Articles about Body and Health

Articles about the body and health issues.

 From public services to public women: a morality tale for the age of austerity

The tabloids' moral stand against the use of NHS funds for cosmetic surgery is only part of their constant attack on the 'undeserving' and public services, argues Alexandra M. Kokoli

Alexandra M Kokoli // 7 April 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Class, Culture and Media, Features

 Sex after rape: sharing survivors' stories

Rape survivors looking for help to cope with their bodies and sex after rape face a vacuum in the information and services available. Pavan Amara speaks to survivors who all wish they had known they weren't the only ones

Pavan Amara // 27 February 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships, Violence

 In pursuit of non-hormonal contraception

Lizzie Ferguson questions the popular dependence on the contraceptive pill and suggests exploring alternatives so that women can make more informed choices

Lizzie Ferguson // 3 February 2014

Categories: Body and Health, Features

 Is going grey disgraceful?

Gayle Impey thought the days of older women routinely dying their hair were over. But a head of white hair on a woman still has the power to shock

Gayle Impey // 18 December 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

 Extended breastfeeding: perverted or praiseworthy?

Earlier this year, Time magazine put on its cover a young, attractive woman with a three-year-old boy sucking at her...

Rebecca Clough // 31 July 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Family

 Bipolar disorder and suicide: a film

Karen Rhodes's very personal short film maps her own suicide attempt onto a wider landscape of the everyday struggles women living with bipolar disorder often face. Indebted to phototherapy for most of her life, she explains her project frame by frame

Karen Rhodes // 14 July 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Education

 The power of the postnatal body

The postnatal body is under-appreciated, says Rowena Pelham

Rowena Pelham // 18 June 2012

Categories: Body and Health

 The Victorians and the speculum

Kaye Jones on the history of the speculum

Kaye Jones // 18 April 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Herstory

 Top 10 tips to make sure your perfect date keeps coming back for more

Study up on how to succeed in the dating game with Jilly Boyce Kay

Jilly Boyce Kay // 3 April 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

 No access to the women's room

Going clothes shopping as a disabled woman is a nightmare, says D H Kelly

D H Kelly // 30 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Work and Play

 She gives me fever

Porn is not for everyone: but it can be for feminists, Mia Engberg tells Sophie Mayer, as her programme of shorts screens in London

Sophie Mayer // 13 January 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Features, Interviews, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

 In defence of fake beauty

'Natural' beauty demands hard labour to appear effortlessly beautiful and blemish-free. Brash, flamboyant, over-the-top makeup and clothes can let us reclaim our image, argues Shona McCombes

Shona McCombes // 23 December 2011

Categories: Body and Health

 Abortion and sexuality, under attack

Anti-choice campaigners are trying to turn back the clock on abortion - and attitudes to women's sexual identity, argues Adriana Pérez

Adriana Pérez // 27 October 2011

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism

 Breaking the silence around miscarriage

Miscarriage is bad enough, without worrying about losing your job, says Emelyn Thomas

Emelyn Thomas // 16 February 2011

Categories: Body and Health, Work and Play

 'It's not RAPE rape'

A flurry of reports on birth rape have prompted a backlash against women who use the term to describe their assault experiences. Amity Reed responds

Amity Reed // 30 September 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism

 Honeymoon cystitis?

Cystitis is bad enough, says Hannah Fearn. But why are doctors so dismissive?

Hannah Fearn // 15 August 2010

Categories: Body and Health

 Images of pregnancy, representations of birth

Pregnant celebrities post for photoshoots, we have childbirth-focused reality TV shows - but, argues Sara D B, only a sanatised, product-driven version of natality has gained the limelight

Sara D B // 4 August 2010

Categories: Body and Health

 Is it time for abortion to return to the political agenda?

