotionally Healthy?

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This week’s installment of Heather Corinna‘s sex-and-relationships advice column tackles the issue of casual sex. Q: So excited for this new blog spot! Can you discuss whether it’s emotionally healthy to have sex outside of relationships? I want to own my sexuality, but all of the advice around me seems to be no-sex-outside-of-relationships-or-marriage. I know this […]

Mac McClelland Talks to Ms.: PTSD, Haiti and Women Writing About Sex

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Human rights reporter Mac McClelland knew there would be controversy when she published her incredibly personal narrative last week, “I’m Gonna Need You to Fight Me on This: How Violent Sex Helped Ease my PTSD.” “There’s a reason I almost threw up when this piece went live,” said McClelland, in an interview with the Ms. […]

Psychiatric Manual Considers Molester-Friendly Addition

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Update: First published in Psychology Today  on Monday, this column opposes adding PAS, a dubious diagnosis used by abusive fathers to win custody cases, to the American Psychiatric Association’s official manual. It urged readers to go to the APA site to comment. On June 9, the author received a letter from the APA Task Force […]

How a Nonexistent Study is Predicting the Future and Ignoring Women

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Have you heard about the new study concerning rising rates of depression among men, as a consequence of both the mancession (men losing their breadwinner jobs in the latest recessio,n which will depress them) and changing social gender roles (men having to become house-husbands, which will depress them)? Neither have I, because the study doesn’t […]

Jane Velez-Mitchell: “More” Won’t Make You Happy (Unless You’re a Corporation)

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Jane Velez-Mitchell isn’t just host of “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” nightly on CNN’s Headline News, but an author, environmentalist, feminist and one of the rare gay journalists (well, openly so) on TV. She recently published Addict Nation about how the American economy is based on making us addicts of consumption in order to keep corporate […]

No Surprise: Abortion Does NOT Cause Mental-Health Problems

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A list of good things that come from Denmark: Vikings, butter cookies and Legos. As of today, add one more thing: a study that says that abortion definitively does not lead to mental-health problems. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, Danish scientists studied 365,550 teenagers and women in the country who had […]