Articles about Body and Health

Articles about the body and health issues.

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 nipple. She is breastfeeding him, but the image is still...

Rebecca Clough // 31 July 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Family

Bipolar 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

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 Perez // 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 De Benedictis // 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 Leveque // 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

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