The U.S. Just Got a D+ on Reproductive Health and Rights

A woman’s reproductive health and rights should not depend upon her zip code, but increasingly they do. The Population Institute last week released its annual 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, and it points to alarming disparities. Four states received an A (California, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington), but 19 states received a […]

Periods Went Public in 2015: Here’s What’s Next!

From Cosmo to The Guardian to BuzzFeed to the Times of India, there has been resounding consensus that 2015 was “The  Year The Period Went Public.” NPR’s “Why 2015 Was the Year of the Period” called the year’s period positivity an “epic” phenomenon, calculating that the number of times the word menstruation was mentioned in five national news outlets […]

Stop Taxing Menstruation: It’s the Fair and Equitable Thing to Do

Since when are tampons a luxury? In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands in the United Kingdom responded with outrage after Parliament failed to muster the votes to abolish the national Tampon Tax—a 5 percent surcharge on “non-essential luxury items,” feminine hygiene included. The debate took a curious turn last week, with the announcement that the £15 million in annual […]

Uterus Transplants and the Social Pressures of Biological Motherhood

Last week, the Cleveland Clinic announced that it would begin performing uterus transplants on U.S. women. Over the next several years, 10 women participating in the clinic’s transplant trial will receive a uterus from a deceased donor. They’ll spend the following year healing, and then they’ll attempt to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization. If a […]

10 Reasons to be Thankful for Birth Control

Tuesday Nov. 10 marked Thank You, Birth Control Day, and social media users celebrated by using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl to share the reasons why they’re grateful for the Pill, IUDs, contraceptive injections, condoms and more. We asked Ms. readers to share their stories of gratitude—take a look below for 10 reasons our readers are thankful for […]

Hey Politicians, Get Out of My Doctor’s Office!

It sounds like a plot line from a dystopian novella, but it’s real and happening right now: your doctor may be being forced to lie to you, and you have no way of knowing if what they are telling you is based on their expertise and scientific consensus, or if they are just mouthing the […]

Breast vs. Bottle: Time to End the Debate?

Another day, another heated discussion on Facebook about breastfeeding. This one in response to a somewhat provocatively titled New York Times article, “Overselling Breastfeeding,” by Courtney Jung. Like Jung, I’ve spent years of my life breastfeeding. I’ve cried tears of pain because it hurt so damn much, tears of anguish because all I wanted to do was […]

Pro-Choice? Download This Tinder-Inspired App Immediately

Get a kick out of swiping left when that scummy someone pops up on Tinder? Well, the founders of Lady Parts Justice have just upped the fun- and scum-factor with Hinder, a parody of the dating app that, in its own colorful words, “helps you keep track of all the unhinged anti-abortion zealots right in […]

Defend – Don’t Defund – Planned Parenthood

For some time now, Planned Parenthood has been the focus of right-wing attacks on a woman’s right to choose. But the firestorm sparked by the release of the videos produced by anti-choice activists posing as biomedical researchers have reached abysmal new lows. The videos show heavily edited conversations with Planned Parenthood representatives about the process […]

Period Positivity: New York City Leads the Way

Last summer, Feministing founder Jessica Valenti’s “The Case for Free Tampons” ignited an Internet firestorm, rife with vitriol and misogyny, at the mere mention of menstrual policies. What a difference a year makes. In 2015, period positivity is capturing headlines. Kiran Gandhi’s bold, tampon-free run of the London Marathon was widely celebrated (and just may catapult the phrase “free bleeding” into […]