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They’re people still struggling when it comes to consent . So instead of surrounding it with sex let’s assume you are making them a piece of cake
If you ask “hey do you want a piece of cake” and they say “oh my gosh yes , I’d love a piece of cake” then you know they want cake . If you ask and they say “umm , hmm , I’m not sure” then you can cut them a slice but understand they may not want it and if they don’t want it then don’t make them eat it just because you cut it and put it on a plate doesn’t mean they’re entitled to eat it .
If you ask and they say “No thank you” , don’t cut them a piece of cake , at all, just don’t cut them a piece of cake. Don’t make them eat it, don’t act annoyed because they won’t eat it, they just don’t want a piece of cake.
Now , they could say “yes please” but when the cake finally comes out they may say “actually no I don’t want cake” , yes it is annoying because you made the effort to make it but they remain under no obligation to eat the piece of cake. They wanted cake and now they don’t , some people change in the time it took to frost the cake , and place fruits on the cake, and slice the cake, and that’s okay, you’re still not entitled to watch them eat the cake.
Now if the person is unconscious, don’t cut them a piece of cake , unconscious people can’t eat cake and they can’t answer the question if they’d like cake because they’re unconscious, maybe the were when you asked them and they said yes but in the time it took to frost the cake , and place fruits on the cake, and slice the cake they became unconscious and now they can’t eat cake . Don’t force them to eat the cake instead make sure they’re okay and safe. They wanted cake but now they don’t. If they started eating cake and then passed out don’t keep on making them eat cake take it away and make sure they’re safe. They are unconscious, don’t give them cake.
If they said they wanted cake at your house two weeks ago , that doesn’t mean you can make cake all the time, they also don’t want you showing up and making them cake unexpectedly, and forcing them to eat it saying “but you wanted cake last week” or you them waking up with cake in their face saying “but you wanted cake last night” , you have to understand how ridiculous it is to try to force people to eat cake when they don’t want cake. If you can understand the concept of why forcing people to eat cake is not okay then why can’t all people apply this when it comes to consent and sex. A firm yes is a yes , and a yes is consent . Inspiration from http://youtu.be/oQbei5JGiT8

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“You want to be a WHAT?” is a question I hear almost as regularly as I hear “cold enough for ya?”. Mind you, I live in Northeast Ohio so that’s pretty damn often. This question is what almost always follows me telling someone that I’m going to school to become a Sex Therapist. I assume that as soon as the word “sex” rolls off my tongue that ears shut off, judgement turns on, and the assumptions roll in.

When I say I want to be a Sex Therapist people assume I will be sitting in a big leather chair with my fingertips touching each other against my chin while watching some couple go at it on the couch while I take notes on technique and penis size. Or that all I will do is dish out Cosmo sex tips to unsuspecting fools for money. People assume that I will be some crackpot homeopathic hippie with no qualifications or education backing my advice. Or, most painfully, that I will be helping innocent people become heathens and that I will suffer hellfire for encouraging prurient activities. Clearly, none of these are truly the case.

What I WILL be doing is listening to clients who are plagued day in and day out with some sexual dysfunction, abnormality, deformity, insecurity, or identity struggle and help them come to terms with and alleviate their issues. I will help couples regain intimacy after years of barely touching each other. I will help young LGBT people accept their identity and be proud of who they are and what they can become. I will be helping people who cannot hold a relationship because of issues in the bedroom who suffer from extreme loneliness, anxiety, and depression because of it. I will help men and women with deformities and abnormalities learn to love their bodies and build confidence. I will help young people who struggle with outbursts of inappropriate sexual behavior learn boundaries and curb their intense sexuality to a healthy level. I will help people learn and explore their bodies so they can enjoy being intimate, sometimes where this wasn’t possible before due to painful conditions.

I will heal. I will listen. I will prevent. I will advocate.

I can pretend all day and night that these assumptions don’t bother me, but that would be lying to myself and others. People assuming that I am some kind of sex-crazed deviant does hurt. I am slapped with stigma and negativity and pushback for simply trying to help people live healthily with their most basic drives and desires. I see the side-eyes, I see the scoffs and the giggles and the whispering. I know I am being constantly judged for my life choices. But I must not let it get to me. If I let the negativity govern my decisions then who knows how many people young and old will be left without help in dealing with issues that can run rampant in their everyday lives and negatively impact their mental health? I must push aside the negative voices to help those most in need. I must ignore those judgements and stereotypes and stigmas and continue on a path where I can do real good for those who need it.

I will heal.

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We would not dare judge someone for going to the gym to work out to maintain a healthy body. We would not dare judge someone for taking vitamins every day. We would not dare judge someone for ordering a salad. But the same does not go for those that seek condoms and birth control. Why do we commend those who exercise, eat right, and take care of their bodies but shame those who use birth control and condoms? They are all the same thing because the use of condoms and birth control betters our health.

I get it. Condoms and birth control are not considered normal by many people, especially in the conservative South where I come from. Despite this stigma, 96 percent of sexually experienced females have used condoms at least once and 56 percent have used the birth control pill. We see that the use of various contraceptive methods are not uncommon among young women, and they only benefit from having access to such protection. However, I have friends who are denied birth control pills from their parents because they believe their children are supposedly too young to have sex. I know boys who cannot go into our local Walgreens to buy condoms because they are made to feel ashamed by store workers and adults in the store. By attaching stigma to young people seeking contraceptives, we are doing a disservice to the health of our youth.

We need to wake up and realize that sex is something that is natural and going to happen for the vast majority of people at some point in their life. Many teens are going to do it, if they aren’t already sexually active. It is inevitable. As people begin to cope with teenagers having sex, we also need to understand that if we do not want unplanned teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, then contraceptives need to be seen as normal and acceptable. If we want people to make healthy decisions, then going to buy condoms and using birth control should be viewed as a smart decision and something that is commendable. If people do not start seeing the use of contraceptives as normal, then we will never get rid of unintended pregnancies and STDs running throughout our communities. The use of birth control and condoms needs to be seen as normal as going to the gym, eating a salad, or taking daily vitamins. After all, once someone has chosen to be sexually active, the use of contraceptives is, indeed, a healthy choice.

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When I was five I realized that it’s impossible for a stork to fly down and leave a baby at my parent’s doorstep, or babies come out of mother’s bellybuttons. I was a curious child, always asking a million questions about everything. So when the topic came of where my little sister “came from” my mother told me these common unrealistic stories. She has told me she only did this for two main reasons, the fact I was so young, and also my “maturity level” at the time. She believed telling me how babies were made and the idea of sex, Id look at my vagina and be terrified. I probably would be terrified at the time, but I soon later found out on my own and eventually had the talk with my parents. But what happens to the kids who don’t have the sex talk with their parents and have no sex education in school?

Teens will have sex eventually in life, whether they wait till marriage or not. The consequence of not discussing such an integral part of life often has the opposite of the intended effect. According to the poll Let’s talk: Are Parents Tackling Crucial conversations about Sex? 57% of parents are uncomfortable having discussions about sex and the topics surrounding it with their kids. 94% of parents feel they have the power to influence their teen’s sexual choices, so why are so many parents reluctant to have these important conversations?

Most schools have some kind of sex education whether it is an absence only program, or comprehensive sex education, parents still should not rely on the school system to teach sex education. Many parents leave it to the school system because they’re just uncomfortable talking about sex. Some parents and their parents may have not have had the sex talk. Mostly because society in previous generations has not been as open with the sex talk compared to now. The main problem is how can teens be expected to talk with their parents about sex, or even to trust their parents with sensitive information, if parents make it clear that they are not comfortable discussing sex? Discussing sex is a part of starting an open communication with your child from a young age, and having a parent to talk with about sex and birth control in your teen years can eliminates many dangers, such as false or harmful information gleaned from peers, neglect of protective measures, and attempting to solve serious problems alone such as an unwanted pregnancy or an STD.

Parents’ providing their child with what THEY want them to know about sex is very important, rather than depending on someone else who could be giving them misleading and inaccurate information. Talking openly and honestly, answers your child’s questions, and seizes opportunities to help them make smart decisions about their relationships and behavior can help your child out dramatically. You have some parents who encourage their children to wait until marriage; others tell their children that they can make their own decisions as long as they are safe, and the some who never talk to their kids at all. Yet at the end of the day parents all want the same things for their children when it comes to sex; for them to be safe, happy, and protected.

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My parents and I have a weird family dynamic. There is a “don’t tell us what you’re doing, but we know what you’re doing, but we’re not going to tell you we know,” type thing we have going on. So me talking to my parents about getting birth control because I’m sexually active is not going to fly with them. So one day, I came up with the best lie I could think of about why I want to get on birth control (but it’s technically a truth, I think): “Mom, birth control will make my cycle easier to bare and make my skin pretty.” She believed it. That was a huge relief on my part. You know, as a daughter, it’s easier telling your mom about birth control than your dad. Waaaaay easier.


Let’s fast forward a few weeks after this conversation with my mom. I made a trip to my local health department. I waited my turn like everyone else there seeking care. Then I had to take the trip of courage to ask for birth control. I felt the butterflies coming. C’mon, it’s like buying condoms, I thought to myself. There is so much stigma behind seeking birth control for young persons; half of us would rather not take that trip. But, I sucked it up and put my big girl panties on. I walked to counter. “Yes?” The lady asked me as if she had had a long day (it was only 11 AM). “Ma’am, I would like to get tested and receive birth control.” She looked like all the blood rushed from her face. She whispered, “Birth control? Okay, we don’t have time to test today but we do it all in one setting.” So she had me fill out a form. It asked the common stuff: name, date of birth, phone number, etc. I didn’t want my dad to find out I’m going for birth control, so I just put mine and my mom’s information on the form and scheduled an appointment.


Let’s fast forward another 2 weeks. 3 days before my appointment, my dad says to me, “I’m tired of getting texts from the health department.” My ears started to burn. So I try to play it off. “Sir?” And my dad says to me, “Better not be any babies in there.” I can’t believe my dad got a text message from the health department, who had told them about my upcoming appointment. My dad and I talked – it went better than I expected. But really, isn’t that illegal for health departments to contact parents of young persons that seek family planning services? (Yes, yes it is.)


I went to my appointment at the health department. Overall, it ended up being an easier experience than I expected. But it didn’t start out well because I had to wait in the waiting room for 2 hours before they finally called for me; and the waiting room smelled odd.


After waiting for a couple hours, they finally took me back in the room. The nurse asked me some questions: “What’s your height?” “Do you or any family members have a history of health issues?” The normal health history stuff. Then the nurse handed me a cup – I think we all know what happens with the cup. After my rather frustrating event with the cup in the bathroom, I had to wait again to see another nurse. Then she popped up out of nowhere and called my name. “Triuna?” After I quickly corrected her on my name (it’s pronounced ‘tree-ana’), I ran to the back. She started to ask me the deeper sexual health-related questions I thought I was the only person that needed to know the answer to.  All the questions made me rack brain for things I barely think about now and could barely remember. “When was your first period?” “When was your first time having sex?” It was actually smooth sailing as the nurse wasn’t judgmental with my answers. After the questions she hit me with something I’m scared of – a needle to draw blood. My God I hate needles. I think when I screamed the whole health department heard me. But you know, honestly, that was a hardest part of the appointment for me.


After going back into the waiting room, I waited for the part everyone told me was hard – the dreaded PAP SMEAR!!! (DUN DUN DUN!) For those that don’t know, a Pap smear is a screening test for cervical cancer in which they scrap and examine cells from the opening of the cervix. I did the breathing exercises that helps calm over-dramatic people like myself. That didn’t help much. The nurse told me to get naked and get a paper wrap type thingy and put it on. So, after I get my wrap, I climbed on the table and took a deep breath. She tried to talk to me during the procedure to distract me. “I’m checking for any abnormalities or tenderness.” It was a lot of pressure. It didn’t hurt at all, though. She told me I was too young for a Pap smear, but they gave me one because of my health history.


Anyway, after that, they told me I was healthy and they handed me my birth control – I got the pills. I then went about my day like nothing happened. Spending a few hours at the health department was not how I wanted to spend my Friday. But, overall, it wasn’t that bad, and it was definitely worth it.


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                    Female Genital mutilation/cutting

“Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is the ritual removal of some or all of the external female genitalia.” Genital mutilation has been around since B.C, yet many countries have stopped this procedure such as Europe and America. The fact that it’s still happening in other countries in this current time is honestly shocking and frightening. (FGM) has been outlawed or restricted in most of the countries in which it occurs still, but the laws are poorly enforced and still continues on within behind closed doors. It is all over the world, such as Africa, the middle east, and Asia. Twenty nine countries in Africa are still using (FGM) to this day..

The process varies from culture to culture, but the procedure is very severe. Shock due to pain, and severe bleeding or infections kill 3,000 girls each year. Many girls are as young as five or six but it can vary up to fifteen years old. More than 125 million girls and women alive today have been victims in countries like Africa and Middle East where (FGM) it is mainly concentrated, yet the odds that there’s more than 125 million girls are very high. Mutilation is not so much of a religious factor, but it is more of a tradition. It is known to protect a girl’s virginity such as staying pure for marriage, but also to control sexual desires with masturbation as a girl will go throughout puberty. Other factors consist of the girls vagina being “dirty” if the labia is not removed, or that this procedure brings upon a girl’s adulthood, or even that it helps the girl to get her identity and personality. This process is supposed to teach the girl her role in society and in life, such as in societies in which the man controls the women’s sexuality when married.

Recurrent infections, chronic pain, cysts, an inability to get pregnant, complications during childbirth, and fatal bleeding are just some of the long terms of this procedure. Physiological effects may be post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Being a young teen girl myself I would hate to be put in that position of having this procedure. There are no benefits of this procedure, just harm and pure torture. It is an extreme form of discrimination against women, and also violating these young girls rights as children, and their health, security and physical integrity.

There has been many ways to help prevent Female genital mutilation by the united nations, activists,campaigns, organizations, and also charities such as Unicef that have helped bring awareness of (FGM) and help stop this horrible crime and torture. The main concern is that these young girls and women in these countries have no comprehensive sex education, or no sex education at all, it’s pretty much unspoken of. If these girls were able to get the right sexual education they could stand up and help prevent future generations and other girls from getting this procedure. Comprehensive sex education can show these girls that they have rights over their own body, and learn information about their genitalia and so much more. If you are interested in helping this cause there’s petitions you can sign to help, organizations you can join, or using your voice is one step closer to help make a difference!

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Applications for the Spring 2016 Great American Condom Campaign are open! Apply Today!

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Each year, GACC members give out over a million Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people’s health and lives.

What kind of ingenious plans will you come up with to distribute them this time? Condom lollipops? Condom scavenger hunt? Condom raffle tickets? Condom demonstration flash mob? Dress up as a giant chicken/duck/goose/platypus laying plastic eggs filled with condoms, candy and fun facts in strategic areas to welcome the spring? THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!

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Advocates for Youth

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We have noticed that women in Texas today have fewer rights than they did when I was growing up, and also less access to healthcare. Which is why Planned Parenthood and 10 of its patients sued the state of Texas on Monday to block officials from cutting off Medicaid funds, calling the state’s actions political and part of a long-term pattern of denying reproductive healthcare to women. I strongly believe that this is the type of action we need to start taking because they won’t start helping us the people until we make this matter go public.

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If there wasn’t a good enough reason to get a HPV vaccine besides, I don’t know preventing HPV. The new 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine, can potentially prevent 80 percent of cervical cancers! In the United States if given to all 11- or 12-year-old children before they are exposed to the virus. The study also found the 9-Valent vaccine, under the trademark of Gardasil-9, has the potential to protect against an additional 8 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, which include the base of the tongue and tonsils. This disease is the second-most-common HPV-associated cancer. I mean a vaccine the also fights cancer like whoa.

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LABIAS LABIAS LABIAS!! What does that word spark in people? For whatever reason any time I use the word I see eyes close, noses scrunch, and hear a chorus of “gah that’s an awful word!”. But why? Why does the name of a body part evoke such disgust in people? Why does a word so closely linked to women’s’ health make men and women alike shrink as if the word were a skunk’s smell?

The labia minora is the set of small lips of skin surrounding the vaginal opening. It may be pink, brown, tan colored, or any variation in between. The labia minora may stay tucked behind the labia majora or may blossom outward. The labia majora is the set of lips covering the labia minora and is made of the same type of skin as the rest of the body, so it is typically the same texture and color as the other skin on the body, and is covered in hair. Both labia sets are packed full of nerve endings that make them a fabulous erogenous zone, and are home to the ever-fantastic clitoris. The labias, paired with the vulva and the other external genitalia also provides comfy protection from all kinds of ickiness that likes to try to creep in.

Since becoming so closely involved in sexual health advocacy work I have developed quite the love for labias, both the word itself and the gorgeous part of female bodies that are so underappreciated. Making people uncomfortable has become part of my daily routine as I talk about contraceptives in public, bust myths about “blue waffles”, and make people think about controversial issues on a regular basis. Even with these other provocative topics, for some reason the word “labia” trumps them all in terms of the ability to freak out my peers.

This is precisely the reason I love the word “labia”. Firstly, because when I use it it means I am doing what I love by speaking out about women’s health and getting young people to talk about their bodies. Secondly, because starting these provocative conversations can raise awareness surrounding the gendered language of women’s bodies. We don’t cringe when we hear nonsexual body parts like “elbow” or “knee” or “shoulder”, and we seldom see such visceral reactions to even hearing the names of men’s body parts. Why is it that women’s bodies are seen as such secretive, elusive “flowers”? (Also, yuck, that is absolutely my least favorite analogy to vaginas).

Labias are without a doubt the coolest part of women’s’ bodies! They come in so many different shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Every labia is different in its own unique, gorgeous way, like the women who possess them. Shaming labias for being what they are is shaming the women who wear them with pride. I love my labia and will take the best care of it possible, and so should you! The top tips for awesome labia/vulva/vagina care is making sure to only wash with gentle, unscented soaps, avoid douching at all costs, and also avoid any wipes, creams, or sprays not prescribed by a doctor that could mess with pH balance. Let’s all love our labias! Say it with me!


Side note: Note that not all those who possess vaginas and labias identify as women, but it is still important to take care of them if you have one! Peace, love, labias!

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STDs should not be a problem these days because of all the new methods they have created to help prevent/protect people from STDs, You may be able to take advantage of newer biomedical options such as pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis. Condoms are also effective at preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) transmitted through body fluids, like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV. However, they provide less protection against STDs spread through skin-to-skin contact like human papillomavirus, genital herpes, and syphilis. Although highly effective when used consistently and correctly, there is still a chance of getting HIV if you only use condoms, so adding other prevention methods can further reduce your risk. What is very fascinating is that lubricant can also be used to help prevent STDs because water-based and silicon-based lubricants are safe to use with latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants and products containing oil, such as hand lotion, Vaseline, or Crisco should not be used with latex condoms. It is safe to use any kind of lubricant with nitrile female condoms. So it’s clearly proven that people should seek some help because all the equipments are out the we just need to take that big step and seek the help.

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We’ve seen a lot of discussion of New York Magazine’s profile of sex at college – from “hookup culture” to affirmative consent education to online dating services.  We wondered, what does a generation of youth activists committed to normalizing healthy sexuality think about it all??  So we asked them, and here’s what they said!

Brianna, Harvard:  “My friends and I are constantly trying to navigate the difficult but vital questions of safer sex and personal boundaries. If the article teaches us nothing else, it’s that young people are diverse and worthy of nuanced discussion about our sexual rights.”

Cydney, Howard University:  I attend an HBCU. We’ve only recently become progressive in terms of having programming surrounding sexual health, let alone the labels, attachments, emotions (or lack thereof).  There is a divide between the students and administration when it comes to addressing the sexual health needs of the campus. I’ve seen progress,  but there are still many barriers that need to deconstructed.

Sooni, Arizona State University: Hook-up culture is not a new phenomena. Neither is sexual violence and rape (on college campuses). The best way to stimulate a meaningful and intersectional sexual revolution is to provide rights-based, comprehensive sexuality education to all humans, from an early age.

Hannah:  In college I had peers who were sex positive, knew their identities,  and knew about consent. We knew about dating violence, too –  but we never learned the warning signs. We were taught it’s always physical. And it seemed like it was always cisgender and heterosexual. We just never saw partner violence as something that could happen to us – even in increasingly volatile relationships.

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Dear Former Classmate/Facebook Commenter,

Man oh man do I have some questions for you. When a friend of mine shared the article about George Lawlor saying “this is not what a rapist looks like”, why did you feel compelled to comment? Why did you feel the need to go out of your way to spread your hateful and judgement-filled opinion on my newsfeed when we haven’t spoken more than a “hello” when I see you in public for years?

What do you think gives you the right to tell me and other women that if we get drunk and have sex then “regret” it later that it isn’t rape? That it’s our fault? What right do you have to say that “calling men rapists” is anywhere near as damaging as having your physical and emotional dignity and identity torn apart by experiencing a sexual assault? Could it possibly be the same privilege that George Lawlor experiences every day? That of a white, heterosexual, middle-class male who has never experienced street harassment, getting groped against your will in a club, or being shamed for enjoying and embracing your sexuality? Do you not see that the throne of privilege you sit on is also a throne of ignorance, hatred, and misogyny? Believe me that in being white, heterosexual, and middle class myself I have often struggled to recognize my privilege. But while it is difficult to do, it is imperative in order to live life as an educated, respectful, loving member of society who advocates for people of all backgrounds.

When you said that “not all men are rapists”, did you for one minute think that I or any other women think that? Do you honestly think that we, as women, believe all of our male friends, significant others, spouses, fathers and brothers are rapists? If you do, I am completely baffled. Do you not realize that ANY men raping women is enough for women to be a little apprehensive? And the fact that 1 in 6 women will be victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime gives women EVERY reason to be afraid? Yes, your point about men also being victims of rape is valid. Though that is the only valid point your comments made.

