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Women’s Health: Vagina Facts: 10 Things You May Not Know About Lady Parts

Women’s Health: Vagina Facts: 10 Things You May Not Know About Lady Parts

Women’s News: Abercrombie & Fitch ‘Larger’ Female Employees Had To Wear Men’s Clothes To Work, Says Former Employee

Women’s News: Abercrombie & Fitch ‘Larger’ Female Employees Had To Wear Men’s Clothes To Work, Says Former Employee

Women’s News: Abercrombie & Fitch ‘Larger’ Female Employees Had To Wear Men’s Clothes To Work, Says Former Employee

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After weeks of controversy regarding Abercrombie & Fitch’s limited clothing sizesfor women, its CEO’s disdain for customers that aren’t “cool kids” and his half-baked apology, we thought that there couldn’t possibly be any more frustrating realizations about the clothing brand. After reading former employee Kjerstin Gruys’ essay in Salon about her experiences working for A&F, it’s safe to say we were wrong.

Gruys, who was once a merchant in Abercrombie & Fitch’s outerwear division and is now a sociologist who researches body image, talks about the pressure she felt to maintain a certain size given that A&F required employees to dress “on-brand”(a.k.a. wear only current Abercrombie clothing to work each day). She wrote:

I squeezed myself into the second-largest A&F women’s size available — an 8 — and dieted to stay that size. It terrified me to know that if I gained weight and sized out of their women’s clothes, I’d have to wear ill-fitting men’s T-shirts and sweatshirts to work every day, as I’d seen other “large” women do.

 

So even though A&F was employing these women, ostensibly for their skills, they maintained a policy that forced their employees to wear ill-fitting, unprofessional men’s clothing in the workplace. Sounds like a pretty uncomfortable work environment to us, not to mention the fact that wearing clothing clearly created for teenagers in an office full of adults is odd to begin with.

“Can we pause to imagine the hilarity of grown people sitting in an office wearing the latest season of Abercrombie clothing? How anyone manages to pull off frayed, embellished short-shorts in a work environment is beyond me,” wrote Jezebel’s Meher Ahmad.

Gruys also argued in her Salon piece that the public outrage over Abercrombie’s policies is incongruous with our general lack of outrage over so-called “vanity sizing,” where companies lower the numbered size of clothing items without actually changing the measurements. So last year’s size 12 could be this year’s size 8.

“Given our emotional attachment to vanity sizing, our critique of A&F is both ironic and ill-conceived,” she wrote. “If so many of us agree — nay, beg — to have fashion retailers lie to us when it comes to our own clothing size, why are we so horrified and furious to learn that retailers are just as fat-phobic as we are? We can’t have it both ways, not if we desire real change.”

Gruys isn’t the only one using the Abercombie debacle as an opportunity to bring the public’s attention to the larger issues that inform fat-phobic policies like Abercrombie & Fitch’s. When blogger Jes M. Baker of The Militant Baker did aphoto shoot recreating A&F ads using the tagline “Attractive & Fat,” she stressed that her project wasn’t just about targeting one company.

“What this is about is eliminating the differentiation between cool kids and not cool kids, not using the versus when it comes to pretty vs. ugly and not separating attractive and fat,” she said on the ‘Today’ show in May.

And that’s a message we all need to hear more often.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/31/abercrombie-fitch-female-employees-mens-clothing-kjerstin-gruys_n_3367200.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s Health: Vagina Facts: 10 Things You May Not Know About Lady Parts

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By Corrie Pikul

This area is gorgeously complicated and full of surprises. Here are just a few.

1. During arousal, your lady parts act like his man parts. You know about the clitoris “joy button” becoming more, um, button-y, but you may not be aware that the labia minora also contain erectile tissue that gets slightly stiffer when things heat up. The reasons for this go back to when you were a fetus with androgynous parts. “We all start out with the same tissues in that area,” says Shelly Holmstrom, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of South Florida at Tampa.

2. Even the most mild-mannered among us have something in common with sharks. Vaginal lubricant and shark liver oil both contain an organic compound called squalene. Squalene derived from sharks is sometimes added to moisturizers and skin creams, where it acts as an emollient.

3. Silicone lubricants may be right for you but not for your toys.Gynecologists like Chicago’s Lauren Streicher, MD, recommend silicone-based lubricants over water-based ones because they feel more natural, last much longer and don’t usually contain propylene glycol, which is a potential irritant. However, silicone lubricant can compromise the integrity of vibrators and other sex toys that also contain silicone, and can cause them to change shape or break down

4. Menstrual blood may be a lifesaver. For years, scientists have been trying to find a medically helpful use for menstrual blood, which contains stem cells that have the ability to regenerate. The latest, most exciting research: cells from this all-too-readily-available blood are currently being tested to see if they can help patients with heart failure.

5. Shaving and waxing the bikini area can cause micro-trauma — even when it doesn’t hurt. The process of hair removal causes tiny nicks and abrasions that can allow bacteria to get under the skin and cause infections, explains Susan Taylor, MD, a Philadelphia-based dermatologist and the author ofBrown Skin. The micro-trauma caused by Brazilian waxes, especially, can boost the risk of a pox-like viral infection called molluscum contagiosum, suggests a small study published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. Don’t share razors—and consider holding off sexual contact until a day or two after a wax (longer if you have visible bumps or wounds).

6. Sex can also cause micro-trauma — even when it feels great. A normal, enjoyable bout of sex can still result in small scrapes or tears to the internal tissue, says Holmstrom. “Unfortunately for us, that’s why women are so much more likely than straight men to get STIs,” she says. Condoms are your best protection against STIs (besides abstinence, obviously), but as fans of the show Girls know, even they aren’t foolproof against HPV and genital ulcers, which can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact.

7. Sweating down there isn’t only normal; it provides a necessary function. Just below the skin of the labia and clitoral hood are hundreds of tiny glands that secrete oil and sweat, says Holmstrom. This can protect your delicate areas from friction and overheating.

8. It’s normal for premenopausal women to have daily discharge. The vagina can produce an average of a teaspoon of discharge a day, and it’s often white or transparent and odorless. Just before the ovulation phase of your menstrual cycle, this discharge will probably be more watery and elastic, and there will seem to be much more of it. If it bothers you, try a sanitary pad (and if you notice anything unusual — odor, discomfort, etc. — talk to your doctor).

9. Hair down there really does tend to be the same color as hair up there, but it will never be as long. The growth phase of pubic hair is much shorter than that of hair on your head, says Taylor. “It’s not programmed to grow that long,” she says — and even if it were, friction from undergarments and ordinary movement causes frequent breakage.

10. Just as petals range in size from buttercup to orchid …the length of the inner labia, or labia minora, can be between 3/4 inch and 2 1/3 inch (a much broader range than most of us realize), according to a classic study published in the early 1900s in the journal American Gynecology, and every gynecologist we’ve ever talked to says there’s no good medical, hygienic or aesthetic reason to be self-conscious of yours. Really.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/vagina_facts_womens_health_lady_parts_n_3307223.html?utm_hp_ref=womens-health

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