MENSTRUATION MATTERS

In Search of The Perfect Vagina

“If you’d told me three months ago that I’d let a plastic surgeon examine my froufrou, that I’d show it to another woman (who wasn’t a doctor) and then allow an artist to take a cast of my Mary, I’d have laughed you out of the house. But it’s extraordinary how documentary-making changes your mind about even the most concrete...

Weekend Links

Snow on the ground and subzero temperatures this week, so I’m doing nothing but reading: I’ll Show You Mine: Wrenna Robertson responds to the increasing popularity of labiaplasty with a new book featuring close-up, color photographs of women’s vulvas accompanied by personal stories about them. Permanent birth control: Bitch reviews the history of voluntary sterilization. If every miscarriage...

Newsflash: Women threaten men

The NYT article title reads The threatening scent of fertile women. I’ve felt it for years, and I still haven’t quite figured out why I react this way to this kind of article. Certainly it echos the age-old misogynistic discomfort of learned men for their own sexual urges, projected onto women. I’m trained in evolutionary biology, I believe that...

Weekend Links

A study of women with bipolar disorders indicates that premenstrual mood exacerbation may be a clinical marker predicting more depressive episodes and more severe symptoms. Provoked by the approval of the Pence Amendment to cut off ALL funding to Planned Parenthood, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) told the story of her own abortion on the floor of the House of...
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