When you said that teaching the consent standard is victimizing men by calling them rapists “simply because of their genitals” did you for once think that this isn’t rooted in feminist issues? That feminism can’t help men too? Do you think that women being afraid and angry because our bodies aren’t guaranteed safety is for one second less important than your fragile male ego? You and George Lawlor are the exact reason we need consent education for men AND women and for people of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, ages, and religions. Your ignorance infuriates me and at the same time makes me terribly sad.

And on the note of you saying, “shouldn’t there be education programs to teach people not to get raped” instead of teaching consent: shame on you. Women hear this message day in and day out. We are told that if our skirt is too short, we deserve to get raped. If we get too drunk, we deserve to get raped. If we flirt too much, we deserve to get raped. You are perpetuating an incredibly dangerous culture of victim blaming and slut shaming. Shame on you. I am thankful that I am not a survivor of sexual assault so I cannot speak directly to how these comments feel to survivors. But knowing how angry, hurt, and attacked they make me feel, I can imagine these emotions grow exponentially for those women who have experienced sexual assault.

Thankfully, the hatred and ignorance that you possess has only had the consequence of fueling my fire for advocacy, activism, and education. You have just provided me with another story to use when I teach, another example of why we all need feminism and why we all need to take a second to check our privilege. While you sought to make me feel bad, you did the opposite. I feel powerful. I feel informed. I feel that my purpose is reinvigorated. So while I want to scream “screw you”, instead I will issue a small “thank you”. While your ignorance is dangerous and damaging, the fire you threw gasoline on in me will reach much farther and wider than your ignorance ever will.


The Angry Feminist You Went To Preschool With

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Let’s talk about communication. How do we the youth and future of the community educate ourselves on a subject that is very hush hush?
Yes! It is important that young people get sex ed, but why? Forming healthy relationships, knowing to GYT and preventing against unwanted disease and infection as well as contraception are all very important. These are just a few tiny topics out of the broad category that affect our everyday life.
Young adults ages 15 to 24 account for nearly 20 million of the new cases for STD’s and STI’s yearly in the United States. Why not reframe from the hope that abstinence will be wildly practice; face the facts… It is happening now.

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Sexual and Reproductive Health issues are the most sensitive issues of our society. They are not readily discussed or shared among people even with their family members.

These hidden issues are one of the most common challenge for sexual and reproductive health especially in countries like Nepal and India. Societies have always been so orthodox that they do not allow people especially young ones to discuss on their sexual and reproductive health problems.

These practice further leads to worsen the situation because people are not open about their problems and they hide them which makes the problem even more bigger. Even most of the educated people are not ready to discuss on SRHR issues. Due to which the sexual and reproductive health of the people are not improving in the country.

Only awareness and education does not help to solve the problem but changing the attitude of the people on the SRHR issues and making the people ready to implement the knowledge they got, can bring change for improvement of Sexual and Reproductive Health.

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Recently i was able to attend a program on “Comprehensive Sexuality education” with school students. It had been one of the amazing experience to see the change in perspective of students in SRHR. It has been around 5 years since i’ve passed my schools. Most of the students in those time were shy to talk about SRHR. Even teachers were shy to teach the topic of SRHR. When i was on my school days; SRHR had not been striking topic. Me and my friends were concerned only about subjects like Maths and Science. SRHR were not the topic to be discussed due to the environment set by the schools and society. But the change in perspective of SRHR in today’s students are praiseworthy. The students have gained the optimistic thoughts on the SRHR topics. The teachers has also overcome their shyness and using the new approaches to teach their students.

Students of today’s are groomed well by the society and schools to learn about the SRHR. Since i’m talking about the schools in urban; i’ve seen the change. But still there are rural areas which lacks enough education on the topics of SRHR. Students at the rural areas are still shy to talk on the SRHR topics. As it is said “change takes time”; i hope the world becomes SRHR friendly and everyone under the same roof.

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Prostitution, a common word for commercial sex or paid rape, has always been considered as sexual exploitation of a woman’s body. It has been characterized as male dominance where a female is abused both physically and psychologically. Often considered as an act of violence, it has given rise to some serious health problems.

The major health problem includes transfer of STIs (including HIV/AIDS, chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, human papilloma virus, and syphilis) which is alarmingly high among women in prostitution. These STIs can give rise to cervical cancer as well. General gynecological problems like chronic pelvic pain and pelvic inflammatory diseases are common. Women also have to face the problem of unwanted pregnancy and miscarriage. Other health effects include irritable bowel syndrome and partial and permanent disability of different organs. Besides these, emotional consequences like trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, self-medication through drugs and alcohol and eating disorders would definitely have negative impact on health.

Whether they are in this profession by their choice and interest, or whether they are forced into this profession, whatever be the reason, their health safety is an important issue. For a country where prostitution is not legalized, it could be more problematic as there are no laws which directs the consumers for safe sex. Neither are there workshops where women engaged in this profession are given proper education and awareness nor is there a system that monitors the sexual status of the men who purchase sex. There is no institution which conducts routine check-up of women who are involved in this profession and there are no policies and programs to end violence on these women.

Eradicating prostitution might be one of the solutions to minimize STIs, but it is not something that would happen overnight and until and unless these women are provided with economic, social and psychological security, they will not leave prostitution even if they are aware of its negative health consequences.

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Its not daily that we come across people who may be looking at us from another orientation but when most of us do- we tend to ignore those people and give out the signal that society is not ready to accept them. Similarly, we also come across brutes who disregard the importance of women and consider them as material things and hence measure them in terms of money.

Just recently, a 31 Year Old Doctor from India committed suicide blaming her husband as he had lied about his sexual orientation and also accused him for asking for dower. It should be of no surprise to these people since in reality, this is what society in this region of the world teaches. Dower, polygny, betrayal and treatment of women as a third class citizen is as common as one can imagine.

Many from the society in which this man was nurtured would stand up to abuse and blame him for the events that happened but in reality, is the society not to blame?

A husband who lied to his wife about his sexual orientation since the common society did not accept him as a human is indeed the fault of society. Why was it that he was not able to reveal such an important reality about his life when his mother possibly forcibly married the two in a union without even having know each other? The first crime that this society committed was by making that man shy of revealing his reality. Secondly, due to the constraints that prevail in India and most of the region, the husband and wife were not able to know each other for any or at least a moderate period of time before the marriage hence the incapacity to reveal secrets and trust each other. Had the two known each other for some time, maybe he could have revealed to her that he was not a straight male. Similarly, this could have saved us from this absolute cruel to hear story.

Now, coming onto the second main point. In a society where a woman’s family is expected to give large sums of money, why is it that many expect another male member of the society to not do the same? Had these trends not been publicized and supported by the families of many- He would most possibly never had asked her for any money in the form of dower and saved her from a lot of mental duress and physical torture.

At the end, it all sums up to one and an only main point. A person’s personality is structured more by his surroundings and less by himself and in a society where dower and such things are widely acceptable even if “Illegal by law”- There is no way that another man even if a doctor would stop from doing so. Simultaneously- accepting what a man or women wants should be the society’s job but instead making one shy to reveal himself is not acceptable at all and hence today we are seeing such horrific results today.

Bring change in yourself, in the society and learn to accept what one’s sexual orientation is. Do not discourage and abuse a person if he is gay/lesbian/transgender but do abuse him if he asks for dower. Stand against the wrong, not a humans thinking! #Support Ones Sexual Orientation! #Demoralize those who support dower because women are equal and humans. Empower those who gave us birth!

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“It always starts but then it suddenly ends. They come for a week and then I just never see them for months” Said Ameena (Original Name not disclosed for security purposes)a housewife who barely gets to see her family.

She was married at the ripe age of 19 without even the slightest of her consent as her dream to continue forth a career in Journalism was shattered. From dreams of being an Anchor at a Political Scrutiny Show, she was brought down to the bitter reality of life of a woman in Pakistan. She was told that she does not need to pursue any career as her sole purpose of existence was to give birth and please her man. Hiding her tears to uphold her parents dignity- She threw away her dreams and got married to a bachelor known for criminal charges in the city. Her parents married her since their view of a woman’s life was just like that of a slave to her man. Forgetting everything, she still managed to get through with all tradition and marry the man her parents intended for her to marry. They thought he would protect her but the reality intervened and the mad man could not even protect her wife from himself. 2 Years later; Ameena found herself trapped in the same house without any medical help with 2 broken bones and miscarriage. She lost her child and the full function of her left arm after which she was kicked out of the house by her brutal husband who was supposed to “protect” her. She cried her way back home asking for random strangers to help but none decided to aid the poor lady. At last after 2 Miles of Walking with blood all over her body she arrived at her parents door. They didn’t welcome her, they threw her away as you would throw a tin into a bin. Their first sentence “He is you husband, he holds rights over you, Go back-Apologies and make him happy”. She begged and begged until her brother broke the silence and decided to take her to a hospital. She decided never again to go back to her house again and today; She works as a columnist for a renound Newspaper today. 2 years of abuse, a broken bone for helping her male cousin up the stairs and another broken for standing out the widow with open hair. Her parents tried hard but after seeking refuge at local NGO she survived and prospered.

Tales like that of Ameena are not unheard in the cities of Pakistan and even emotions are also hurt, hearts also cry for these poor beings but then no action takes place. No man mans up to save her daughter and no brother stands to protect her sister from brutality. Many issues are today covered raging between the rights of Homo-Sexuals to Protection from Harassment but unfortunately they are only covered. No action takes place, no help is provided and women are left to rot in societies such as that of Kalam Garh in Karachi.

1/3 rd of 2015 has passed and so shall the year itself soon but what would we have done, nothing but type words and give a few speeches at the UN. This takes me back to a quote of that hung outside the wall of my classroom, “Facta Non Verba”, “Deeds, Not Words”. We speak but let our actions speak louder that our words and let us bring a change.

With countries like Pakistan and Saudi where women are treated as nothing less that servants, let us help them in their struggle to achieve independence from chains that entangle them and oppress their dreams under a patriarchy of inequality. According to the National survey of Human Central Independence, conducted by the Government of Pakistan; 9 in every 10 women faces sever abuse at least once in her lifetime and 7 of them face such hardships based on the excuse of religion and male domination.

Polygny is acceptable polyandry is not. My son get a doctorate my daugher should be married by her 20 Birthday? Females are slaves and men are master? Let us please change this and bring a change to these statistics that are literally destroying our women apart.

It is understandable of your to follow your religion but manipulating it to oppress and hurt one is simply not acceptable. These people do not have the right to bring their religion as a reason to stop “Her” from pursuing their dreams, chasing their fantasies, fulfilling their wishes and rising with ambition.

We see lesser and lesser women in the open now, barely a few to spot by as more and more hurt by men nowadays. Many hide their emotions to protect their dignity or that of their family so let us help them as they cut their way across fields of pain and agony and get a equal shot at life. I am maybe a male but a human before that; if you are one who believes in “being a man” become a Human first otherwise there is no way to progress to the point of Manhood.

Bring change and remove religion as a basis of inhumanity. Bring Humanity as the religion and work to eradicate silly fake religious limitations and wonder just why would God want just only to favor men.

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The first case of HIV in Ukraine was reported in 1987, since then, health records suggest that the estimate of all Ukrainians who were HIV positive in 2010 was about 360,000. In the country and the surrounding area, HIV has spread rapidly. In some parts of the Black Sea region, there are up to 100,000 new cases of HIV each year. Economic crisis and armed conflict are factors that are provoking a surge in the virus. “We are all concerned about the rise of HIV/AIDS in the region” Director of the World Bank’s Global AIDS Program David Wilson says “this is perhaps the region where HIV is growing fastest.”

Historically, the majority of people living with HIV in Ukraine were infected with the virus via sharing needles when injecting drugs. Public health professionals and NGOs saw an opportunity both to reduce the number of people addicted to drugs and the incidence of HIV through a needle exchange and opioid substitution program. (Based on international practice, three interventions are needed to reduce the rate of transmission: needle exchange, substitution therapy, and treatment for people with HIV.) Substitution drugs act like a nicotine patch, they are used in place of the injection drug.  After the introduction of this program, as well as other harm reduction and education initiatives, the incidence of disease has decreased in the country.  Transmission still continues to occur, and most often occurs in the southeastern section of the country. Most people living with HIV live in this part of the country.

Conflict in Ukraine’s east and the annexation of Crimea by Russia has heightened health disparities for people living with HIV. The central government decision to cut off humanitarian aid to the separatist-held east in November has resulted in urgent shortages of narcotics substitutes for people who inject drugs. Supplies of substitution drugs are due to run out in east Ukraine at the beginning of 2015. When they run out of drugs they will be forced to migrate or can regress to taking illegal drugs, and sharing dirty needles. This policy could undo years of progress in curbing Ukraine’s HIV epidemic.

As the global community discusses and debates the new set of benchmarks in international development, we need to prioritize and guarantee access to healthcare services in conflict zones. Humanitarian access is crucial in situations of armed conflict where civilians are in desperate need of assistance. As young people, we have the power to advocate for issues that are important, and accessibility to HIV treatment is a high priority, and a human right.

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We have been hearing, noticing and witnessing different types of restrictions that are imposed on women during her periods. She is not allowed to cook and eat healthy foods and completely restricted in the religious ceremony as they are tagged “impure”. But, this kind of restrictions takes a bigger form in some rural parts of Nepal. This practice is named as “Chhaupadi”.

Chhaupadi is taken as a tradition in which girls and women are made to live in the makeshift huts or cowsheds while they are menstruating, out of the superstitious reasoning. This tradition is deeply rooted in the remotest places of Nepal, Accham and Surkhet; places that are only reachable by foot. In these makeshift huts, the girls and women need to make their own food with the available resources. They are not even let to touch the water sources and fetch water as it is supposed to impure the whole water resources. Due to this very reason, they are devoid to maintain their cleanliness in the menstrual period and thus deteriorate their menstrual hygiene. The case is same in the case during childbirth too.

As the matter of fact, this cruel tradition has been considered illegal since 2005 A.D., but the intensity of the problem is still the same. The top down approach to mitigate this problem seems to be irrelevant. The mental torture comes along with this malpractice. Not to mention the physical discomfort they face by sleeping in the cold shade of huts. It is also reported that they are likely to be the victims of wild animals and ill-intention people. Thus, there are cases of girls being raped and attacked by wild creatures like snake and jackals.

So, it has now become a high time to act against this traditional malpractice. The only way to mitigate this problem is by empowering the women to become facilitators of change. The education in the community level is a must; as the girls and boys need to learn to see this phenomenon as a natural process rather than a taboo. The intellectual coding needs to be encrypted in early childhood as they will stick to it for the rest of their life time.

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I am a Resident Advisor to about 65 residents at my university. As a youth activist, I can’t help myself but to spread sexual and reproductive health information to my residents. Last week was National Condom Week, and in its honor, I provided both male and female condoms to my residents. My residents came to the program expecting free male condoms and various edible goodies. However, they were also bombarded with a new, unknown-to-them method:

“OH MY GOD! What are those?”

“I stick this WHERE?”

“Why would anyone use those?”

“Wouldn’t this scare a guy away?”

“Who uses those anyways? I’ve never heard of them.”


I’ll admit the first time I ever heard about female condoms I had the same reaction – until I was able to fully understand the power of female condoms. Female condoms are exactly what they sound like they are – but are inserted inside of the vagina (or the rectum). If you’re interested in a visual on how female condoms work, watch this informative video from Planned Parenthood.


As the reactions of my residents suggest, female condoms are not very popular in the United States.  In fact, out of about 50-60 students who stopped by the program, only one knew about female condoms prior to the event – and he was a guy. However, they have proven popular with both men and women all over the globe. In many countries, female condoms have become one of the preferred methods of choice. Their growing popularity in some places have left health departments unable to keep up with demand! There are several reasons why female condoms are a great method and why they have maintained their popularity among those who use them:


#1 – They are the only method that prevent pregnancy, STIs, and HIV/AIDS that a woman can control and initiate herself – and they’re just about as effective as male condoms. Though there is an array of contraceptive methods for women, only male and female condoms can protect against STIs and HIV/AIDS. With male condoms, a woman must depend on a man to agree to use a condom and use it appropriately. With female condoms, a woman can put her health into her own hand and ensure she’s protected from not only pregnancies but STIs and HIV/AIDS as well.


#2 – They are not made with latex, so allergic reactions are not a problem. Unlike the typical male condom, female condoms are made of nitrile, which is non allergenic. Therefore, a woman does not have to worry about herself or her partner having a bad reaction to female condoms.


#3 – They come pre-lubricated. Particularly among women in menopause, vaginal dryness may be an issue that makes sex uncomfortable. Female condoms are lubricated both on the outside and inside, which provide both partners with comfort and pleasure. If more lubricant is required, users of female condoms can opt for either oil- or water-based lubricants.


#4 – Many men do not enjoy wearing male condoms. Female condoms can allow men to forgo wearing condoms while also receiving pleasure from the design of female condoms, particularly from the rings on either end. In addition, male condoms require a man to be erect before putting it on, which can interrupt the heat of the moment. Female condoms can be put in before any sexual activity even begins – up to 8 hours before!


#5 – They empower women. Due to the very nature of inserting female condoms, women must become comfortable with their bodies and understand their anatomy. In addition, commercial sex workers do not have to worry about the possibility of a client refusing to use condoms; she can take her health into her own hand and discreetly use a female condom. Finally, HIV/AIDS is affecting more women than ever – 60% of all new diagnoses in sub-Saharan Africa are women.  Therefore women deserve access to a reliable, effective method that is made especially for them.


Though countries such as South Africa, Brazil, Kenya, and Zimbabwe have been effective in promoting the use of female condoms, other countries haven’t been as successful or do not promote them as heavily. To increase the awareness and use of this relatively new and exciting barrier method, we must:

  1. Advocate for the sale and/or placement of female condoms wherever male condoms are available.
  2. Work with manufacturers, private donors, and government ministries of health to make female condoms more affordable.
  3. Include men in the discussion so that they have the the information necessary to have candid conversations about female condoms with their sexual partners.
  4. Educate woman on female condoms in schools, places of worship, hair salons, etc.


To learn more about female condoms, visit femalecondom.org

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FGC/M Female Genital Mutilation (often referred to as FGM) is a destructive operation, during which the female genitals are partly or entirely removed or injured with the goals of inhibiting a woman’s sexual feelings. With that being defined, we need to outline the factors why this barbarous practice is carried out in the first place, so laws can be made to efficiently eradicate it. This practice is carried out mostly due to societal views and concerns. Firstly, women who are not mutilated are considered impure in the society and are barred from it. They spend their time in isolation. They consider the female genitals are dirty and non-mutilated women are not allowed to carry food or water. Secondly, FGM is considered a way to control a women’s sexuality. In certain societies, if a woman gets married and she’s not a virgin then she faces extreme punishments ranging from being isolated from society or murder by family. By carrying out FGM, it’s believed that women will not indulge in any vulgar practices before marriage as their desire for sex has gone. Thirdly, in various societies, women are considered to be ‘complete’ only if they have undergone this process. Removal of the clitoris is considered to enhance a girl’s femininity and showcase her obedience and submission. Fourthly, FGM does have a religious dimension to an extent. Not all, but some Muslim societies do practice this horrendous act and their religion is blamed for it. Although it is predominant among Muslims, FGM also occurs in Christian, Jewish and Animists society. Lastly and most importantly, FGM is considered part of the ‘culture’ for some societies, where it represents the transition between childhoods to adulthood. Thus, it is necessary that the laws that are formulated to curb this practice do consider the religious and cultural affiliations associated with this. Furthermore, communities should be educated about the consequences of FGC/M so development may start from the grass root level and within the communities which would be most effective.

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Hey guys! This is Hamna Tariq from Pakistan. ViolenceI\’ve recently noticed that the streets in my city are mostly crowded with males and hardly do I spot a woman nowadays. This has concerned me greatly as girls tend to stay home, hidden from society, to prevent them from being harassed. As a result, several women leave their jobs and their families become a target of poverty. In today’s society women are not even safe enough to walk to a nearby market alone. They are trapped within the four walls of their house so they remain ‘secure’.

Adolescent girls, who dream of success, are forced to do household chores or marry someone so other men are not able to harass them. This disrupts their education and they are not able to live their life the way they want. This caged oppressive life causes psychological problems for adolescent girls and not only do they have to carry the burden of maintaining a household but also endure the pain of childbirth and an age when they should be studying.

Two years ago, I had a girl in my class, Mishaal. We were good friends and had the same subjects. However, she was forced to leave school. Why? Because her ‘brother’ felt that by coming to school, she came in contact with males thus she should sit home and do what women are supposed to do; household chores and get married. She had to sacrifice her education and her dream of becoming a doctor because of a certain mindset inculcated in our society. But why does this mindset exist in the first place? This is because of the lack of laws and regulations ensuring women’s safety. It is believed that women are ‘supposed’ to be harassed when they leave their homes. Why else would they come out?

This trend of adolescent girls being barred from society is on the increase. There should be strong and adequately resourced child protection systems which do not only secure girls from all kinds of harassment but allows them to live their lives freely without fear. Thus, safety is a pertinent issue that needs to be addressed and hopefully by working together we can protect adolescent girls all around the world from violence and exploitation.

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Today marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe V. Wade, a landmark moment for women across our country. People could, supposedly, seek legal and safe abortions, without fear. However, thanks to the Hyde Amendment, clinic protestors, and violent stigmas, this has not always held true for all people, especially people of color and people of low socio-economic status.
The Hyde Amendment has been in place since the mid 1970’s, being renewed every year. This amendment bans all federal money for abortion services, which translates to – federal health insurance for low income families and disabled folk such as Medicaid and Medicare, cannot cover any abortion services.
This is a barrier that affects our communities the most. My family, being one of mixed race and lower socio-economic status, has been consistently affected by this amendment throughout our generations. In order to better understand the struggles our women have been facing for the last 40 years, I decided to ask an expert of confronting, overcoming, and defeating struggle – my mother.