Anti-choice lobbyists are gearing up as the new coalition government settles in. We should not let them define the terms of debate, says Lisa Ansell, instead we should push for women's right to access abortion to be shored up

Lisa Ansell // 1 June 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Politics and Current Affairs

Back to burlesque

Has the shine come off burlesque as it mainstreamed? Chloë Emmott revisits her views

Chloe Emmott // 22 May 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Work and Play

 What happens when you don't like what the doctor orders?

Bryony Long talks through how she resisted the dubious directions of a doctor in A&E

Bryony Long // 1 May 2010

Categories: Body and Health

Painful vagina? Your poor husband!

S's experience with vulvar vestibulitis - which makes penetrative sex painful - highlighted the phallocentric medical establishment and limited definitions of sex

S // 14 March 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Men, Sex and Relationships, Soundbites

 Feminism and fat

Susie Orbach's classic Fat is a Feminist Issue became suddenly relevant to Helen Dring in the aftermath of a car accident which caused her to lose weight

Helen Dring // 31 January 2010

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

A streamlined new me

Laura Thomas talks through her experience going from red mane to shaved head

Laura Thomas // 13 November 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

 Some body to love

Forget which body-shape is 'fashionable' - women are more than just their bodies, argues Lara Williams

Lara Williams // 7 June 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Work and Play

On kickboxing, women's aggression and self-defence

Jessica Burton explains how kickboxing changed how she feels about her own body and her confidence in the face of harassment and potential violence

Jessica Burton // 16 May 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Violence

Breastfeeding: radical, feminist and good for you

Kate Joester explains how breastfeeding helped her understand 'the personal is political'

Kate Joester // 24 January 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Feminism

 Challenging sex object culture: definitely needed, definitely lively and definitely a key issue for 2009!

A recent feature in The Times labelled protests against the Miss University London beauty pagaents "old fashioned". But, argues Sandrine Levêque, if anything campaigns against the objectification of women and girls are more relevant today than ever

Sandrine Levêque // 4 January 2009

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Racism, Sex and Relationships, Stereotypes, Violence, Work and Play

'Hasn't anybody ever told you a handful is enough?'

Boys groped her, men shouted at her on the street, and girls and women reacted with hostility. Samara Ginsberg reports on growing up with large breasts

Samara Ginsberg // 14 December 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Violence

Why feminists shouldn't have to keep mum

A feminist challenge to sexism within the current cult of motherhood is needed, argues Victoria Dutchman-Smith

Victoria Dutchman-Smith // 4 December 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Feminism, Work and Play

Choice and disability

Are feminist pro-choice politics on selective abortions sidelining the concern of disabled people? Victoria Al-Sharqi argues the case

Victoria Al-Sharqi // 1 December 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism

'The useless organ'

Maggie Lee tells of the devestating effect her hysterectomy had on her sexuality and more

Maggie Lee // 2 November 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

We're all in this together

Irish and British women must unite in the battle for reproductive rights, argue Ariel Silvera and Sinead Ahern, as they sketch out the history of abortion in Ireland and the UK

Various Authors // 26 October 2008

Categories: Activism, Body and Health, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs

Confidential?

We don't expect our reason for seeing a nurse or doctor to be broadcast to the waiting room. But that's exactly what happened to Karen James, when she wanted to get hold of emergency contraception

Karen James // 26 October 2008

Categories: Body and Health

HPV vaccination - the debate isn't over yet

St Monica's in Manchester does not want girls vaccinated against HPV on school grounds. Kit Roskelly argues that all schools have a responsibility to protect their pupils' health

Kit Roskelly // 10 October 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Sex and Relationships

What Not To Wear say to your co-worker

How would you feel if you found out the people around you chat about putting you forward for How to Look Good Naked? Kelly Draper knows all too well

Kelly Draper // 12 August 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Work and Play

What a load of wank

Hordes of girls dream of becoming glamour models, but are too embarrassed to even talk about masturbation. Sophie Platt rages against a taboo which only affects girls and women

Sophie Platt // 14 July 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

Domestic violence and disabled women

Disabled women are twice as likely to experience domestic violence, and can face a range of additional barriers - from inaccessible shelters onwards, Clare Laxton reports

Clare Laxton // 12 July 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Stereotypes, Violence

Self harm

Self harm isn't always about cutting, says Nino. Too many girls and women are holding themselves back from fully living

Nino // 2 July 2008

Categories: Body and Health

A slice-by-slice attack on women's right to choose

The campaign to ban women from terminating pregnancies after 20 weeks is only the beginning, says Kit Roskelly

Kit Roskelly // 11 May 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships, Work and Play

F.A.T.

