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Teen girls see big drop in chemical exposure with switch in cosmetics

A new study led by researchers at UC Berkeley and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body. The results, published today in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, came from a study of 100 Latina teenagers …

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Does sexual aggression alter the female brain?

Rutgers scientists have taken a step toward understanding how sexual aggression alters the female brain. In a recent study in Scientific Reports, lead author Tracey Shors, professor in the Department of Psychology and Center for Collaborative Neuroscience in the School of Arts and Sciences, discovered that prepubescent female rodents paired with sexually experienced males had elevated levels of stress hormones, could …

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Lauren Wolfe – When does the violation of women’s bodies become a “red line”?

If people divide their understanding of militarized violence into normal and not normal, acceptable and not acceptable, it makes a terrible kind of sense: violence against women has been “normalized”. Two years ago I was on vacation in Maine when I started getting really, really mad. I’d been working to track sexualized violence in the Syrian war for a long …

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Infectious Myth – News Roundup – 11.17.15

In Episode 80 David updates us on vaccine problems, the problematic military malaria medication mefloquine (Lariam), the (in)justice system, Facilitated Communications and sexual assault. He discusses a case of a sports star who appears to have gone unpunished for a vicious assault, while another star was convicted in the public eye before the evidence point out it was a false allegation of rape. Colorado high school students drop their pants for each other. Who is a victim, who is a pedophile, and who is just a teenager exploring their sexuality? Yale students go into a tizzy when a professor says they are adults. Mizzu students fire their president, and then try to fire the press. And Amherst students want their president to apologize for all the wrongs in world history.

For a list of resources for further exploration of these stories see http://theinfectiousmyth.com/PRN-TIM/80.html

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Shane Harris – Marines Trained That Rape in Afghanistan Is a ‘Cultural’ Issue

U.S. Marines preparing to go overseas are given a detailed training session about the Marine Corps’ own rules against sexual assault. But they are offered practically no guidance on what to do if they witness rape and other sexual abuses by “local nationals” in other countries, including Afghanistan, where child rape is common. A 45-minute scripted presentation given to Marines …

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This Can’t Be Happening – 09.16.15

Marina Angel, a professor of law at Temple University and a long-time fighter for women’s rights and against sexual abuse who helped draw up that university’s pioneering rules against sexual harassment in 1992, talks with “This Can’t Be Happening!” host Dave Lindorff about the ever expanding number of women alleging they were drugged and sexually assaulted by actor/comedian and long-time Temple University Trustee Bill Cosby. She discusses how university leaders, by following in the sorry footsteps of Penn State in continuing to cover up and ignore Cosby’s abuses, risk being dragged down, along with the school’s reputation, as revelations about his sordid behavior continue to make headlines.

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Dark Tower – Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ‘Violated’ During Sex

Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ‘Violated’ During Sex Ivana Trump once accused the real-estate tycoon of ‘rape,’ although she later clarified: not in the ‘criminal sense.’ Donald Trump introduced his presidential campaign to the world with a slur against Mexican immigrants, accusing them of being “rapists” and bringing crime into the country. “I mean somebody’s doing it!… Who’s doing …

More than a third of children were physically assaulted in the last year

More than a third of children and teens 17 and younger experienced a physical assault in the last year, primarily at the hands of siblings and peers, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. Violence against children is a national and international public health and public policy issue. The U.S. Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control …

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Ask Beatty – 06.15.15

How Are College Students Doing?

Beatty talked about on-line dating, sexual assault on college campuses and the hook-up culture with her 21 year-old guest, Caroline Aguirre, a journalism student at Hunter College in New York City. Unfortunately, according to Caroline, today’s college youth are struggling with issues including: relationships and sex without the benefit of any substantial relationship education. Hear her analysis of the issues and what colleges must do to empower youth in the most important areas of their lives!