Mi Madre, still protesting decades later!

C- Tell me your story. What was it like when all of this was just happening and you were younger?

M- I was very lucky, when I was in high school, I could go to the city. You could get them, you didn’t have many protests, but I couldn’t imagine at that point having to walk through protests to, you know, try to make the right decision. Back then, we didn’t have the 24 hour thing; you went in, walked out. I do know several people who had the child and at that point, the family and everything was more invested in the child than they were, so in the first 6 months, two of them dumped the kids on their parents and split. The children had all sorts of problems because she didn’t want the kid and was partying her ass off trying to miscarry all because she didn’t have $400.

C- What about your story? How was it like for you?

M- I happened to be lucky where I came from. These things were available. The first time I had an abortion I was 17, my friend sent me to a back alley place in Harlem for only $150. It horrified me. So I went to my father and was able to get the money to do it right. I was really lucky.

C- So when it comes to women on Medicaid and Medicare not being able to access these services, women like yourself, how do you feel about it?

M- I think it’s unfair, I think people that need access to terminations are low-income and they’re the ones that have no access to it.

C- So how did the Hyde Amendment ultimately affect you and your community?

M- It made it difficult, I know people that had children cause they couldn’t afford the abortion. I mean, where’s the choice in that?


Forty years later, and our women and our people are still fighting for the right to choose. We cannot leave folk living in poverty, folk of color, and disabled folk out of these conversations. And the Hyde Amendment is doing just that.



If you want to keep the Hyde Amendment off of our more permanent law books, call/email your U.S. Senator and vocalize your thoughts on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion bill.
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Sexual health refers to the many associated factors that impact sexual function and reproduction. But sexuality is a normal, positive, and lifelong aspect of health and well-being, and it encompasses more than our particular behaviors, Sexuality is also an inherent part of being a human. Love, devotion, passion, affection, and sexual intimacy contribute to robust relationships and individual well-being. Sexual development also refers building relationship skills, emotional maturity, and fit and healthy body image. But along with the positive aspects of our human sexuality, there also are many aspects, mixed feeling and unintended outcome that can state our sexual health. Sexual health also include the physical, social, mental and emotional result. An open discussion placed when the World Health Organization (WHO declared: “There exist fundamental rights for the individual, including …freedom from organic disorders, diseases and deficiencies that interfere with sexual and reproductive function.”
In Nepal Sex and sexuality education are not still emphasize for school children somehow for this teacher, parents and students are not being responsible with this matter. As there is a saying to Change-we need to change ourselves as by saying this YUWA-YALC (youth Activist leadership Council) is forwarding different program to sensitize teachers and students with regarding the sexual education in school by making action plan and going through it manually. In the coming days we hope to see the changing trends of education in sexual health in Nepalese school, community and society.

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So throughout this semester of college, a lot of women that I know have been confidentially sharing their experiences with learning they had an STD and their symptoms. What surprised me the most was that most of the women said they had none of the most popular symptoms such as burning, itching, or discharge. A large majority of these women went to see their doctor’s because of increased pain when it came to their menstrual cramps. Most women  shared with me that their cramps had just been absolutely unbearable over a course of a few months and they had no idea why. When they went to see their doctors, they were absolutely shocked to learn that the culprit was an STD (usually gonorrhea or chlamydia). So I decided to do some reasearch….


According to: http://getstdtested.com/symptoms-of-stds/abdominal-cramps

“Possible causes of abdominal cramps

As mentioned, cramps can be normal, but it may be a sign that something is wrong. Possible causes include:

  • PMS or menstruation
  • Sexually transmitted disease, particularly chlamydia or gonorrhea
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease or cervicitis, complications of untreated STDs
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Food poisoning
  • Kidney stones
  • Appendicitis
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

Diagnosing abdominal cramps

If there is a chance you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, STD testing is an important step in diagnosing this problem. Chlamydia and gonorrhea most commonly cause abdominal cramps in women. If the STD test returns negative, a doctor can diagnose other causes.”

So ladies, you know your body better than anyone else on this planet. So if something does not feel right, CHECK IT OUT! Don’t wait until it’s too late. Be ahead of the game and take care of your body.

 Stay Informed. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.

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I was 13 year and I read in class 7. The day of janai purnima I ate my rice and went to play after few time my mother called to me and says I was period because she saw blood in my clothe. Then my mother said to my father about my first mensuration. They decided that they are accept to traditional culture and system then my mother give suggestion me to live my aunty house and I went her home. I feel very tension and pressure because that was my 1st period but I has not got some care, knowledge and information about my personalijing.my aunty give many pressure to me and give other home activities. I always miss my family, friends and other thing. That is really our society is traditional and they give obligation to us. My 7 day was very difficult and challenges for me now always my monthly period time I remember that past stories.
I have not knowledge, ideas and information about period so I suffered by many physically and mentally problems. I was not speaking to each other and also I always feel alone, cry of remember my family. I was depressed due to the problem.
I knew that my family wanted to celebrate to our traditional culture of society but these time I want to live my family and get many knowledge, care and ideas about mensuration.
Now I am convincing my family so they are not force to me celebrate mensuration systems.
I am so happy that I got opportunity in field of SRHR.

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On December 1, each year the World AIDS day is observed to commemorate the 36 million lives claimed by HIV/AIDS across the world; it also highlights that in the fight against HIV there is urgent work that still needs to be done. It has been more than three decades since scientists identified the HIV virus which causes AIDS and the cure for it still evades the doctors. Leading researchers from Australia, Italy and the United States have said that considerable work still needs to be done before they can find a cure for HIV.[i]

The transmission of the HIV virus is tied to specific high-risk behaviors and has nothing to do with a person’s sexual orientation. It is not uncommon for people to blame gender non-conforming people for increased prevalence rates of HIV in society, but the real culprit is the legalized homophobia  and bigotry which drive them underground. The oppressed are always blamed for their problems by the oppressors. Societal norms, dominant cultural practices and religious beliefs are responsible for driving sexual minority groups underground due to which they are marginalized from HIV/AIDS related prevention efforts and have limited or no access to such programs. Because of this they are at a bigger risk of being infected with HIV/AIDS. No logical person would willingly want to contract HIV and gender non-conforming people are no different. Numerous research studies have proved that reduced stigma and discrimination always leads to a reduction in the infection rates.[ii]

In Pakistan, an estimated 130,000 people are living with HIV.[iii] But this number could be much higher as a lot of people in the country do not have access to screening services and are probably living in ignorance of their HIV status. According to the UNAIDS website for Pakistan adults aged 15 and above are at an increased risk of getting the virus, and in 2013 there were 4000 reported cases of deaths due to AIDS. A report published by the UN last year highlighted that new cases of HIV were on a rise in Pakistan.[iv] Most of the prevention efforts and Public AIDS control programs in the country are targeted at the sex workers in the country and have yet to include the general population who if not more than are at the same level of risk as the sex workers. The HIV/AIDS national surveys and public prevention programs do not include men who have sex with men and transgender people who are universally acknowledged as two high risk populations. And without including the key affected populations into their prevention efforts the national and provincial AIDS control programs cannot halt the spread of HIV in Pakistan.

Extraordinary advances in the field of medicine have made it possible for HIV-positive people to live long and lead healthy lives. But in the absence of a cure each year tens of thousands of new infections occur. Since 2011, the international efforts to highlight HIV/AIDS awareness have been focused on achieving the common goal of, “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero deaths from AIDS-related illness. Zero discrimination.” [v] But less than adequate funding for HIV programs, ideological restrictions on research efforts, improper prevention techniques and endless stigma and discrimination have proved to be major roadblocks in the achievement of Getting to Zero. A majority of the world’s population exposed to the HIV virus continues to live in either ignorance or shame about their HIV status. Only through leading by example can we improve the lives of those living with HIV. We can get tested to learn our HIV status and show care and support towards those who have already been tested positive.  Together, we can slow the spread of HIV and better care for those affected by it.

[i] http://www.bbc.com/news/health-29460198

[ii] http://caps.ucsf.edu/archives/factsheets/stigma

[iii] http://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/pakistan

[iv] http://www.dawn.com/news/1059723

[v] http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/world-aids-day/world-aids-day-2011/6

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I talked to a mother that expressed her concern about what her elementary to middle school aged children would be learning If they were taught sex Ed in school. I told her that the information would be age appropriate and explained to fit the mind of a younger child. She still was against the idea but she did admit that regardless her kids were being exposed to some not so “kid friendly” things whether from peers or media. I told her that is exactly why sex Ed for young children is just as important as sex Ed for teens because young children can intake a lot of information that isn’t accurate and sex Ed would give them age appropriate information that is accurate to combat with all the things they intake anyway on a day to day basis. whether or not her opinion changed I believe I gave her something to think about and hey that talk with her led to this blog post. 🙂

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Election time is intimidating for young people. There is a lot of pressure on us. Pressure from our passionate peers (ahem, me) to go out and vote, from our parents to follow in their footsteps, and from our communities and nation to forge a path into the future that will make everyone proud. There is no denying that we have a big impact on the outcome of an election. Politicians target young people for a reason: we make a big difference. We matter. We have the ability to change the future and therefore every candidate wants the power of the (young) people behind them. Why should we care though? What does the outcome of this election mean for us as young people?

To begin with, in Maine, Republican Governor Paul LePage was re-elected. Governor LePage is a huge risk for women, starting with his views on abortion and ending with his misinformed opinions on health. One of Governor LePage’s most infamous responses in the last four years was his reaction to the effect that BPA residue can have on estrogen levels. His quote, “So the worst case is some women may have little beards,” has become the butt of many national jokes and late night shows, but what does it really mean for women in our state? For one, it shows that our governor does not have an understanding of what the hormone estrogen actually is (hint: it would never cause hair growth), but it also shows that he does not care to put energy or research into women’s health before he comments on it. This lack of understanding and empathy will likely show up in other areas of women’s health issues, such as contraception access, health care, and abortion rights. If you have a vagina and/or are sexually active in the state of Maine and rely on birth control pills, IUDs, or emergency contraceptives, Governor LePage could be a risk to you. It’s a jump between “little beards” and birth control pills, but there’s a connection. There’s a lack of knowledge. That’s what you need to know.

Outside of my home state, however, there were similar election results that could end negatively for young people in general. For college students, tuition costs are a top priority and concern. National student loan debt is at an all time high: $1.2 trillion. Many higher education loan reforms have been under Democratic campaigns and policies, meaning with the Republican Party taking control of the Senate, these policies will likely go into deadlock or just be vetoed. What does this mean for us? It means we will be waiting longer for lower interest rates on our student loans and there will be more support in our government for for-profit colleges (http://bit.ly/1z0uq5l). All of this information can be hard to sift through and understand. At the end of the day, the shift in power will likely mean delays for progress in higher education reform and student loan debt as well as investment in colleges that are looking to suck-up our hard-earned cash.

It’s (usually) easy for young people to look at social issues such as gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, or contraception access and understand why it is important for us to go out and vote. In midterm elections, however, it can be hard to decipher what candidates mean and why our vote is necessary. There is a lot on the line for us– our health, our rights, our money. So it’s time for us as a community to get involved. Know your issues, form an opinion, take a stand.

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We are all feminist!
People fight for every girls right,–whether in secret
or not. We have once said no to those people who,
one way or another have adjusted the beauty of the
“Girl Child.”
Life made things easy, but our new story-telling,
and blueprint-art, shaped the way things used to
be. It is quite beautiful to say we have tried our best
to influence most of the affairs of girls living in
rural areas–“to put a smile on gaunt faces.”
Today, there’s a task on each of us to help raise
awareness and #Write4Girls ; to ring the bell, and
set prosperous margins for them to follow.
In Cotonou, the Republic of Benin; teenage girls are
going through a lot of pains–from hunger strike in
major rural areas, to sexually transmitted
infections, and rape! Most of these girls have no
parents, only few of them have access to hospitals
and parental care. The selfsame happens in
Ekpoma, Edo state, Nigeria (…my state of origin);
girls have turned coated wires, nude. From peer
group relationship to hotel services. Almost 15% of
teenage girls in my environment from (14-17) are
pregnant, 10% are already mothers,–the story goes
From these circumstances “Feminism” becomes a
dwindled act, because majority of the girls we fight
for–(to get quality education, parental care and
reproductive health services…),–are knowingly
doing the wrong things.
But aside from any heart feelings, we are still
And There’s always a heart that wants to put a smile on
wrinkled faces. While “Malala,” is working on education for
every girl child, we too can do our best.
Today, there’s a new definition, the renaissance of a
new hope; thoughts that begets’ essence, and
notions that raises the bowels that once lay flat.
Our words, written or spoken, can influence and
reach the farthest places. Faults may emerge, and
we may have to shrink to environmental and
governmental laws; but the grace to move on will
spring forth, if we decide to take a stand.
This is for those girls that have lost all, those girls
that have been shut out, raped, coerced for
pleasure, used as slaves, Infected with Sexually Transmitted Infections, and made to hawk fruits
in the market.
We can do a lot more if we #Write4Girls, and
channel or thoughts to the development of every girl child.

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Recently, Emma Watson has come forward with powerful speeches presenting her personal beliefs about feminism and the role each person has in progressing this movement forward. Her UN speech, which can be seen here, http://bit.ly/1rB2PGG, discussed the HeForShe campaign and was a beautiful start, but recently she has also come out to Elle UK to discuss what feminism specifically means to her. Time has quoted Watson as saying, “Feminism is not here to dictate you… All we are here to do is give you a choice,” (http://ti.me/13eYpMS) which I think is a principle that everybody can support. The idea that feminism is personal is so, SO real. Feminism is different to every person and no type of feminism is wrong or better than another. Feminism is about equality and it can take form in a variety of ways. Here is what my feminism looks like.

My feminism looks like peace. The anti-choice movement pisses me off. So does slut-shaming. And victim-blaming. And general oppression. I identify as a feminist and I care about a lot of issues and I channel that passion into making a difference in the world. More importantly, however, I believe in the power of peace. Anger is a powerful emotion and I could never deny that, but more importantly I identify with peace and the power that tranquility can have on the world. During my freshman year of college my friend Shannon, at the time co-chair for our campus’s Student Women’s Association said to me, “peaceful, powerful, and pro-choice,” and since then I have really identified with it. This does not make me any less passionate. It does not make me any less of a feminist. It makes me, me.

My feminism looks like bandage skirts and crop tops. Sometimes, and not all the time, I like to wear heels and short skirts and heavy eyeliner. That’s okay. Everybody knows that the way a woman dresses or drinks or acts is not an invitation for rape. It’s also not an invitation for hate.

My feminism has no girl-hate. I try to accept women for wherever they are in their life. I accept girls who wear mini skirts and drink and have sex with different people every weekend. I accept girls who think girls like that are everything that’s wrong with feminism. All I want in my community, is for all of the women I know to accept all the women that they know. I encourage us all to focus on girl-love. Love the girls who stay in and study. Love the ones who go out every night. Love them for whatever they need to do to be the woman they want to be. Love each other. Because that’s what makes us all a beautiful and powerful group.

I think as a society we have a tendency to lose sight of what acceptance means. Not everybody has the same opportunities, the same knowledge, the same opinions. It is important for us to each share a little part of ourselves, share the things that matter to us in a way that is both respectful and enlightening for other people. We have to stop expecting that everybody knows what matters to us and start actively teaching each other to care. We have to start realizing that we all have the same goal and together we’ll be closer to the equality we are all striving to reach.

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After reading a beautiful article written by two Harvard College students, Brianna and Kirin, about their experience at Advocates for Youth’s Urban Retreat 2014 and their involvement with “the movement” for sexual health justice for young people (http://bit.ly/1nAOKZH), I decided to reflect on my own experiences and activism work. Here are five of the most important things I have learned by joining “the movement” that I think other people would learn, too. I’m sure the list will grow.

5. Friends will support you, but not always agree with you. I am incredibly passionate about some very controversial political and social issues, including abortion and comprehensive sex education and LGBTQ equality. For me, these are not even controversies, they are rights, but I have learned and been reminded that everybody is entitled to their own opinions. Just because one of my best friends disagrees with me on abortion rights, does not mean that one of us is more correct than the other. More importantly, it does not mean that we cannot be friends. Respect can go a long way.

4. Answers can create more questions. Recently, I was asked to speak at a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 101 class about STD/HIV prevention on college campuses, contraception, and general reproductive justice as it effects my peer group. It is all too easy to assume that everybody has had the same education as you. They have not. There will be questions about consent, slut-shaming, and victim-blaming that will worry you and allow you to question society as a whole. You will have to explain dental dams and female condoms. You might be embarrassed at first, but you can do it. It is a worth-while experience.

3. Activism may lead to assumptions. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is that people want to know how your activism work specifically relates to your personal life. People are willing to cross those boundaries. Recently, I was asked by a stranger, someone much older than me, if the 1 in 3 statistic (stating that 1 in 3 women in their lifetime will have an abortion) was my “personal statistic.” I wasn’t offended, but I was surprised. I would never feel I have the right to ask another woman so blatantly and personally about her own experience. Some people do and they will ask.

2. “The movement” will change the people around you. You will be so delighted and thrilled to find that your friends and roommates and people you don’t even know are willing to support you and your cause. I recently started a student organization on my campus, the Student Alliance for Sexual Health, and found that the people who really care about me are willing to stand behind me for my cause. That leads me to the number one thing you will learn from “the movement.”

1. “The movement” will change you. If you let it, “the movement,” will open your heart and soul. It will fill you with this invincible passion that infects your day-to-day choices, that clears a path for where you need to be in life, for where you’re going, and where you have been. It will cast light on all of these shadows in your life and fill the spaces you need it to fill. Your passion for change is what causes you to become “the movement” yourself. You are not alone. You are a part of a whole. Cherish it.

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October is National “Let’s Talk About Sex” month, so being educated on how to protect yourself and your partner is nothing short of essential knowledge! From research done by the Guttmacher Institute, we know that condoms are the most common contraceptive method used during first intercourse, with 68% of females and 80% of males having used it the first time they have sex.

Some common misconceptions and myths around Condoms:

1. “Using two condoms is more effective than using one.”

It’s actually a lot less effective. If you’re using two condoms at once, you’re putting two latex materials next to each other, which will rub against one another during intercourse, leading to friction, which leads to the condom tearing. If the condom breaks, there will be an exchange of body fluids, which can lead to contracting an STIs and/or pregnancy.


2. “I’m allergic to latex, so I can’t use condoms, which means I have to use another form of birth control.”
First of all, no other form of birth control protects against STIs* at all, so you need to be using a barrier method when initially having sex with somebody, especially if neither of you have been recently tested for STIs. If you are allergic to latex condoms, don’t keep using them and suffering the painful consequences (including hives, itchiness, blisters and in some cases anaphylaxis, which can lead to death) and doctors’ visits, there are a lot of other latex-free-options!


• Polyurethane condoms: made from a special type of plastic.

• Polyisoprene condoms: made of a synthetic latex material that’s as strong as latex without “containing the proteins that trigger allergic reactions.”

• FC2: the female condom

(All available at Walgreens!)

3. “I’m allergic to Glycerin, so I can’t use condoms or lube!”
First of all, don’t stress. It’s very common. Doctors have found that Glycerin in condoms and lubricants leads to yeast infections in many people. For chemical free condom options, you may need to special order condoms, but that’s easy to find and order with the internet. Look to brands such as Sir Richard’s Condom Company, who make Glycerin, Parabens (which has been found to interfere with normal hormonal regulated processes and lead to a lot of negative side effects, such as dizziness, swelling, sweating and itchiness—not exactly sexy), and Benzocaine (which is a local anesthetic added to condoms to help numb up the member so that “guys can go the distance”) free.


If you and your partner have talked about using another form of non-barrier birth control, and would like to use a lubricant, then Astroglide, which can in fact be used with condoms, may be a great option! It’s Glycerin and Paraben free.


4. “Condoms don’t really protect against HIV, only abstinence does.”

While nothing beats abstinence protection wise, condoms are an effective method to preventing HIV contraction.
“The NIH report confirms that condoms are an effective public health tool in the fight against HIV infection. Another study of HIV-serodiscordant couples in Europe (one of the couple is HIV-infected and one is not), has shown no transmission to the uninfected partner among any of the 124 couples who used a condom at every act of sexual intercourse. Among those couples that were inconsistent users of condoms, 12 percent of the uninfected partners became infected with HIV.”


5. “Loads more teenage boys than girls are having sex!”
Despite common language and ideas promoted in social circles, media and online, the amount of girls having sex is about equal to the boys of their same age.


6. “American teens are more sexually active than other western nations, that’s why we have higher teen pregnancy rates.”
False! Teens in the US and Europe have very similar levels of sexual activity. However, European teens are more likely compared to American teens to use contraceptives, in general, and even more likely to use the most effective methods (such as two forms of birth control—like a condom and having an IUD) than their American counterparts; which leads to much lower pregnancy rates.



There’s a lot of misinformation around contraception and sex, make sure that you’re getting the facts and the correct information so that you can protect yourself and your partner.


Rights. Respect. Responsibility.

(Cough cough on the last one people!)





*Dental Damns, although not a birth control method, do protect against STIs but can only be used for female oral sex.

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Yana is a young single mother living in a refugee camp in Lebanon. When she was 15, she married a man 20 years older than her, because her parents wanted to protect her from sexual violence. Due to resettlement and chaos surrounding Yana’s refugee status, she has been separated from her close family. Now Yana and her very young child live alone with little health care services.
Young women and girls are often at a higher risk for sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy due to a lack of sexual education and knowledge. In addition to that, Yana and other young people in post-conflict society have little health care support due to the chaos of refugee status. In crisis situations, when vulnerabilities are drastically increased, sexual and reproductive health care services are not always available or prioritized. During conflict, there is also an increased risk for sexual assault and violence. Combining these factors results in a time and place where young people are in serious need for sexual and reproductive health services.

