The Ecology of Women issue of On The Issue Magazine
How are women affected by toxins in water, air, products? And how can feminists respond? On The Issues Magazine, Spring 2011, looks at new frames for environmental activism.
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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

Tribute to Barbara Seaman: Triggering a revolution in women's health care
Ten find hope in a fearless feminist: Cindy Pearson, Judy Norsigian, Merle Hoffman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Jennifer Baumgardner, Leora Tanenbaum, more. •Art by Linda Stein

Barbara Seaman by Linda Stein©Linda Stein

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.

The Art Perspective

Mary Miss
Art, nature and well-being in New Delhi
- Curated by Linda Stein

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

The Poet's Eye - From Poetry Co-Editor Judith Arcana

On The Issues Magazine, Mira Lehr©Mira Lehr

Poets Denise Bergman, Marge Piercy and Frances Payne Adler portray women coping with the worlds they inhabit. •Art by Mira Lehr

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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Related Stories on Environmental Health

Health activism and the feminist movement frequently travel hand-in-hand, and they, along with environmental concerns, have been topics of deep interest in past issues of On The Issues Magazine.

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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