Breast cancer prevention, "Peeing Toms" and more

A New Zealand man snaps pictures of women in the bathroom, breast-feeding may help prevent cancer, and comfort women did, indeed, exist.

Published April 17, 2007 9:08PM (EDT)

The New Zealand Herald reports that a 25-year-old man named Richard Ford has been accused of sneaking into a woman's bathroom stall with a stack of porn and a Polaroid camera, then standing on the toilet seat and peering over the wall to watch women pee. According to the Herald, "Police told Wellington District court that the women were unaware they were being watched until one saw a camera flash and alerted building security." Ford, however, is pleading not guilty.

Reuters reports that breast-feeding may offer broad protection against breast cancer, regardless of a mother's age. The study's results were announced Monday at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. The article doesn't give hypotheses as to why breast-feeding may offer protection, but it still adds a certain irony to today's earlier Broadsheet story about the woman at the Ronald McDonald House -- a charity that often helps kids with cancer -- who was criticized for breast-feeding in public.

Speaking of breast cancer, Reuters also reports that new research, also presented at the American Association for Cancer Research, has identified two genes that may put African-American women at higher risk of aggressive breast cancer than their Caucasian counterparts.

And finally, for anyone who has been following the controversy about Japan's treatment of its so-called comfort women during World War II, here's an article from the Associated Press discussing recently unearthed documents that say that, yes, the Japanese government actually did force women into prostitution during World War II. Unfortunately for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others trying to whitewash Japan's history by denying that the imperial government forced women into sexual service, these documents include quotes like this one from a wartime Navy employee:

"I admit to have slapped these women with the flat of my hand; I also ordered them to undress ... I do not think these women were actually punishable, but their arrest ... was only a pretext to put them in a brothel."


By 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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