Today, there is an urgent need for specific women and girls health services for Syrian refugees. These refugees are Syrian nationals who have fled Syria due to the Syrian Civil War. By the end of August 2014, the UN estimated that six and a half million people have been displaced in Syria, while more than three million people have fled Syria to neighboring countries including Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. Throughout this conflict, and the resettlement process, many people, especially women, girls, and adolescents have been more susceptible to sexual and reproductive health problems including gender based violence and lack of health services.
Prior to the conflict in Syria, there was an absence of sufficient programs and laws to protect women and girls from gender based violence. The apathy for women and girls stemmed from the state, and now that Syria is in a civil war, the lack of support for gender based violence prevention and programs are radically large in scope. The government claims that in areas that are under regime control, it is combating discrimination and protecting women and girls from violence. However, multiple reports and statements by UN officials, as well as interviews with Syrian refugees, says that the government is doing very little to protect women and girls, and instead is propagating violence toward them.

The conflict has also had a heavy toll on access to health care, including sexual and reproductive health care. One young woman shares her experience with the UN:
“Lengthy waits at check points, fear of bombshells, rockets, and snipers create fear among women, which also plays a role in stopping women, including pregnant women, from accessing hospitals. A large number of women lost their lives and their babies due to the regimes targeting their cars while these pregnant women were on their way to hospital. Many women were afraid and were more comfortable delivering at home, even without anesthesia, which in return creates a risk to their health. I myself witnessed many women who died during home delivery.”
The government blames the lack of services on economic sanctions and armed terrorist attacks, without acknowledging its own role in the premeditated destruction of hospitals and clinics. The Syrian government fails in the prevention of persecution of gender based violence and lack of access to health care.
Even before the conflict, Syrian women and girls faced high levels of gender-based violence and received inadequate access to sexual and reproductive health services. The conflict exacerbated those levels through general chaos and the government’s lack of support. Now, with the surge of violence from Islamic State (IS), Syrian women are at an even greater risk.

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I have a very clear memory from my freshman year of college of when I first heard another girl talk about her experience with consent. It was a Saturday morning and I was at breakfast at Hilltop Dining and it was becoming a perfectly cold and painfully sunny day in Maine. Consent makes a lot of sense in my head and before this conversation, I was under the impression that most people had a fairly strong grip on it, too. No means no, right? Or, as California has recently initiated, yes means yes (http://n.pr/1vqdnrt). End of story.

So, imagine my surprise when two girlfriends of mine sat next to me at breakfast, omelets  and water balanced in one hand and a coffee in the other, to tell me what they had heard in class this week. “If you are hooking up with somebody and you say no, but then you continue to hook up and it goes further than you want, that could be assault,” one said to me, with complete disbelief, like she had been in that situation before and had never realized her own rights. For me, I had never considered it in such explicit terms, but it made a lot of sense. I knew if I were ever in that situation, I would make sure that as soon as I said no, it was over. That was it. I would leave. I knew it in my heart, felt it in my bones, that I could walk away from that situation.

Fast forward a semester and I did find myself in that situation. But it didn’t seem so concretely clear. All of a sudden, I couldn’t find the strength to say no again. Why couldn’t I find the ability to fight what I didn’t want and push away? And I had a moment, later in the same night, when I realized what the girl at the breakfast table had just realized: there is something, at times, that restrains women. Something is keeping us from maintaining our strength, standing by our “no” after we have said it once, or twice, or more. There is a serious gap in knowledge and explanation in our sexual health education in our schools and in our communities. There is nothing that teaches young people, especially women, to speak up, to intervene, and how explicitly to do so. Without this accessible knowledge of what consent and healthy relationships are, young men and women instead find ourselves in increasingly negative situations. Even worse, this lack of knowledge leaves space for shame to grow and overshadow our ability to say no and to take charge of our own sexual experiences. On college and high school campuses across the nation, this fear of a reputation– either for saying yes or for saying no or for saying nothing at all– leads women into believing our voice is not as powerful as we want it to be. It is miseducation that causes this. It is knowledge that can fix it. So now, we as a society have this wonderful opportunity to teach young women to find the strength to say no again, to pull away, to stop what we don’t want, as well as to teach young men to listen and respect us. More importantly, to learn that it is not young women who are in the wrong. It is equally important for young men to hear and respect our no’s, so that they do not need to be repeated. Young women must find their strength and young men must learn to accept it.

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Today is the largest voter registration day of the year, National Voter Registration Day!

Let’s ensure that all our voices are represented in our democracy.

If you are voting for the first time this November, or have moved since the last time you voted, register today! It’s free and takes less than 10 minutes.

Young people have an incredible opportunity to make a huge impact on the political process. In 2012, 18-29 year-olds made up 21% of the voting eligible population in the US. That number will rise to 36% in 2016.

Our country is positioned to have laws that reflect your values and elected officials that share your lived experiences. So make sure your voice is heard by registering today.

If you are already registered to vote, you can take the next step towards ensuring your voice is heard this November by pledging to vote: Text “PLEDGE2VOTE” to 877-877

Or forward this email to a friend and make sure they are registered to vote



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reposted from Miriam Zoila Pérez, Colorlines

This summer, Minnesota passed a first-of-its-kind law improving the treatment of pregnant incarcerated women. In addition to extending an existing ban on the use of restraints during childbirth for up to three days postpartum, the law also allows incarcerated women to have a doula. 

Doulas are trained birth attendants who provide physical and psychological support during pregnancy and birth. Doulas have gained popularity in recent years. Doulas of North America (DONA), just one of a handful of training organizations, now boasts 6,500 members; in 1994, there were only 750. As the community and movement has grown, doulas have worked to bring their model of care to many different arenas. As a trained doula, I’ve participated in groups such as the Doula Project in New York City, which brings doula support to people having miscarriages and abortions. Other groups focus on providing low-income women with this kind of care, and a number have also tailored their work to support incarcerated women. 

This a great step towards providing care to incarcerated pregnant people.

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Climate change

Rising temperature, melting ice and growing ocean left no one not to be aware of climate change. But Climate changes definitely not only the environmental issues but is growing its scope of effects as increasing in temporal dimension. Rise in the sea level more than 40 nm and significant retreat of Arctic sea ice and nearly all continental glaciers, having twelve warmest years in last thirteen years with the record of 1.8-4 degree Celsius rise in the temperature are some facts of the latest climate change scenario. This environmental issue is the reproductive issue since its directly and indirectly leads to arise of new personal, social, and political problem.

Climate change refers to any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity. It can also be regarded as a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods. There are many impacts of climate change on human kind. One of the one is social and human consequences of climate change. Migration of peoples from more affected area to non-affected area will definitely affects the eco system. It may leads to the unmanaged urbanization and change in land use or says improper land use according to the capability of soil. As here we are talking about the change in the whole environment, we can’t even imagine its consequences on whole living and non-living things of earths.

Climate change and health issues…

Obviously, there are the issues of health while we discuss about the change in the environment. Men and women suffer from different negative health consequences following extreme events of climate change such as floods, windstorms; droughts etc… according to the abnormalities in the environment due to climate change actions, there may have specific direct and indirect consequences to the human health. Everyone will be affected by these changes, but not equally. Vulnerability to climate change will be determined by a community or individual’s ability to adapt.. From many study it has been seen that, effects of climate change has more effect on women rather than men in the countries having gender gap. Many women around the world must adapt their lives to a changing climate. Increases in extreme weather conditions droughts, storms, and floods are already altering economies, economic development, and patterns of human migration, and are likely to be among the biggest global health threats this century.
Climate Change induced heath issues and women

So, why women are more vulnerable towards the effects of climate change induced disasters? There may be various answers from various perspectives. Poverty can be one reason because they are economically dependent on men and also the lack of proper education. These two elements always take them back in case of ideas, techniques and also the resource collection for the adaptation. Children can also be the reason of more vulnerability of women. As like men they can’t migrate but likely to remain home to care for children and elderly or sick family members. Climate change has a significant impact on securing household water, food, and fuel—activities that usually are the responsibility of women and girls. In times of drought and erratic rainfall, women and girls must walk farther and spend more of their time collecting water and fuel. Girls may have to drop out of school to help their mothers with these tasks, continuing the cycle of poverty and inequity. Changing climates also affect the health of crops and livestock, and women, who are often responsible for producing the food eaten at home, must work harder for less food.

Lack of independence and decision making power are constrain of women’s ability to adapt to climate change. Women often have limited or no control over family finances and assets. In many communities, women are underrepresented in community politics, and thus have little influence over community strategies for adapting and over policies that support women’s rights and priorities. Without participation by women, programs to replace traditional crops with those better suited to the changing environment might focus only on the needs of men’s fields and not address the problems women face with household gardens.

Effects on women…

Whenever there are the issues of women’s health, Sexual health and reproductive health and right comes along with it. SRHR issues are more related to women because they are more sensitive towards these issues and regarding the SRHR issues induced as the result of climate change and it effects, due to our socio-economic condition , metal and physical condition of women; they are more vulnerable towards climate change’s effects.
In the developing countries like Nepal, women have more responsibility towards family work, agricultural work and other side they are less educated. So this scenario leads to the condition that, women have to fight hard to adapt her and her family towards the effects of climate change but lack of knowledge makes her path more difficult. In this condition, effect of adaptation obviously have effect on her physical and mental condition and ultimately towards her sexual and reproductive health as well.

SRHR issues…..

Biological structure of the female body is also more sensitive making women more vulnerable towards cc induced disasters and conditions. Many reports shows that flood waters mixed with waste and faecal matter entered the vagina and urethra of women and adolescent girls and increased the risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). UTIs are known to be lower among males than females as the urethra is longer among males so bacteria has to travel longer distance to reach bladder. According to one case study in India, there were reports of breast growth and high fever among women who lost their breast-fed infants during the 2004 tsunami. In Thiland, some adolescent girls and women of reproductive age group reported that their mensuration stopped suddenly after tsunami in 2004 due to mental shock and resumed only after a few/several month. Social norms glorifying motherhood also lead to specific kinds of SRHR issues in disaster contexts. Like when women lose their children in the disaster, there is self-inflicted and pressure to women to re-conceive in any means. Such pressure persists even if it is not safe regarding age and health condition of women.

In another scenario of post disaster situation due to climate change and global warming, many rehabilitation centers for disaster victims may have been established. As people of various types lives there together, sexual violence, harassment, rape and many gender based violence cases are reported to be high which has induced the cases of many femicide and suicide . Loss of the local resources, medicine, medical staffs and infrastructure to provide sexual and reproductive health is also the major issues that have to be faced due to disasters. There are many such direct and indirect issues of SRHR as well during disasters and condition arises by climate change. Each and every issue further relates and helps to arise or say regenerate the many others SRHR issues. Mainly in case of developing countries, issues of SRHR during disasters had created many and among them as well the condition of women are more vulnerable.

Climate change induced disasters on human have its own effect which is some time devastating and what may be the situation, when there is more casualties due to social discrepancy, health and gender issues .We cannot stop the disasters but we can stop these social discrepancy, SRHR issues, mental torture, suicide and many more by employing proper education, security, awareness, advocacy, facilities etc… Issues of climate change are more than enough, so let’s be aware not to increment any other on the list.

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As a student at Georgetown University, I was always thankful to be covered under my mother’s employee-based health insurance plan. When there was debate over how or if religiously-affiliated organizations, such as Georgetown, would adhere to the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I breathed a sigh of relief because I did not have to worry about losing my access to birth control without cost-sharing, as many of my classmates did. I was able to cheer when the ACA went into effect two years ago on August 1st, 2012, happy that I could stay on my mother’s insurance plan until I turned 26. I could celebrate a year later when, on August 1st, 2013, Plan B One-Step®, an emergency contraceptive (EC), began to be sold over-the-counter with no age restriction. I remembered the story of my 17-year-old friend having to buy EC for our 16-year-old friend, despite the fact that studies have concluded that young people are able to comprehend – equal to adults – the key points necessary for safe and effective use of EC. Now, women and men of any age can purchase Plan B One-Step® and its generic equivalents over-the-counter without presenting identification to prove their age.

This August 1st, on the anniversary of so many advances in reproductive health care, there are both reasons to celebrate and reasons to frown.

We can celebrate that barriers to EC are being eliminated and EC is now easier to access than ever before. AfterPill® is newly available online only for $20, plus $5 shipping and handling – half the cost of Plan B-One Step®! By no longer requiring proof of age to purchase in-store products and with this new affordable online option, more people (and more young people) will be able to get EC and have it when they need it.

Despite this progress, some barriers remain.  Although stores can and should be stocking EC over-the-counter, some aren’t. Only half of stores surveyed were found to stock the product on the shelf. Even among stores that stock Plan B One-Step® on the shelf, two-thirds lock the product in a portable box or fixed case which must be unlocked by a store employee. And while AfterPill® is a great option, the fact that the website does not offer expedited shipping means that one must order the product ahead of time for it to be available when needed.  While the advances break down barriers to access and availability and enable more women to get this important element of their healthcare, clearly there are still improvements to be made.

And unlike in 2012 –  when we were celebrating the Supreme Court affirming the constitutionality of the ACA – this year we are dealing with the disappointment of the Hobby Lobby vs. Burwell decision. The Court ruled that closely-held, for-profit corporations could deny insurance coverage of contraceptive methods to which they object based on their owners’ religious beliefs. With this decision, the Court put the rights of corporations above the rights of women. As Justice Ginsberg put it, “the startling breadth” of this decision means that I too could be at risk for losing coverage for parts of my healthcare if my mother’s employer wanted to limit that access. With all the uncertainty over the impact this decision may have, the Georgetown student health insurance plan, which covers contraceptives through its third-party insurance provider in adherence to the accommodation for non-profits, suddenly does not seem so bad.  As a young person and a student, my options for health insurance are either my university or my parent’s employers.  Unfortunately, my access to reproductive health care is now threatened on both of those fronts.

Let’s celebrate August 1st as a day which reminds us of the forward strides we have made in making sure everybody, including young people, has access to reproductive health care! Yet, let us also be aware of the missteps of the last year and continue to fight against those wrongs to ensure access for all.

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The Candies Foundation has a few stories from teenage mothers on their website. The stories are heartfelt, information, and I can only assume an honest account of what each mother felt when they wrote them. The inclusion of these young women’s stories is important and could be very useful to making non-shaming teenage pregnancy prevention ads. However, Candies has a history of promoting and making ads that shame teenage mothers for their sexual health choices and now has a history of ignoring teenage mothers who asked to meet with them to make non shaming ads via the #NoTeenShame campaign.

This year Candies held their annual month of campaigning and gave Vanessa Hudgens an award for playing a teenage mother in the film Gimme Shelter.
I saw the film she did a good job. However, I can’t help but to wonder why/how Candies can give a non-teenage mother and award for playing the role of a teenage mother but ignore a group of teenage mothers who are activist and trying to help Candies make more non-shaming and inclusionary ads.

The Candies Foundation has built an entire campaign and network using narratives of teenage pregnancy they feel is correct. They have done such a good job at this that their ad campaigns overshadow their clothing line and they are regarded as experts over teenage girls whom have experienced teenage pregnancy and parenting first hand.

I feel Candies has a great platform, they’ve been able to capture young people’s attention, and they seem to think including teenage voices is necessary in their campaign so long as these voices completely agree with them and do not dissent like #NoTeenShame did and continues to.

My hope is that Candies will stop paying Bristol Palin top dollar to speak, giving awards out to fake teenage mothers and actors from the Bachelor, and begin to speak to everyday teenage mothers whom would (have) like(d) to speak with them.

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The Supreme Court’s buffer zone decision has the potential to have adverse affects on the sexual health of youth. American youth already have higher rates of unintended pregnancies-despite the latest decline in rates, growing rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and receive misinformation about sexual health all the time (read abstinence only sex education in public schools). 

By not upholding the buffer zones outside of abortion clinics the Supreme Court just unanimously put youth in America at greater sexual health risk. 

The first time I went to a clinic for sexual health information and services was after I had my daughter. I was 16 or so and went to the only place I had hear about, Planned Parenthood. Thankfully I did not encounter protestors however, some of my friends had; they commented that they were afraid to go inside the clinic because of the angry mob outside so they left. 

While they were not there for abortion services the anti choice crowd outside caused so much fear to them that they did not go inside and speak to a sexual health professional about safer sex, free condoms, and or HIV and STI testing. 

They left. 
They knew of no where else to go and unfortunately one of their first attempts to make well informed sexual health decision for themselves was ruined by ill informed, intimidating, and aggressive anti-choicers. While they think they are “stopping” abortions from happening, they are actually stopping youth from making sexual health decisions and establishing healthy and responsible sexual health practices early on in life. 

The Supreme Court let us all down but youth just might be the most vulnerable population to feel and deal with the adverse effects this decision can have on our health.

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A sixteen year old girl got pregnant few weeks before i had completed my exams, and the reeking saint of unwanted pregnancy loomed in my street for weeks ; bearing from the first. Most girls I have talked to in my neighbourhood, often say ; ”their family are poor and they lack the essential resources that will trigger a change — socially, physically, emotionally and economically.

”Today, eight out of ten girls (with ages between 12-17) in my community, gets pregnant every two Months”

In Some families ( where girls are a majority), parents lure their daughters into prostitution : as a result of poverty, and poor social status.

We are the drivers our lives: but what if that life is nurtured and understood. What if girls are taught — with basic morals from mother and father.
”what if, for every mistake, she is corrected and shown the right part ; Then, with other positive attribute laid, change can be achieved.

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Today Worldwide sexual and reproductive health Right have gain its focus on programs and discussions. The increasing concerns globally have resulted to number of actions which have made the SRHR a basic right for all. The SRHR is the issue of concern among all age groups but the increasing focus is made to ensure SRHR of youth and adolescent highlighting their growth need. Saying by Jill Sheffield “Young people everywhere have the right to the knowledge, tools and services they need to make informed decisions about their bodies and live full healthy and productive life.” well advocate the factual need of youth for their productive development. If all those can be meet the youth taskforce can be well developed for the nation development.  But the tragedy is the handsome paper work are unable to gain the same level of actions for achievement of developmental goal of ensuring SRHR of all youths in equitable manner.

I analyzed the current situation starting from self-analysis “Me as a youth I feel like I am able to enjoy the SRHR to limit I want   but…… But the scenario is different for those in rural areas of Nepal and is more tragic to women. This thought stroked my mind on my trip to rural community of Nepal, where SRHR is still a never heard term and its entertainment can be imagined.  The situation in rural areas of Nepal are miserable where youths and SRHR is never a parallel issue. Young women are more victimized where they are forced to stay out of home during menstrual period and also during birth, their rights are violated in every actions lifetime. These are few direct example but when observed closely I can say they never entertain their SRHR life time as women.

There are number of programs put forward by government and non-governmental organizations to ensure SRHR but…………. The developmental trend existing in the country highly suppressed by traditional approach are able to drive the non-directional development of productive part of development. The single lensed developmental activities in my view will never fulfil the need of the population at all level there is the need of specific actions which will bring the desired changes. The problems are numerous and same are the solutions which need to be selected scientifically and implemented for the higher goal achievement.

Ruja Luitel

YALC 2014

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Many of us spent this beautiful weekend indoors, binge-watching Orange is the New Black.  For those who did not, you missed both a great TV show, and a valuable lesson in anatomy, in episode four: A Whole Other Hole. The conversation began among inmates Poussey, Taystee, Janae, and Cindy.  The topic:  How many holes do we have down there? Poussey insists we have two, the vagina and the one for pee, while others are sure we only have one. Sexed

The group moves to the showers for personal verification, as Sophia attempts to dispel the misinformation. Sophia   She hands Taystee a compact mirror and invites her to take a look at her own.  Later she shares her expertise with the rest of the ladies: dhvm4e9ymoco2dvz3n9u   Sophia is an A+ peer educator in this episode.  And isn’t it sad that so many folks, in fictional television shows and in life, either didn’t have sex ed, or didn’t learn about their bodies in sex ed???   By the way, if you can’t see Sophia’s chart very well, here’s a diagram of the reproductive organs.  Break out your own compact mirror!

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Coupled with the buzz of religious norms the relationship with sexual health and development in most parts of the world – where girls are a major entity. There are huge barriers raising the heights against change, due to religious tenets and other viral misconception on girls sexual health by uneducated and uninformed dictators.
Most Christian girls socialize and connect with youths of the opposite sex. Frankly the main course for this, is to associate with the outside world and spread the world for change.
In Nigeria, there’s an upheaval of distrust when it comes to Christian girls associating with boys of different social and religious background. The enmity connected with youths due to a difference in background makes it difficult for social equality to take effect.

Most girls have become rigid due to the religious norms governing the idea of equality.
Our social conditioning as males and females is an important determinant of sexual risk behaviours. The pressure from religious beliefs like ,” no sexual intercourse till marriage, no dating and socialize with only the same peer group, pressure most girls into engaging in sexual behaviours they don’t want, and as a consequence increase their risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.

The nub of the matter is that these girls due to pressure from religious norms have rapidly increased the rate of teenage pregnancy and STIs – which is a major threat to a promising society.

I believe that, if we can raise our voice the notion governing religious superiority in our environment , then we may experience social equality.

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Dating and choices :

Today makes it 10 years of being single, and i feel awkward about it. I love being single but sometimes i want to be loved, praised and appreciated.

I enjoyed the life i had, but one thing i couldn’t conquer was ”Loneliness”. No matter how hard i try to get it off, it sinks in the more. Loneliness makes most youths delve into early and unhealthy relationship ; and this retards growth and social commitment.

