On March 21, Vikki (she requested we use only her first name) proudly tweeted a pair of photos of herself for #BeforeAfterFriday. On the left, dated 2009, was a ruddy-cheeked, button-nosed dude sporting a newsboy cap, black T-shirt, and five o'clock shadow. On the right was present-day Vikki, resple ... More >>
Better Than: Free beer. Neko Case and Kelly Hogan have got stage banter to a stand-up science. "Somebody brought me ice! Who knows I'm in menopause?," said Case's longtime backup singer at a private, pink-lit, sweltering performance of Case's new record, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, t ... More >>
Drag star Hedda Lettuce entertained that theory in her holiday show, "Lettuce Rejoice," which I saw at the Metropolitan Room last night. In fact, Hedda sang a whole song about it, to the tune of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town." (Sample lyrics, aimed at poor Madge: "You'd better watch out, you'd b ... More >>
Plus, a few words about Brooklyn
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, bartender Michelle Milton for Neely's Barbecue Parlor will be donating 100 percent of her tips for the month of October to Chemo Comfort, which provides cancer patients with kits that help with the side effects of chemotherapy. And at the end of the month, ... More >>
You have probably heard this before: The Pill doesn't work if you're on antibiotics. However, an item we encountered this morning has made us revisit this age-old misnomer.
Does fracking make people sick? The jury is largely still out on that one. However, new info indicates that some claims about hydraulic fracturing's reportedly significant health risks appear to have been based on bad science.
Eek. Might want to think twice now about downing that cocktail. According to a recent study by the National Cancer Institute, consuming seven to 14 alcoholic drinks per week carries a 30 to 60 percent increase in breast cancer risk. Although earlier studies have connected daily alcohol consumption ... More >>
More unsettling developments in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure shitshow. The breast cancer advocacy group cut $680,000 in screening grants to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, saying that the organization could not give money to groups that are under congressional investigation. ( ... More >>
This just in: Mike Bloomberg will match up to $250,000 in donations to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America so the group can continue breast screenings for poor women, according to an official mayoral tweet. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation slashed $680,000 in ... More >>
Margaret Edson's Pulitzer-winning 1995 play Wit finally makes it to Broadway in a Lynne Meadow-directed production starring Cynthia Nixon as a poetry professor named Vivian Bearing who's bearing a lot, actually. Vivian has been diagnosed with Stage IV ovarian cancer, and as she embarks on eight ro ... More >>
File this under "parenting tips for selfish jackasses who should never, ever have children." A new study has found -- get ready -- that drinking during pregnancy is still really bad for the developing fetus, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
This is reason #137 that we don't quite trust Pilates. (Yes, we know, some swear by it, but when we work out, we want to do more than make those weird little flappy motions with our hands, and "make a corset with our ribs," not to mention, there's the distinct sense that we're doing it all wr ... More >>
HPV: Have you heard of it? You probably have, because in the last few days and weeks it's been talked about a lot -- often incorrectly -- by people like Michele Bachmann and, most recently, tweeted about by Ayelet Waldman, wife of novelist Michael Chabon. In Bachmann's case, she's using HPV v ... More >>
Birth control pills are something of a double-edged sword. On one hand, they keep you from getting pregnant, which is presumably a good thing if you're taking birth control pills. On the other hand, they are hormones, and might screw up chemical signals that attract you to the kinds of guys y ... More >>
Saturday's Rally for Women's Health in Foley Square served as a reminder that activism in America is alive and well, contrary to whatever the Internet might have been telling us. An estimated 6,000 people gathered at the event held by New York City's Planned Parenthood in an attempt to tell W ... More >>
The University of California, Davis is researching how to control fermentation to the point of creating identical barrels of wine each vintage. [Wall Street Journal] A glimpse into the world of David Wondrich reveals how the cocktail historian came to write his book about punch, called Punch ... More >>
We may now welcome the phrase "female condom" to the great category of English words like "moist" and "uvula": those which mostly bring shutters to English-speaking men and women nationwide. But this hasn't stopped D.C. lawmakers from touting a new campaign to promote safe sex in the area. From metr ... More >>
Interspersed between a lot of Roger Ebert-referencing and The Graduate plot-dissecting, Psychology Today gets to the point and presents an argument in favor of the May-December relationship, with women being the "colder" month in this particular situation. According to researchers from the Un ... More >>
According to a study in BMC Public Health published Monday, the terrorist attacks on September 11 may have contributed to miscarriages in the United States.
If you're like most of our readers, you came to this post by accident. But it's a serendipitous accident if you stroll the streets of our fair city at night, because the tireless publicists of the Empire State Building inform us that tonight the skyscraper will glow pink and white in honor of ... More >>
Good news, youngsters. A judge in Brooklyn has ruled that if a 17-year-old girl thinks she may be knocked up, she should have Plan B, the so-called morning after pill, without going through the hassle of obtaining a prescription. Federal Judge Edward Korman gave the FDA 30 days to revise its regs so ... More >>
I'm a sucker for those weepy Lifetime movies (I'm a big fan of Markie Post), so I was there for last week's premiere of Living Proof, an uplifter about the real-life trials for a breast cancer drug that ended up saving lotsa lives. Yes, Lifetime has premieres now! And even an after-dinner at the Pla ... More >>
Will the HPV vaccine encourage sexual freedom or right-wing lunatics?
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The fight over Alito misses the daily defeat of legal abortion
Stealth Pro-Life Campaign Erodes Reproductive Rights
On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the memory of illegal abortion fades
Activists Break the Law in Support of the Morning-After Pill
Lee Breuer Goes Littleand LiteralWith His Production of Ibsen's Classic
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Stealth Pro-Life Campaign Erodes Reproductive Rights
The Right-Wing Map to Outlawing Abortion
Renamed Prozac Targets Huge Market: Premenstrual Women
After 10 Long Years, American Women May Finally Get the Abortion PillWith Restrictions that Could Obliterate All It Has to Offer
The Long Overdue Campaign To Force Insurers To Pay For The Pill
Matias Viegener on her last day with Kathy Acker