An Olympic swimmer from China mentioned her menstrual period

And she quickly became an internet sensation. Already a crowd favorite, Fu Yuanhui mentioned getting her period on a day when she competed in the Olympics’ 4x100m medley relay, and the world went wild because who knew that women had menstrual periods that might come along at inopportune times? Well, all of us knew that but few …

Call your mother

Much was made at the DNC over Bill Clinton’s speech about his wife, the Democratic presidential nominee. Ol’ Bill’s speech, it was said, humanized her. It made her seem somehow more approachable, maybe likable, even, according to the talking heads. Well, here’s the deal: “Approachability” is not even on my long list of things I want …

Why are girls between the ages of 10-14 killing themselves?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a stunning report that says that since 1999, suicide in the U.S. has increased by 24 percent. Particularly hard hit are girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Who thinks of girls that young having suicidal thoughts? But there’s at least a partial explanation, and I wrote …

Thank you, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women

While the Connecticut legislators hurl their way toward Wednesday, the end of this legislative session, can we take a quick moment to thank the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, a 43-year old powerhouse of an organization that works tirelessly for the women of Connecticut. By Connecticut General Assembly mandate, the commission monitors, critiques and recommends changes to legislation …

Bless these 41,000 doctors

Leftover sends this: California’s largest medical association is joining a lawsuit against Dignity Health, a Catholic hospital system, for denial of service. The California Medical Association is joining the ACLU in the suit. Dignity Health, according to the suit, is using religious directives to deny patients basic reproductive health care. You can read more here.