‘I love to connect, to share my thoughts and mingle with friends and love ones, most youths will say.
But how ? Does dating promote mutual acceptance?

Most religious tenets don’t allow dating – and youths entangled with this law tend to miss out in mutual connection.
Dating is meant to connect two unequal persons together, not only in the aspect of mutual or cordial acceptance but to stir up a change in each persons life.

Today, we have youths who can’t decide who to have an affair with. Due to a poor environmental standard and the flaws they were associated with.

When girls can’t express themselves with the opposite sex a barrier rises which shuns the need for acceptance. Which is a major problem for an environment seeking progress in all ramifications.

We are faced with choices that will shape our lifestyle and also influence the way we respond to each other. If dating is now an avenue for unlawful activities in most part of the world – then how do we proceed ?

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“We are here for family planning. She has already taken great hurdles during her pregnancy; not any more now. I will operate for family planning procedures. And this is the only way I can help her physically.”, a man expresses his compassion towards his wife during an encounter of a couple in family planning and counseling center at Teaching hospital.
Asking him in and out of a female reproductive health and knowing his view made me sigh deeply and happily. Now I asked myself, has there been a real change in this concept of materialization of a woman? Is pregnancy no more an institution to promote instrumentalism? Is every woman getting equal response from their better halves? And I answered myself; there must have been at least some initiation. Now it’s not just mother-in-law/mother, sister-in-law or sister who brings women to gynaeo depart and delivery wards. We get to see her partner sometime even father, brother and male in-laws caringly giving her a hand of support. Observing these trivial achievements, an internal force propels to throw a beautiful smile.
Reproductive health of women is the most sensitive and the most complicate unit of health. It’s the identity of a woman and the thing that gives them inextricable happiness. Let it bet the time of her teenage when menstrual cycle starts operating, breast oust from her chest, or the time in her adulthood when she experiences her first sex and becomes pregnant, welcomes children home or her infertility in her old age where her menstrual cycle stops, reproductive health is always a part of her life. It’s the health that adds color to her life, gives her and her family an awaited pleasure.
Reproductive health by its name though involves all those organs and issues related to reproduction, it is a very vague which gives different view from many angles. Reproductive health is that topic which links gender. But reproductive health of women is always on hike than that of men due to their higher contribution to reproduction and higher complications in women. Reproductive health of women gives the panoramic view of diseases, diagnostic features, its symptoms and complications along with every condition of a female partner of a couple. In fact it includes ins and outs of a female reproductive system.
Stomach cramps during menstruation, prenatal and postnatal extremities, uterine prolapse, cervical cancer, discrepancies in vaginal and fallopian tubes, complications due to short terms and long terms contraceptives procedure, problems in sexual intercourse are the major complication that female have been afflicted from the god blessed reproductive health of her. Actually she suffers a lot to receive some happiness from her reproductive health. Pre and post pregnancy disorders are far more difficult and challenging than the 9 months of pregnancy. Insanitation during menstruation in rural areas of Nepal have been worsening the condition, along with fostering of superstition in menstrual cycle. Heavy works during the pregnancy tenure, lack of adequate nutritious food during pregnancy and inadequate knowledge of birth spacing have been causing uterine prolapse.
Female cannot be accompanied by other person during her pregnancy and other reproductive health infirmities as lovingly as her own partner. Inability of a female to speak about their reproductive health deformities and also about the use of contraceptives is due to traditional system of male domination prevalent in our society. A male can attribute for personal happiness of female in every aspect. Every sexual intercourse is taken as an instinct of life for eternal happiness. He and his involvement in her aspects of health can always be taken as a symbol of positivity. Every male shares great responsibilities of his partner’s health on his shoulder. Condition of marital rape would not have arisen had the entire male understood their limits. Attention of a male towards problems of female builds healthy society and pacifies gender domination. Reproductive health of a woman will immensely improve if male partner addresses her difficulties by decreasing the reproductive burden of female partner.
Globally priorities are changing and also the power is being shared. Peoples are moving ahead. Many aspects of women health has been escalated to new level of understanding and effort. Now, women are generally not found alone in a gynecologist or with family planning counselor. Male are being their literal partner. Yet many changes are to be made in context of Nepal. Voices of every female are to be raised, obligations are to be pinned to every male’s chest, and power of women and condition of her health are to be understood by every family to trigger building a healthy and happy community.

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They aren’t too many gays in Nigeria, as well as lesbians. But for over a wide spectrum we have been able to parry the disparities we have.
Life and the circumstances it dictates has curbed the desire of man to either appreciate or pulverize its contributions.

Many a time, i have tried to understand why there’s no equality between youths of different sexual orientation and the society.
”some say, these youths have violated the laws of nature and existence”, but from what i have figured, it’s bluntly choice.

With choice, we have become anew ; thus redefined with the principles of life. ‘Choice influence decision, and in deciding we set the goals and objectives of our future.

Today, we have a future that emerged from the choices we made years ago – which instigated ; war, peace, hate, discrimination, youths with different sexual orientation, poor governance and many others.

For over a decade, we have been able to comprehend the reasons why these properties have become a dominant fact in our lives.
Today, we have boys who have turned gay ( due to certain obligations resulting from choice ), and girls, lesbians as well as youths who equate themselves to both stance.

From my research, here are some crucial areas that constitute a high proportion of disparities between GLBT & The Society :

Christianity, Traditional rights, as well as Islamic principles don’t encourage the relationship between man to man and vice versa. In Nigeria, there’s a very high standard in religious notions, which govern the affairs of positive living – that is living up to standard.

Youths who are (Gay, Lesbians, Bisexual or Transgress) are shunned, to avoid profane contamination between young and inspiring youths. This equates to no acceptance, with an increase in Gender Differences.

The family holds the foundation of every youth, and also admits to a purposeful and proactive attribute set by them. Most families have certain principles they adhere to so as to attain a positive lifestyle. Thus, they don’t support the abnormal behaviors (in terms of sexual orientation) their child may portray.
The attitude set by most parents reduces the standard of youths in a given environment. Since they aren’t accepted in their homes, they go out with a wrong mind set.

Recently in Nigeria, the bill for a 14 year in prison for youths who are (GLB) was passed, which shut the door to acceptance and cordial agreement between (GLB, non GLB youths and the Society). Certain Laws attributed to youths with different sexual orientation raises an unequal relation between youths of the same or different peer group and other external work ground. Thus, there’s no security and peace.

Most environment despise GLB youths and as such raise hands for condemnation when a GLB youth is caught in the act. These laws or principles which originate from governmental notions and environmental standards looms the street of most countries, not only as a warning but as an opportunity to end a life. This conditions creates an unsafe avenue for GLB youths, reduces self-confidence and esteem.

Nowadays, schools – Private or Government owned, don’t encourage a mixture of youths with a different sexual orientation in their surrounding, to avoid contaminating those that aren’t practicing such acts.
In real sense, the environment plays a huge role in the development of schools. Thus, since there’s a disagreement between GLB youths and the environment, the school closes the door for an opportunity to meet other youths and learn As well.

GLB youths have rights too. The way we act should also influence and elevate the bedridden standards which has nullified the way things are with these youths.

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The issue of sexual health and its related concept have been a heart-ache in the domain of growth and fundamental right. In Nigeria, there’s a redundant development in men’s sexual health as well as women. We (men&women), at most case experience the same circumstances ; while some Girls are raped – which results from the deformity in social and health status, lack of respect and right. Boys experience some Abnormal Behaviours – As a result of poor Environmental standard, wrong peer group, lack of sex-Ed and above all poor home training.

The Notion for the fundamental dedication of change is an abstract concept put to practice by uneducated and inexperienced dictators. What we need is a change, a turn-around from the illusion that all will be safe and sound.
Girls have become an object of mockery And abuse. There’s a gross increase in stigma, which emanates from unwanted and unhealthy sexual intercourse and Hiv, as well as other Demographic circumstances. The worst of all this, is the lack of respect shown to girls (Especially in the Northern parts of Nigeria).

I have recently noticed a meager increase in Medical utensils made available by the so-called government. Even at the expense of this unqualified rise in standard, there’s still a turmoil between men and women on who is to use these medical service and when to use it.
“Inequality”, has curbed the value for a characteristic change in Health services rendered to Nigerians. Today, medical doctors in government owned hospitals go on strike mostly for an increment in salary – with little or no maintenance and materials for health services.
Sexual health is a FACTOR of life. And as long as there will be Reproduction, Sexual Health is Needed and should be (RESPECTED,PROTECTED and FUFILLED) in the affair of every man and woman.

Another subject that greatly disturbs is the decry of provisional aid in the facilitation and tackling of the defaults associated with health services rendered and a very low attention given to (Affected (Hiv) and Unaffected persons).

On the context of medical attention , segregation is the source of ‘Inequality’. The Rich gets all the attention he/she needs and the poor man or woman has his/her rights neglected – As a result of the segregation in roles and opportunities affiliated to Health.

An Even Social status attributed to Sexual health is one cure to the ill practices portrayed by the lack of Decency and Inequality.

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For months, I have thought, read and surfed the
web and other extensive files and documents of
ways by which ; Males and Females , can have
safer sexual intercourse without STDs and not
having to worry about Unwanted pregnancy.
Although , Abstinence is a profound alternative
which is practiced by volunteering to Refrain from
sex , till a divine time. Abstinence is laid on a
foreground of not having any kind of sexual
relationship with a partner – it is simply
diminishing this urge with self will (i.e not willing
to oblige).
But , I have often dabbled at rigorous questions I
can’t answer ( like : Can we all abstain from sex ?)
If only a handful can, then what about the
majority ? I got the idea of Outercourse, from
Medical Reports I came across and other
documents too.
“Outercourse allows people to express their
sexuality in many ways, to Abstain from sex, and
avoid the risks of sexually transmitted infection
and unplanned pregnancy”.
“Outercourse is any sex play with no penetration
at all, whether — oral, anal, or vaginal”.
It also, defines the situation of intercourse –
between youths and adults experimentally.
Most youths, especially young couples who desire
no intercourse between themselves for a long time
can delve into outercourse :
Because there are no side effects and medical
faults , since the fondling of the body is meant to
cause stimulation and provide satisfaction.
Outercourse is a the best option for the young and
old, since sexual intercourse cannot be ultimately
ruled out.
Outercourse, is not an education, but rather
abdication of the role of guiding youths with the
information they need to make personally
influenced decisions based on sound reasoning
facts. “Knowing, what is safe and what you should
avoid will help you make proud and responsible
Outercourse gives an outstanding solution to the
aches we have in the society due to certain notions
most youths and couples partake in.
There are ways in which youths, couples and
adults can life an outstanding life without being
cut short by unwanted and unplanned
circumstance. For sexual health – which is every
youth desire , Outercourse should be considered to
reduce sexually transmitted diseases and
Unwanted pregnancy.

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Thoughts at puberty”

Thoughts may come and go,
And minds made decisive,
Mates may stay to cuddle,
And tears cease to stop,

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Prom season is in full swing! Students across the country are reserving limos, renting tuxes, and posing for those classically awkward photos for their parents. But while we’re enjoying the glamour, let’s not forget safety! It’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #promswag!

Share on FacebookIt’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #PromSwag. http://bit.ly/PromSwag

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abstinence #promswag
condoms #promswag
condoms #promswag
patch #promswag
pill #promswag

Show your love for contraception methods, while getting your prom glam on.

Share on FacebookIt’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #PromSwag. http://bit.ly/PromSwag

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Keep calm, and Prom on.

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Since April is GYT month, I have been talking to some friends and informing others to go get their selves tested, but I’ve noticed that they don’t really care. They either say, “I’m safe, I don’t catch STD’S, it’ll never happen to me…” or they just laugh at me and say no or call me “mom”. I don’t get it.

If only teens actually realized the importance of getting tested and being safe now, it would make such a big difference in the U.S being known as one of the top countries with the highest rate of STD’S.

Just because people are laughing at my face and calling me mom will not stop me from informing others, passing out condoms, and offering my help. Getting at least one person to go get tested will be an accomplishment to me.

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I have seen people change and at the same vein witnessed a retrograde in youths. I have been around areas where there\’s no hope for light and peace, but in this same situation some people still survive.

I have been around youths – Boys and Girls, that have made life difficult for themselves due to lack of knowledge. And my countenance has dwindled, because I have witnessed a holocaust of ruined lives in the past, even now.

I love peace and the prospect it brings. I love sanctuary – a foundation laid on the rocks of simplicity and the Arm of Justice.
I stand against the illegal acts displayed by the so-called Governmental body. I stand against rape, child abuse and its associated acts. I stand against the malfunctioning of child rights and value – I stand for a change, as an \”Advocate\”.

I stand as a Youth, Not a man, alone. But with men – the colony of change.
\”A man cannot be a faculty, men can. The necessity of change begins with not one man, but with the uniformity of all\”.
(Victor Omovbude Brown)

I stand against – Child punishment, Tribalism, criticism, Discrimination, and Queer visions. I stand for change, which is my first goal. As a youth, I stand for Unity, Peace and Progress.

I stand for a free and transparent Health service attributed to (children,youths and adults) – I stand against unequal rights and segregation in roles.
I stand for Quality Education – Void of preferential treatment, equal for all.
I stand against poor governance.

I am an \”Advocate For Youth\”.

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I have seen people change and at the same vein witnessed a retrograde in youths. I have been around areas where there’s no hope for light and peace, but in this same situation some people still survive.

I have been around youths – Boys and Girls, that have made life difficult for themselves due to lack of knowledge. And my countenance has dwindled, because I have witnessed a holocaust of ruined lives in the past, even now.

I love peace and the prospect it brings. I love sanctuary – a foundation laid on the rocks of simplicity and the Arm of Justice.
I stand against the illegal acts displayed by the so-called Governmental body. I stand against rape, child abuse and its associated acts. I stand against the malfunctioning of child rights and value – I stand for a change, as an “Advocate”.

I stand as a Youth, Not a man, alone. But with men – the colony of change.
“A man cannot be a faculty, men can. The necessity of change begins with not one man, but with the uniformity of all”.
(Victor Omovbude Brown)

I stand against – Child punishment, Tribalism, criticism, Discrimination, and Queer visions. I stand for change, which is my first goal. As a youth, I stand for Unity, Peace and Progress.

I stand for a free and transparent Health service attributed to (children,youths and adults) – I stand against unequal rights and segregation in roles.
I stand for Quality Education – Void of preferential treatment, equal for all.
I stand against poor governance.

I am an “Advocate For Youth”.

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By: Sarah Bradley ’17

On April 5, I and another freshmen member of Students for Sexual Health attended the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts conference for campus organizers, alongside representatives from UMASS-Amherst, Boston University, Tufts University, Northeastern University, Smith College, and Wellesley College. It was a day of instruction and reflection on how to improve our campus outreach programs, strengthen our campaigns, recruit new members, and facilitate those difficult conversations concerning reproductive social justice. Discussions were encouraged as we exchanged ideas and strategies. Representing Boston College—a school where we as a student group have no support from the administration and literally stand on non-BC property sidewalks to distribute condoms—we represented a unique situation within the group.

It was both frustrating and incredibly exciting to hear what other schools were doing, to hear about their incredibly fun and innovative events and creative campus outreach programs. When we explained our situation as an unrecognized sexual health group at a Catholic college, the other representatives were shocked. They were quick to suggest different ways to rally support and to promote our cause, regardless of our campus situation. And they had some great ideas.

Taking the train home, I found myself wishing I attended a more liberal college where our student group could have more freedom with our outreach programs. Then I realized: as great as it is that these other Massachusetts schools have the ability to rally on campus and receive administrative support, the fact remains that this is not the situation we face at Boston College—at least, not now.

I’m a freshman. That means that I have three more years to continue working with Students for Sexual Health here at BC. If I had attended a more progressive college, maybe sexual health would have just been another cause among the lineup of tables at the club fair. But attending a conservative college, as frustrating as it may be, is an important push that maybe I would not have experienced otherwise. It’s not about sulking over the lack of administrative support; it’s about taking it as a challenge.

Personally, I know that I have three more years ahead of me of standing on the sidewalk passing out condoms, holding events off campus, and doing our best even as an unofficial group to educate our peers. And while it may not happen during my time here as a student, SSH will be an official group someday—but even then, Students for Sexual Health will continue to advocate for our cause and for our right to educate our peers here at BC.

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As we get older, we all go through lots of changes physically and mentally. Menopause is a natural change in women’s menstrual cycle that occurs, as she gets older. It is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last menstrual period, which may occur in 40s or 50s. . This is a biological change in hormones and has different side effects.

Menopause has long been considered a turning point in women’s lives. Although, menopause as physiologic event remains constant, attitudes toward and belief about menopause vary considerably, historically and cross culturally. In the past decade, there has been a related debate among biomedical and social scientists as to whether menopause should be seen as a deficiency diseases rather than natural event.

The transition through menopause and reacting menopause is experienced by some women as a huge physical and emotional change. Menopause in general is not a disease. In fact, it is a time of transition where the levels of a woman’s female hormones such as estrogen begin to decline. So, due to the hormonal change, for most of the women in our society, it has a huge impact and can alter their comfort level with their own bodies. The symptoms of menopause can have a huge impact on a women’s life. The most common symptoms include vaginal dryness, hot flashes, sexual dysfunction, joints pain, depression, mood changes and sleep disturbances. A significantly higher proportion of women suffer from vasomotor symptom, urge incontinence, loss of sexual desire and multiple somatic symptoms. Along with this due to all these effects problem could arise in their relationship as well.

As we all are not much aware about the changes and its effect on our biology and psychology, various problem and inconvenient situation may arise in woman’s life. Some of the things that are needed for its betterment are:
• Population based studies are needed which use standardized instruments adapted to the culture studied.
• Investigators in different disciplines have to work together for a better understanding of woman’s health at menopause.
• An interactive psycho bio- cultural model of menopause is needed, which recognizes the interplay between the individual and her psychosocial and cultural environment.
• It is important that research results be disseminated within the cultures under study so that woman can make their decisions about possible interventions and treatment strategies.

Above all, the most important thing that they need is the proper understanding and care during their these transitional phase.

Categories: Sexual Health
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Many a time, I have tried to survey and parry the questioning effect on sex and its constituent. I believe it is a redefined commitment entitled to both parties ( man & woman ) on a divine standard.
The world we live in today define sex as a ‘social commitment’, which is a taboo to fundamental notions displayed from old.
Afore, Sex, occurs after a marriage right is fulfilled – which connects a man and a woman together perfectly. Today, sex, is now seen as an avenue to satisfy common urge.

* some say we should have sex to satisfy ourselves and set our burdens at ease.
* others say, when you feel the urge get someone to have sex with. And a girlfriend should serve as a friend with benefits.

Notion :
Sex is good and fun in the making, not to be confused with a Mutual Engagement between a male and a female. There are so many medical attributes linked to sex – one dominant property I know of is a reduction in emotional pressure or tension, resulting from ‘Anxiety’.

If we define sex on the basics of mutual engagement, then it is the right for every one (Adolescence,Teen,Youth and Adult), to have sex.
We have a situation where a boy of 16, gets a girl pregnant,at the expense of the so-called love. And the girl demands for an abortion or decides to conceive the child due to having sex at the wrong time.

Note :
There’s an increase in Abortion, Unwanted pregnancy and a retardation in fundamental growth of boys and girls. Most people who see sex as a social commitment end up having a bad experience, because they capitalise on the lust of satisfaction, instead of seeking to understand the reason for IT.

In most homes where a man considers sex more than his wife, there’s a high tendency for an upheaval of distrust to occur – which will massively dwindle their growth. Most who youths originated from these homes have become the heir of most illegal acts displayed in the world.
There’s an increase in divorce rate,children from this background become prone to harsh circumstance etc.

Youths who lack parental care and control end up doing irrational things, having unprotected and unwanted sex and other juvenile act.

I believe that if a minimum of 15% of youths are taught :

* Pre-sex affair and its influence.
* The fundamentals of sex education,
* Health education and its relation to sexuality.

Then change can commence.

My question :

* How do we educate boys and girls in : Developing and under-developed countries on sex education.

Proposed Query :

80% of youths living in these areas, constitute to the progression of illegal sex and the un-demanded notion it dictates.

Proposed Answer :

* I believe that changing the dialogue of sex affair is on great step .

Educating Youths on :
– what sex is ?
– why is sex needed ?
– what are the effects of sex on life ?
– who are the right persons to have sex ?
– And the required age for sex ?

* A notion I surveyed recently is doing a Poetry on sex-education : which will play a huge role in schools ( High school mostly, in rural and localised areas ).

In localised areas where there’s a gargantuan growth in sex rate, only few schools teach Sex education and a handful of these schools practise it.
– At locations where there are no computers for learning, no Adverts on sex-Ed, no Online orientation, and no seminars and outlets for diverse learning , an introduction to a reformed part of learning on sex education will help.

If we have a preamble poetry on sex education, health and orientation in under-developed areas, then we can help shape most of the questioning we have.

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Sometimes I ask myself questions : questions which are ever aching and proving stubborn to define or understand. I can’t recall the last time; a friend ,organization or social community discussed the affair of Youth Development via Sex Education and the threat it poses to Humanity and its affair.

In America there’s a flexible, progressive link for Sex development. Although not perfect but better than what we have here in Nigeria. At most case I have wondered why we are still in the loop hole ; a pit filled with ill-fated people who only acknowledge the receipt of their welfare.

The role of sex Education , is to foster a spontaneous change in : Sexuality, Heterosexual-conscience,Attitude and also promote a Beneficial role in Moral and Value. Youths , (especially boys), will massively grow in self esteem as it will tremendously shape Thoughts and increase a positive intake in Sex orientation and Education.

Educating people on Pre-sex Affair which is the Basics for a good foundation on Youth sexuality, will change lives. What we fail to understand is our, ” inability to Define what Sex Education and the Orientation it has on Youths”.

