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The women of Rolling Stone

Lisa Whittington-Hill

If you’ve been busy binge watching season three of Orange Is the New Black (and you really should be) you might have missed the latest issue of Rolling Stone with OITNB stars Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon on the cover. The magazine’s cover story devotes significant column inches to talking about how historic OITNB is. […] More »

Meanwhile, in America, someone compares health care reform to 9/11

Katie Toth

Yesterday was a big day for our neighbours (or, sorry, is that “neighbors”?) next door! August 1 marked the first day that United States’ federal health reform contraception mandate comes into play. Starting now, the next time that insurance companies go into open enrollment periods (the period where new policy years start and they bring […] More »

Messy Monday June 4: Sexy bridge trolls and the Etch-A-Sketch President

Katie Toth

Happy Monday, everyone! Ready for your dose of fresh queer feminism yet? No? Drink some coffee. How about now? Yeah? Super. Luka Magnotta dated a trans woman, get over it. By now you’ve probably heard of Luka Magnotta—the Montreal porn actor who allegedly killed, sexually assaulted and ate a 33-year-old man. I’d like to spend […] More »

Messy Monday May 28: Slutwalk, Catholics and a very fast puppy

Katie Toth

Good-day, tired and slightly ragey cubicle dwellers (and those of you still eating Pillsbury Cookies at home in your PJs.) It’s Monday. I was hoping to write this a few hours ago, but I wasn’t expecting this weekend to be so slut-tastic. Slutwalk Toronto took the streets yet again Friday evening for a 2012 encore […] More »

Body Politic #15: Canadian teenagers—now with more Bisphenol-A!

lyndsie bourgon

Canadians – a bunch of walking, talking BPA vessels? Apparently so. Statistics Canada recently released results from their first nationwide look into bisphenol A, and the results aren’t pretty. According to a Globe and Mail report on the stats, 91 per cent of Canadians tested show some sort of BPA exposure, and teenagers carry most of […] More »

Body Politic #14: What we need to hear from the G(irls) 20 Summit

lyndsie bourgon

We’ve talked a lot about what’s going wrong so far with the G20 and G8 meetings taking place in Ontario this year. And lord knows there are plenty of problems: aside from the lack of discussion surrounding women’s health we’re now chopping down trees in an urban jungle and searching around for supposedly stolen police […] More »

Body Politic #13: Trouble in Cougar Town

lyndsie bourgon

Aside from the fact that single older women have enough stigma to deal with, the “cougar” trend has been a rampant part of pop culture for years now. And while, for some reason, the thought of an older woman dating a younger man draws giggles and raised eyebrows more often than not, up until this […] More »

Body Politic #12: Why are Conservative female politicians silent on women's health?

lyndsie bourgon

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This certainly rings true in the world of health policy: there’s a lot of talk, and the idea of change or reform is nice to think about, regardless of whether it ever happens. Recently, it seems that absolutely nothing is changing at all. Because for […] More »

Body Politic #10: Tories won't say it, but birth control saves lives

lyndsie bourgon

Update, Friday, March 19: It seems to me that it’s impossible to truly know where the government stands. One moment the foreign minister says birth control isn’t included in their G8 maternal health push. The next the prime minister’s backing up on that, saying discussion around birth control’s not out of the cards. *** There […] More »

Body Politic #9: The right to choose (to live-tweet your abortion)

lyndsie bourgon

In the Twitter-verse, news spreads fast, is debunked faster, and is retweeted before you can think of something better to say. Gordon Lightfoot can attest to this, I’m sure. So when a long story is slowly told through the 140-character limit, it tends to make people pay attention. That’s what happened when Angie Jackson decided […] More »

Body Politic #8: Big Pharma and public health insurance—too close for comfort

lyndsie bourgon

When was the last time you called Bayer or GlaxoSmithKline up for a chat about your prescription regime? Never, right? Doctors are our go-between, the ones who prescribe and manage our health, who pay attention to developments in pharmaceuticals, and we generally have to trust them to know what we need. While many provinces are […] More »