I am a lady who lives in a place.
Congrats to you/her. As an academic I strive so hard to keep it real and write/teach what I want, not what the random arbiters of power want. Who knows how that will pan out. This article does make me sad that academia excludes so many viable voices (commenters included). That's not why most of us who get into academia go there - but it's easy to end up holding an exclusionary line (see JonnyFoy comment above - oh shove it, you are probably the guy at my curriculum committee meeting holding fast on merit over need-based financial aid too).
anyway, bravo all around and I hope a few of the good people can and do remain in academia, because otherwise it's all jerks shaping the minds of the future and sitting near me in meetings.
@HeyThatsMyBike Not to mention "she had to have known that publishing with a trade press would doom her chances at getting an academic job" isn't exactly the ringing endorsement of the meritocracy of the academy that one could hope for.
@JonnyFoy Gross. She very explicitly says that her pieces here are not the same as the "original scholarly research" she has published in academic journals. Also, you aren't on her dissertation committee nor on any of her academic search committees, so I'm not sure why you're breaking down her "mainstream" writing for us anyway.
But - AHP - with potential coworkers like this guy around I cannot BELIEVE you're stepping away from academia!
This is seriously mind-blowing. Also, it reminds me of a dick pic a friend of mine received - the guy was holding a $20 bill next to it. NOT HOT. JUST WEIRD.
@Springtime for Voldemort I just figured it was the latest article of the sort to get that reaction, so made for a convenient reference point in writing this article.
@Springtime for Voldemort I am glad you agree with the message. I disagree with your assessment that she was defending the article for most of the piece. I saw only 2 or 3 sentences to that effect.
@FresckaGrans00 Now *that* is some second-shift work.
Great interview! I love Danielle Henderson. She's one of my favorite people to follow on Twitter and has opened my eyes to a lot of the issues around intersectionality and feminism. Also, you guys should listen to her interview on How Was Your Week, it's super fun and her grandma sounds hilarious.
@apples and oranges This is a good place to read about those signs: http://www.stoptheclot.org/learn_more/blood_clot_symptoms__dvt.htm
For me, I started out feeling like I had a pulled muscle near my hip. Then one leg turned purple and was noticeably bigger around than the other leg. It hurt to put weight on the leg or wiggle my toes. If you have any of these signs and you're on the pill, I'd recommend at least calling your doctor. If it does turn out to be a blood clot, the earlier they find it, the less likely it is to get to your lungs or cause other complications.
I really would like more information before freaking out. What were the actual fractions of women who had blood clots on the Nuvaring vs. on other pills? 56% sounds like a huge increase, but are we talking about, like, 1 vs 1.56 in 10,000 women, or in 10 women, or what? And is the risk with Nuvaring significantly different than the risk with other hormonal birth control?
I have to be on hormonal BC because if I don't suppress ovulation, I get huge ovarian cysts. (Seriously, I was off the pill for less than two months last summer, and landed in the hospital with a cyst big enough to make my ovary twist around and cut off its own blood supply. It was not fun.) I've already accepted the slight increase in blood clot risk that happens with any birth control pill, because when compared to the near-certainty of giant ovarian cysts without it, I know which I pick. So I wonder -- is the Nuvaring really more dangerous than the other pills?
Honestly, the Vanity Fair article also pings my "selling fear" senses a little bit, so I'm inclined to be a little skeptical. I know manufacturers aren't always honest, but neither are lawyers, you know? I'd like more of a look at what actual science there is.