Posted by: Katrina Pallop
on Dec 17, 2012
America is not the only country to be tangling with issues of reproductive rights of late. This past week, the Philippines made huge strides in terms of their own struggles with women’s health. The Philippines’ Congress passed a new bill that will make low-cost contraceptives available to Filipino women on the village level.
This news is helping to establish President Benigno Aquino as a staunch supporter of democracy and ... Read More
Posted by: Maggie Carr
on Nov 20, 2012
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.
When inventor Muruganantham found out ... Read More
Posted by: Genevieve Bleidner
on Nov 09, 2012
Alongside the topless portraits of young women under 40 years old who have survived breast cancer, the words “breast cancer is not a pink ribbon” speaks volumes.
Fashion photographer David Jay shot the series of large-scale portraits, titled The Scar Project, to give an often-unseen look at the women who have battled early onset breast cancer, and who bear the scars to prove it.
The project gives a face to ... Read More
Posted by: Amy Bucknam
on Nov 05, 2012
For years, men have had that little blue pill called Viagra that helps men improve their sex lives. Well, fret no more, ladies, because a new drug is in the works to boost female sexual arousal.
Tefina is a testosterone gel that is undergoing clinical trials in Australia and Canada, according to i09. But the sexiest part about this new drug - it's a nasal spray! Yes, hot. This drug ... Read More
Posted by: Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 10, 2012
This Is Personal, a new social media campaign by The National Women’s Law Center, aims to educate and empower young women on keeping our reproductive rights intact and personal (since they clearly are a personal issue).
The campaign’s site provides helpful visual resources that clearly explain policies that jeopardize our reproductive rights, like a map highlighting states that require invasive ... Read More
Posted by: Maggie Carr
on Oct 09, 2012
Engaging lady voters is critical to winning the upcoming election—we are the majority of the population, after all—but looking at the “female vote” as a monolith ain’t the way to do it.
A panel of four prominent political women, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, MSNBC host and writer Melissa Harris-Perry, pollster Kellyanne Conway, and strategist Margaret Hoover, gathered at this ... Read More
Posted by: Charlotte Dow
on Oct 08, 2012
A new study out of St. Louis confirms what all of us could have guessed: when given access to free birth control, women are less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy or get an abortion. More than 9,000 poor or uninsured women were given a choice of birth control methods available at no cost as part of the study conducted by the University of Washington in St. Louis on Thursday. The availability of free birth control led to only 4.4 to ... Read More
Posted by: Brittany Houlihan
on Oct 01, 2012
Like the author of this article, I’m not really for testing on animals in the name of science. However, some new testing from Washington State University and the University of California-Davis has determined some pretty scary stuff about Bisphenol A (or BPA), by feeding primates with it. The study found that by giving doses of BPA that are the equivalent to what humans ingest, the reproductive systems of the primates were ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Tessa
on May 15, 2012
Last month, Texas lost the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which formerly served 130,000 low-income women by funding clinics that provided preventative care. (BUST blogged about this issue before the cut was made.) This care included cancer screenings and contraception--some of the affected clinics were Planned Parenthood-affiliated, but none of the federal money contributed to abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry decided that no ... Read More
Posted by: Intern Kerishma
on May 04, 2012
Being a woman in the United States looking at the legislation and political climate regarding women’s bodies, it’s fairly easy to lose faith. It would be an understatement to say that the government’s relationship with women is not pretty.
It’s refreshing, then, to see people in positions of power who actually think of women as more than baby incubators. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated last week to the ... Read More