Showing posts from April 15, 2024

On Tiptoes: The Secret Science of High Heels and Female Health

Editorial 🖊 High heels have long stood as a symbol of fashion, sophistication, and femininity. From the red carpets to the boardrooms, these iconic pieces of footwear have carved a permanent niche in women’s wardrobes worldwide. Despite their glamorous allure, the impact of high heels on female health is a topic of ongoing debate and research. This article delves into the biomechanical, physiological, and psychological effects of wearing high heels, aiming to unveil the complex relationship between these fashionable staples and the well-being of women who wear them. Historical Background of High Heels High heels were not originally designed for women. In the 15th century, they were worn by Persian cavalrymen to secure their feet in stirrups. European aristocrats soon adopted this style to signify their status; the higher the heel, the higher the status. Over centuries, high heels evolved from symbols of aristocratic power to essential accessories in women’s fashion. By the 18th centur

The Great Uplift: How Bras Changed the World (And Our Backs)

Sidra Beigh ✉ The brassiere, commonly known as the bra, is more than just an undergarment for women; it is a complex symbol of femininity, empowerment, and practicality. Throughout history, bras have evolved from mere breast support mechanisms to pivotal elements in fashion and socio-political movements, reflecting and influencing the changing attitudes towards women’s bodies and roles in society. This article delves into the historical evolution of the bra, its impact on society and fashion, its implications for health and ergonomics, and its varying cultural significance across the globe. Historical Evolution of Bras The journey of the bra begins in ancient civilizations. In ancient Greece, women wore a band of wool or linen wrapped across their breasts, pinned or tied at the back, known as the ‘mastodeton’. Similar concepts existed in ancient Rome, where the ‘strophium’ or ‘mamillare’ served the purpose of minimizing the appearance of the bust. In Eastern cultures, particularly in I

What Men and Women Crave in Bed and Beyond: The Intimate Insights

Dr. Ajay Singh ✉ To explore human relationships, nothing is more complicated than the cravings for intimacy that both men and women harbour — not just in the bedroom, but across all aspects of their lives. “Intimate Insights: What Men and Women Crave in Bed and Life” seeks to explore these desires, emphasizing the critical need to cultivate a deeper understanding of one another’s emotional and physical needs. This exploration is crucial not only for the health of personal relationships but also for the individual well-being of each partner. It is important to acknowledge from the outset that every individual is unique; thus, while this article delves into common themes and desires, it honours the diversity of personal experiences and preferences. By fostering a culture of open communication and mutual respect, couples can enhance their intimacy, leading to a more fulfilling connection. This text aims to offer a compassionate lens through which to view these often private issues, provi

Tales of Young Warriors Against, “Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome” (PCOS)

Farhana Sheikh ✉ Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common health condition affecting approximately 10% of women of reproductive age, making it one of the most common hormonal disorders among women in this group.  Representative picture Characterized by a combination of symptoms that can include irregular menstrual cycles, excessive hair growth, acne, and obesity, PCOS is also a leading cause of infertility. The condition arises from a combination of genetic and environmental factors, leading to an imbalance in hormone levels, which affects the ovaries’ ability to release eggs properly. In response to the challenges posed by PCOS, the concept of “Cysterhood” has emerged as a crucial support network. This community, both online and offline, is made up of individuals sharing their journeys with PCOS, providing support, understanding, and advice to each other. This network has proven vital in helping its members feel less isolated in their struggles. Representative picture This article

Why I Said Goodbye to Makeup- The Hidden Costs of Beauty.

Seerat Naaz ✉ Every morning, the process was as ritualistic as it was relentless. My alarm would start at 6:30 AM sharp, not to wake me from my sleep but to signal the beginning of what I had come to view as a necessary labour: my makeup routine. Representative picture This daily ritual involved layers upon layers of products — foundation to smooth out imperfections, concealer to mask the under-eye circles, eyeshadow and eyeliner to define my eyes, and a sweep of mascara to give the illusion of openness and brightness. A light blush for a hint of colour and a swipe of lipstick to complete the visage. Nearly half an hour each morning was dedicated to this process, a significant chunk of my daily preparation spent in front of a vanity mirror. Representative picture It wasn’t until a particularly reflective evening, while I was painstakingly removing the very makeup, I had so carefully applied that morning, that a profound question struck me: Why was I doing this? What was I trying to hid