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MS.CELLANEOUS
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-Just the Facts
-Word: Bi
-Women to Watch
Diary of a Slam Poet
National Poetry Slam champion and outspoken feminist shares a year of her life on the road. By Alix Olson
AD SAVVY
In these two articles, we explore some of the ways ads affect us.

Hooked on Advertising
Cultural critic Jean Kilbourne takes on ads offers new insight into the not-so-obvious messages lurking behind the luster. By Clea Simon

Consuming Passions
Today's advertising execs and their big- business clients are betting that consumers will buy products made by companies that support social causes. Are the ads just talk, or is there substance behind the slogans? By Dan Bischoff

Book Reviews
On the Ms. bookshelf
Saturday's Child by Robin Morgan
The Crimson Edge: Older Women Writing (Volume Two) by Sondra Zeidenstein
Gun Women by Mary Zeiss Stange and Carol K. Oyster

Her Way by Paula Kamen
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
Black, White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver

EDITOR'S PAGE
by Marcia Ann Gillespie

YOUR HEALTH:
-The Latest on Tamoxifen
-Healthnotes

NEWS:
-In Poland, Feminism Is the News
-The Right's Stealth Tactics
-Gloria Steinem's Wedding Day
- Newsmaker: Aloisea Inyumba
- What Will Mexico's New Government Mean for Women?
- Opinion: Blaming the Messenger
- Clippings

UPPITY WOMEN:
Elouise Cobell Takes on the Feds

FIRST PERSON:
Aunt Jemima in the Mirror

TECHNO.FEM:
What's a Hacktivist?

SHE SAYS:
The Body Shop's Anita Roddick

ARTS:
Shirin Neshat Sees Beyond the Veil

COLUMNS
by Daisy Hernandez, Patricia Smith, and Gloria Steinem

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SEX AND POWER:
Is the feminist movement stuck in mid-revolution? According to this well-known lawyer and activist the answer is yes. Now it's time to move on and harness our power.

 
 
 
 
 
 
BY JENNIFER BLOCK
Researchers in England found more than they were looking for in a study of how diet affects the health of new mothers and their babies. Comparing vegetarians to meat- and fish-eaters, they discovered that the veggie moms were more likely to give birth to girls. An extended study showed that in Britain, for every 100 girls, 106 boys are born; but among the vegetarians studied, for every 100 girls, only 81.5 boys were born. Researchers plan to study fathers next, but meanwhile, "the study has raised many questions about the woman's role in conception," says researcher Pauline Hudson.
 
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists wants to make HIV testing as "commonplace as urinalysis" during prenatal care. It recently launched a "universal testing with notification" campaign, encouraging doctors to test all pregnant women unless they refuse. Why the new push? The old policy was to test only women deemed "high risk," but it didn't work-in 1997, more than one third of the mothers who gave birth to HIV-positive babies either did not know or did not report that they might be at risk. In addition, research shows that AZT reduces the risk of transmission at birth from 25% to less than 8%, and since doctors began prescribing AZT to pregnant women in the U.S., the rate of new pediatric AIDS cases has been cut by almost half.
 
You've probably noticed that women's health Web sites are as common as dandelions in the spring; but like those pretty weeds, they pop up and then vanish with the wind. Not the National Women's Health Information Center, www.4women.gov, which has been around since 1998—a lifetime in the world of new media. It's bilingual, user-friendly, and unlike the competition, free of ads or product placement. "The only thing we're selling is good health," says Carol Krause of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which runs the site. And if you can't find what you're looking for, you can call (800) 994-WOMAN and talk to someone who can.
 
In 1999, the National Institutes of Health spent only 1.4% of its AIDS-related research budget on the development of microbicides-female-controlled substances that could prevent the transmission of HIV and other STDs.
 
A survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania found that rape victims who seek care at Catholic hospitals are not getting the help they need. The survey found that some Catholic hospitals withhold information about emergency contraception unless asked about it, and some don't even allow physicians to prescribe it. The researchers argue that such restrictive policies undermine patients' rights. They propose legislation requiring all hospitals to meet a standard of care.