Archive for reproductive health

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.

Stuck Between A Rock and an Asshole

Posted in Legal, News, Politics and Sex, Sex Ed with tags , , , , on April 10, 2010 by paigetsindfw

The good news train had to stop eventually, I suppose. Not that I don’t constantly keep my eye out for things to kindle my guttering faith in humanity, but all too often, it seems all it takes is one bat shit crazy dingus with a lick of authority to piss on the party.  Continue reading

Spill your guts

Posted in Activism, Stuff to do with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by girlonpiano

“Woodhull Freedom Foundation wants your personal essays about how you experience (or don’t experience) sexual freedom in America. Essays should be approximately 500-1000 words, and should be engaging and well-written. Selected essays will be published on our website or our blogsites, and you will always receive credit for your work. Please include the name you’d like it published under and a brief (one to two sentence) bio.”

 

Submissions should be sent to kbartlett @ woodhullfoundation . org.

“U” is for Utah, Uterus, and Un-fucking-believable

Posted in Feminist Sex, Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex with tags , , , on March 13, 2010 by paigetsindfw

It’s starting to look like we need to hold a contest for most repressive and ignorant state in the union. Sure, I know Texas wouldn’t fare too well (or maybe perform fabulously depending on how you rate this), with some of the things we get up to in an average week. Just read about our new history and social studies standards.

But in any competition for biggest, self righteous cocksucker, and I say that with all due respect to my fellow cocksuckers, Utah is a shoe-in for at least one award.

Don't be fooled. The map says it's part of the United States of America, but this maladjusted tetris block of territory is barren of just about anything worthy of the union. Ok, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is hot stuff, but if it's a choice between them and being able to make decisions about one's own body, anyone who goes with the first is welcome to this little slice of American Taliban.

State legislators have now approved a law that makes it criminal to have a miscarriage. It sounds ridiculous; a law that penalizes women for what must already be one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives?

And it is ridiculous. Further, it’s a sensationalist mischaracterization of the law. Wait, wait, don’t kick me out of the feminist club; this is a complicated one and it needs some explaining.

The law specifically targets women who have a miscarriage by an “intentional or knowing act”. Originally it had the word “reckless” in there too, but the language was removed to get the governor’s John Hancock on it. So what on earth does that mean? Abortion is effectively banned in Utah?

Not quite. See there’s this case, shocking to many people of Utah, wherein a young woman paid someone $150 to beat her up and provoke a miscarriage. Apparently, her boyfriend was none too happy about the unwanted pregnancy and she was desperate. So state representative Carl Wimmer was inspired to craft this bill. Under it, decisions like the one this girl made would be punishable by a MINIMUM of 15 years in prison because she would now be charged with murder.

Wimmer makes no bones at all about his aims. He says his work is explicitly aimed at tearing down Roe vs. Wade. He gives many of the standard, weaselly answers when pressed on the matter. He says his beef is a states’ rights matter, that once he succeeds in bringing down Roe vs. Wade that women can just go somewhere else if they want, he sees no conflict between supporting the death penalty and opposing abortion, and he has no interest or plan for providing prenatal care and education or postpartum resources for young mothers. There are plenty of volunteer groups to help, he says, it’s not government’s job. It is government’s job though to make the decision for her, of course.

He’s a member of a national legislator’s association which exchanges plans for bills and describes his work as a model for other states to follow. Don’t pretend it’ll end here.

I thought about offering a series of hypothetical arguments that would expose the fallacies and hypocrisies of this. But a few things stop me. One, let’s be realistic; I’m preaching to the choir here. Two, if I have to explain why this is deranged to anyone because they genuinely don’t get it, it’ll break my heart. Three, I’m just plain tired. So damn tired of all this.

I’m going to go look for some good news now. I don’t know about you, but I need a heap of it if I’m going to keep hope alive and find the will to fight.

Football Player Tim Tebow on What Should Happen in Your Womb

Posted in Activism, Medical, Politics and Sex, Videos, You Fucked Up! with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2010 by girlonpiano

Article excerpt from AlterNet.org By Tana Ganeva

“How stupid would you feel if you aborted the next Tim Tebow, leaving the world with only tens of thousands of other football players?

That’s the nightmare scenario presented in a Focus on the Family ad set to air during the Super Ball. The completely irreplacable Tebow (who’s also left his mark on the world by promoting abstinence till marriage) will appear in the ad with his mom, who ignored the advice of doctors to have an abortion after contracting amebic dysentery, and wants to tell you all about that wise decision. (Several organizations are launching letter-writing campaigns to get CBS execs to change their minds about running the ad.)

Strangely, CBS has rejected issue advertising in the past. In 2004, the network refused to run ads by both PETA and MoveOn.org. The MoveOn ad made the wildly controversial point that Bush had increased the national deficit; PETA’s involved scantily clad women.

Also too edgy for CBS: the notion that Jesus espoused universal. In 2004 the United Church of Christ submitted an ad showing a bouncer blocking a gay couple from entering a Church, with the tagline: Jesus Didn’t Turn People away. Neither do we.

The network rejected the Church’s ad because it “touches on and/or takes a position on one side of a current controversial issue of public importance.”

Read the rest of the article at AlterNet.org.

Teen pregnancy on the rise. Anyone surprised?

Posted in Activism, Medical, Politics and Sex, Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2010 by girlonpiano

“The pregnancy rate among teenage girls in the United States has jumped for the first time in more than a decade, raising alarm that the long campaign to reduce motherhood among adolescents is faltering, according to a report released Tuesday.”  Read the rest of the story at the Washington Post.

PSA: Not My Tax Dollars

Posted in Legal, Medical, News, Politics and Sex, Sex Ed, Stuff to do, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2010 by Chase

From the Center for Reproductive Rights and featuring Jay Smooth, who video blogs at Ill Doctrine and has helped us out in the past with other informative videos, such as: 

A Layman’s Guide to “No Homo”

and…

How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist