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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center

Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center | Herstory | Scoop.it
The All Options Pregnancy Resource Center, which will be located in Bloomington, Indiana, is seen by its supporters as an antidote to the strategy employed at anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers of limiting accurate information about and access to abortion care.
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Menstrual Hygiene Day Links Periods and Human Rights | Womens eNews

Menstrual Hygiene Day Links Periods and Human Rights | Womens eNews | Herstory | Scoop.it
Handling periods (or 'menstrual hygiene management' as experts call it) isn't the first thing one might associate with human rights. Yet the link between realization of rights for women and girls and menstrual hygiene management could not be clearer.
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Hobby Lobby Wants to Deny Insurance Coverage of Birth Control. It Should Stop Selling Knitting Needles, Too

Hobby Lobby Wants to Deny Insurance Coverage of Birth Control. It Should Stop Selling Knitting Needles, Too | Herstory | Scoop.it
While Hobby Lobby opposes offering contraceptive coverage, it does sell three types of knitting needles, just the kind that in the not-so-distant past, women who became pregnant and didn’t have access to legal abortion used to try and end their pregnancies themselves.
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Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy

Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy | Herstory | Scoop.it
We see hypocrisy around on reproductive health care every day, but this The Daily Show segment with Ilyse Hogue reveals a new twist on a double standard that you've probably never heard of before.
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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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Grassroots 1960s Push Reformed Women's Health Care

Grassroots 1960s Push Reformed Women's Health Care | Herstory | Scoop.it

The women's health movement of the 1960s and 1970s transformed the doctor-patient relationship and yielded the novel concept that women can take control of their own health, says Laurie Edwards in this excerpt from "In the Kingdom of the Sick."...


For women, this change started with the radical notion that they had a right to know about their own bodies, had a right to control their own health care and belonged in medical schools where they could fully participate in the very health care decisions that have such significance in their lives. The grassroots women's health activism that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s was fostered by an equally diverse group of advocates, among them middle-class white women, middle- and working-class African Americans, lesbians and heterosexuals.

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Remember that scene in Mad Men, where Betty's doctor calls Don & talks to him about Betty as if she were the child? This is how we got away from that.


"Feminism challenged social practices in the doctor's office and recast relationships between compliant patient and infallible physician as part of the larger process to keep women down."


But we must also look at this history and see how we are moving backwards in America;  this is also a dire warning about where we are headed.


"The landmark court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973 by finding that preventing a woman's right to end her pregnancy violated her due process, was a pivotal piece of legislation in terms of reproductive rights, women's health and women's ability to make decisions regarding their bodies. "

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Remember that scene in Mad Men, where Betty's doctor calls Don & talks to him about Betty as if she were the child? This is how we got away from that.


"Feminism challenged social practices in the doctor's office and recast relationships between compliant patient and infallible physician as part of the larger process to keep women down."


But we must also look at this history and see how we are moving backwards in America;  this is also a dire warning about where we are headed.


"The landmark court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973 by finding that preventing a woman's right to end her pregnancy violated her due process, was a pivotal piece of legislation in terms of reproductive rights, women's health and women's ability to make decisions regarding their bodies. "

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What happens when a woman is denied an abortion?

What happens when a woman is denied an abortion? | Herstory | Scoop.it
In the New York Times on Wednesday, Joshua Lang took a detailed look at the work of demographer Diana Greene Foster, who has spent close to five years studying what happens to women who are denied abortions.

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Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism

Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism | Herstory | Scoop.it

Women face gender-specific challenges in fighting addiction and alcoholism MiamiHerald.com Gray just focused on the interpersonal perspective — how we communicate and how these gender differences can lead to conflict.


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Buyer Beware: Can We Trust Cheap Plan B One-Step on Amazon.com?

Buyer Beware: Can We Trust Cheap Plan B One-Step on Amazon.com? | Herstory | Scoop.it
Recently, social media lit up with the news that Amazon.com vendors are selling Plan B One-Step emergency contraception for as low as $16.90 plus shipping. We have to ask: How is that possible?
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Holding up the yellow "caution" sign...

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Pioneering Women in Medicine, an Illustrated History

Pioneering Women in Medicine, an Illustrated History | Herstory | Scoop.it

“Every woman is born a doctor... [while] men have to study to become one,” declared American educator Ella Flagg Young in the mid-19th century. Looking around much of the country, it certainly must have seemed that way.


Long before marketers invented “Dr. Mom,” women had served as nurse, doctor, and pharmacist to their family and friends. Doctoring a family required a great deal of knowledge and skill, which often passed down, woman to woman, through families for generations. Even so, mainstream medicine generally barred women from pursuing medical careers until the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 


Those women that did see doctors rarely received adequate treatment. Many doctors refused to physically examine women for fear of offending their modesty. Others dismissed women’s illnesses, contending that reproduction made women irrational and emotional. As a result, women often found themselves suffering from a dangerous or inappropriate remedy—or no treatment at all—without the benefit of a thorough analysis.


Despite these limitations—or maybe because of them—many women did break through the discrimination and gender assumptions to pursue a career in health, particularly women’s health.

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24 Pieces From 2013 That Every Woman (And Man) Should Read

24 Pieces From 2013 That Every Woman (And Man) Should Read | Herstory | Scoop.it
Thought-provoking, hilarious, heart-wrenching writing by women was everywhere this year -- despite some suggestions to the contrary.
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Men should read these as well.

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The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon | Herstory | Scoop.it

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.

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Abortion rights crusader Henry Morgentaler, revered and hated, dead at 90

Abortion rights crusader Henry Morgentaler, revered and hated, dead at 90 | Herstory | Scoop.it
The family doctor was one of the key players in the 1988 Supreme Court of Canada ruling that declared the law prohibiting abortion unconstitutional
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