Lizzo is a joyous inspiration but body positivity has come too late for the likes of me | Grace Dent

There was no such thing when I was a teen in the 80s; there was the heavenly Maria Whittaker on Page 3 and Sabrina in the Boys Boys Boys video As Page 3 and gorgeous strumpet Sabrina in the Boys Boys Boys video. I cannot speak for the pains of being too thin as it has never happened to me, nor can I speak for men, although Im sure Hasselhoff on Baywatch or Arnie pumping iron didnt help masculine self-worth. We lived our formative years through a time where the F word was perfectly acceptable: hes a fat git, shes run to fat, theyre as fat as butter. I recall no positive labels for bigger. And back then, on the …

Brexit effect forces women to go to Netherlands for abortions

Charity says visa delays making it harder for immigrant women in Ireland to travel to UK A pro-choice charity that for decades has helped thousands of Irish women access abortions in England is sending foreign nationals to the Netherlands due to tighter UK visa regulations and the effects of Brexit. The Abortion Support Network (ASN) said it was guiding immigrant women in Ireland towards Dutch abortion facilities because it was taking too long to obtain visas for English clinics. The London-based organisation also warned that even EU citizens living in the republic may have to travel to Holland for terminations after Brexit rather than crossing the Irish Sea. ASN saidit was focusing on helping women from Ireland who were more …

Guy Takes Pictures Of Car License Plates Outside Planned Parenthood To Later Educate Women At Their Homes

In scenes reminiscent of the ‘morality police’ found in groups like the Taliban, a man in Tucson, Arizona has taken it upon himself to ‘reeducate’ women who visit the local Planned Parenthood office. The vigilante pro-lifer, identified as Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Emporium brought people’s awareness to Jordan’s ‘protest,’ pointing out that although local police are aware of his activities, they are unable or unwilling to do anything about it. This is a comment Jordan made himself that was also posted to the same group, it proves he’s well aware of his actions. People’s responses to Jordan’s post restore our faith in humanity somewhat, with many commenters pointing out that the work of Planned Parenthood goes far beyond abortions. They …

‘Im such a big fan of the menstrual cycle! the women asking whether its possible to have a better period

Exhausted with doctors not taking periods seriously, a new wave of authors is asking whether menstruation can ever be tolerable even enjoyable A tiny drop of blood on our bathroom floor was what gave me away. My mother took it as a sign that, at the age of 15, my period had arrived. After popping out to the shops, she came to my room with sanitary pads and a bunch of flowers; the pads came with a brief lesson on how to use them while the gerberas were left behind without explanation, some unspoken symbolism for my blossoming womanhood. The truth was, I had had my period for two years. It had arrived without fanfare when I was 13, but, …

Can someone please send mushrooms to all the mens rights activists out there? | Arwa Mahdawi

If Roosh V, rape-apologist and leading voice in the online manosphere, can change his ways, perhaps psychedelics can advance feminism Sign up for the Week in Patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Roosh V has been God-pilled The internets most infamous pickup artist and rape-apologist recently announced that he received a message while on mushrooms and has found God. Daryush Valizadeh, who goes by the name Roosh V, the Southern Poverty Law Center as a male supremacist, Roosh has grown a devoted following by promoting a hateful ideology he describes as neomasculinity and sharing predatory tips for seducing women by no. From the his forum he writes that The God pill does feel like the final …

Moby’s treatment of Natalie Portman is a masterclass in nice-guy misogyny | Arwa Mahdawi

While the vegan musician might not spout misogynistic lyrics, hes no feminist. He dismisses Portmans refutation that they dated as untrustworthy gossip If someone had said the word Moby a week ago, chances are the first thing youd have thought is Dick. That probably hasnt changed but now youd likely be referring to the 90s musician rather than the 19th century whale. Over the past few days, Moby has been stress-testing the adage that all publicity is good publicity by repeatedly insisting that he and Natalie Portman used to be an item, even if she says they werent. In his new memoir, When It Fell Apart, Moby claims that he dated Portman when he was 33 and she was 20, …

Missouri lawmakers approve extreme eight-week abortion ban

The legislation, which is expected to be signed by the governor, echoes even tighter restrictions passed by Alabama this week Missouri lawmakers on Friday approved legislation to ban approved, and the governor signed, a ban on abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Republican state senators there, fetal heartbeat bills by the extreme activists behind them, even though at six weeks supreme Roe v Wade, the landmark ruling guaranteeing the right to an abortion. Missouri Governor Parson should be ashamed of riding the disgraceful coattails of 25 white men in Alabama who just voted to ban safe, legal abortion, said Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Missouris bill has a provision saying that if Roe is overturned, all abortions …

If even Beyonc had a rough pregnancy, what hope do other black women have? | Derecka Purnell

A USA Today report showed black mothers suffer severe complications twice as often as white women Last week, Beyonc Knowles-Carter premiered Homecoming on Netflix. Three homegirls and I were glued on the navy sectional, journeying with Mrs Carter through her love for black colleges, black people and black music. Id seen the Coachella performance well over 50 times, memorizing the Getting to the Money routine for a dance challenge I never posted online. But this documentary included commentary and showcased her work ethic and diet, including the battle with her body during and after her second pregnancy with twins. I was 218 pounds the day I gave birth. I had an extremely difficult pregnancy. I had high blood pressure. I …

Feminism with no human warmth leaves me cold | Zoe Williams

Im a fan of the acclaimed young writer known as the Slumflower. But her sexual creed of exploitation appals me, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams A couple of years ago, the feminist society of Deptford Green secondary school convened a conference. It was there that I met Chidera Eggerue: aka the Slumflower, author of #saggyboobsmatter movement. She was a remarkable woman. I dont want to call her a remarkable young woman, even though she was 23 at the time: young is such a modifier and she would have been remarkable at any age. Her broad message was one of body positivity: if you love yourself and your shape, nobody can shame you. She built what I thought was a brisk, …

Women with Allergan breast implants may sue over cancer link

UK women claim they were not told enough about potential risk of rare breast cancer A group of more than 200 women are considering legal action over controversial breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. The women claim they were not sufficiently informed about the risks of textured Allergan implants, Women who have the implants and capsules removed can make a full recovery, but if left untreated the disease can spread throughout the body and become life-threatening. Last year, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) advised its members to stop using Allergan implants as a precaution, but said the scientific data did not suggest the need to remove or exchange any current implants. …

The truth about late-term abortions in the US: they’re very rare

Republicans are pushing to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks while Democrats focus on loosening restrictions. Mona Chalabi illustrates the facts The debate about abortion in the US seems to be taking place on shifting ground. Republicans have recently made efforts to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks in Missouri and late-term abortions. Late-term abortions are particularly controversial. Especially when the inflammatory language deployed by the Donald Trump in his State of the Union address claims that Democrats want to make legislative changes would allow a baby to be ripped from the mothers womb moments from birth. But late-term abortions are also very rare. In 2015, more than found this is particularly true for poorer women. Looking through …