Girls and women need to give themselves a break from the endless preoccupation with fat, argues Katie Muller

Katie Muller // 7 May 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Abortion and disability - whose voices are heard?

Are disabled women's voices silenced in the abortion debate? asks Clare Laxton

Clare Laxton // 4 April 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes

How to get an activist movement to keep women in prostitution

What use are sex worker groups that give out condoms and showers, but can't help women who want to exit prostitution? Ekis reports from Barcelona on prostitution and the campaign for legalisation

Ekis // 16 March 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism, Language, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships, Violence, Work and Play

Where the 1967 Abortion Act doesn't apply

Women in Northern Ireland must still cross the water to get an abortion, and even setting out the law in an accessible form is controversial. Siún Carden reports

Siún Carden // 13 March 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Politics and Current Affairs

'I'm no sad victim. I've seen and survived the darkest side of life'

Amina pairs women who have experienced sexual violence with volunteers who have been through the same ordeal - and turns their perceived 'victim' status on its head. Rachel Bell reports

Rachel Bell // 10 March 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Violence

Not a happy birthday

Threatened, intimidated, bullied, violated: this is hospital birth as many mothers experience it. Amity Reed reports on the little-recognised crime of birth rape

Amity Reed // 7 March 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Violence

Of corset matters

Corsets were bad news for Victorian women, argues Laurie Penny, and modern incarnations are little better

Laurie Penny // 2 February 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

The F Word Podcast - episode three!

Episode three of The F Word podcast - on the tricky topic of pornography - is out now!

Jess McCabe // 14 January 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Podcasts, Sex and Relationships

A period of transition

Helen G considers why some feminists are hostile to transgender women

Helen G // 2 January 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism, Stereotypes

Against censorship

Porn should be reformed, not banned, argues Laurie Penny

Laurie Penny // 2 January 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Sex and Relationships, Violence

Glamour models made me sick

Lads' mags are responsible for my eating disorder, says Hannah Whittaker

Hannah Whittaker // 2 January 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships

Miss LSE or Miss-ogyny?

Antonia Strachey explains why she took part in a protest against a beauty contest for students at the London School of Economics

Antonia Strachey // 2 January 2008

Categories: Activism, Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Filling the hole

The self-hating mindset, if not the medical condition, of anorexia is frighteningly common, argues Katie Muller

Katie Muller // 6 December 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Men

How not to write your policy on transgender rights

A Home Office policy that should help protect transgender civil servants from discrimination? Great news. But, asks Emma Wood, why does it insist that women and men have different brains?

Emma Wood // 5 December 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Language, Work and Play

Feeling a bit uncomfortable?

Who wants to be told they have an incompetent cervix? Jane Purcell reports from the maternity ward

Jane Purcell // 4 December 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Language

The problem with pink

Pink ribbons may raise life-saving funding for breast cancer research. But, Michelle Wright says, October's month of consumer altruism glosses over the reality of the disease - and allows corporations to line their pockets

Michelle Wright // 31 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Stereotypes

Abortion: still a feminist issue

It is 40 years since abortion was legalised in the UK, yet our right to control our own bodies is still under threat. Irina Lester reports

Irina Lester // 6 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Family, Politics and Current Affairs, Sex and Relationships

The media has failed women's football

Football is supposedly a national obsession. But, from the media's coverage of the women's World Cup, it seems we are only interested when the players are men. Carrie Dunn reports

Carrie Dunn // 5 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Stereotypes, Work and Play

Sexual healing?

