Kristine Shields, Author
Pregnancy and the Pharmaceutical Industry
The book explores the medical, ethical, scientific, and legal rationales behind the movement towards the inclusion of pregnant women in drug studies.
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The Vulva Owner’s Manual on Birth Control
The Vulva Owner’s Manuals are short books written to assist women and men find concise, helpful information on reproductive health issues.
How I Got Started
When I was maybe 5 or 6, I followed my two big sisters along the back of the attic and up three rough wooden steps. They unhooked the latch on the oddly shaped door and we crawled onto the small piece of plywood that was laid on the rafters.
Rows and rows of prickly pink insulation surrounded the three of us. If I stepped there, I would fall through the ceiling of the room below and my sisters would never let me in the attic with them again. They took out their pens and I took out my pencil and we began to write our books.
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Dispensable Women: 24 Dead and Ageism was the Murder Weapon
The killer allegedly committed his first known murder on April 7, 2016 in an upscale retirement home in Dallas called Edgemere. The victim was a healthy 87-year-old retired physician. She was found dead fully dressed, lying on her bed. On May 14th, a bridge-club-hosting 92-year-young resident was found dead on her bed. On June 5th, […]
10 Female-Specific Body Parts Named After Men (plus a bonus 5 more!)
The history of anatomy and physiology was written by and about men. Many body parts that are exclusive to people with vaginas were named after people with penises.
Women and Pain: How Bias Hid My Broken Leg
How bias in healthcare settings regarding women’s pain can interfere with timely and accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Of Monsters and Medicine
Monster’s character traits evolved over years as a cautionary tale to superstitious and religious people grappling with fears about illness, contagion, and death.
The Millionaire Abortionist: Madame Restell
A girl-child, born in 1812 to a poor family in England, would grow up to be the most infamous American influencer on the practice of abortion
How the SPCA saved Mary Ellen Wilson and thousands of other children since then
Today’s U.S. child protection legislation is based upon the child abuse case of Mary Ellen Wilson, the determination of Etta Wheeler, and the advocacy of Henry Berg, the founder of the SPCA.
Must I Worry About Monkeypox? Sorry, yes. Here’s why.
The U.S. has among the highest rates of Monkeypox infection in the world. What you need to know…
Testicle Owner’s Birth Control: Time to Step It Up, Gents!
In 2023, it is expected that an additional 75,000 babies will be born in the U.S. This means that nearly 75,000 more fathers may be looking at child support payments garnished from their paychecks.
10 Weird Body Phenomena and Why they Occur
Brain freeze, motion sickness, phantom vibration syndrome – why do our bodies do weird things?
Every Abortion a Failure, None a Crime
Roe v. Wade was wise, rational, and empathetic. Instead of the mean-spirited, judgmental, and controlling legislation that is ready to pounce in some states, I am hopeful that the other states, where children’s well-being is nurtured, can continue to be compassionate, rational, and less freaky about women’s sexuality.