New York City Takes Giant Leap Forward for Girls and Women (In the News)

July 16, 2016 by Women's Voices For Change

“At last, a recognition that reproducing the human race is a necessity and not a taxable luxury!”

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The Myth of Holiday Weight Gain

December 7, 2015 by Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.


By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Right now, you are being bombarded by messages about holiday weight gain. “Avoid those 5 holiday pounds!” “Drop the Egg Nog and drop that extra weight!” The media reminds us again and again that American gluttony will have us bursting at the seams. So, here’s the secret all those news articles leave out: No one knows where that five pound number came from.

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‘Dietland’: A Call to Arms Against Body Shaming

July 16, 2015 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.


By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Women today are realizing they need to fight back against . . . this idea that only one type of body is acceptable and worse, only an ideal decided on by someone else’s standards can be attractive.

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Book Review: “Older Faster Stronger,” by Margaret Webb

November 25, 2014 by Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

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By Varsha Parasram, PT, DPT, MST

We listened in admiration as the former “short, stocky, flatfooted, still-smoking, pre-menopausal woman” told of the strength, energy, and lifted spirits that have enhanced her life since she decided to exercise her 50-year-old body “to the fitness level of a fit 20-year-old.”

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Sex Over 40

October 14, 2013 by Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Old Couple

By Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. and Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Learning the physical mechanics—and, more important, the emotional dynamic—involved in a sexual relationship can be a slow process. It takes self-confidence, knowledge of one’s own erotic needs, and the capacity and interest to please a partner in ways that only wisdom and years of sexual experience can bring to the bedroom.

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Dr. Ford on Emotional Health: Double Mastectomy and the Shame Factor

May 30, 2013 by Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

Double Mastectomy

By Cecilia M. Ford, Ph.D.

“Most women feel as you do when faced with the loss of a body part that is tied so inextricably to your sense of yourself as a woman,” Dr. Ford writes to Katie, who carries the BRCA1 gene. “Your mother clearly never recovered her sense of herself as a beautiful, sexual woman after her surgery.”

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Women of Reinvention: Cherokee Black, Transforming with Grace

August 30, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

For some women, reinventing themselves is about survival; for others, it’s about new beginnings. For Cherokee Black, a former model who left the industry to take care of an ill sister and is now returning decades later, reinvention is “a regular occurrence” in her life. For her, “reinvention” means “to transform with grace.”

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Wednesday 5: Oscar-worthy Films for Fall; Women of Instagram; and No Mirrors for a Month?

August 29, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Oscar-worthy films for the fall; women journalists in war zones; Instagramming your world; Women’s Equality Day; and an experiment in avoiding mirrors for a month.

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A Good Bra Nowadays Is Hard to Find

August 28, 2012 by Deborah Harkins

Ah, the sheer pleasure of taking off a bad bra! Fitters at these shops stand ready (without tape measure) ensure that you’ll never have to buy a bad one again.

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If This Is Eileen Fisher, I Must Be Extra-Small

August 28, 2012 by Roz Warren

Nowadays, sizes are all over the place. In one store, I’m a Size 6. Down the block, I’m an 8. In the course of a single shopping trip, I can go from Small to Medium to Large. In each new store, when a saleswoman asks, “What size are you?” I respond, “I have no idea. You tell me.”

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VIDEO: “About Face” HBO Documentary Explores Perceptions on Aging and Beauty

August 2, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders talks about his HBO documentary, “About Face: Supermodels Then and Now,” which explores cultural perceptions of age and beauty over the past few decades through the lens of past supermodels.

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Wednesday Five: Hearten Up! Bracing Reports on All Fronts, Including a Shoutout to Singles and a Jab at the Beauty Myth

July 11, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

This week’s blogs celebrated a 14-year-old’s successful petition against impossible beauty standards; provided a defense of Singledom; took a judicious look at “having it all”; and extolled the joys of creativity and compassion.

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A Nutritionist’s Advice: When the Scale Stops Moving, Don’t Panic!

July 5, 2012 by Keri Gans, M.S., R.D., C.D.N.

A weight-loss plateau: It’s a very scary, very real scenario. But before you decide to totally surrender to the fact that the scale may never move again, ponder the advice nutritionist Keri Gans gives her patients.

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Video Pick: How Title IX Impacted the 20th Century’s Greatest Female Athlete

June 23, 2012 by Women's Voices For Change

Back in the bad old days, as Perry Barber’s post on Title IX notes, girls and women were assumed to be too frail for (or uninterested in) strenuous sports. Long-distance running? “Very questionable . . . an arduous sport would give you big legs, a mustache, hair on your chest, and your uterus would fall out,” Kathrine Switzer, who dared to enter the all-male Boston Marathon in 1969, declares scornfully.

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“Summer’s Coming” Reprise: Sizing Up, Now

May 26, 2012 by Shelley Singer


By Shelley Singer

“No one in Europe wears a one-piece,” she said. “Not fat old ladies, not pregnant women, not women with mastectomies or abdominal scars. Get yourself a bikini or you’ll feel like an idiot at the pool.” If ever I was going to wear one again, this was the time.

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