#womenslives: costly, traumatic nightmare of being undocumented and pregnant – @Madame_George on @broadly

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Undocumented migrants already struggle to access healthcare, but doctors warn that the problem is especially acute among pregnant women. Li fled to the UK in 2012, escaping persecution in China for being a Christian. But her problems got exponentially worse when she found out she was pregnant. Turned away from her local GP because she didn’t have documents to prove […]

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#maleficentmisogyny: women as incubators: How US law dehumanizes pregnant women -@broadly

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Today, many American women find themselves the subject of intense surveillance during pregnancy. Even as pregnant women happily anticipate the birth of a healthy child, families, friends, health care providers, and government officials often scrutinize their actions for behavior that could potentially risk the health of the developing fetus. Increasingly, widely held beliefs about how the “good” pregnant woman should […]

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#research: medical abortions online safe and effective

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[Though still illegal for the women of Ireland.] A study into women who seek abortion pills online in the face of strict laws against terminations has found that almost 95% safely ended their pregnancy without surgical intervention. Experts say the study underscores the safety of medical abortion, and highlights that women who go on to experience symptoms of possible complications […]

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#womenslives: The worst ‘alternative facts’ about abortion – @rewire_news

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Abortion Is Dangerous for Women’s Health The Reality: Evidence suggests a much different world-view from the fake narrative that abortion is medically harmful. Data show that the overall complication rate of abortion is lower than the complication rate for wisdom tooth removals and tonsillectomies, according to Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, a research center at the University of California, […]

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#womenslives: female academics and the ‘flexibility myth’ @ rolereboot

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There’s a flexibility myth in academia. It goes like this: Academic mothers have it much better than other professional mothers because of their flexible schedule—a luxury women in business, journalism, law, and medicine don’t enjoy—which allows them to set their own hours, and chart their individual paths to success. It’s tempting to buy into this myth, a kind of variation […]

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#womenslives: republican politician says women should be forced to carry dead fetuses to term – @broadly

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Earlier this week, during a committee hearing for an abortion ban that is being proposed in Ohio, a Republican state representative, Shannon Lundgren, mounted a troubling defense of her hardline stance that a woman should not be able to terminate her pregnancy after 20 weeks. The anti-abortion politician suggested that women who miscarry after 20 weeks of pregnancy should carry […]

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#womenslives: Mexico City’s metro’s ‘penis seat’

When a new style of seat suddenly appeared on Mexico City’s metro system, it was labelled as inappropriate, uncomfortable, humiliating and embarrassing. It was supposed to be. The seat, moulded to include a protruding penis and chest, was designed to highlight sexual harassment experienced by female passengers. The explanation next to the men-only label read: “It is uncomfortable to sit […]

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BSA event 30.06: BSA Regional Early Career Event: The Precariatisation of Women’s Lives

BSA Regional Early Career Event The Precariatisation of Women’s Lives Friday 30th June 2017, 9.00-17.15 Sheffield Hallam University Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics and Sheffield Institute of Education Confirmed Speakers: Dr Amanda Arbouin (Nottingham Trent University), Professor Christina Beatty (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Cinnamon Bennett (Sheffield Hallam University), Laura Bentley (University West of England), Vicky Blake (University & Colleges […]

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#womenslives: Self-help, beauty privilege, and the truth about confidence – @lipmag

Confidence is widely considered an excellent quality. It’s associated with communication skills, social suavity, and success. Studies even show that people possessing strong self-confidence earn more money than their less confident counterparts. Is it any surprise, therefore, that capitalist Western culture in particular places such emphasis on self-esteem? Self-help culture has grown from the notion that everyone should strive to […]

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#womenslives: Online harassment, young women (and the academy)

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Online harassment, young women (and the academy) – @socimagination The Pew study found the distribution of these experiences to be structured by gender and age. Young adults (18-29) as a whole are more likely to experience either category of harassment but young women (18-24) are overwhelmingly the targets of the more extreme behaviours. But the gendering of these experiences, shouldn’t […]

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