Articles about Body and Health

Articles about the body and health issues.

PregnantWhen wounded bodies give birth: what we ought to know

People who have experienced sexual violence may find childbirth particularly traumatic. Julie Xuan argues that healthcare providers must reach out to understand these patients better

Julie Xuan // 14 November 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Features, Violence

cleaneating-copyWomen in food – not just clean eating gurus

Leonie Sooke argues that women get short shrift when it comes to recognition of their professional culinary skills and are often unfairly consigned to the ‘Clean Eating’ sector

Leonie Sooke // 4 November 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Features

piercing sq“Why aren’t you pregnant yet?” The questions infertile women dread

Many young women receive intrusive questions and remarks about when they might get pregnant. Laura Cooke describes how that feels for women who can't have the families they would like

Laura Cooke // 19 August 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Features, Sex and Relationships

Wildcats sqFrom baby to ‘Bitty’: How old is too old for breastfeeding?

During World Breastfeeding Week, writer Feminist Parent explores why there is so much stigma towards UK mothers who breastfeed their children beyond early infancy

Feminist Parent // 5 August 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Family, Features

Gaze sqUnsexy women: Love, sex and marginalised bodies

In a culture which categorises some groups of women as unattractive, D H Kelly explores how this has an effect far beyond whether or not we find love or get laid

D H Kelly // 8 July 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Features, Racism, Sex and Relationships

Girl before a mirror sqA personal story of disordered eating

An anonymous author endured years of anxiety about food and weight, but without a diagnosis to describe her experiences. She wonders how many others may be in a similar position

Guest Blogger // 2 June 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Features

school girls sqSlut-shamed by my teacher

Lydia Day tells the story of how she was humiliated by a teacher who took exception to the length of her skirt

Lydia Day // 15 April 2016

Categories: Body and Health, Education, Features

Sophie Turner selfie2 sqLet me take a selfie

Sophie Turner uses the much-maligned selfie to document her life and explore her identity

Sophie Turner // 3 March 2016

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

Feminine hygiene squareSASS Intimate Skincare: whatever you do, don’t say “vagina”

In the first guest feature of our body image series, Jade Moulds shares her doubts about SASS Intimate Skincare and why a company that can’t say the word “vagina” shouldn’t be trusted with them

Jade Moulds // 20 September 2015

Categories: Body and Health, Features

9741280_3e235cb71b_zDementia is a feminist issue

Women make up two thirds of the people living with dementia in the UK and a huge proportion of carers looking after those living with dementia, yet policy making doesn't recognise and value them. Nada Savitch speaks to women affected by dementia and calls on young women to change their futures

Nada Savitch // 21 April 2015

Categories: Activism, Body and Health, Family, Features, Interviews

Jenny1Happy in their colourful skin

From seedy parlours to political tattooing, we have come a long way. Alison Barton-Simmons speaks to women about their motivations for getting inked

Alison Barton-Simmons // 13 January 2015

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Features

TabloidsFrom 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

Consent-is-sexySex 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

Contraceptive-pillIn 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

Hair-dyeIs 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

Time-magazine-coverExtended 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 nipple. She is breastfeeding him, but the image is still...

Rebecca Clough // 31 July 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Family

rateBipolar disorder and suicide: a film

Yasmin Melany'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

Yasmin Melany // 14 July 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Education

Mother-and-Child-1959-NARAThe power of the postnatal body

The postnatal body is under-appreciated, says Rowena Pelham

Rowena Pelham // 18 June 2012

Categories: Body and Health

speculumThe Victorians and the speculum

Kaye Jones on the history of the speculum

Kaye Jones // 18 April 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Herstory

Wedding-CakeTop 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

Disabled-accessNo 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

dirtydiaries-flashergirl-metroShe 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

Make-underIn 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

Queer-Feminist-Pro-ChoiceAbortion 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 Perez // 27 October 2011

Categories: Body and Health, Feminism

MiscarriageBreaking 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

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