Several complex and interconnected social and cultural factors have kept women particularly vulnerable to violence directed against them, all of them manifestations of unequal power relations between men and women. The acceptance of violence as a means by which to solve conflict as well as fear of and control over female independence and female sexuality are just some of the contributing factors that allow violence against women to persist. How are the public health and medical communities implicated in all of this? What can they do to address violence against women not just as a legal issue, but as a fundamental human rights health issue that requires medical attention, clinical care, and sustainable public health interventions?
The Daily Beast’s first Women in the World Summit played stuck to lowest-common denominator issues, and avoided the “scary” and “controversial” (read: political) realities of women’s lives.
HIV testing is understood to be a cornerstone in effective HIV prevention policy. Yet too many women are not tested because they or their healthcare provider do not perceive that they are “at risk,” says the HIV Law Project.
Sunsara Taylor exposes the Christian fascist lunacy behind Tim Tebow & Focus on the Family’s anti-abortion ad to air during the superbowl next week.
As governments and international aid groups work to meet the basic needs of the people of Haiti, work must be done to prevent the acceleration of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Haitian women.
If motherhood is “the only life sentence without chance at parole you can get without committing a crime,” low-income motherhood is infinitely harder still. Still, we judge these mothers and make their lives harder, as we force them into it.
Sex is over when one or both partners don’t want to have it anymore, either because they both feel satisfied or just because one or both are done with the whole works for the time being.
“Young women today have it so much better when it comes to sex than we did… right?” Often women in their forties and above are shocked to hear that younger women are struggling with sex and sexuality…just like we did. Some struggle even more.
I call on all progressive mental health and health care professionals, spiritual organizations, womens groups and other progressive organizations to create and sponsor and support and cover this Womens Reproductive Health Forum
Pat Robertson, who famously declared that feminism was a movement to encourage women to “practice witchcraft,” would have an aneurysm over the annual WAM conference, where women talk politics and craft strategies for media activism.