Dove Has A Beauty Problem

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In April, I posted Dove’s Real Beauty campaign video on my Facebook with the caption, “You’re more beautiful than you think.” At first glance, this video seemed comforting, almost therapeutic as an antidote against our airbrushed versions of beauty typified by Hollywood and glossy magazine covers. Instead of telling women to lose weight, apply makeup correctly […]

Emergency Contraception Comes With A Brand-Name Price

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On Monday night, Teva Pharmaceuticals received exclusive rights from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to sell the emergency contraception pill Plan B One-Step over the counter and without age restrictions until April 2016. A cheaper generic version will also be available—but only with a prescription and to women 17 years or older. This […]

Indecent for Radio? Change the (Clear) Channel!

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When the South Wind Women’s Center (SWWC) opened its doors in April, it became the first clinic to offer abortions in Wichita since Dr. George Tiller’s  murder four years ago. One of only three abortion clinics in Kansas, it’s also one of only three health clinics in Wichita to offer subsidized birth-control for low-income individuals. As […]

The Texas Abortion Bill May Not Pass After All

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UPDATE: Davis’s filibuster was a success! The bill didn’t pass!! Remember that crazy abortion bill in Texas that would shut down all but five clinics in the state? Well, thanks to awesome state senator Wendy Davis (D- Fort Worth), there is a chance that the bill will not become law. Davis has begun a filibuster […]

Yaz and Yasmin: An Unacceptable Level of Risk?

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Don’t feel bad if you missed last week’s headline news about the deaths of 23 young women from their birth control. It was a top story for CBC news and a few other Canadian sources, but it was barely a blip on the radar of most U.S. news outlets. Yaz and Yasmin, two similar new-generation […]

UK Department Store Bans Airbrushing Lingerie Models

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Once again, it has become news that, shock horror!, many forms of advertising portray unrealistic images that have a negative effect on body image. UK department store Debenhams has decided to do something about it. By banning the digital airbrushing of their lingerie model photos, Debenhams hopes that it will send a more positive image […]

Will Komen’s New Leadership Put It Back on Track?

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Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation named Judith Salerno to replace Nancy Brinker as president and chief executive officer of the breast cancer charity. In the highly controversial aftermath of the Planned Parenthood defunding debacle in January of 2012, Komen’s announcement comes with a sigh of relief. Although founder and former CEO Brinker will […]

Melissa Etheridge and “The Brave Choice”

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There’s been a lot of discussion of “shaming” recently on the Ms. Blog: fat-shaming, slut-shaming, young-mother shaming. Let’s add to that list cancer-shaming. Last week, singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, in an interview with the Washington Blade, was asked how she felt—as a breast cancer survivor—about actor/director Angelina Jolie’s public announcement that she had undergone a prophylactic […]

Mad Men, Angry Women

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Apparently, retro is in. And it’s not just limited to the pillbox hats and Mad Men-era outfits that women wore in protest last Thursday against regressive abortion legislation in Texas. The War on Women Watch continued in Wisconsin, Texas and Ohio this past week, as oppressive anti-abortion proposals flooded those states’ legislatures. The advancing legislation includes 20-week […]

People Over Profit: What the BRCA Ruling Means for Patients’ Rights

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Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented, a historic decision that guarantees that the DNA that comprises our very being cannot be owned by a corporation. The hard-fought victory had been years in the making and represented a David and Goliath fight between patients and profit. In one corner you […]