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occult

The Victorian Occultist Accused of Killing Men With Her Mind

Pioneering feminist and animal rights campaigner Anna Kingsford was one of the 19th century's most remarkable women. Then she was charged with using black magic to murder two vivisectionists.
Dee Cunning
1.2.18
RACISM
RACISM

Cries Intensify to Remove Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Female Slaves

In the US, there are still three public memorials to Dr. J. Marion Sims, a doctor known for performing experimental surgeries on black women without anesthesia or consent during the 19th century.
Kimberly Lawson
8.22.17
protest
protest

'There Is Still Hope': Photos From an Emergency Protest Against Trumpcare

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were among the crowd rallying to vote down the American Health Care Act.
Izzie Ramirez
5.6.17
SCIENCE
SCIENCE

'Fear of the Clit': A Brief History of Medical Books Erasing Women's Genitalia

We've come a long way since scientists asserted that the clitoris was a deformity, but the view of women as underdeveloped men and child receptacles still haunts our textbooks.
Suzannah Weiss
5.3.17
HEALTH
HEALTH

What It Looks Like When Med Students' Grades Depend on Listening to Women

The University of Oxford medical school is pioneering a groundbreaking way of teaching gynecology, in which women from the general public train would-be doctors in the fine art of performing a pain-free pap smear.
Olivia Gordon
4.11.17
history
history

The Misogynistic History of Trying to Understand Women Who Self-Harm

For centuries, women and men alike have been engaging in acts of self-harm, but our understanding of the behavior has long been limited by sexist stereotypes.
Rachel Vorona Cote
3.15.17
drinking
drinking

I Ate Activated Charcoal to Try to Prevent Myself from Getting Drunk

People from various corners of Pinterest boast about the many benefits of activated charcoal—from detoxing stomachs to curing hangovers. I decided to put the new fad to the ultimate test and popped some charcoal pills.
Bethy Squires
11.4.16
history of
history of

Bloody Relief: The Evolution of Period Pain Cures

From sticking weed in your vagina to steaming open your cervix, the annals of menstrual relief medicine is long and bleeding complicated.
Alya Mooro
6.7.16
Culture
Culture

The Medical Condition that Makes You Smell Like Rotting Fish

Trimethylaminuria, or "fish odor syndrome," makes sufferers stink of everything from garbage to feces—even their tears can smell. We find out what it's like to suffer from the socially alienating ailment.
Amber Bryce
5.7.16
Sex
Sex

How Your Genetics Influence When You Lose Your Virginity

New research shows that your genes are closely associated with when you pop your cherry and the age you have your first child. We talked to a scientist who worked on the groundbreaking study.
Zing Tsjeng
4.19.16
HEALTH
HEALTH

Ireland Wants to Shred the Records of Brutal Operations They Performed on Women

Symphysiotomy was a violently life-altering childbirth operation that was performed on thousands of Irish women without their consent. But the government wants to shred medical records of those who suffered the procedure.
Mari Shibata
4.14.16
Facebook
Facebook

Facebook Is Mining Private Data from Cancer Organizations, New Lawsuit Alleges

A group of cancer and healthcare companies claim that Facebook is illegally collecting data from their users through its use of cookies.
Bethy Squires
3.18.16