A Campus Plague

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As we observe National Eating Disorders Week (through March 2), it’s significant to point out when eating disorders are most likely to become full-blown: Not surprisingly, it’s during the years 18 to 21, when young women and men are off to college—a time of major transition after leaving the comforts of home, when social pressures […]

False Promises, Real Resolutions

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During my freshmen year of college, I caught a parasite. I lost an extreme amount of weight in a short amount of time. Although I felt horrible and had intense stomach pain, I also began to feel noticed. I did not realize that I was being noticed for my bony figure, though, because in my […]

Misconceiving Reproduction

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Standing on your head after sexual intercourse will not help you get pregnant, a study published recently in Fertility and Sterility confirms. Yet many women hold misconceptions like this about reproduction. The study, the first of its kind according to its Yale School of Medicine authors, surveyed a demographically representative sample of 1,000 women ages […]

Think Before You Pink: Toxic Time Is Up

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Why is the breast cancer epidemic still raging after 30 years of “awareness” and pink ribbons? Each year, corporations pack the shelves with pink-ribbon products, surrounding us with “breast cancer awareness” messages. These products help to raise billions of dollars in the name of breast cancer, yet more than 40,000 women in the U.S. still […]

Top 5 Roadblocks to Plan B Access

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Confusion about the law is one of the biggest problems when it comes to access for the emergency contraception Plan B. So let’s clear that up first: At the beginning of August 2013, Plan B One-Step became available over-the-counter. Under the new law, it can be purchased by anyone of any age, male or female. […]

Sex and the Single Woman Peace Corps Volunteer: No Equity

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Thirty-one years ago, my former husband Tim and I did what thousands of (mostly) young Americans have done every year since 1961: We set off as Peace Corps volunteers. Unlike most, we had the added adventure of becoming parents while on assignment. Throughout my pregnancy, I had assistance from a supportive Peace Corps network. I […]

Tiana Parker And Our Black Hair

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Someone once said that men invented makeup and fashion so that women would spend all their time thinking about what was on top of their heads and not what was inside them. While I think that trivializes the hard work and artistic creativity involved in these two design fields, I get the point. When Tiana […]

The Last Week of August Was the First Black Breastfeeding Week

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Flying under the radar during the hoopla surrounding the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington was America’s first Black Breastfeeding Week, cofounded by Anayah Sangodele-­Ayoka, Kimberly Seals Allers and Kiddada Green.  These women, as Gandhi told us long ago, “are being the change they want to see in this world.” Instead of waiting for […]

Extremists Disrupt Abortion Rights AND Communities

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In the new issue of Ms.magazine, we describe the tactics that anti-abortion extremists such as Operation Rescue have been using in an attempt to shut down the South Wind Women’s Center—the full-service women’s health clinic in Wichita, Ks., that replaced the one that Dr. George Tiller ran before his murder by anti-abortion extremist, Scott Roeder. Now, […]

New Swimwear Inspired by the Patriarchy

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Using the tagline “Who says it has to be itsy bitsy,” Jessica Rey, former Power Ranger, has designed a swimwear line, Rey Swimwear, created for modesty. She attributes her inspiration to Audrey Hepburn. The suits, manufactured in Orange County, Calif., range from turquoise halters to skirt suit floral patterns, and I would actually consider wearing […]