Articles about Body and Health

Articles about the body and health issues.

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

Siun 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 //

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 //

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 //

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

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