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 […]

Sorry, Not Sorry: Still Unimpressed With Abercrombie and Candie’s

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This month, accusations of shaming hit two major clothing brands: Abercrombie & Fitch for deeming women over a size 10 “uncool,” and Candie’s for reducing young mothers to fear-based abject lessons. This week, both companies have responded to criticism, but it still isn’t enough. Abercrombie & Fitch When exclusionary comments made by A&F CEO Mike […]

If Male Models Can Come In Different Sizes, Female Models Can, Too

Male underwear models are known to be dudes with chiseled abs, huge biceps, overdeveloped pecs and a bulging … well, you’ve seen the advertising. But recently, The New York Times reported that underwear companies are beginning to rethink what a male model should look like—the old stereotype may just be “too sexy” to appeal to the average, […]

Stop Fat-Shaming Kids (And Everyone Else, Too)

Childhood obesity is a problem we can’t ignore. Over the last 30 years, its rate in the U.S. has more than doubled, with about 1 in 3 children today considered overweight (meaning those with a body mass index at the 85th percentile or higher, according to the National Center for Health Statistics). These kids have a […]

Michael Douglas’ Revelation Raises Awareness of HPV

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In an interview with The Guardian, acclaimed actor Michael Douglas revealed that the cause of his 2010 struggle with throat cancer was the human papillomavirus. When Douglas was diagnosed with a deadly, stage-four throat cancer three years ago, it was widely attributed to his smoking. Now the actor has come forward to say it stemmed […]