• Attending to Our Needs: An Overview of the Sexuality and Access Project
    If you’re a person living with a disability, you may find it relatively easy to arrange for help to brush your teeth, shower, get dressed or eat a meal. But what about your sexual needs? What happens when you need help to have sex, or to masturbate? Sexuality is so intimate, it’s hard to imagine ...
  • Autism: Origins Unknown, but Women Still Get the Blame
    Autism’s cause is the subject of fierce, emotionally charged, and often unscientific debate. The current medical view is that many interacting genes play a role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), possibly in concert with environmental factors.i  Over the years, many alternative theories have been proposed outside of the literature on reputable scientific research. Probably the ...
  • Billboards, Women of Color, and Politics
    Accentuated and airbrushed, often young and Caucasian, female body parts are displayed on billboards throughout the U.S. as a staple marketing technique to attract consumers’ attention and dollars. Feminists have long critiqued the way this advertising strategy objectifies women, but the strategy took a twist when a controversial billboard made national news after it was ...
  • Breast Cancer Risks & the Environment: So Much We Don’t Know
    In December, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a new report, Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Life Course Approach.1 Commissioned by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, the report reviewed evidence on breast cancer and the environment, explained the difficulties of studying how environmental factors affect breast cancer risk, and recommended both ...
  • Can We See Land Yet?
    Can you imagine swimming the English Channel?  I certainly can’t.  I used to enjoy running long-ish road races when I lived in Southern California, but there’s no comparison between jogging for 2-3 hours and swimming through open water for over 14 hours. But, in 1926, a young woman named Trudy Erdele had the courage to ...
  • Can We Turn Back the War on Women?
    The Virginia woman’s hand-made sign summed it up: “I Can’t Believe I’m Still Having to Protest This Shit!” The pro-choice majority is astounded by the tidal wave of vitriolic attacks on reproductive health, rights, justice, and on women’s dignity, that constitute the War on Women. These include legislative proposals mandating intrusive and humiliating vaginal ultrasounds ...
  • Challenging Unproven Medicine and Saving Lives
    When the U.S. government invests more than $600 million in the largest study of older women ever conducted… And, the study yields such definitive results that the scientists providing ethical oversight for the research decide that it should be halted years early because the questions it was designed to answer have been clearly and solidly answered… And, ...