Penetration is not the be-all and end-all of sex, argues Jennifer Drew, so why does the medical establishment seek to pathologise women who just don't like it?

Jennifer Drew // 1 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

When did it go so tits up?

Facebook has banned photos of breast-feeding. But such images have graced churches and art galleries for hundreds of years. Ruth Moss explores what went wrong

Ruth Moss // 1 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

Skinny porn

The size-zero debate is just another excuse for judging women's bodies, argues Abi M

Abi M // 30 August 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

What does the politics of hair say about modern Britain?

Racism and sexism are intertwined - so feminism must tackle them both head-on, says Veronica Wood-Querales

Veronica Wood-Querales // 30 August 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Racism, Stereotypes

Can burlesque be feminist?

Burlesque may set feminist alarm-bells ringing, but it can help cultivate a love of your own body, argues Chloe Emmott

Chloe Emmott // 30 August 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Feminism, Stereotypes

Skirting the issue

From tampons with skirts to silky pads, sanitary product manufacturers will try anything to hawk their goods. Harriet Reuter Hapgood reports

Harriet Reuter Hapgood // 8 August 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

Where the size-zero debate goes awry

On the face of it, the size zero debate seems to address feminist bug-bears. But, argues Laurie Penny, it just creates another set of sexist stereotypes - and obfuscates the truth about eating disorders

Laurie Penny // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

'Honey! Your vagina needs a mint'

The Vagina Institute purports to provide a public service to curious women. But Samara Ginsberg detects a rather different agenda

Samara Ginsberg // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Sex and Relationships

Buying gunk

When the latest anti-aging cream hit the shelves, queues of women scrambled to buy it. But Gemma argues we should take a step back and think before fronting up the cash

Gemma // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Yummy-mummy or pramface?

Baby-making has become a high-pressure pursuit, argues Abby O'Reilly. Celebrity 'yummy-mummies' only raise the stakes further and obscure the realities of child-birth and motherhood

Abby O'Reilly // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships

Girls Aloud, beauty secrets and lies

A recent magazine article on Girls Aloud proclaimed to "reveal their beauty secrets". But, Michelle Wright argues, all it really did was expose the effects of subscribing to patriarchal, capitalist beauty standards on women's self-esteem

Michelle Wright // 3 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

First impressions

Feminists are caricatured as ugly and fat by society. Assuming a recruitment drive for swim-suit models is off the table, Samara Ginsberg considers what we can do to fight back

Samara Ginsberg // 2 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Stereotypes

A feminist guide to ballet

From body image to ultra-femininity, ballet has a bad rap with feminists. Returning to classes for the first time in 15 years, Jess McCabe finds her inner ballerina

Jess McCabe // 2 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Could Britney Spears be the feminist icon of our generation?

Britney Spears is a strong, confident, self-made woman - in short, she is a feminist success story. No wonder the tabloid's love affair with her finished so abruptly when she cut off her locks, argues Theadora Jean

Theadora Jean // 29 March 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

Flicking the Bean

Thanks to the media and canny advertising agencies, we are surrounded by sexualised images of women. Abby O'Reilly asks why actual female sexual pleasure is still taboo

Abby O'Reilly // 1 March 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

Men and Children First

Can women ever achieve parity with men when deep seated views of their physical weakness still remain? Ealasaid Gilfillan argues that linking 'women and children' together is a symptom of the sort of ingrained attitudes that must be challenged if women are to move forwards.

Ealasaid Gilfillan // 1 February 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Language

The New Breastfeeding Taboo

Removing the stigma around breastfeeding has rightly been a worthwhile feminist cause. However, as Cathryn Dagger explains, a dogmatic inflexible view on this issue can lead to a 'holier than thou' attitude in which women who find breastfeeding difficult or painful are made to feel incredibly guilty.

Cathryn Dagger // 12 December 2006

Categories: Body and Health

The 'Right' Time for Motherhood?

