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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Behold—the EROS-CTD. It looks like an ergonomic mouse, but it's supposedly the latest breakthrough in treating something called Female Sexual Arousal Disorder (FSAD). Erotic, isn't it? The "mouse" is actually a vacuum pump. Plug your clitoris into the rubber socket, and EROS allegedly increases blood flow, causing arousal and, presumably, orgasm. But don't look for the $359 gizmo at your local pussycat palace; you'll need a doctor's prescription. A newly coined term, FSAD describes physically based sexual dysfunction. But think of it as the global warming of modern medicine—experts can't agree whether the condition exists or not. One researcher said: "If it is effective, this device only demonstrates that most of women's sexual problems are due to lack of adequate stimulation. EROS is a complicated, expensive vibrator"-never mind a disgrace to its namesake (would the Greek god of all things sensual pick beige?). And it may not even be a breakthrough. "The only new thing is the price tag," says sexologist Leonore Tiefer, who notes that women have used special attachments for penis pumps to achieve the same effect. So if EROS is more of a reinvention, and if its evolution resembles the vibrator's-also first touted as a medical solution-you'll soon be able to get one even if you're not "dysfunctional."

-JENNIFER BLOCK

 
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