The Problem With Lauren Conrad’s “Body Positivity”


In a recent blog post entitled “June Shape Up,” crafty fashion and beauty mogul Lauren Conrad informed fans that her editorial team will no longer use “body-shaming terms” like “skinny,” “slim” and “thin,” and will instead replace them with words like “fit,” “toned” and “healthy.” Unfortunately, that’s not all. In the same blog post, LC […]

The 5 Biggest Myths About Menstruation


Whichever way you look at it, menstruation is still a taboo—and that taboo is affecting women’s lives. Many women have to hide their pads and tampons (should someone—shock, horror!—realize that they are on their period) and some girls are unable to attend school, practice their religion or prepare food for 20 percent of their adult […]

Is Your OB-GYN a Member of this Anti-Choice Group?

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Anti-choice obstetricians and gynecologists. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? How can a group of people with such a deep medical knowledge of women’s bodies support anti-abortion legislation that endangers women’s health and their lives? The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) houses this alarming contradiction: It’s an organization of doctors, nurses and other medical […]

In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding


Last week, Girls actor Jemima Kirke shared her story of getting an abortion in 2007 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Rhode Island. Kirke explains in the video (below) that she decided to get an abortion after becoming pregnant with a boyfriend she wasn’t sure she wanted to be bound to long-term. Kirke was a student at […]

Dove’s Real Beauty Isn’t

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Dove released its latest video last Thursday in their now-decade-old Campaign for Real Beauty. But Dove’s ideas about Real Beauty are making me Real Tired and Real Crabby. Viewers are treated to yet another series of earnest, young-to-middle-aged, multicultural women confiding to the camera how they really need to work harder at feeling beautiful, for Dove […]

TSA Ends Practice of Racially Profiling Black Women

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Under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Transportation Safety Administration will no longer subject black women to unnecessary hair searches. The TSA finally addressed the issue after multiple complaints from black women who felt they were being singled out arbitrarily for additional screenings. The agency has also agreed to further train employees on racial […]

When Anti-Choicers Co-Opt #BlackLivesMatter

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Even though safe abortion should be as much a part of women’s health care as safe childbirth, women can face attacks from their families and communities when they decide to terminate a pregnancy. What often goes unexamined is how race can intersect with gender to create a treacherous site of oppression for black women who […]

The 5 Best Things Obamacare Has Done for Women


Five years ago today, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Since then, despite at least 50 attempts by Republicans to repeal the law and more than 100 court challenges to the Act’s contraceptive mandate, more than 16 million Americans have gained health coverage because of the ACA, according to the White House. “Five […]

Female Genital Mutilation Isn’t Just an African Problem


In honor of the 20th anniversary of the now-classic gender-equality document, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action [pdf], and of the current meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women has released a summary review [pdf] of the status of women since Beijing hosted the Fourth World Conference on Women. […]

Oregon Bill Would Grant Insurance Coverage for Abortion

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Reprinted with permission from RH Reality Check. Read the original here. Four Oregon lawmakers last Thursday introduced the Comprehensive Women’s Health Bill, intended to ensure access to affordable, full-spectrum reproductive health care for every woman and transgender man in the state. The bill, if passed, would make Oregon the first state in the nation to […]