Sex education is instruction on issues
relating to human sexuality, including
human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual activity, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence, and birth control. Common avenues for sex education are parents or caregivers, formal school programs, and public health campaigns.

sex education is defined as a vital public health strategy – which will play a role in the Reduction of STDs : By initializing Health centers, Health tips, Options (Gadget) and Orientation. And will also diminish an increase in Abnormal Behaviors displayed by Youths (Boys mostly) ; which are ,Bullying, Coercion and Discrimination). If Every youth know the basics (i.e, its preventive methods (Abstinence), techniques, and Healthy tips) then we can have a possible outbreak of change in Heterosexuality.

I believe that when people become enormously aware of their Sexuality and how it tends to : Affect, Diminish and Increase STATUS’, we will begin to see change – Fundamentally, Socially and Mentally in schools, society, Environment and the world at large.

Starting with schools – which is a great idea, is one profound step. Advocating Sex-ed in public places, outlets like Seminars, NGO programs and other governmental aids will contribute too.

We need to spread the word which is a,”PROMOTION ON SEX-ED” in schools, outlets, Rural and Urban sphere and other geographical locations.

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Sometimes I ask myself questions : questions which are ever aching and proving stubborn to define or understand. I can’t recall the last time; a friend ,organization or social community discussed the affair of Youth Development via Sex Education and the threat it poses to Humanity and its affair.

In America there’s a flexible, progressive link for Sex development. Although not perfect but better than what we have here in Nigeria. At most case I have wondered why we are still in the loop hole ; a pit filled with ill-fated people who only acknowledge the receipt of their welfare.

The role of sex Education , is to foster a spontaneous change in : Sexuality, Heterosexual-conscience,Attitude and also promote a Beneficial role in Moral and Value. Youths , (especially boys), will massively grow in self esteem as it will tremendously shape Thoughts and increase a positive intake in Sex orientation and Education.

Educating people on Pre-sex Affair which is the Basics for a good foundation on Youth sexuality, will change lives. What we fail to understand is our, ” inability to Define what Sex Education and the Orientation it has on Youths”.

Sex education is instruction on issues
relating to human sexuality, including
human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexual activity, reproductive health, emotional relations, reproductive rights and responsibilities, abstinence, and birth control. Common avenues for sex education are parents or caregivers, formal school programs, and public health campaigns.

sex education is defined as a vital public health strategy – which will play a role in the Reduction of STDs : By initializing Health centers, Health tips, Options (Gadget) and Orientation. And will also diminish an increase in Abnormal Behaviors displayed by Youths (Boys mostly) ; which are ,Bullying, Coercion and Discrimination). If Every youth know the basics (i.e, its preventive methods (Abstinence), techniques, and Healthy tips) then we can have a possible outbreak of change in Heterosexuality.

I believe that when people become enormously aware of their Sexuality and how it tends to : Affect, Diminish and Increase STATUS’, we will begin to see change – Fundamentally, Socially and Mentally in schools, society, Environment and the world at large.

Starting with schools – which is a great idea, is one profound step. Advocating Sex-ed in public places, outlets like Seminars, NGO programs and other governmental aids will contribute too.

We need to spread the word which is a,”PROMOTION ON SEX-ED” in schools, outlets, Rural and Urban sphere and other geographical locations.

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This month, the Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth had their second annual Youth Advocacy Day down in Montgomery, Alabama.  Youth Advocacy Day is a day when young people from the state of Alabama gather together to show their support for HB 139 in Alabama’s capital.  HB 139 aims to make the Alabama sexual health education law more culturally sensitive and removes the phrase “homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and… a criminal offense.”  It was amazing to see the great turn-out, especially since our attendance increased from last year.  However, more excitingly, I once again felt that our group made a difference.  I was able to walk into offices where the secretaries and representatives remembered me from last year.  This definitely gave a sense of follow-through to the congressmen, which I think is extremely important.

Before we actually went to go lobby, we had a fabulous training in which members of the youth leadership council did a “how to lobby” and “how NOT to lobby” role play.  I think the people in the room who had never had lobbying experience felt very comfortable after the training.  I thought it was great that throughout the training and in the follow-up evaluation session, there was an open dialogue between participants and organizers on how we can improve and what went well/ what went poorly.  Although Alabama senators and representatives may not support HB 139 right now, because a huge group of young people in matching shirts have shown up for 2 years in a row now, they definitely know that Alabamians care about HB 139’s fate- and that can be a game-changer 🙂

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The American porn industry: a world of opportunity for both actors and consumers. Everyone wins, right? Actors and actresses with “desired features” have sex and get paid for their performances; meanwhile, consumers happily perpetuate a market with an estimated value of between $10 and $13 billion, which boosts our nation’s economy. By virtue of increased access to pornographic content through the Internet, the industry has permeated American culture so much that the average person views their first pornographic image at the age of 11. Moreover, by 2006, pornographic videos were released on an average of one every half hour.

This is how capitalists would describe the porn industry. They love it because it’s profitable… and it’s also seemingly becoming more “normal.” But while it can be easy to “normalize” the porn industry in light of statistics like the ones above, the porn industry is far from normal. Notably, the actors and actresses who star in pornographic films are subject to abnormal, oftentimes degrading treatment by the same people who consume their products. This fact may not be readily apparent for most of us – how many pornographic actors do we know personally? More than likely, we know none. Porn actors per capita in an arguably moral nation like the U.S. are few; moreover, those who do star in pornography use stage names – most of the time to protect their anonymity. However, for one freshman at Duke University, the struggle to function in society while performing in pornographic films took a serious turn when her anonymity as a porn star was stripped away from her.

Most of America knows her by her stage name, “Belle Knox.”  Her real name is Miriam Weeks, but she has only recently divulged her birth name – out of fear. This 18 year-old Duke University freshman has starred in over 30 pornographic films. Weeks has claimed that starring in pornography brings her both confidence and economic stability. On the one hand, Weeks says that as a degree-seeking 18 year-old, no other job could provide her with enough income to pay for her education – a hefty $50,000 per year bill. On the other hand, Weeks states that freely doing pornography is a part of her agenda as a person – she confidently approaches the adult film industry as a way for her to express herself as a woman and to take a stand against the way sex workers are ostracized.

However, after a fellow Duke student “outed” her name to her classmates, Weeks’ struggle as a pornographic actress trying to live a normal life has spiraled. Her ideals and her dignity have been shattered by threats of rape and death, opinions of her perceived economic freedom, critiques of her morality, and objectifications of her body above consideration of her personal ideals. Intense public scrutiny of her aspirations of becoming a respected member of society while working in the porn industry have done an injustice to the human worth of Miriam Weeks and highlight several important problems with the way this country treats sex workers.

By virtue of our technological society, it is much harder for sex workers to remain anonymous. And when these workers are put in the spotlight, our culture’s perpetual stigmatization of their profession leads to many negative, unwarranted responses on a large scale. Disagreeing with sex work is one matter. However, “slut shaming,” often in the form of death threats, rape threats, belittling, bullying, and objectification are unwarranted but present byproducts of being “outed” as a sex worker in our morally conscious culture. While it can be easy for us to think that sex workers have the ability to shrug off degrading comments because of their knowledge of how many people perceive their work, studies have proven otherwise: Extensive literature on the psychological state of sex workers has shown that the suicide rate among sex workers is six times that of the rest of the population. Clearly, these degrading comments are unsurprisingly degrading the mental and emotional state of sex workers at an unconscionable rate.

A second issue at stake for men and women like Miriam Weeks is society’s perception of the true freedom of sex workers. In Weeks’ case, many have argued that the pressure of paying for college has “coerced” the Duke freshman to seek sex work as a means to survive in a country that often prioritizes the value of an education. This is simply not true, according to Weeks, who claims that the money is only one of several reasons why she loves staring in adult films. However, although Weeks has asserted that she feels completely free to choose to do porn, it is not fair to say that all sex workers engage in their work purely out of their own free will. Sometimes, we hear stories of men and women in disparaging economic circumstances, who resort to sex work as a means to stay alive.

But why do some of us instantly typify Miriam Weeks as one of these people who do sex work as a “last resort” – a way to survive economically? Maybe its because when it comes to sex work, many of us are sharply divided on the issue, even though all of us are trained by society to find compassion for others, especially the “marginalized” members of our community (e.g., sex workers, as you probably guessed.) It’s not necessarily our fault: as soon as a conversation about porn starts, so starts the stigma, and instead of believing the possibility that a human being could ever want to do sex work, some of us tell ourselves that the person is just short on money. They’re just getting by until some other opportunity comes up. We excuse them for making the decision to sell their bodies. But when we perceive sex workers collectively as un-free workers, we all too often put words in their mouths. We rob them collectively of the value of their ability to choose. We rob them of their dignity as a rational human being.

Dignity: a word normally not associated with sex workers. But is there any inherent dignity working as a porn star? Miriam Weeks argues that this question is perceived with great bias by a majority of our society. I couldn’t agree more. There is an inherent dichotomy in the ways in which our society thinks about pornography. Although roughly 50% of American citizens freely admit to watching porn regularly, Weeks thinks that society at large has a tendency to shame pornographic actors and actresses publically and professionally while they cannot get enough of it privately. I cannot help but agree with Weeks that this enigma is one of the great plagues of our society. We jerk off with one hand, and we point our fingers with the other.

Breaking down this dichotomy will be a fundamentally challenging but necessary step to search for justice in the many issues surrounding our perception of sex workers. But the struggle for fair treatment of sex workers only begins there. We as a society also need to stop slut shaming as a means of expressing our discontent with someone’s profession. We need to realize that nobody likes being degraded; even if we consider someone derogatory, they are still a human, equally deserving of dignity and respect. Moreover, we need to give back the freedom of choice that we oftentimes take away from sex workers. Instead of being content with telling ourselves that sex workers as a whole are economically disabled, we should work to ensure that all sex workers are economically enabled. We should help those who are not as fortunate as Miriam Weeks and are struggling economically to be able to choose a career just like everyone else.

In closing, I’d like to address that I say “we” throughout this article because this issue affects all of us. Even if you have never watched pornography (I will be a little skeptical of that, but I will take your word for it) or you have not engaged in sex work, I’m sure someone you know has directly or indirectly struggled with the sex-negativity that so pervades our culture. We need to break the stigma surrounding sex work in our society because the reality is that some of us desire to engage in sex work. And no human being deserves to hear that their desires are disgusting.

By: Eric Thomas Roy


1.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pornography_in_the_United_States#Economics and


2.  http://www.internetsafety101.org/Pornographystatistics.htm

3.  http://www.internetsafety101.org/Pornographystatistics.htm

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Sex in general is phenomenon of creation of new life through love and affection. It is a part of life and happiness as it makes two soul one. But sex at present is not a mere system for fomenting a life. This has divided sex into a safer one, hygienic sex and unhygienic sex.
Unhygienic sex has been responsible for permeation of sexually transmitted infection in this world. starting from Gonorrhea, Syphilis many newer infection has been arose in the present world such as Bacterial Vaginosis (BV),Chlamydia, Hepatitis, Herpes-Genital, HIV/AIDS, Human Papilloma virus (HPV)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), Infertility, Trichomoniasis etc. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact by means of sexual behavior, including vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex. . Some of these disease lack symptoms as other medical diseases generally have and they are very common.
Safer sex practice is the only major way to prevent oneself form these disease which should also include a care of self genital hygiene. The most effective way to prevent sexual transmission of STIs is to avoid contact of body parts or fluids which can lead to transfer with an infected partner. Proper use of Contraceptives can also help on its prevention to certain level and use of Condoms can also be effective in most of the case. STDs test by both partner and regular health check up can be much better way to get away from STDs

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According to DoSomething.org, “more than 90 percent of parents of junior high and high school students believe that it is somewhat or very important for sex education to be included in the curriculum”. And yet, if a basic question regarding sex is typed into Google, some of the most popular results include webpages such as Yahoo Answers. Many schools across the United States currently push for the abstinence-only, Mean Girls approach (“Don’t’ have sex, because you will get pregnant and die!”) Yet even if these schools are not providing students with information regarding sex education, students will find their own means to understand their questions—often, from unreliable sources such as Internet forums, or word of mouth from other students.

College campuses provide a unique opportunity to learn first-hand what high school sex education programs are like in various states; try asking classmates from different locations what their experience has been in the past. For example, I attended an urban high school in Pennsylvania, where I received an intensive sex education class in ninth grade that covered all methods of contraception, how they are used, and their effectiveness. In contrast, I have a friend from a rural town in Washington whose sex education class was shorter than one semester and consisted of an abstinence-only approach. When I asked him how he pursued the answers to his questions regarding sex education, his answer was simple: the Internet.

You know how teachers are picky about research paper sources, strongly against the use of sites like Wikipedia, but advocating for researched articles? Those Internet forums on informal sex education are like Wikipedia for your body. Young students are getting their own information from complete strangers on Internet forums who claim to know all the answers—answers that may prove unreliable and unsafe. Our generation is at high risk for unplanned pregnancies and contraction of STDs, and the public school system is doing little or nothing to help. Abstinence-only methods are ineffective; if students want to know more, they have endless resources—thank you, Internet—to help them do their own research. Yet these methods are not as reliable and not nearly as trustworthy as a researched curriculum would be to students in the classroom.

Young students have the right to learn about their sexual health. The choices they make outside the classroom are their own. But if every student is provided with an equal level of education in regard to prevention of STDs, unintended pregnancies, and equal understanding of their sexual health, then every student has an equal chance to be healthy in their sexual choices. (And P.S.—the parents agree.)


Sarah Bradley ’17

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The Big picture :

Rape- is a word which is supposed to be wiped out of existence. Most girls in the rural and urban ares extensively suffer from this dreadful cause. It’s a shame to see young girls go through this uncomfortable act.

Raped girls now have STDs , unwanted pregnancy and some may die as a result been bartered.

When parents mutter at words, ungodly things happen. And when girls feel reluctant they become victims to this cause. I blame non, it is simply because there’s no unity and the law holding the term for rape has almost been ridden off.

Every GIRL child DESERVES a brighter future. Why not share the word!

What\’s your say on RAPE !

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In the past years, I have volunteered my skills and time on a number of community projects. But the feeling I had this morning after digging for the laying of pipes which will convey potable water to  the community of the of the Bassa Industrial area especially those of the “Plateau Guinness” neighborhood was  special. Special because sparked by the smiles on the faces  of the adults of this community who had come out in their numbers to contribute to the building of the taps from which will flow this so much talked about “Precious” liquid which some have said is “Life”. The smile on their faces was as radiant as I have only seen on the faces of children enjoying every minute of their life on a school playground at break.

These persons have every reason to smile because Cameroon’s water sector is one of the most neglected and poorly maintained. According to a United Nation’s Environment Program (UNEP), about 92% of Cameroonians living in cities have access to improved water while only 47% of Cameroonians living in rural areas can access potable water. This situation has not only been the cause of the repeated Cholera outbreaks that the country has experienced recently but caused untold damages in families and communities especially rural communities.

World Water DAY 2014In fact, these people who are not alone in their case have had their sisters, daughters, and mothers raped as they moved to the stream to fetch water, they have missed their lessons or being late to   school because of they have to move for long distances to fetch water for the family every morning while their peers are in class, and have lost a loved one to diarrhea and other water related diseases. This has no doubt contributed to the lamentable state of rural areas in my country Cameroon.

We must all make the progress our world is currently enjoying benefit all. It is only when the fruits of the progress the world is currently experiencing are enjoyed by all that the development we are so much clamoring for will really be sustainable.

Knowing that atrocities such as those described above are experienced by a countless number of people in other communities around the world is revolting because we live in a world of plenty and can all afford to make life better for all. In fact, the United Nations estimates that 800 million people lack access to safe, clean drinking water .May the below extract from Reflections on Water  by the  Ecumenical Water Network, a project of the World Council of Churches, inspire you to act  in your own small way for this liquid as we observe World Water Day today, March 22nd  2014.


Like the ticking of a clock marking out time, water drips noisily.

Maybe it drips off the edge of a stone or roof in times of rain and plenty,

or perhaps from a badly turned off tap in societies where earth’s most precious

and vital resource is unconsciously wasted.

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By Matt Mazzari

It’s no secret that Catholic-affiliated universities in America struggle with open discussions of sexuality on their campuses.  The fundamental discomfort that religious educational administrations feel regarding issues such as contraception, STI prevention and pre-marital sexual activity in general make it difficult for students at places like my own school, Boston College, to have the oh-so-very important conversations about birth control and sexual health that are oh-so-very relevant to university life.

Of course, acknowledging that these unnecessary taboos exist isn’t to say that progressive conversation isn’t happening anyway.  At BC, students simply find outlets for discussions of sexuality on our own.  Just a few weeks ago, a theatre group of female undergraduates put on three full-house performances of The Vagina Monologues.  Before that, I saw the LGBTQ allies of BC flood an anti-marriage equality lecture on campus with their assertively-tolerant presence.  This semester, I’m taking a course titled “Spirituality and Sexuality” with an openly gay professor wherein my classmates are talking about their own experiences with sex and its relevance (positive and negative) to their religious lives.

Just because certain members of the administration aren’t appreciative of how important these issues are doesn’t mean that the students are going to be silent about them.  The simple fact of the matter is that the vast majority (approximately 75%) of U.S. college students are sexually active, and religious institutions like Boston College are not some miraculous exception.

So yes, students here generally recognize the importance of sexual health to at least some extent.  And it makes sense, right?  A constant topic of controversy for BC is the “hook-up culture”, which students and external perspectives alike have described as being especially pervasive on this campus; any statistically literate person can tell you that this social scene in combination with a lack of sexual health awareness programs is a recipe for disaster, particularly when you consider the fact that 1 in 2 sexually active people will contract an STD by the age of 25. In a survey from 2009, about 90% of BC students answered in support of having access to contraceptive resources, i.e. condoms, available on campus.  It’s pretty clear where the student body (pun-intended) stands on this matter of promoting sexual health.

But if we’re basically all in agreement, why is having a group like the Students for Sexual Health so important at BC?

Personally, I became a part of SSH relatively late; I’m a senior now, and I only went to my first meeting last semester.  I’d seen them handing out condoms at the corner of College Road and Hammond Street since I was a freshman living on Upper Campus.  I remember hearing about the “incidents”: the counter-activism from conservative clubs on campus, the frequent harassment they dealt with from the campus police, or that one time they got yelled at by a priest during condom distribution outside of McElroy.  But despite being aware of the problem and the ludicrous knock-back SSH was encountering, it wasn’t really until this year that it dawned on me that progress just doesn’t seem to be coming along fast enough.

Just look at the political sphere!  Backwards opinions on sexual health aren’t exclusive to Catholic university campuses: since the Affordable Care Act was passed in March of 2010, one of the central controversies has been the coverage of birth control as part of health expenses.  Because, I guess, sexual health isn’t a part of…health?  By last year, nearly a hundred federal lawsuits had been filed specifically in opposition to ACA’s birth control benefits.  The Supreme Court has recently ceded to the demands of several Catholic Organizations regarding this issue.  For instance, the owners of a company named Hobby Lobby, a for-profit Arts and Crafts material-supplier with no open religious affiliation, successfully argued that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) grants them exemption from providing their employees with birth control insurance based solely on their own religious beliefs.

I’m sorry, but what?!

         How in the name of all that is reasonable does a corporation justify denying its employees federally-guaranteed health care on the basis of the CEO’s personal religion?  So, even though 99% of sexually-active women report having used birth control, that medical expense somehow doesn’t count?  The owners of an Arts and Crafts company just have to say “We think the Pill was invented by Satan” and then they automatically don’t have to provide the women in their company with medical coverage they obviously need?  Should we also take away insurance coverage of blood transfusions if a company owner is part of Jehovah’s Witness?  Should we take away people’s chemo treatment if their manager believes exclusively in faith-healing? The fact that President Obama and Congress are entertaining these demands is extremely unsettling.  Not only does this fly in the face of everything that a national health care plan is supposed to be, it perpetuates an attitude towards young persons’ sexuality (female sexuality in particular) that is incredibly dangerous and wrongheaded, resulting  in the continued high-rates of accidental pregnancies, VD transmission, and general ignorance that have proven to be problematic in the past.

So that’s why I’m a part of this club, SSH.  It’s not because I’m pessimistic about my campus or the students’ attitude here at BC; it’s not because I believe in anything more radical than “everyone should know how to have protected sex”; it’s not even because I want the federal government to provide Americans with anything beyond what it has already agreed to provide.  It’s because the opponents to programs like SSH are still so vocal and powerful, and there is still such a long way to go.  When our country finally reaches the point where it has covered that distance in sexual education and provision of necessary resources, I want to be able to say I was a part of that movement, that I was a Student for Sexual Health.

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Organizations that truly and honestly support teenage parents are limited and at best growing in number.

These organizations are literally a life line for the parents they are able to support and help the only problem is I would like to see them go a bit further and further educate the teenage parents they help when it comes to sexual heath decisions, mental health, and relationships.
Many times the parents that these organizations are assisting need more in depth conversation and instruction on building and sustaining basic skills. While the support they provide is essential I would like to see them take on the role of comprehensive sex education counselor to ensure that the young parents actually know how to get tested for STI/STD’s regularly, while ensuring they are seeing a gyno at least once a year, how to find an affordable birth control, what to do if they have a missed period or forgot to take the pill, and what an STI or STD infection can look and feel like.
The stress of teenage parenthood is extremely high, so high that teenage parents are at higher risk for postpartum depression than any other age group.
Lessons on how to deal with, manage, and identify stressful triggers are extremely necessary and wanted by teen parents. We want to know how to deal with all the emotions and energy we are feeling within ourselves and the emotions and energy directed at us by family, friends, and sometimes perfect strangers.
In my experience more times than not the mothers I meet have been in an emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive relationship. While we, myself included, may feel like something is “not right” we are sometimes unable to identify the abuse we are experiencing for abuse for a multitude of reasons.
While we advocate for comprehensive sex education, rights for teenage parents, equitable access to services and programs that teenage parents and families need we, as organizations, people, and advocates need to create a space where these instructions and lessons are being taught and fully received in the interim.

