on Jan 19, 2011
This weekend I went to a refresher breast exam workshop. A woman with actual medical credentials took out her breasts and demonstrated the correct way to exam them. I was taught this when I was in high school, but to my surprise, after being in this workshop, I realized I’ve been doing it all wrong. Maybe it was because this time I was shown on an actual person, not on an inanimate object. I realized in this workshop (which was part of the Quorum Forum which ... Read More
BY Molly Labell
on Jan 14, 2011
I know periods. I first got mine when I was 11 and get mine every 29 days, for exactly 5 days. I'm a machine! I've been menstruating for half of my life now and have tried just about every option out there: pads, tampons, disposable and reusable menstrual cups, the Pill, sea sponges and just wearing old undies you don't care about. Few things worked for me. Pads and sponges felt too bulky, not doing anything is only something I feel comfortable doing around ... Read More
Toddlers & Tiaras is at it again!
Last week we brought you Mia the Mini Madonna, but this week we bring you something even more horrifying.
A five year old having her eyebrows waxed.
Alright, so, Toddlers & Tiaras does take place in a world where children wear false teeth and spray tan and parade around like dolls, but this clip is enough to make me cry.
In it, we see the poor little girl crying and pleading, “No, nooo, no please ... Read More
on Jan 12, 2011
QuORUM FORUM is a ten-day extravaganza of knowledge, skills, and talents for the purpose of creating and supporting sustainable community projects. It includes workshops, discussions, skillshares, performances, and parties. All events are FREE. Workshops range from topics such as queer sexual health, a drag tutorial, and book-making.
QuORUM (Queers Organizing for Radical Unity and Mobilization) is a network of radical queers and queer ... Read More
BY Mary S
on Jan 12, 2011
A couple of years ago, whilst browsing in a store, a man suddenly came up to me and put his hands on my shoulders. I was shocked, but managed to say, "What are you doing?" "And he said something like, "Oh, you were in my way," as if that made any sense. I wish I had come up with something more cutting in response, but the experience really rattled me, and I just walked away.
Of course, sometimes I actually am in people's way, and, as a small female, I am ... Read More
BY Lisa Kirchner
on Jan 11, 2011
Last week's gushingly reported study, "Researchers Show Women's Tears Turn Men Off!" felt like another nail in the coffin of civilization. Offered up like a cautionary tale in headlines around the world--from The New York Times, "In Women's Tears, a Chemical That Says, 'Not Tonight, Dear'" to Business Week's "Women's Tears Dampen Men's Sexual Arousal"--most reports barely scratched the surface of the study's findings. Why did no one write, "Even Tears Fail to Move ... Read More
on Jan 07, 2011
I first heard it a number of years ago. Someone told me they saw a question about me on a Trivial Pursuit card. It was very cool to hear but I didn't quite believe it, and figured they'd probably mistaken me for someone else or some other question.
But the other day a friend of my boos' was playing the game and came across the very card with me as a clue, and took a snapshot. I must say this is one of the highest honors of my career. But I also have to say that I ... Read More
on Jan 05, 2011
It happened slowly. Drugstores' stocks of ob tampons began slowly dwindling. You probably figured your drugstore sucked and never restocks their shelves with anything anyway, and that eventually your trusted, beloved ob tampon would reappear. But they haven't. As it's been reported on elsewhere, it's not just your drugstore that's out of them. In fact, ob tampons are now nowhere to be found.
Which is why they are now showing up on ebay, selling for $50 a ... Read More
BY Molly Labell
on Dec 17, 2010
If you're in the NYC area, check out Barnard College's Athena Film Festival from February 10-13. All of the films feature female characters as protagonists and focus strongly on female leadership. Kathryn Kolbert, the co-curator of the festival, explains in a press release that "The films we’ll screen exemplify our mission—to bring women’s unique and powerful voice to the forefront." Both documentaries and narrative films will be shown. You'll be ... Read More
BY jodi sh doff
on Dec 15, 2010
The names of 60 sex workers who were murdered in 2010 will be read aloud at candlelight vigils across the world on Friday. Sixty is a conservative estimate, violence against those in the sex worker community more often than not goes undocumented, unreported, unnoticed. Often we don’t hear about it until it is too late for anything other than tabloid headlines, until there is a body left my the roadside, stuffed in a drainpipe or tossed from a ... Read More