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Oh Joy Sex Toy: OMG, It's HPV

Oh Joy Sex Toy is a weekly comics series that graphically explores sex and sexuality. This week, Erika Moen explains the basics of HPV.  Read more »

Menstruation Matters: A Guide to Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28 is Menstrual Hygiene Day! What does that mean exactly?  Read more »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: WTF are UTIs?

Oh Joy Sex Toy is a weekly comics series that graphically explores sex  and sexuality. This week, Erika Moen asks WTF is up with UTIs.  Read more »

The Problems With Pinktober

It’s October—the leaves are turning yellow, porch ornaments are coming up pumpkin orange, the first frost is sparkling silver, and everywhere I turn the sight of pink ribbons affronts my sensibilities. The ... Read more »

Public Health Campaigns Shouldn't Shame Moms Who Choose Not to Breastfeed

A group of moms on The Simpsons responded in horror to Marge’s revelation that she doesn’t breastfeed.  National Breastfeeding Month just finished and let me say that, yes,... Read more »

How Well-Intentioned Public Health Campaigns Can Wind Up Shaming Women

In sci-fi classic The Handmaid’s Tale, women’s bodies are controlled and seriously policied by society.  We can all agree that fetal alcohol syndrome is a tragedy. But although American public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drinking while pregnant have good... Read more »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: Herpes!

Oh Joy Sex Toy is a weekly comics series that graphically explores sex and sexuality. This week, artist Erika Moen discusses dealing with the dreaded scourge of cold sores.  Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: How Do I Deal With My Partner's Low Self-Esteem?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. ... Read more »

One More State Realizes That We Need to Stop Shackling Pregnant Women

Last week, the Massachusetts Legislature sent a resounding message: stop shackling pregnant women in prison. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Hobby Lobby Wants to Be the Boss of Our Birth Control

I remember a simpler time when shopping at a craft store was not a political act. In those hazy golden days of about three years ago, I could simply waltz into a Hobby Lobby, purchase some fabric glue and sequins and not feel like I’d just... Read more »

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Critical Conditions: For Trans Individuals, Seeking Medical Care Can Be a Minefield

When trans individuals encounter the medical system, they're often met with discrimination and misunderstanding. Read more »