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The Big, Fat, Menstrual Untruth in Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book

The Big, Fat, Menstrual Untruth in Cameron Diaz’s The Body Book

I was curious. If Cameron Diaz’s purpose in writing  The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body was empowerment, helping women to understand how their bodies work, would she include information about the menstrual cycle? There was no way of knowing from her Jan. 22, 2014 radio interview with...
Give the Gift of Body Literacy

Give the Gift of Body Literacy

Photo by Laura Wershler This holiday season consider giving the women in your life the gift of body literacy. The books, resources and services compiled below support understanding and appreciation of our bodies. Gifts for teenagers: * To hold a Wondrous Vulva Puppet is to experience a loving representation of the female body. Dorrie Lane’s vulva puppets are used around...
Why the “pullout generation” is a sex ed fail

Why the “pullout generation” is a sex ed fail

Questioning and quitting the pill are current hot topics, fueled in no small part by Holly Grigg-Spall’s recently released Sweetening the Pill Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. Her book has drawn ample backlash, brilliantly addressed by re:Cycling blogger Elizabeth Kissling. Adding to the media clamour was Ann Friedman’s New York Magazine online piece No Pill?...

“Prescribing the pill has become ‘standard-of-care’ for being a girl”

I had the privilege of writing the foreword for Holly Grigg-Spall’s recently published book Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control. It’s astounding to me that more than 30 years ago, before Holly was born, I was asking some of the same questions she explores in her book. I thought we’d have more answers...
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