Theo Colborn: Making Her Own Scientific Path
by Cindy Cooper
June 6, 2011
Dr. Theo Colborn is often compared to Rachel Carson, whose famous book, Silent Spring will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Colborn, a dedicated environmental researcher, heartily tosses off the association, even as her own scientific insights gain public attention and acknowledgement.
Carson, of course, kicked off the environmental movement… MORE
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A Tale of Two Nursing Mothers - by Chanda Chevannes
A filmmaker connects with a beluga over breastfeeding and toxicants. •Video
Acting As If Future Generations Matter- by Carolyn Raffensperger
The trends don’t look good, but we can begin to reverse them. •Art by Sally Stokes
Little Girl Lost: Early Puberty Hides Environmental Injustice- by Michelle Chen
Drawing a line on risk at the awkwardness of altered development. •Art by Paula Overbay
Swamped: Trying to Save Fragile Bodies- by Molly M. Ginty
Visiting the most endangered US site, a writer sees a trail to people. •Art by Marianne Barcellona
Life’s Precious Trio: Women, Water and Health- by Elayne Clift
The search to meet basic needs marginalizes one gender. •Art by Safe Water Network
The Ecology of Women - by The Editors
With our health at risk, can feminists spark a new revolution? •Art by Mira Lehr
Snipping Pink Sentimentality: Persisting on the Whys of Breast Cancer - by Eleanor J. Bader
Breast Cancer Action in CA digs into toxic causes & demands change. •Art by Fran Beallor •Video
Nuclear Revival? Lessons for Women from the Three Mile Island Accident - by Karen Charman
From stillbirths to cancer: 32 years after a meltdown, still no answers.
Adding Environmental Footprints to Birth Control Choices - by Laura Eldridge
Flushed pharmaceuticals add to a hazardous brew. •Art by Linda Lewis
Message in BPA Baby Bottles: Don't Mess with Moms- by Margie Kelly
A dangerous chemical is driven away by buyers who put kids first. •Art by Hung Liu
Gulf Oil Drilling Disaster: Gendered Layers of Impact - by Jacqui Patterson
Researching the aftermath finds women need help with new burdens. •Art by Dina Recanati
Moving the Silence: Rachel Carson’s Groundbreaking Work - by Theresa Noll
Despite industry pushback, one woman’s voice opens a green movement.
Mother Nature Gets Naughty: Eco-Friendly Sex Toys - by Elizabeth Black
Good clean fun in bed doesn’t have to be hazardous to health. •Art by Martha Nilsson Edelheit
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Got To Get This Off My Chest by Matuschka
Following her diagnosis of breast cancer, the artist, photographer and writer Matuschka contributed powerful artwork of herself for the cover of the winter 1992 issue and also wrote of her experiences after her mastectomy.
In response to a suggestion by her surgeon that she have reconstructive surgery, Matuschka says: "For a moment I thought this was crazy. The implant scandal had just hit the media. We had learned that many of the materials used for these implants were originally intended for upholstery, battle ships, and automobile parts. Annoyed that my surgeon was pushing plastic surgery, I commented sarcastically, 'If I'm going to bother putting anything on my chest to replace a missing breast, why not install something useful there, like a camera or a walkman?'
"...Hiding breast cancer allows people to forget, or never see, what happened to these women. All my life I have refused to hide behind anything. It was unthinkable for me to conceal my disease behind a reconstructed breast or a plastic, por- table prosthesis which spends the night in a box. Why should I be embarrassed that I had a mastectomy?"
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