Clinton's "evil men" joke and more

Does your period affect how much you enjoy chocolate or sex?

By Catherine Price
Published February 7, 2007 12:00AM (EST)

Los Angeles Times: Meghan Daum expounds on humor, politics and what she sees as a double standard for powerful women. She highlights Hillary Clinton's recent attempt at joking around with Iowa voters: "We face a lot of evil men," said Clinton. "People like Osama bin Laden come to mind. And what in my background equips me to deal with evil and bad men?" Make of that what you will. Talking to reporters, Clinton later said, "You guys keep telling me, 'Lighten up! Be funny!' I get a little funny and now I'm being psychoanalyzed."

Associated Press: A debate is raging over whether pregnant women should be tested for underactive thyroid glands, since even a mildly underactive thyroid might increase the risk for premature births and lower IQs. Also, according to this finding, women who conceive in the spring are at greater risk for premature births than women who conceive at other times of the year.

Telegraph: Just to overwhelm you with medical news you're probably not sure what to do with, check out this article about a new study from the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health showing that women's response to pleasurable stimuli -- like cocaine and amphetamines -- depends on where she is in her menstrual cycle.

Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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