One of the most puzzling aspects of the new guidelines concerns self-exams for breast cancer. The panel is recommending not teaching the technique.
Here is an article about some of the research behind the recommendation, and criticism of it. The research does appear to have some serious problems.
Somali woman stoned to death for adultery.
Global failure to meet women’s health needs.
Afghan women burning themselves to escape abuse.
US Chamber of Commerce fighting legislation designed to prevent contracts like that of Jamie Leigh Jones, whose Halliburton contract forbade her from filing any charges against the company for locking her in a container after being gang-raped by co-workers. Go here to sign a petition against this. (Clarified in response to Monkey’s comment.)
Dr Brooke Magnanti, a cancer researcher, was already a famous author by the time she got her first academic job. She was Belle de Jour, who blogged about her experience as a highly paid prostitute in London. (A movie is in the works.) It seems she turned to prostitution when she needed money while writing up her University of Sheffield PhD. For more, see here and here. Vishal, who sent this in, wonders whether there are any similar stories from men in academia. I don’t know of any, but I did once have an MA student who supported his degree by stripping.