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Sexual education is a process to motivate people to gain positive knowledge about sex,and to creat positive concept and behavior regarding sexual life. The word sex is not only refers to physical sex but it also includes the person’s sexuality. The adolescent should get knowledge about the sex and sexuality in right time. If it is so, it helps a  person to develop healthy sexual behavior. Reproductive means the process of giving the birth . To born the baby a male and female is necessary. According to WHO, not only  being free of disease  and weakness, but the situation of being mentally in the process of reproductive system and its function is called reproductive health.

Cleanliness and importance of reproductive organs are equally importance for both man and women.Our reproductive organs are also connected with urinary system. Some reproductive organs of male are directly connected with urinary system. Example  urine pipe. Although the urinary system and reproductive system of female do not have direct connection ,because of their closely structure one system affected the other. For example urine pipe and vagina.

To be protected form various infections in reproductive organs, cleanliness is essential. Sometimes sexual organs get wet with the Sweet and other liquid things. If not taken care to clean them properly ,the bacteria increase can take place. Specially,in the sexual organs of female the bacteria can increase. Therefore ,to protect the sexual organs form being infected, it is necessary to pay attention in its cleanliness .

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One of my closet friends is now pregnant. We talk about it all the time and it makes me feel like I’m pregnant. She is trying to decide on baby names, whether or not she will initially work, what kind of schools she wants her baby to attend and the list goes on. This whole thought process makes me realize all that goes into being pregnant!

It also made me think about the thought process I went through deciding on my birth control. While you do not have to decide on a name for your method or what school you will enroll in it, the decision to avoid unintended pregnancies and transmission of STDs is an important one. You have to spend the necessary time deciding what method will work best for you whileconsideringyour body and school/work schedules. You may even have to try a couple of different methods before settling with one – and that’s okay! Finding a method that you are comfortable with and will allow you to postpone pregnancy until you are ready is important. You can be the “cool” aunt (or uncle) that gets to send the child home to their parents after a long day. Lol.

In the meantime just remember that safe sex is the best sex, so protect yourself, and for more information on your contraceptive options, please text SEXT to 74574.

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“Nothing decisive,Nothing sustainable,can be done in our country as long as this important part of ourselves remains in the oppression imposed on them by different systems of exploitation….the true empowerment of women is that which makes the woman responsible,that includes her in productive activities, and in the fight against the different challenges faced by our people. The true emancipation of women is that which forces consideration and respect from men”
Though these words may sounds like those of a convinced women’s rights activist of the second decade of the 21st century, they aren’t. These are words from Burkinabe revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara to women gathered to celebrate International Women’s day on March 8th 1987 a few months before his assassination.
The above was not only an appeal for women to never lose sight of the fundamental role they play in the progress of a society, but above all, a call to men and society as a whole to support them as they selflessly invest in the nation’s future at times through acts of courage that are often taken for granted or ignored such as beautifully balancing their role as mother, caretaker of the family, and increasingly bread winner for most families in my part of the world.
Rural Women deserve more……
 The brave women of the rural areas of Cameroonlive what I call “A life of service to the community” by waking up early to prepare the children for school; prepare breakfast for the family; toil all day in farms; return home late and despite the hard day’s work prepare dinner for the family. This makes me so proud of these women and reinforces my conviction that they merit more attention than is currently being accorded them by politicians and policy makers in the far away capital cities and comfortable skyscrapers in Yaounde, Addis Ababa, and NewYork.
Women make up more than half of Cameroon’s vastly youthful population. A majority of this very “important part of ourselves” live in the most ignoble of conditions in its rural areas and are on a daily basis subjected to torture, rape, and abuses of all sorts by men who are themselves oppressed by a society in which the gap between the very rich and the very poor is ever widening.
Economic Injustice is an Effective fertilizer for the Oppression of Women
Yes, a man who is powerless in the face of  his family’s inability to eat to their fill; cannot pay  health bills for his family; and cannot afford to send his children to school,  transfers the injustice done  him by society to his wife, sister, and daughteronly  in the face of whom he feels  “a real man”.Non-inclusive redistribution of a country’s resources therefore leads not only to economic inequality among a nation’s citizens but aggravates the already existing inequality through abuses of all sorts on women and girls.
Achievement of Millennium Development Goals is impossible without women 
Thus, greater economic opportunity is to be extended to rural area dwellers if the Millennium Development Goals to which this year’s International Women’s Day is dedicated are to ever be achieved and this cannot be done without the brave women who though living in these socially challenged areas, have put their lives “at the service of the community”

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Last Thursday I facilitated a workshop about consent with 11 young men of color and allies. During the conversation about the inability to give consent while under the influence a student asked, “what if both people are drunk?” Others chimed in with similar concerns. As a group we started talking about what was considered sexual assault and rape under the law. Students were wondering how the line was drawn in that situation and if the law had a bias favoring woman in cases involving a guy and a girl.  As some in the group were discussing the topic another student, visibly upset, explained how we should not care about the law. We were talking about peoples bodies and peoples rights regardless of the law, we should not be worried about the legality but about how the person you are about to engage in the sexual act feels. The discussion was interesting. Every body felt what he said and responded well, agreeing with the idea. I was also interested in knowing the legal aspect so after hearing that I was taken back. Even though we do need to know the legal aspect of what is considered sexual assault and rape, he was telling the truth. We are talking about someone’s body and feelings, when in that situation the last thing on our mind should be what could happen legally and the first thing should be the emotions of the person that we are with. We have to make sure that we fully respect everyone at all times and ten times that when it comes to intimate situations.

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For the month of February, besides attending a Jack and Jill health fair in Fort. Lauderdale, I began my ‘Contraception Awareness Campaign.’  This project is an endeavor that will last for about 8 weeks at my attempt to get 200 people on my campus to learn something new about contraception. My goal is to peer educate at least 25 people every week while I table at my college.  (I will provide information like how to get contraception, the proper way to store them, comparative analysis between brands including breaking myths, as well as educating the importance of contraception in preventing pregnancy). In my first week, there were approximately 40-80 people in attendance and we collected 40 sign ups. The focus was ‘How well do you know your STI’s?’ Although many people came up and played our game, it took an engineering major to win the $25 It’s sugar gift card give-away!  Also around Valentine’s Day, I took part in hosting a love Workshop on my campus in order to educate the students on healthy relationships and contraception use. My passion for educating my peers on this controversial topic comes from recognizing the important role contraceptives play in people’s futures.  As an incredible philosopher once said “Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never-failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime.” —ARISTOTLE, Politics.

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Dating Practices among Adolescents in Nepal 


Dating is the natural and normal practice of adolescents in which two people try out for a relationship and explore whether they are compatible to each other or not by going out together in public as a couple who may or may not yet be having sexual relations. It is taken as a very positive attitude in which partners get opportunity to share their love, feelings, pleasure and problems. Boys and girls today in Nepal are more compatible being around and dating each other at much earlier age then they were in the recent past. This change has been occurred due to globalization and modernization.

Most of the urban couples prefer crowded places like restaurants, hostels, inns, cinemas, parks and also use public transport for dating. Rural people prefer quieter areas such as jungle, parks, lodges, temples, riversides as they don’t want to be seen by other people. There are many factors that encourage dating directly or indirectly .one of the major factor from which an adolescents get influenced is Mass Media (TV, Radio, Newspapers, movies Internet). Through Mass media people learn about love, dating and relationships. Movies are encouraging young people for dating as they learn how to persuade girls, how to talk to girls and how to go on dates by watching them. Mostly boys keep prone CDs, exchange and view them. They watch TV and films, see many naked pictures found in papers and on the net. This easy access to net has encouraged premarital sexual practices. A recent study in Nepal (FHI, 2001) reported that 15% of adolescent boys engaged in premarital sexual intercourse. Another study among young factory workers in Kathmandu showed that 35% of unmarried boys and 16% unmarried girls have experienced sex (Puri & Cleland, 2006). Likewise, a study among college students of Kathmandu has found that almost 40% of young men reported having had premarital sex.

Economic Status is also another factors that encourages dating practices. There is a perception among boys that “if anyone has money and expensive, deluxe bike then a beautiful girl can be easily persuaded for dating. Show off attitude of adolescents and pair influence support in making decision on love and dating. Dating is sometimes linked for easing financial problems particularly for unmarried and unemployed girls. Most commonly girls do not pays bills at restaurants, cinemas and even make boys pay for their expensive clothing and accessories.

Last but not the least another major factor that influence dating is sexual pleasure and Money. Not only boys but girls do use boys for getting sexual pleasure. This happens mostly in extra marital relationships .rich married women when husband are not at home they use boys for getting sexual pleasure- satisfaction and pay money back in return of sexual pleasure.

There are many barriers to dating. Time, money family pressure, negative perception of community towards dating, low socio-economic status and lack of specific places are main barriers to dating.

Various perceptions can be made for dating practices. People sometime mean sexual practices as a part of dating but it is not the real fact. Dating is meant to be done to know and understand partners well rather than only involving in  sexual intercourse  for gaining pleasure. So, dating practices don’t only mean to have negative perception and a mature couple can get good advantages from dating as it makes them easy to decide about their future.

People always want to fall in love with the most perfect aspects of each other’s personalities. Who wouldn’t? Anybody can love the most wonderful part of another person. But that’s not only the cleaver trick. The really cleaver trick is that can you accept the flaws? Can you look at your partners faults honestly and say “I can work around that and help to improve it”. So, to know about our partners flaws and good points perfect dating is most important.



Himanshu Rayamjhi

                                               BPH(7th semester ,Nobel college)




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Sex is a fundamental dimension of human life, and unsafe sex among teenagers is becoming one of the important social and major public-health concerns in recent years. Sexuality-related topics have largely remained as a taboo in many Asian countries like Nepal.Friendships between girls and boys are still unacceptable in Nepal, and many rural parents even discourage their daughters from meeting or talking with boys. Sexual activities outside marriage are not accepted among the majority of Nepalese societies. Despite these traditional views, a significant proportion of Nepalese young people are engaged in pre-marital sex which lead to various consequences like teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion, death of mother, HIV infection, depression, etc. There is a saying that says about pre-marital sex as,” you are a beautiful rose, each time you engage in pre-marital sex a precious petal is stripped away, don’t leave your husband or wife holding a bare stem.” So being loyal to future husband or future wife is to be loyal with yourself with your own health as pre-marital sex leads to the worst health and degrades ones quality of life.

Teenagers are the group of young people of age 13-19 years who are at the stage of transitional physical and mental human development tends to seek independence and experiment with youth risk behaviors and capable of taking care of themselves. The population of teen accounts 33% of total population in Nepal. Large number of teenagers are involved in unsafe pre-marital sex .Changing social morals with modernization is one of the most important causes of premarital sex. In most urban areas, having a boyfriend or girlfriend is becoming more and more acceptable. With the increasing influx of Western values through globalization and the media, many teenagers feel social pressure to pair up early and engage in sexual behavior. Lacking maturity and a proper understanding of contraceptives, teenagers often end up participating in risky sexual behavior, leading to pregnancies. Though contraception might be easily available in urban areas, teenagers, especially girls, feel uncomfortable purchasing them from pharmacists, who are mostly in high risk and such premarital sex can lead to different consequences like teenage pregnancy, unsafe abortion, death of the mother, many physical and mental illnesses likes depression can occur. 22% of teen have sex before marriage. Practice of unsafe sex among teen in Nepal is on rise in Kathmandu valley, heighten the chance of causing HIV/AIDS. According to the study, 67% teenagers had sexual relationship before crossing the age of 17.among the survey teens, only 15% said that they used condoms during their first sex.Around half of the teens said they have sexual relationship with one or two female partners. On girl side around one third said they also have sex with one or two male partners. Education about responsible sexual behavior and specific clear information about the consequences of sexual intercourse is frequently not offered in the home, at school, or in other community settings in Nepal. Young people today are growing up in a culture in which peers, TV and motion pictures, music, and magazines often transmit either covert or overt messages that unmarried sexual relationships are common, accepted, and at times expected, behaviors. Talking about sexuality of young people mean age at first sexual intercourse for the age group 15-19 years is 16.24 and for 20-14 is 18.14.Moreover; on average, young male ages 15-24 had 2.6 numbers of sexual partners in life time. There is poor communication among youths when it comes to discussion about sexual health.51.80 young girls(10-24) were reported having discussed about the issue related to marriage, pregnancy, mensuration,love,family planning, wet dreams and puberty which is more than 48.2% of young boys. Government of Nepal and various organizations have launched many AIDS related programs to aware teens of the deadful diseases. But due to lack of awareness among teens about using sexual means and programs to change their behavior, a large number of teenagers are at risk. Peer pressure, conflicts with parents, failure in love relationships, anxiety about the future, and the overpowering influence of disadvantaged social and economic conditions – all conspire to push young people onto the dangerous path of high-risk behavior including unsafe sexual practices. Early marriage has traditionally been common in Nepalese and other South Asian societies although the practice of delayed marriage appears to be on the increase in Nepal. With the advent of delayed marriage comes a window of opportunity for pre-marital sexual activity. This may create risks of unwanted pregnancy and Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs), especially in an environment in which information and services on sexual health are not easily available. The Nepal Demographic Health Survey carried out in 2005 also shows that current use of modern contraceptive method is only 14% among currently married girls age 15-19. Percentage for the age group 20-24 is 28%. .though most of the study shows that awareness about condoms and its role to prevent HIV and use of condom during sexual intercourse is irregular and low. Unavailability of condoms, unpleasure, partners not ready to use condoms during sexual intercourse are the main reason for not using condoms among people. This shows that a majority of the young people in Nepal are not using any contraceptive method which is contributing to high adolescent fertility.

A qualitative study conducted among injecting drug users shows that most of the respondents have experienced unsafe sexual practices (multiple partners, female sex workers, group sex). This should be taken into account since most of the respondents were from 10 to 25. This study also documents that most of the respondents enjoy sex when they are on drug trip. Study conducted in other settings also found positive associations between drug, alcohol and sexual behavior. Another study conducted with the young men in border towns in Nepal found that young men who reported alcohol consumption had almost four times higher odds of Having casual sex than young men who did not consume alcohol. In such condition their decisions towards safer sex might be affected due to the influence of drugs and alcohol since young people recognize that alcohol reduces social and sexual inhibitions and reduces concern about disease prevention and safe sexual behavior. Process of urbanization and the increasing influences of western cultural affect on many population groups, but especially the young, are also seen to be responsible for the breakdown of traditional customs. In this sense, the increase in pre and extramarital sex is seen by many authors as a consequence of the induction of western norms and value. In addition, there could be a strong influence of popular culture (TV, movie, internet etc) on their sexual behavior and attitudes. United States evidence suggests that sexual content on media in general encourage adolescent to initiate all types of sexual activity, including sexual intercourse which could easily applicable into Nepalese society since most of the young people residing in urban areas are exposed to western TV channels. Young people of rural areas have high and risky sexual behaviors. For example, premarital sexual practice among young people is disregarded by the local culture. It envisages that Nepal is still carrying some cultural taboos which directly or indirectly influence the young people’s sexual health and behavior.


There has been practising to develop policies and programs to address sexual and reproductive health need of young people in Nepal. Different governmental and non-governmental originations working on these fields have formulated their own specific policies and program to address young people’s sexual health. However, the National Reproductive Health Strategy developed in 1998 and National Adolescent Health and Development Strategy developed in 2000 and Young People Development Program in 2002 have focused the integrated and incorporated sexual and reproductive health services. Increasing availability and accessibility of appropriate young friendly sexual and reproductive health information are the main aim of the strategies. The Government of Nepal has introduced population and reproductive health education in public schools for grades 6 to 10 and also in university curriculum.

To reduce this public health problem education about adolescent and reproductive health at school, colleges should be promoted. Knowledge about contraceptive devices should be disseminated in youth friendly manner. Early marriage practice should be discouraged. Parents should do proper counseling about sexual health with their children at homes.Awarness program about sexual health and consequences of unsafe sex practices through mass media should be encouraged.

I think our first school is our home, but we are not given education about sexual health in our own family though our own mum and papa and our elders though they are literate. Even if we ask about such topic we are scolded in Nepali culture. We still feel shame to say that I do have girlfriend or boyfriend. Teachers in many school and college skip such topic if it comes in some chapter or discussion. We even can’t express if we had a sexual relationship with someone. Is doing safe sex is crime? It’s still a debatable question??


  • www.egorkhapatra.com(Kathmandu, Nov. 29,2013)
  • NDHS,2006
  • Sexual and reproductive health status among young people in Nepal:

opportunities and barriers for sexual health education and services


Kathmandu University Medical Journal (2008), Vol. 6, No. 2, Issue 22, 248-256



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Recently fans and non fans of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 show found out that one of the cast members, Jenelle Evan’s, had an abortion. There were many mixed reactions ranging from support to anything but support and everything in between. I applaud  Jenelle for being open and standing up for herself and her reproductive decisions. Jenelle maintains that she does not regret her abortion and feels it was the correct decision for her since she was in a ‘bad place’ when she was pregnant.

Jenelle has received/earned the title of Teen Mom 2’s most infamous mother for her less than perfect life decisions, and for better or for worse experiencing it all on film for the world to see. While some may say that Jenelle gives teen moms a “bad name” the truth of the matter is Jenelle’s struggles are ones that many pregnant and parenting people, not just teens, can relate to. From drug addiction, to abusive relationships, loosing custody/signing custody over of her child, life changing decisions, and arrest all the while trying to figure out who she is, what she wants, and how to successfully reign in all the roles in her life in a healthy way. The world and viewers should give Jenelle a lot more respect and humility.
The truth of the matter is many people go through these very same things everyday, they just do not have the platform she has for people to glare at and judge them. While questionable studies want to boast a possible correlated decline in teenage pregnancy because of exploitative MTV pregnant and parenting teen shows we should be focusing on the reality of the struggles presented within the shows that no only these young women are going through on camera but how it is a shared experience among many and how support, encouragement, and policy has yet to catch up to society. 

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This month I planned my Passion Project which I will be focusing on for the first half of 2014. It is centered on providing people with information on contraceptive access, and bringing awareness to my campus about ways the students can protect themselves.  I plan to table on campus weekly for two consecutive months in order to reach a minimum of 200 people. During these tabling events I will have one on one peer education sessions, a question box, interactive training, and giveaways. Most excitingly, I will be gaining more support for the Healthy Teens Campaign. February and March are going to be productive months, and I most look forward to seeing the positive impact that educated youth will have on our communities.


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We teach young men to be prepared, to be assertive, to choose their own destiny. And yet, too often when it comes to making decisions about their reproductive futures we haven’t delivered the message that they need to step up. When 38% of young men have a fatalistic view about contraception’s effect on fertility and pregnancy* or 53% are ambivalent about becoming a father*, it’s clear we haven’t told young men they can play an active role in determining when, how, or if they want to become fathers. (more…)

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HPV (human papillomavirus) is a major cause of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease.  Scary thought huh? But some good news is that some strands of HPV can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.

Most of us get one of the many stands of HPV, but it goes away on its own. When it doesn’t, that’s when HPV can lead to cervical cancer. In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, I will share some recommended guidelines which are good things to keep in mind.   First, women should be getting regular Pap tests starting at age 21; Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests (known as the dreaded Pap tests) and follow-up care.

Secondly, it is also recommended that parents have their pre-teens get the HPV vaccine. Thanks to the health care reform law, you and your family members may be able to get these services at no cost to you – check with your insurance company.

Lastly, taking small steps can help keep you safe and healthy – using condoms and getting regularly tested can help you protect your sexual health. Always remember the importance of being healthy. Safe sex is the best sex so take care of yourself!!

For more information on the male and female condom, please text SEXT to 74574.

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Adrian Nava (18 years old) and Scarlett Jimenez (18 years old)

Colorado Youth CREATE Council Members

As educators, advocates, and allies of sexual health, we often ask ourselves why we are still having conversations about the implementation and support of comprehensive sexuality education for young people across the nation. For a lot of us, the issue of reproductive rights and justice is one that hits very close to home. As advocates, our stories and personal experiences hold immense power in our work. They allow us to break down barriers when interacting with others, and to create room for meaningful human connections and a space to share why we are so passionate about the work we do.

We share our stories with the hope that we will create awareness and support for comprehensive sex education. Having personal stories that reflect a lack of inclusion of all sexual orientations, or lack of information about healthy relationships and self–esteem, we – Scarlett and Adrian – understand and are optimal examples of why sexual health education is essential for all youth. During our years in advocacy, we have both been exposed to a world of possibilities, and have actively participated in various levels of advocacy.

From local to national participation, both of us have had the opportunity to express ourselves as young people. During the 2013 legislative session at Colorado’s State Capitol, we were actively involved in advocating for the passage of House Bill 1081, what has become known as Colorado’s “updated sex ed law.” We wanted to make sure that young people’s voices and concerns were included throughout the process. As part of CREATE, a youth advocacy council sponsored by Colorado Youth Matter and Advocates for Youth, we testified in favor of the bill during committee hearings and organized a youth advocacy day, which brought more than 230 youth to the capitol to speak to their legislators about the importance of passing laws that increase access to comprehensive sex education.

