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Author: Tara Mendola

The Chelsea Clinton Uproar and the Public Perception of Pregnancy

Fretting about whether or not the doubtless unpleasant experience of being publicly shamed will send Chelsea Clinton into labor has no more basis in scientific reality than past beliefs in a “maternal imagination” so powerful that looking at a distressing animal or disabled person could directly cause birth defects. What it does do is let us off the hook of meaningful advocacy for women’s health. 

Bloody Waters at the Mikveh

Has the reclamation of the mikveh gone so far as to erase menstruation? We may be missing an opportunity for sex-positive, body-affirming discussion of what it means to be a person who can get pregnant.