All in Health & Wellness

I just asked him if he knew about the mermaids. Specifically, the mermaid in Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill’s “Mermaid in the Hospital,” a mermaid who wakes up to find her tail gone, replaced with “two long, cold thingammies.” . She doesn’t understand her new, working legs because they are not her: “But here's the thing/she still doesn't get— ... How she was connected/to those two thingammies/and how they were connected/to her.”

Mainstream retailers such as Urban Outfitters and Free People have recently started to sell sex toys online, placing them under the “wellness” category. As women’s sexual pleasure and sexual health have long been ignored, rebranding sex toys as an important part of a woman’s overall wellness is a step towards dismantling stigmas around women’s sexuality.

Labia filler treatments are non-surgical procedures designed to enhance the plumpness of vulvas. These kinds of treatments perpetuate the idea that vulvas are supposed to look a certain way and shame the natural appearance of female genitalia. The procedures are on the rise in the U.K., where they are not regulated due to their non-surgical nature.

Harvard Medical School has recently launched the Sexual and Gender Minorities Health Equity Initiative, a three-year plan designed to train students and faculty clinicians in how to provide affirming and competent care for sexual and gender minority patients of all ages. As transgender folks face countless barriers in the healthcare system, the initiative is meant to change the landscape of medical care for LGBTQ patients across the country.