Amanda Beard’s New Memoir Is 256 Pages Worth of Tears

So Amanda Beard's cheerily titled memoir In the Water They Can't See You Cry hits bookshelves this Tuesday and it's a doozy, according to the Daily News, chronicling the swimmer's struggles to cope with the pressures of Olympic competition as mere 14-year-old and her parents' divorce. Oh yeah, and at 21, as a way to… » 4/01/12 5:10pm 4/01/12 5:10pm

Senegal Moves Toward Ending Female Circumcision

For years human rights organizations have been working to put an end to the tradition of cutting off a girl's clitoris, which an estimated 92 million African women and girls have been subjected to. Particularly rapid progress is being made in Senegal, thanks to a local movement that addresses the problem with… » 10/17/11 11:10am 10/17/11 11:10am

Inventive Teen Girls Discover New Form Of Self Mutilation

Those unfortunate souls who find cutting insufficiently harmful have taken mutilation to the next level with something doctors call "self-embedding disorder." According to the Chicago Tribune, embedding is when people deliberately insert objects into their flesh, either by forcing them through wounds or by puncturing… » 12/03/08 4:20pm 12/03/08 4:20pm

"Nerd Girls" Learn To Abandon Risky Sex, Cutting For "Empowerment,"…

For some reason I just read a story called Self-Cutting Linked To Risky Teen Sex. Okay, so I hate myself for actually reading such a story, since I was really only reading it for the purpose of reveling in how much I hate myself, which is fairly easy since I can't even get it up to make a joke along the lines of "Oh!… » 6/16/08 3:00pm 6/16/08 3:00pm

The Times Uncovers The "Trend" Of Cutting

Sometimes the New York Times is a little late to the party, so the "Growing Wave Of Teenage Self-Injury" story isn't really "news," per se, but yeah: Cutting is on the rise. Over the weekend I was on a college campus and saw a young lady in a tank top sitting outside of an ice cream parlor. Her hair was pinkish red,… » 5/06/08 1:20pm 5/06/08 1:20pm

Mother/Daughter Conflict + Bad Brain Chemistry = Self-Mutilation

Did you hate your mom as a teenager? Who didn't! But a negative relationship between mothers and daughters taken in tandem with low serotonin levels could lead to cutting and other self-harm, a new study shows. Fraught mother/daughter dealings alone generally do not inspire cutting, says study co-author, University of… » 3/07/08 9:30am 3/07/08 9:30am