A Plea to Lactivists

Saying “breast is best,” though well-intentioned and admittedly catchy, is not supportive. It’s divisive and unproductive.

Lady Parts Rehab, Part 1

In France, pelvic floor physiotherapy is a standard part of care after women give birth. Apparently, the French believe that women should be able to enjoy sex and not pee themselves after having babies! Revolutionary. Most North American mothers take it for granted that once you have something the size of a bowling ball pass through your…

As Women With Health and Illness

In 1978, writer and activist, Susan Sontag, wrote Illness as Metaphor, a brief but important book that discussed the dangers of attributing larger meaning to sickness and disability.  Her thesis, simplified, was that an illness was an illness, not a judgment on character, a commentary on one’s personality, or a statement about society at large.…

Planned Parenthood Wins Battle Against Anti-Abortion Activists

Update: As of Monday, January 26th, a grand jury has indicted David Daleidan and Sandra S. Merritt, an employee of the Center for Medical Progress, as well as cleared Planned Parenthood of all wrongdoing. For two months, jurors had been examining video footage from the Center for Medical Progress, claiming that Planned Parenthood were making a profit off…

Texas’ Health Care War Against Planned Parenthood

On Monday October 19th, Texas’s Health and and Human Services Commission announced that it would end its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, in response to the undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group several months ago. In a letter to the reproductive health care provider, the state accused the group of violating terms in the Medicaid…

Ignoring Facts and Telling Stories: On Carly Fiorina And The Viral Planned Parenthood Videos

Carly Fiorina’s appearance on Meet The Press has brought forth yet another backlash against funding for Planned Parenthood. “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd recalled the story she told during the second Republican presidential debate earlier this month in which she described a scene in one of the “undercover” Planned Parenthood videos. She explained that it involved a a…

Hairy, Angry Feminist: Why I Put Down My Razor

As of October last year, I stopped shaving my armpits. Of course, I’d heard of other feminists doing it, and thought it was pretty damn awesome. Yet, I never mustered up the strength to throw out my disposable razors and go “au naturale.” Oddly enough, I hadn’t shaved my legs consistently for about a year…