health

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 »

Ms. Opinionated: I Hate Sex, and My Friends Don't Understand

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

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s what’s on our radar today!A good round-up of the status of reproductive rights in the US and what to expect in 2014. [ColorLines] • The first gay... Read more »

How Does Obamacare Impact Women of Color and People in Prison?

When Mercedes Smith (above) first came home from prison, she was able to sign up for Medicaid. Then she got a part-time job, which pushed her over Medicaid’s low-income guidelines. Unable to afford insurance even after getting a second part-time job, Mercedes has gone without health care for... Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s the feminist news we’ve got on our radar today. • Friday was National Coming Out Day. Jayson Flores asks what it means when we celebrate “straight-acting gays” for... 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 »