BY Lisa Kirchner
on Jan 30, 2012
Leave it to The Gray Lady to publish a story about a very current case involving New York cheerleaders that uses archaic, offensive, and misogynistic language.
The cheerleaders' woes began some three months ago when a group of girls from a high school outside Buffalo, NY, began to exhibit uncontrollable tics. Last week it was widely reported that the cause was "conversion disorder." The Today Show also flashed around the words "mass hysteria," but the doctor and even the anchors who described the very real symptoms were much more circumspect. Read More
BY Intern Caroline
on Jan 27, 2012
In recent years, several brands have made a name for themselves by making bras for women of every shape and size, celebrating each customer's individuality. But what about color? What's Your Nude is a new campaign set to launch February 1st that hopes to send a message to bra manufacturers and retailers. Tara Raines, the psychologist who started the movement, is fed up with the lack of diversity offered to women of color in the lingerie department at major stores across the country and is doing her part to change that. Read More
Apparently no one really knows why women seem to have a harder time getting into the mathematical and scientific fields-- but University of Missouri researcher David Geary and his University of Leeds colleague Gijsbert Stoet want to find out. The University of Missouri reports that they're trying to get to understand the gender gap-- and correct it for the future. Read More
If you've ever looked for a job on Craigslist or scanned the bulletin boards on your college campus, you’ve come across ads promising thousands of dollars for your tall, intelligent Jewish/Asian/Russian/etc. eggs. Have you ever wondered what happens to the young women who answer these ads? Are you one of the women who wanted to answer an ad but didn’t go through with the job? You might want to see Eggsploitation, a new documentary by Jennifer Lahl and The Center for Bioethics and Culture bent on exposing the abuses of the fertility industry. Read More
Interesting news from the North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill--a study being published in the February issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology by Dr. David Grimes and his team of researchers show that between the years 1998 and 2005, the risk of death associated with live births (full-term pregnancies) was significantly higher than those of documented legal abortions.
Though the risk of death is low for both procedures, live births had a rate of 8.8 deaths per 100,000 women while legal abortions averaged at 0.6 deaths per 100,000 women. Read More