• 10 Angry Men
    August 17, 2015
    10 Angry Men
    There were many statements in the first GOP Debate that were false, crass, and indicative of the GOP presidential hopefuls’ ignorance of the needs of large factions of the American public.I paid particular attention to what the cream of crop of the GOP had to say about my uterus. Marco Rubio emphasized that despite prior legislation ...
  • The Great LARC Debate: facilitating a balanced approach to education and promotion of LARCs
    July 24, 2015
    By Coco Jervis Immediately after the birth of her twins, 21-year-old Chantal1 had an IUD inserted, at no cost to her. She has had a very positive experience with the IUD, although she had cramping and intermittent bleeding for a couple of weeks after it was inserted. For the most part, though, she describes having her ...
  • Trans Fat: A Bittersweet Enemy
    July 20, 2015
    Trans Fat: A Bittersweet Enemy
    It’s no secret that Americans have a reputation for indulging in sugary and fatty foods. At our local county fairs, we are able to find anything and everything deep fried. We are taught that it’s okay to satisfy these cravings every now and then; however, even the smallest amounts of some of our favorite foods ...
  • Sex Toys: The Monster in Your Bed
    July 7, 2015
    Sex Toys: The Monster in Your Bed
    In 2007, in Lubbock, Texas, a sting operation in a lingerie shop resulted in the arrest of the clerk on duty. The employee was threatened with registration as a sex offender. Why? Because the adult store’s possession of six or more “obscene devices” violated Texas Penal Code. Apparently, the sex toys gathered as evidence from ...
  • TITLE IX: Is Your School Doing Enough?
    July 2, 2015
    TITLE IX: Is Your School Doing Enough?
    June 23rd, 2015 marked the 43rd anniversary of the Title IX enactment. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program. Best known for its impact on high school and college athletic programs, Title IX allows women more access to participation in sports. Aside from its advance in ...
  • Belly Buttons and Body Image: The Latest Fitness Test?
    June 24, 2015
    Belly Buttons and Body Image: The Latest Fitness Test?
    Women have been held to unfair standards of beauty for a very long time; however, it feels like our obsession with aesthetics has become inescapable with the advent of social media. From photoshopped thigh gaps on Instagram, to last month’s Lip Challenge, these trends are physically dangerous, damaging to our mental health, and more accessible ...
  • Female Viagra? A Pro-Sex Feminist Says No
    June 16, 2015
    Female Viagra?  A Pro-Sex Feminist Says No
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  • FDA to Consider Controversial Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug for the Third Time
    June 1, 2015
    FDA to Consider Controversial Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug for the Third Time
    Over the last five years the National Women’s Health Network has, on numerous occasions, weighed in on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of flibanserin, a drug intended to treat female sexual dysfunction. Responding to our serious safety and efficacy concerns with the drug, the FDA has rejected the drug twice; however, now the ...
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones… No really, be careful!
    May 8, 2015
    Sticks and stones may break my bones… No really, be careful!
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  • Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, congenital syphilis, budget cuts—oh my!
    April 28, 2015
    Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, congenital syphilis, budget cuts—oh my!
    On April 23rd, I attended a Senate briefing regarding the desired budget increase for the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP). The presentation was entitled, “The Public Health Crisis of STDs: Are We Ready?” Spoiler alert: We are really not ready; hence the need for $54.7 million increase to the department’s budget. The ever-looming threat of ...