Articles about 'health'

A brief history of normalising female pain

Women’s pain being dismissed or not taken seriously is a tale as old as time, writes Helena Jackson

Guest Blogger // 7 June 2018

Categories: Blog

My vaginismus is not for male sexual pleasure

More awareness of vaginismus as a serious medical condition is needed to challenge the idea that we’re simply women with ‘tight’ vaginas, says Vanessa de Largie

Guest Blogger // 15 April 2018

Categories: Blog

There’s nothing ‘broken’ about not being interested in sex

The pressure to perform and enjoy sex a certain way can make some women feel they’re ‘broken’ for not doing it ‘right’, writes Fran Bushe

Guest Blogger // 12 February 2018

Categories: Blog

“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

Photo narratives of breast cancer and a feminist perspective

Philippa Chun considers how photographers can be a positive force in portraying those with breast cancer in ways that preserve their humanity

Philippa Chun // 30 September 2015

Categories: Features

Bleeding nuisance

As Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month starts, Daloni Carlisle, Ambassador for The Eve Appeal, explains why women must start talking about their period

Guest Blogger // 9 September 2015

Categories: Blog

Me and my body image

Tilly-Jayne Kidman on her struggles with body image and how learning to focus on health has helped her to to combat negative feelings about the way she looks

Guest Blogger // 6 September 2015

Categories: Blog

Blogging Against Disablism Day – gender, health and responsibility

On Blogging Against Disablism Day, D H Kelly explores the way that women, in particular, are held responsible for their ill health

D H Kelly // 1 May 2015

Categories: Blog

Dementia 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

A house of my own

D.T. Dragon laments the apathy the council showed when building adaptations for them in their house

D. T. Dragon // 29 September 2014

Categories: Blog

Knickers: mandatory or meaningless?

At a recent party, I got talking to a friend about the relative benefits of going sans knickers, panties, undergarments - whatever you wish to call them. She was, in the main, all for it but did draw attention to certain biological factors that perhaps required the protection of a gusset.

Isadora Vibes // 22 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Assistance to live, not assistance to die

Laura highlights some of the arguments against Lord Falconer's assisted dying bill, from the perspective of disabled people

Laura // 18 July 2014

Categories: Blog

Beyond labels: facing up to mental illness

Eli Shafritz shares her experience of being diagnosed and learning to live with health anxiety, a journey that has revealed the importance of talking about mental illness

Guest Blogger // 24 January 2014

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's round-up of interesting and thought-provoking news and views

Laura // 16 September 2013

Categories: Blog

Would Scottish independence be bad for women’s health?

Ana Hine compares women's healthcare in England and Scotland

Guest Blogger // 18 August 2013

Categories: Blog

7000 Irish women a year travel to the UK for abortions

Cara Murphy highlights how little impact the new Irish abortion legislation would actually have on Irish women, whose only current option is to travel overseas - if they can afford it

Guest Blogger // 15 July 2013

Categories: Blog

Health, personal responsibility and guilt: holding mothers to account with ‘total motherhood’

A guest post from Chrissy D about a recent open lecture at Kent University from Joan Wolf, the author of 'Is Breast Best?', on 'total motherhood' and the harmful myths swamping the discourse on parenting

Guest Blogger // 16 February 2013

Categories: Blog

Women can’t win: Mental health in crisis

Philippa talks about the appalling state of mental health provision for women in crisis, after reading a psychiatrist's recommendation that women of childbearing age go untreated.

Philippa Willitts // 25 October 2012

Categories: Blog

Panty liners

Amy Ekins and her lady garden give the purveyors of "feminine hygiene" products a big thumbs down

Guest Blogger // 14 August 2012

Categories: Blog

It’s World Mental Health Day, so stop stigmatising my pills.

Philippa writes about World Mental Health Day and the stigmatisation of women who take psychiatric medication

Philippa Willitts // 10 October 2011

Categories: Blog

Baby friendly – but is it woman friendly?

A guest blog post by Lorrie Hearts about the issue of women's choice, with regards to breastfeeding, following a news story about a maternity hospital who will no longer provide formula milk.

Guest Blogger // 3 October 2011

Categories: Blog

“Oh my god. You’re that nurse…”: Smear test post part 2

Philippa writes the second half of a 2-part post, begun yesterday, about women's experiences of smear tests, and how they could be improved.

Philippa Willitts // 19 September 2011

Categories: Blog

“Oh my god. You’re that nurse from Casualty!”, and other things that should never be said during a smear test

Philippa talks about the problems many people encounter when having a smear test.

Philippa Willitts // 18 September 2011

Categories: Blog

Abortions are not the same as pensions

Philippa writes about Frank Field and Nadine Dorries' announced changes to abortion law.

Philippa Willitts // 29 August 2011

Categories: Blog

Reminder: GEO trans health survey closes on Sunday

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) second e-bulletin (June/July 2011) is available for download from the Home Office website It contains a brief overview of the results of the survey linked...

Helen G // 15 July 2011

Categories: Blog

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