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Posts tagged "women's health"


It takes but a second to replace women’s health with sexual or reproductive health. It’s really that easy… and then you aren’t erasing our trans sisters.

Yes, yes, yes. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
I'm taking a Women's Health class for school online. I was reading through some of the documents, discussion topics, etc. and the focus seems to be on cis women. In the past I would've thought nothing of this but it's frustrating me quite a lot. Is this normal for "women's health" classes? Do you have any advice? I wasn't sure if I should switch out (if I even can) or what. It seems like there's a lot of great information but I wish it were more inclusive. -contd-
becauseiamawoman becauseiamawoman Said:

-contd- Should I just focus on being inclusive when I can in the thread discussions and any other assignments where possible? I feel anxious about discussions and I just don’t want to be someone who gets so into correcting other people or having to explain that trans* women need to be included in women’s health. Or other things like the fact that childbirth is not inherently a women’s issue. Does that make sense?

Yes, it makes sense. My first piece of advice is to talk this over with your professor. Perhaps send them an email outlining your issue with the course and asking them if it will be addressed at any point over the semester or not. If not, maybe suggest doing a discussion around the topic- maybe you can even moderate it. I think your issues with the course are really important, and that being critical of classes, health care, etc of this sort is not only important but also a vehicle for change. 

It also is helpful to come at assignments from your own academic background. For example, although I did not study women and gender studies in college I was able to incorporate my own background in it into my courses my orienting my assignments and discussions around the topic. You may be able to do something similar here. 

I’d love to know how it progresses as you get further into the class. If you feel like dropping an update sometime, I’d appreciate it!

Good luck!


Wisdom comes with age, and at 84 years old, Maya Angelou has lots of wisdom. But she says she picked up her most valuable piece of wisdom early on. “I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me,” she said. In that spirit, Angelou has taken up the cause of women’s health.

“If I do that well enough, then I’ll be able to look after someone else — the children or the husband or the elderly. But I have to look after myself first,” she says. “I know that some people think that’s being selfish, I think that’s being self-full.”

That philosophy is at the center of her latest effort, a partnership with Novant Health, a not-for-profit integrated system of 13 hospitals that is set to unveil the Maya Angelou Center for Women’s Health and Wellness in her hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C.

The newest facility is the second with which Angelou has been involved. In 2002 she helped open the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University, which is focused on closing the gap in health and healthcare disparities among minorities.

Read more at the link.

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Don’t think it’s a war on women? Check out THIS state-by-state guide to 2012’s anti-choice laws - so far.

Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are *always* male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or bicep.

And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world.


re: feministing - for women, heart attacks look different

Things I did not know, but should.

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They put up some awesome billboards in austin a few months ago showing the signs of a heart attack that women will feel. And I know they were effective because I was in the car when mando saw the billboard and said “Man I had no idea women had different symptoms for heart attacks!”

Way to go city of mine :)

Even better?  A woman having all the “classic” (read: male) symptoms of heart attack is more than twice as likely to be sent home from the ER than to be checked out, EKGed, and examined.

Because we’re just hormone-addled hysterics.  :-(

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Did NOT know this.

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