Researchers have long examined the link between excess body fat and ovarian cancer with mixed results. For the first time, a direct link has been found, in a new report from The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund.
The Senate unanimously voted to end the “good soldier” defense—meaning a sergeant could cite his or her fine military record as a defense if charged with sexual assault. The bipartisan plan was devised by three female senators: Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).

Turns out laws can change quickly. Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill to ban "upskirting," just days after the state's highest court ruled it legal. The Legislature banned the practice and has closed a loophole in the Peeping Tom law. Perverts now face 2 1/2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Researchers are endangering women's health by focusing on males in studies that shape the treatment of diseases, says a new report on women's health. Animal and human studies typically use male subjects, and even when females are included, researchers fail to analyze and report results by gender.
Some are taking an interpretation of the anti-pornography act as an excuse to target and strip women they consider to be improperly dressed.The law does not mention the word "miniskirt," but bans women from revealing their thighs, breasts, and buttocks, and from dressing indecently in a manner to sexually excite.

Anti-addiction groups have started a petition to stop the sale of the FDA-approved Zohydro. They are warning that if the drug is released to pharmacies as scheduled, early next month, it will lead to more drug addiction and more drug-related deaths.

In a landmark vote, 343 members of the European parliament voted in favor of a resolution to criminalize the purchase of sex. Often called the Nordic model, this approach to sex work has become an increasingly applauded policy by everyone except sex workers.

In 1991, Anita Hill accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. He was still appointed, pundits weighed in, and the allegations brought sexual politics into the national consciousness. A new documentary from Freida Mock goes behind the scenes of the hearing, and Hill speaks truth to power.

The 84-year-old nun Megan Rice and her two accomplices cut through fences before getting to a $548 million bunker that stored nuclear weapons. They hung banners and painted messages such as “The fruit of justice is peace.”
A vast study followed 90,000 women and concluded that mammograms do not save lives. Critics respond, and although the procedure is "no slam dunk," the jury is still out.