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This week's round-up includes: feminism and domesticity, questioning the pelvic exam, new Plan B approval, and the idea of getting a "new body."
- Is Michael Pollan a sexist pig? by Emily Matchar at Salon.com (Keywords: food politics, health, feminism, homemaking)
In progressive, middle-class circles these days, there’s the overwhelming sense that procuring and cooking the freshest, healthiest, most sustainably sourced food should be a top priority for any thinking person.
- Questioning the Pelvic Exam by Jane E. Brody at The New York Times Well blog (Keywords: US, health care, pelvic exams)
In America, when a woman goes to her gynecologist, she is typically given a pelvic exam whether or not she has symptoms or concerns that might warrant one. That’s one reason an estimated 63.4 million pelvic exams are performed annually in this country.
Now a growing number of experts are asking whether it’s necessary to do so many.
- FDA approves morning-after pill without prescription for girls 15 and older by Elizabeth Landau at CNN (Keywords: US, FDA, emergency contraception, teenagers)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it approved the availability of the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill without a prescription for women 15 and older.
This move comes just weeks after a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, ordered the FDA to make the morning-after birth control pill available to women of any age, without a prescription.
- Why You’ll Never Get a New Body (and That’s Okay) by Anna Guest-Jelley at Curvy Yoga (Keywords: body image, weight loss, fat, chronic pain)
Losing weight doesn’t make your body new. Neither does gaining weight. Neither does gaining muscle. Neither does having an injury. Neither does having an illness. Neither does dying your hair. Neither does plastic surgery. Neither does having a baby. Neither does breaking a bone.
Some of these things may make your body feel different, but feeling, looking or even functioning differently does not a new body make.
Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?