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Lies Straight From the Pit of Hell and Other Comments on Biology and Women’s Health

By Kiki Zeldes |

“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory … all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell.”

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Comments like these are what spurred us to create , a campaign to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Because these comments really were spoken by … Read

Why We Need to Educate Congress

By Kiki Zeldes |

Should medical associations really have to correct members of Congress?

As recent events have shown, clearly they do. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued two statements in the past two months correcting false information about pregnancy and abortion that was promoted by elected officials.

In late August, ACOG to Rep. Todd Akin’s comment, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” that sparked the Read

Road Trip: Delivering “Our Bodies, Ourselves” and Sex Education Books to Rep. Todd Akin

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Why mail the book “Our Bodies, Ourselves” when you can deliver it in person? Yes, a Chicago-to-Missouri road trip to Rep. Todd Akin’s office begins this afternoon to deliver copies of the newly revised and updated 40th anniversary edition of the landmark book.**

Seriously, who needs accurate women’s health information read than a member of Congress who thinks women can magically ward off pregnancies if their rape was “legitimate”? (So, what amazing feats have you accomplished with your uterus today?)

I’m traveling with the always awesome Read

“Our Bodies, Ourselves” Part of Library of Congress’s “Books that Shaped America” Exhibit

By Rachel Walden |

The original edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” has been named one of the Library of Congress’s “,” a list of important works “intended to spark a national conversation on books written by Americans that have influenced our lives.”

As the LoC describes:

In the early 1970s a dozen Boston feminists collaborated in this groundbreaking publication that presented accurate information on women’s health and sexuality based on their own experiences. Advocating improved doctor-patient communication and shared decision-making, “Our Bodies, … Read

Upcoming Webinar on Reproductive and Sexual Health, Including HIV Initiatives

By Rachel Walden |

The following is an announcement for an upcoming webinar on reproductive and sexual health, especially as they relate to goals for improving the nation’s health:

Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the Who’s Leading the ? Webinar on Thursday, June 21, from 12–12:45 p.m. ET. This month, we will address issues related to reproductive and sexual health.

To commemorate National HIV Testing Day on June 27, we’ll feature The Bronx Knows, an initiative that … Read

Progesterone-Alone for Hot Flashes and Night Sweats?

By Rachel Walden |

Many women going through perimenopause and in menopause either don’t have have flashes and night sweats that bother them or are able to ease them with self-help approaches.  However, between 7 and 9 percent of women have symptoms severe enough to interfere with their quality of life.

In the past, the primary treatment for hot flashes and night sweats (called vasomotor symptoms) was estrogen--progestin or estrogen-alone hormone therapy—both effective therapies. But as the (WHI) trials demonstrated, these hormone regimens unfortunately increase the … Read

Ending Cervical Cancer Requires Ending Disparities in Access to Pap Tests and HPV Vaccines

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Every year in the United States alone, read than 12,000 women are diagnosed and read than 4,000 women die of , a preventable disease that disproportionately affects women of color.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the (NLIRH) is launching “¡Acábalo Ya! Working Together to End Cervical Cancer.” The campaign is aimed at educating Latinas about this disease and how to protect … Read

My Global Symposium Spotlights Challenges to Securing Health, Human Rights

By junetsang |

This article was recently published in My’s winter newsletter. View the full newsletter.

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“I did training for read than 5,000 women across the country, and all their stories and all their experiences are in Our Bodies, Ourselves. Along with the stories and political activism, we started brokering power at the personal as well as at the political level. As of this moment, we have something to celebrate.”

Those words were spoken by , a prominent … Read

Good Journalism: The Story of a Transgender Youth and Her Family

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Earlier this month, that deserves special mention before resuming our holiday break.

The story starts by comparing identical twins, two boys who grew up with distinctly different personalities and interests. As Bella English writes:

Jonas was all boy. He loved Spiderman, action figures, pirates, and swords.

Wyatt favored pink tutus and beads. At 4, he insisted on a Barbie birthday cake and had a thing for mermaids. On Halloween, Jonas was Buzz Lightyear. … Read

The Health Cost of Black Women’s Hair Products

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by Kat Friedrich

There is a striking lack of mainstream news coverage of the , such as hair relaxers and skin lighteners, that are commonly used by black women. African-American women spend read on beauty products than white women do, but far too little research has looked at how women use these products.

So when the New York City-based