Politics & Women’s Health

Women's health has been a strong political focus recently leading up to the Presidential election.  The first Presidential debate, in fact, included such discussion.  Obama, although known to support women's health rights, accused Planned Parenthood of violating women's health law  while Romney remained true to his political party roots by supporting anti-choice as well as... Continue Reading →

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Have Women Become the New Trick in ‘Trick or Treat’?

What was once thought of as a kid's holiday with spooky decorations and creative costumes, Halloween has begun to be much more known for its lack of originality and sexualization of women.  It comes as no surprise that America has capitalized on the concept.  Nearly every commercial store window advertising Halloween costumes involve  a fetish-ized... Continue Reading →

Health: From the Inside-Out

The above picture was posted on Pintrest.com, a virtual bulletin board in which people can post images, ideas, tips or general interests and share them with others.  You can keep track of your interests by creating various theme boards from "craft ideas" to "gluten-free recipes" to organize your interests.  If you like a picture or... Continue Reading →

Reality TV & The Transformation of Identity of the Self

The cultural economy of entertainment and advertising has transformed the identity of the self by creating ideal and normative images or behaviors through governmentality and biopower, simultaneously targeting marginalized groups that lie outside the narrow boundaries of such definitions.  From makeover television such as Work Out or The Biggest Loser to beauty and fitness advertising, citizens... Continue Reading →

Virginity: Going Going Gone!

Women’s virginity has long been a cultural value of some sort among societies across the globe implying things such as monetary worth and purity.  For the most part, this value increases with its preservation and has rarely been decided by the woman herself.  With the term slut sill loosely used to describe a woman who... Continue Reading →

Is Health a New Way to Talk About Morality?

A white, female weather broadcaster recently responded to a viewers email attacking her for being overweight.  The writer made explicit statements such as “Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain” and “I leave you this note hoping that you’ll reconsider your responsibility... Continue Reading →

My Experience of Empathetic Witnessing

In Sayantani DasGupta and Marsha Hurst’s book Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies, they describe the term empathetic witnessing as “the existential commitment to be with the sick person and to facilitate his or her building of an illness narrative that will make sense of and gives value to the experience”.  While... Continue Reading →

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