Adrian’s Story

Adrian NavaI consider myself an advocate not only for programs and policies that promote youth sexual health, but for change founded on social justice principles. As an advocate, a person of color, and someone who identifies as gay, I remember sitting in a crowded 7th grade health class during my glorious awkward pre-pubescent years, asking myself what the ladies at the front of the room were talking about. It turns out that these women were teaching the girls how to say “NO” to males who would only want to have sex with females. I then realized that this uncomfortable discussion was actually part of a “sexual health” class. Yikes! This situation was uncomfortable not only because I did not know what sexual health education looked like, but because I was being targeted as a male. I was expected to insist on having sexual intercourse with women. I was ultimately astonished and speechless at the sexist, and judgmental tone that was being set within a classroom environment.

As a student, I was genuinely eager to learn about what was going on inside of my body and mind. But after much talk about “male and female relationships,” I asked the teachers if it was possible for two boys to be together, and the teachers ignored my question and moved on to talk about the importance of abstaining from having sex.

I began to feel like it was wrong to ask that question – which meant that something about me was wrong, since I was attracted to people of the same gender as me. The following day, my peers and I participated in an activity in which one person was assigned to be a person with “AIDS.” To my surprise, that person was me. I learned later that gay men are stereotyped as having HIV, which only deteriorated my self-esteem and self-love because I was not exposed to positive messages about LGBT people.

My negative experience of feeling ignored and stigmatized in the classroom is the reason I became actively involved in advocacy work for increased access to comprehensive sex education. I was made to feel ashamed of being gay, which harmed my emotional health for a long period of time. I wish I could have received comprehensive, inclusive, medically accurate, age-appropriate information about my body and mind – but I didn’t.

However, just because my school did not provide me with that education, it does not mean that future generations should not have access. I am completely in love with my advocacy work and impacting my generation, for the better. I find empowerment through making my voice heard and mobilizing young people to speak about and advocate for their sexual health.

Scarlett’s Story

Scarlett JimenezI am an advocate for comprehensive sex education and reproductive rights and justice for young people, because I believe that the issues at hand should be considered as part of our basic human rights. I believe that young people should have the right to have access to accurate information about their bodies. Furthermore, youth deserve the opportunity to develop the life skills that are included in comprehensive sexuality education. I believe that my high school experience would have been a much happier and more successful time had that been included as part of my education.

On a daily basis, young women are bombarded with highly sexualized messages from the media that dictate the social norms. I think that it is absolutely essential for young women to learn that these messages are disempowering and are not actual expectations of women. All youth, regardless of their gender, deserve to hear that they are much more valuable than the media depicts them. High school is such a hectic and overwhelming stage for teens. Oftentimes, teens do not receive much needed positive and empowering messages about themselves or young people in general. I know that for myself, low sense of self-worth and a lack of basic sexual health information and the ability to communicate with my partner led me into an unsafe relationship and a very hard time in my life.

I am an advocate for comprehensive sexuality education, and all that it entails, because now I have a vision for future generations. Creating access to comprehensive sex education can inform and support youth to be empowered, inclusive, educated, compassionate, communicative, strong, and driven by their identified passions and goals.

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As I transitioned from high school to college, I thought that my student outreach efforts on behalf of Colorado Youth CREATE would get easier. With a bigger campus, more people, and more freedom, I reasoned that I would easily be able to reach more people to join our youth activist network and support our cause of increasing the availability of comprehensive sex education on local and state levels. However, I soon realized that the climate of students at my private university was very conservative and not very supportive of sexual health education. This was something that I found to be completely ironic because people are definitely “doing it,” and people are definitely gossiping about it. But no one wants to discuss safe sex, healthy relationships, or sexual assault.

The first few times that I tried to talking to some people I met in college about my work with CREATE it did not go well. They stopped me mid-sentence and told me that I was wasting my breath because they had conservative values. In another instance, someone physically put their hand over my mouth and told me, “Stop. Just tell me if you’re from an abortion clinic because I don’t want to hear it!” Even when I was able to get through my one minute spiel about being an advocate for comprehensive sexual health education, I was often met with very judgmental stares and gaping mouths, as if I had just confessed that I was drug lord. People at my school felt uncomfortable with my messages and I was beginning to be labeled and dismissed as the “raging liberal.”

I realized that I needed to change my approach. I knew that the issues I was talking about are things that we all face, both as young people at this university and in this world. To me, the issues that I advocate for are about human rights—the right to identify however we choose to identify and love whoever we may love. The right that we, as citizens, have to access to affordable health care and services. And the right that we, as young people, have to receive truthful, medically accurate and culturally inclusive education. I realized that I needed to frame my message in a way that was not received as a partisan issue, and instead illustrate how comprehensive sex education truly affects and concerns us all.

I was received much better when I used a more holistic and rights-based approach with my audience. Below are a few strategies that I developed in order to reframe my advocacy message about the need for comprehensive sex education:

1. Cultural Competency/ Sensitivity- Always Walk Your Talk!
It is important to keep in mind that people may come from different backgrounds or have different ideologies from your own when you’re doing outreach. Just like in a comprehensive sex education class, your conversation should recognize what the other person values! For example, if the person you are talking to has chosen to abstain until marriage, note that that’s great for them- abstinence is the only way to prevent unplanned pregnancies and STIs. However, you will both be able to agree that not everyone will share that decision. You can point to the national rate of teen pregnancy and talk about how comprehensive sex education not only can help reduce that number but also includes a strong abstinence message.

2. Personalize Your Message!
If you feel comfortable and safe enough, share a story as to why you do the work that you do. This helps transform the issues into something very human and relatable. Through storytelling, your message is framed in a way that shows the effect that sexual health has on everyday people.

3. Keep The Door Open For Conversation
No issue is easy or black and white. Allow for discussion about the issues, as long as it remains respectful and non-intrusive to you and your personal space. I have found that in some situations it is very important to draw this line, like when I felt disrespected for just defending myself. Openly discussing your issue creates an opportunity to learn about what is valuable and important to the other individual while also sharing what is important and valuable to you. Both parties can end up a little more enlightened about different perspectives from even a short exchange of ideas. You may not always agree, but you may find that they, and others alike, will be more willing to approach you later about the issue. Look for common ground in some aspect of sexual health and go from there!

In the past few weeks that I have adopted these ideas, I have found that the people I talk to are a lot more receptive and the conversations I have are a lot more meaningful. Even though we as advocates often find ourselves in communities that are not supportive of our issues, this is the place where change happens. Being in this tough environment these last few months has reminded me about the importance of my work, and I see every new day as an opportunity to further our cause. CREATE is working on developing tools to support young people and their advocacy efforts in the community, so stay tuned!

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(reposted from USAToday, David Jackson, click for original and full post – Image of President Obama: Charles Dharapak – AP)

President Obama has put out his annual statement on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, praising the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that struck down anti-abortion laws.

“We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom,” Obama said in a statement.

The president said he also wants to re-affirm commitments to “reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children.”


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Just recently, I made a trip to the gynecologist to get a refill of my preferred birth control. I have the privilege of having insurance that requires no copay for appointments as such, and I had the privilege of getting into this doctor’s office within a month of calling. For my low-income neighborhood (see: health disparities), that was pretty quick. I was hoping for a quick appointment as well – sit down, update the doctor, get my prescription, and be on my way.

I haven’t been to this doctor in almost a year, but she had performed a pap smear and pelvic exam last visit. I also had no real changes between then and now. An added tidbit of information, I also just got a pelvic exam in the emergency room three months ago (unrelated, was nothing serious). I let the nurse know this, and I also informed her that I haven’t had any symptoms or real trouble. The doctor comes in, talks to me for a bit, and then instructs me to strip. The dreaded pelvic exam. The dreaded pelvic exam that I had just three months ago. When I protested and asked why she was doing a pelvic exam, I was told it is required to prescribe birth control. However, I had just been to the health district where they prescribed me birth control without me even taking my clothes off. I’d also like to note that my gynecologist did not ONCE ask me if I was sexually active, had been having unprotected sex, or if I’d like to get tested for HIV/STI’s, while the health district spent a good amount of time making sure they were fully aware of all my risk factors, and I was aware of the resources available to me.

I am seventeen, was in the office without a parent, and I did as instructed, not that I had much opportunity to do anything else. While still in the office, I decided to Google if pelvic exams are really required for birth control, contrary to my previous experience at the health district, only to find a massive online community outraged at the unnecessary pelvic exams women across the country are being forced into if they want a birth control prescription. According to a 2010 study, 1/3rd of of doctors and advanced nurses required pelvic exams before they would administer or prescribe hormonal birth control. Regardless of the fact thatguidelinesstudies, and experts have stated that pelvic exams are unnecessary.

Unnecessary pelvic exams are hindering in so many different ways. If a woman goes into her gynecologist to try to get a birth control prescription and is met with the unexpected price of a pelvic exam (around $350 in my experiences), this can keep the woman from obtaining birth control. My vagina, my rules, right? The simplest saying that carries the most weight, right? The simplest saying that is often betrayed by health care providers, particularly in marginalized communities. Minority groups and marginalized communities will not always have the means to pay for a pelvic exam. This puts women at risk of unintended and teen pregnancy, a problem that disproportionately affects communities of color. People of color are more likely to live in poverty which results in a probability that they would not be able to afford an unnecessary pelvic exam just so they can get birth control.

When it comes to effective birth control, we must do everything in our power to make it as easily attainable as possible. The fact is, pelvic exams often scare the young women I have encountered out of going to their doctors for birth control. I am still shocked by the fact that my gynecologist required a pelvic exam when I had just been prescribed birth control via the health district with NO pelvic exam necessary. These are the barriers that stand in the way of our young women and their reproductive health and choice. Women that do want birth control are often afraid or unable to obtain it because of things like mandated pelvic exams that raise appointments costs exponentially and leave women feeling like they have no choice but to lay back and allow it. I couldn’t help but feel slightly violated after my gynecology appointment, but more than violated, I was angry. I am angry that other people with vaginas are being forced to have unnecessary, highly invasive, uncomfortable exams that they can’t afford just to exercise their right to obtain birth control.

As with any issue, we need to speak up, speak loud, and speak truth. My body is not something for private doctor offices to turn a profit on. My body is not a vessel for your unnecessary medical treatments performed in keeping with tradition. I refuse to be quiet about this. Birth control should be accessible to all, without fear. I am speaking out, and I am not speaking alone.

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Hey Fellow Activist, Bloggers, Youth, Etc…

Check out this amazing opportunity to advocate for the protection of Women’s right to access to birth control, increase awareness of teen pregnancy, and ensure the equal and fair treatment of employees who are pregnant!

For more information and to sign please lick the link!: http://www.wvfree.org/advocacy-2/2014-lobby-day/

If you can’t attend brainstorm someways to be an effective and awesome ally to women!

A little more info on Allyship (from the perspective of an Ally)

Here is my truth:  I practice being an ally to women by recognizing my privilege (male, white passing, able-bodied, college educated privilege).  I attempt to do this everyday, some days I am better than others.  For example, I often thing about the intent and the impact of what I say and how that would change if I were not in my privilege.  Or, I sometimes think about was what I said was accepted because of my privilege.

Another way to practice being an ally to women is by not engaging in behaviors that sexualize/objectify women’s bodies for the sole purpose of pleasing men and by not engaging in behaviors that demean women.

The Take Home from this is that being an ally is an active role and that as an ally it is important to be aware of your privilege and understand that intent and impact are not one in the same.  Also, that as an ally your behavior speaks louder than your words.  I can’t be an ally to women if I engage in behaviors such as treating women as less than equal and calling it chivalrous.


Categories: Abortion, Sexual Health
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Why 2014 Could Be A Huge Turning Point For Reproductive Rights

[Original image and post found on ThinkProgress, writer: Tara Culp-Ressler]

Roe v. Wade will mark its 41st birthday later this month, amid ever-increasing assaults on reproductive rights across the nation. According to the latest report from the Guttmacher Institute, states have imposed a staggering 205 abortion restrictions between 2011 and 2013. That legislation has attacked access to abortion from all angles — targeting providers and clinics, driving up the cost of abortion for the women who need it, making women travel farther and wait longer to get medical care, and outright banning the procedure. Since 2000, the number of states that Guttmacher defines as being “hostile” to abortion rights has spiked from 13 to 27.

That’s left abortion rights advocates on the other side, working hard to stem the tide of anti-choice attacks. Constantly warding off restrictive legislation hasn’t left much space for proactive policies to expand women’s reproductive freedom, like expanding access to maternity care or making family planning services more accessible to low-income women. Most of the headlines about abortion issues are bleak.

But there may be a shift on the horizon.

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After Michigan House and Senate’s shameful support of a law that would force burial and cremation costs on those who sought abortions, they decided the next step would be to establish a “rape insurance” for people who have the ability to get pregnant earlier this month. The bill is infamously known as Michigan’s Rape Insurance bill, the actual name being The Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act.  It places a ban on private insurance companies from covering abortion.  This forces women into buying extra coverage for their abortion care on top of their paid plans.  What’s more is that this legislation has no exceptions for rape or incest.  And the coverage can’t be purchased during a pregnancy, it has to be bought prior to one–because those who have the ability to become pregnant are in a constant state of being pre-pregnant.

The Guttmacher Institute’s research in payment for abortion shows that almost 70% of women pay out of their own pockets for this medical procedure, and almost 52% of those women found it difficult to pay.  So, what’s to become of that 52%?  What’s to become of those who already can’t pay for the treatment they need?  We already live in a system that routinely and unapologetically ignore the needs of the people.  It’s not just a limiting of our right to the health care we need.  It’s one more step to further marginalizing those who are already feeling the burden of an oppressive, unfree economy.

Not all are sitting idly while outside groups and politicians pushed for this.  Michigan Senator Gretchen Whitmer shared her own thoughts in a Huffington Post blog:

“I shared my story of being sexually assaulted because even if it wouldn’t give my Republican colleagues pause to reconsider the vote they were about to take, I at least wanted them to, for the first time, have to directly consider the consequences of their actions and see that those being hurt by it aren’t anonymous faces, but friends, family and, yes, even their colleagues on the Senate floor.

What’s too easily dismissed in these types of discussions is that this issue is not simply about pro-choice or pro-life, it is about interfering with contracts between women and our health care providers. This new law forbids private insurance companies from covering abortions unless a woman buys additional and preemptive coverage, even in the case of rape, incest, or even medically necessary dilation and curettage (D & C) procedures for planned pregnancies that went wrong.

This measure is extreme, ignorant and insultingly misogynistic. I’m disgusted to say that it is now the law of the land in Michigan, but how it became law is just as offensive as the law itself.

Right to Life of Michigan, an extremist special-interest group with significant financial backing from a select few secretive donors, has pushed for this law twice before. Both times they failed, as two different Republican Governors stood up to them and vetoed it. In fact, in explaining his veto of this measure earlier this year, Governor Rick Snyder, someone I don’t often agree with, rightly stated, “I don’t believe it is appropriate to tell a woman who becomes pregnant due to a rape that she needed to select elective insurance coverage.”

But instead of admitting defeat, Right to Life took their crusade even further. They exploited an obscure loophole in Michigan’s Constitution that allowed them to bypass the governor’s veto entirely, as well as the will of the people, by securing the signatures of only four percent of Michigan’s population to bring a so-called “citizens’ initiative” before the legislature and then flexed their political muscle over the Republican majority, forcing them to immediately vote it into law.”

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I am a pretty big fan of sitting at home with food and shows to binge on.  And East Los High caught my full and undivided attention.  I’m not normally into soapy teen dramas, but the problems teens face everyday, especially teens of color in neighborhoods like East Los, were real.

While many find sex and the details of it to still be taboo to discuss, teens are left without the rights and respect to get the knowledge they need to better protect themselves.  I found it so refreshing to find a series that is easily relatable, stimulating, and educational.  Oh, and guess what?  Characters in the show can actually say the word “abortion.”  There wasn’t a Voldemort treatment of an actual medical procedure that one out of three women in the United States will experience in their lifetime.  Even better, several choices and paths that follow unprotected sex are explored and tidbits of helpful sexual health facts and info are casually placed into the dialogue.  There’s even brief but impactful conversations on masculinity and gender roles in regards to safe sex throughout the show.

I had a Hulu Plus account and was fortunately able to view the “Hulu exclusive” series, but anyone can watch the full episodes on the East Los High website.  It’s a good and fairly accessible teen drama with lots of examples and lessons to share.    There are little whispers about a second season to appear, and I am excitedly waiting.  Not everyone shared my enthusiasm for the show though.  An online “news” article from Life Site News expressed an opinion:

Planned Parenthood’s has its guns aimed squarely at Hispanic teens, as it continues its latest foray into eugenic targeting via an unbelievably salacious novella featuring an all-Latino/Latina cast…

What kind of public service is done by the airing of this trashy novella directed to Hispanic teens? And just what is the “moral” of Episode 1? Finish the dance with your boyfriend before dashing to the car to have sex with someone else? Watch out when you have sex in a car because someone may be videotaping you? Being voted Winter Queen will make you extremely popular on the hookup circuit?

How can anyone even use the word “moral” in connection with this series?

There are some other significant things that this writer neglects to mention besides the awesome sexual health info and examples found throughout the series.  East Los High is the first English language show with an all Latino cast.  And what is even better is that the cast defies the mainstream roles that Latino people are often forced into.  For something like this to be left out in this diatribe is quite telling of the kind of perspective the writer has, especially with the condescending and twisted but very nonexistent link between the show and fictitious eugenic attempts.

Miriam Perez, a past contributor on Racialicious, Feministing, and RHRealityCheck, has written on this topic of anti-choice movements making it seem like they care about women of color.  Her post was originally found on RHRealityCheck, but I pulled it off Racialicious.  From the succinct and eloquent post Worried About Women of Color? Thanks, But No Thanks, Anti-Choicers. We’ve Got It Covered:

At first glance, it’s nice to see the anti-choice community pretending to care about communities of color. But within a few minutes, the skepticism sets in. What’s really behind these tactics, coming from a group that is majority white, middle-class and Christian? In the end, we know this isn’t actually about women of color and their well-being. It’s a sensationalist attempt to pit women of color against the reproductive rights movement. Classic divide and conquer…

We’ve fought back against governmental policies like welfare family caps and limits on access to certain types of contraception over others. We’ve fought with the reproductive rights community to get them to care about these issues and how they affect our communities—and we’ve won.

We’re fighting for access to contraception, to abortion, to options for childbirth and parenting. And now we’ll fight the racist and paternalistic logic behind the eugenics arguments being made by anti-choicers.

Life Site News has urged concerned citizens to call  Hulu’s corporate headquarters at 310-571-4700 to remove the series and to make sure a second season contract cannot be extended.  Please use the number to the opposite.

(This has also been posted on my blogs FanTalk and STFU, Pro-Lifers.)

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As the end of the year nears, we are getting ready for holidays, buying last minute gifts and deciding who and where we are spending the New Years. We get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle that we may forget about our health. By the time January 1st hits, have you had all of your check ups? Time flies by and sometimes it can be years before you have been to the dentist or your OB-GYN. Life is busy so it’s easy to push off check ups or just ignore them until you think something is wrong. Being healthy is usually apart of people’s New Years resolutions and that can quickly fall to the wayside.

Being and staying healthy should include regular check ups. You never know what life may bring so its hard to schedule an appointment months from now let alone a year from now, but getting checked regularly gives you a status on your body’s condition, gives you a time to discuss concerns with your doctor as well as get ways to improve your health. When you set appointments, find times of the year that are your least busy and schedule your wellness check ups then. Lastly, if there is something unusual going on with your body, seek help. No one knows your body better than you so don’t wait it out hoping it will pass if you are concerned. This is especially important if you think you may have signs or symptoms of an STD.

Taking care of yourself should be top priority and if you don’t think you have been, it’s never too late. With the approach of the New Year, now may be a great time! Remember that safe sex is the best sex so protect yourself!

Categories: Sexual Health
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This week I had the opportunity to conduct an educational training on pregnancy prevention for local high school students in my community. The teen summit had over 400 students in attendance.   I co-facilitated the presentation with an educator from Planned Parenthood. I was extremely nervous at the first session while I presented. A million thoughts went through my head; were they listening, was I saying it right, did they understand, etc. This was my first experience at peer educating so I wanted to be perfect.  There were three sessions in total. By the second session I felt more relaxed and comfortable. It was a great feeling to see the students interact and yearn for more information. I felt accomplished when a few students stayed after the presentation to ask more questions. This experience has shown me that peer education is something I’d like to continue doing.

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(original image by The Stigma Project)

About them:

We are a grassroots organization that aims to lower the HIV infection rate and neutralize the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through education and awareness via social media and advertising. The Stigma Project seeks to create an HIV neutral world, free of judgement and fear by working with both positive and negative individuals from all walks of life, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, or background.

Social media has rapidly become one of today’s largest mediums of news, culture, and education. We hope to embrace that with effective campaigns each season that bring awareness to the current state of HIV. Please, whether you’re HIV-positive, negative, or you don’t know (and should), we need your help. Ask your friends to join us in starting a revolution: an “HIV Neutral” revolution. Like us, Share us, Re-tweet us. The more people we reach, the more effective our project. The more successful our mission. YOU can make a difference.

Their mission:

The Stigma Project seeks to eliminate the stigma of HIV/AIDS on a global scale, through awareness, art, provocation, education and by inspiring a spirit of living “HIV Neutral.”

Their vision:

The Stigma Project seeks to create an “HIV Neutral” world, free of judgment, fear, discrimination and alienation by educating both positive and negative individuals from all walks of life about the constantly evolving state of the epidemic. We seek to reduce the HIV infection rate through knowledge, awareness, and effective marketing and advertising. Ultimately we see a future where the world is free of HIV/AIDS.

I’ve already posted this image before but without credit to the original poster, so here it is!  I’ve also added information about this organization!

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National Girlfriend Day is a day to celebrate the friendship you have with your girls! It’s also a great time to remember to keep one another healthy as you continue to create great times together for the remainder of the year!

Categories: Sexual Health
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A brief description of the IUDs available to you. This IS NOT replacing your health care provider, it only starts the search and gives some information.

Categories: Sexual Health