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* Great, women claim even more power over Children. The New York Times reports on scientists who have discovered “a surprising new mechanism by which women train their fetuses’ budding immune systems: the mother’s cells slip across the placenta, enter the fetus’s body and teach it to treat these cells as its own.”

* Strapped for cash? Birth 14 babies through science [via The Frisky].

* When you open up your Reproductive Health Reality Check essay on body image with this:

I was saddened to read Hannah Whittaker’s article on The F Word about her eating disorder a while back. I did, however, want to share the experiences of someone from the other side of the fence. I have what, for many women, is an extremely enviable figure. If I open a copy of FHM, the models don’t look like unattainable visions of tiny-waisted pneumatic perfection. They look like me . . .

I may not read the remainder of your Reproductive Health Reality Check essay on body image.

* Tiger Beatdown does not defend the Guardian‘s defense of “political lesbianism.”

Because “political lesbianism” reinforces the stereotype that women are not sexual; because it encourages straight women to appropriate lesbian experience; because it reinforces the stereotype that lesbians are all “going through a phase” that they can be fucked out of by men; because it encourages straight women to deny themselves a necessary, liberating, and life-affirming form of pleasure; because it inevitably leads to one-sided and sexually catastrophic lesbian relationships . . .


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