Some women are attacked for being 'too old' to have children (selfish!), some for being 'too young' (irresponsible!), and yet others for choosing to remain childfree (even more selfish!). Lorraine Smith discusses recent press coverage of pregnancy and women's choices.

Lorraine Smith // 29 May 2006

Categories: Body and Health

Keeping It Real

Leonie Brooke examines how attitudes to menstruation still limit women's choices and prevent us from discovering the different options available. She discusses how simply talking about the issues can break down taboos and lead to more freedom of choice for everyone.

Leonie Brooke // 8 April 2006

Categories: Body and Health

Under the Knife

Michelle Wright looks at the increasing normalisation of extreme cosmetic surgery in British culture.

Michelle Wright // 5 November 2005

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Is alcohol really a feminist issue?

The hysteria over women and alcohol is flawed feminism, argues Victoria Dutchman-Smith. Women don't need to be protected from equality - they should be free to make their own choices, just like men.

Victoria Dutchman-Smith // 18 September 2004

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism

Growing up or giving in?

Ms Razorblade is sick and tired of being told that being a lesbian-feminist and a vegan is boring, prudish, and dull, dull, dull. Is refusing men, meat and porn a sign of immaturity - or is 'growing up' really just giving in?

Ms Razorblade // 20 July 2004

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism, Sex and Relationships

Contraception and Control - Teenage Rights

Megan argues that teenagers deserve the same control over their bodies and rights to contraception as any other women - without having to go through their parents.

Megan // 1 June 2004

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

Reproductive freedom in the UK.

Andy Roberts wonders why so few of us are aware of the threats to reproductive choice in the UK.

Andy Roberts // 16 June 2003

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

Dysfunctional, moi? The Myth of Female Sexual Dysfunction and its Medicalisation

Jennifer Drew tears apart the the myth of 'female sexual dysfunction', and looks at how female sexuality is becoming increasingly medicalised.

Jennifer Drew // 16 April 2003

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

Responses to Bloody Disgrace

Several responses were received to the article Bloody Disgrace by Lindsay.

Various Authors // 16 April 2003

Categories: Body and Health

Bloody Disgrace

If menstruation isn't a 'curse' anymore, why do we treat it that way? By Lindsay

Lindsay // 16 March 2003

Categories: Body and Health

Bad Mothers

Claire Riley is one woman who's sure she'll never go 'warm, mushy and gaga' over motherhood, and here she argues that feminism needs to bust the 'perfect mother' myth.

Clare Riley // 16 September 2002

Categories: Body and Health

More responses to 'The Biological Clock'

A couple more responses were received to the article The Biological Clock from February 2002. The article had already promted a response in March from Niamh Devlin.

Various Authors // 16 August 2002

Categories: Body and Health

Response to 'The Biological Clock'

Niamh Devlin tells us motherhood rocks, in response to the article The Biological Clock.

Niamh Devlin // 16 March 2002

Categories: Body and Health

The Biological Clock

Catherine Redfern wonders what would convince her to ever have kids.

Catherine Redfern // 16 February 2002

Categories: Body and Health

Response to 'The Signs of Ageing'

Lyn Cicada responds to the article The Signs of Ageing.

Lyn Cicada // 16 October 2001

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media

The Signs of Ageing

Wrinkles? Come and have a go, if you think you're hard enough. Go on then, crows-feet, you don't scare me! I laugh at you! Ha ha ha! Grey? Grey? It's silver, you imbecile. Yes, you too can have this attitude to ageing. Just follow our three step plan, click here. By Catherine Redfern.

Catherine Redfern // 13 June 2001

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery

Why are more and more young women opting for breast implants? Catherine Redfern offers an explanation.

Catherine Redfern // 16 April 2001

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

The Morning After

In January Baroness Young tried to stop emergency contraception being sold over the counter in chemists. Here's why the House of Lords were right to reject her arguments, says Catherine Redfern.

Catherine Redfern // 18 March 2001

Categories: Body and Health, Sex and Relationships

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