Archive for the Medical Category

Facebook ’em

Posted in Gender Issues, LGBT Rights, Medical, News with tags , , , , , on July 17, 2010 by paigetsindfw

Gotta love social networking. It’s given us such important powers and privileges that we could never imagine living without. Consider what life would be like without bathroom photos of underage women who forget to flush the toilet behind their half nude bodies, things to stick captions on and render immortal as their fed to “FFFFFFFF” guy and Pedo Bear, and every horrible person you hoped to get away from after high school now able to stalk you.

I’m cynical perhaps. But with all these astonishing blessings, Facebook just happened to find another group of people to give an “extra special” privilege to.

Being banned for having pics up of a FtM’s post-operative chest on your account.

This story is blowing up across various blogs, but as near as I can tell comes first from VUE out of Edmonton. They report on the account ban against Dominic Scaia, after he posted pics of his naked chest on his profile. Anyone who’s even glanced at social network will know this is par for the course. Except, being a transsexual man, apparently, he still has a woman’s breasts according to Facebook’s moderators. Nevermind the expensive, painful, surgery he endured to remove them, they’re still there, no matter what, in the eyes of the “ew, ew, ew” crowd.

That alone is a kick in the teeth, but I ask another question. What makes all breasts pornographic anyway? Why can’t it be like the difference between, say, potential and kinetic energy? You know, tits at rest are potentially porn, but tits covered in chocolate and having the nips pulled between someone’s teeth are at “pornographic escape velocity”.

PSA: A Prostate Service Announcement

Posted in Medical, Videos with tags , , , on July 11, 2010 by Chase

New from Buck Angel Entertainment:

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Dex: The drug that prevents dykes?

Posted in Gender Issues, Medical, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by Chase

If you follow Dan Savage like I do, you may have noticed this one: Dr. Maria New, of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is treating pregnant women with an experimental drug called Dexamethasone, aka “Dex” (I know, Dexter fans, but focus)

Dex is most often used to prenatally prevent girls with CAH (congenital adrenal hyperplasia) from developing ambiguous genitalia. But Dr. New is examining how it might prevent the development of girls who are homosexual, bisexual, or who display “abnormal” masculine characteristics. Read more

Aside from the obvious disturbing potential of this treatment, there are health concerns. Dex is still experimental and the side effects are largely unknown. Dr. Alice Dreger points out that “The studies we do have on the early prenatal use of “dex” are worrisome. The number of women and children missing from the follow-up studies of this drug use is more worrisome still.” Read more

One can only wonder what a mother’s rationale would be, in deciding to enter this treatment…

It’s just that I’d rather risk your health and mine, honey, than have you turn out the least bit butch

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The Bare Essentials

Posted in Crazy/Funny, Medical with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by Chase

It’s no secret that here at SiP we love (to hump) our pinup girls…

So when I saw that Eizo, a medical imaging company, had managed to put out a calendar featuring sexy girls literally stripped bare that you could also safely hang up at work, I felt it to be my duty to investigate:

Now I must admit, I was a bit disappointed at first, as I do prefer my girls to have a bit of meat on their bones. But then I saw the heels. And in this case, the heels make for a whole lot of win. That’s right. Respect the power of heels.

Now I would like to see a version of this, done in an airport body scan machine. Go!

(Like the frame? Kanye’s idea)

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It’s About Control

Posted in Medical, Sex Ed with tags , , , on May 31, 2010 by paigetsindfw

These should be renamed "Progress and Liberty" pills... or "Tic-Tacs that get you laid", either way

This from Alternet.org, a frightening, but important new study that reveals how at least some of that old cliche about women “trapping” men into relationships with pregnancy is only part of the story. Much of the time, the reverse is true.

In just one illustrative case, a young woman who discovered that her boyfriend had been hiding her birth control pills, then confronted him about it, found herself locked in the bedroom while he was at work with a little food and water, often raped when he came home, and only managed to escape with the help of a reproductive health clinic.

You know, the ones the radical right is trying to close down or replace with their Christian counseling services.

The study starts a dialogue that needs to get into the mainstream as quickly as possible, while there’s still some millions left to direct to innovative approaches on comprehensive, science based sex education. We in the West owe “the pill” virtually all of our rights to an advancing sexual culture, high standards of living, and freedom of opportunity. Without shirking responsibility to tackle more obvious forms of sexual violence, we must also now acknowledge and address the fact that there are men out there who also look to “inflict” pregnancy on their partners, the better to control their bodies.

Lifesaving Lingerie

Posted in Medical, Videos with tags , , , , , on May 17, 2010 by Chase

How many breaths to start with? I have no idea.

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No wonder he’s smilin’

Posted in Crazy/Funny, Medical with tags , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by Chase

Medical professionals working with BBC3’s new series Bizarre ER found a rolled up poster of Donny Osmond stuffed inside a woman’s vagina. If this doesn’t put her in the running for being Donny’s biggest fan, she’s certainly his most accomodating…

Image via Stuck in the 70’s

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Call To Action: Justice for Clay and Harold

Posted in Legal, LGBT Rights, Medical, News, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by Chase

This is gonna be a long one folks, but this story needs to be posted in it’s entirety. This is required reading, especially in light of Obama’s recent memorandum regarding hospitals. In the name of human decency, this shit needs to get right, and it needs to happen right now.

(from the National Coalition for Lesbian Rights)  Clay and his partner of 20 years, Harold, lived in California. Clay and Harold made diligent efforts to protect their legal rights, and had their legal paperwork in place—wills, powers of attorney, and medical directives, all naming each other. Harold was 88 years old and in frail medical condition, but still living at home with Clay, 77, who was in good health.

One evening, Harold fell down the front steps of their home and was taken to the hospital…. Continue reading

Unofficially Raped

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , on April 17, 2010 by paigetsindfw

I have no jokes here. I barely have words. This story speaks for itself and sickens me with the kind of inarticulate rage usually reserved for genocide.

But if genocide is the act of obliterating an entire ethnic group, then this tragedy of errors is clearly the act of obliterating a person so completely, invalidating them, that her bravery in choosing to resist and live is simple incalculable.

Just a small handful of the tools and documents required for the average rape kit. I speak from experience here when I say getting one of these done is both time consuming and deeply humiliating.

For some statistics on just how many assaults there are every year, you can go here to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Among the important highlights? One in six women, on average, and one in thirty three men are sexually assaulted at some point in their life. College age women are at four times the national average risk. About 3/4 of victims knew their assailant beforehand, as a friend, colleague, peer, someone they interacted with on at least a few occasions.

But there’s more to this story … Continue reading

LGBT Action Alert!

Posted in Activism, LGBT Rights, Medical with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by girlonpiano

Action Alert from the National Coalition for LGBT Health

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) is currently circulating a letter in the Senate, requesting funds for the addition of a question about sexual orientation and gender identity to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the federal government’s most comprehensive and influential survey. This question is vitally important for gathering the information needed to understand and address the health disparities affecting the LGBT community.

Please call your Senator today and urge them to sign on to Senator Whitehouse’s letter. To contact your Senator, please dial the Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121, give your state, and ask to speak to your Senator. When you are connected to your Senator’s office, ask to speak to the staff member who works on Health and Human Services Appropriations. Tell them you are a constituent who supports appropriating an additional $2 million for the National Health Interview Survey and that you would like them to sign on to Senator Whitehouse’s letter.

In order to sign on, they must contact Nick Bath in Senator Whitehouse’s office and enter their request in the Appropriations Committee’s database. If they have any questions, please have them contact Rebecca Fox at 202-558-6828 or rebecca@lgbthealth.net