Janna A. Zinzi is a strategist and storyteller using writing and movement to address the beauty and complexities of women’s lives. As a communications strategist, she assists small businesses and social justice organizations in promoting their work online. As a writer, she has contributed to a variety of progressive and feminist blogs including AlterNet, Feministing and Racialicious. Janna (also known as “jaz”) is a reproductive justice advocate and a performer with Brown Girls Burlesque, an all women of color theatrical burlesque troupe.
Since fibroids are a common experience for many women, especially Black women like myself, I want to share some learnings about navigating the health-care system so others facing a similar prognosis can feel empowered instead of frightened.
Melissa Harris-Perry's recent announcement about the birth of her daughter via a surrogate, and the broader conversation about redefining family that she hopes to instigate, could help other women, particularly in communities of color, talk about aspects of their reproductive lives that have previously been little discussed.
It’s unpopular not to celebrate the Pill because there's enough opposition to reproductive rights; why add fuel to the fire? Yet while many women happily use them, a significant share find that side effects largely outweigh the benefits.
While BPA (bisphenol A) is now receiving a lot of attention from environmental and reproductive health advocates, another chemical affecting women's reproductive health is sliding under the radar: Dioxin.
Breastfeeding may not be a panacea to maternal and infant health disparities but it is a proven way to improve health outcomes. But to make it real, we have to holistically support new mothers and their babies in breastfeeding.