From Baba Yaga to Hermione Granger: why we’re spellbound by ‘witcherature’

Vengeful, seductive, feminist, misogynist … witches have appeared in many forms in literature. Now a new generation of novelists are falling under their spell A witch is a woman who has too much power. Or, to quote the novelist #MeToo world, where Donald Trump a fan of the term witch-hunt is US president, it is really no surprise that female writers are examining the role of the witch in new ways. Since Trumps election, which inspired mass spell-casting by thousands of resistance witches (the selection of judge Circe, Millers reimagining of the story of the witch from the Odyssey. Shortlisted for the Womens prize and soon to become an HBO series, the novel sees Circe, a victim of rape, turn …

For women like me, postponing the menopause would be a blessing | Sonia Sodha

Scientific advances that prolong fertility can only be a benefit to many would-be mothers Let us imagine for a moment that we lived in a world where male fertility dropped off a cliff by the time men hit their mid 40s, leaving a group of men who wanted to have children but couldnt. When would science have produced a fix? I am going to hazard a guess that it would have been quite some time ago. But it has taken until 2019 for a fledgling treatment to delay the menopause by up to 20 years to be offered to women, even though the idea has been around for treatment involves removing and freezing a small piece of ovarian tissue from …

Anti-abortion group uses US federal grants to push controversial fertility app

Femm app, which sows doubt about the pill, promoted by Obria group that was awarded $1.7m by Trump administration US federal grants intended to help poor women obtain contraceptives are being used to promote a menstruation tracking app funded and operated by anti-birth control andanti-abortion campaigners. The Femm app sows doubt about the birth control pill and promotes itself as a natural way for women to avoid or achieve pregnancy. The app collects womens most intimate data, including details on menstruation, sex, mood and prescription drugs. Its developers say it has been downloaded more than 400,000 times. The app is led by the nonprofit Femm Foundation, whose vocal supporter of Trumps anti-abortion policies. A approved by the Trump administration, and …

Women Are Sharing The Most Obscene Things Theyve Done While Under The Influence Of Hormones

However, hormones do play a role in our behavior. According to a Twitter user “Twinks” #2 #3 When asked about the previous ignorance about the impact of hormones on women, Martie said the controlled scientific standards were partly to blame. “One reason is that scientists were content for many decades with studying the male as the default sex, and that was in part because women had cycles that made them messy,” she explained. “If you are doing a scientific experiment, you don’t want noise, you don’t want variation, you want everything to be strictly controlled. #6 #7 #8 #9 #10 #11 #12 #13 #14 #15 #16 #17 #18 #19 #20 See Also on Bored Panda Original Article : HERE ; …

‘Consensual rape’ and ‘re-implantation’: the times lawmakers ‘misspoke’ on abortion

Politicians saying ludicrous things while arguing for extreme abortion restrictions seems to be common On Friday told the Missouri house that most of the rapes he had encountered in his previous role in law enforcement were date rapes or consensual rapes. While Hovis noted that these were all terrible he also stressed they were very tricky he-said-she-said situations. In any case, the lawmaker said, his real point was that, if someone was sexually assaulted they could simply take the morning after pill. Although, to be clear, he repeated this nonsense several times. An egg is only considered human life if it is in a woman According to the anti-abortion brigade, life begins at conception. It turns out, however, that there …

How a viral image of breasts exposes science’s obsession with the male body | Jill Filipovic

An image of female anatomy has highlighted the far-reaching effects of treating the male of the species as the default It has taken a viral Artist formerly known as Byeonce (@lemonadead) I just realized I never saw a photo of a female muscle system. This is NOT what I imagined milk ducts to look like. April 21, 2019 Just think about the images of skeletal, nervous and muscular systems youve seen before. Without skin (and a face) its not immediately obvious that youre looking at a man. And yet its also clear that the default is a man. Even without milk ducts, the scientific images of human bodies that we typically see have male builds and musculature. Troublingly, we dont …