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 Does new comprehensive health coverage discriminate against women in it’s limited coverage and lack of coverage for abortion? Read about it at:www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/opinion/targeting-women.html

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 Does the website BeingGirl give young women advice on surviving puberty or does it encourage them to grow up faster, promoting the media as a tool. 
jezebel.com/5833495/period-advice-website-helpfully-hawks-razors-makeup

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 In the Congo, where giving birth can mean life-threatening health conditions for women, birth control is seen a pro-life endeavor.  Read more at:
www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/family-planning-as-a-pro-life-cause/2011/08/29/gIQAR9XHoJ_story.html

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 Virginia combats abortion clinics with strict new rules.  Read further at: motherjones.com/mojo/2011/08/are-virginas-new-abortion-regs-worst-yet

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 Afghan government promotes birth control in an effort to curb population growth.  Read about it at:
www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/23/us-afghanistan-birthcontrol-idUSTRE77M4MU20110823

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 New research from the Guttmacher Institute finds nearly half of all pregnancies to be unintended.  Read more at:
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/post/discouraging-news-on-unintended-pregnancies/2010/12/20/gIQAt2cYaJ_blog.html

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 A measly fifty percent of states in the nation are required to mandate sex education.  And the lack of mandate is taking it’s toll with Florida being the first in the nation for HIV infection, Louisiana for syphilis and Arkansas being in the top ten for chlamydia and other STIs.  Read more about the "Sex Ed Hall of Shame" at:
www.salon.com/life/feature/2011/08/13/states_sexed/ …

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Is the test that determines the gender of a fetus at seven weeks a moral concern?  Is it causing a slew of abortions triggered by the determined gender?  Read more at:
articles.boston.com/2011-08-10/lifestyle/29873075_1_gender-selection-healthy-pregnancy-y-chromosome

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 Darkness to Light (D2L), a national organization working to bring an end to child abuse, recognizes Charleston organizations for thier care and responsiblity.  Read further at: 
www.abcnews4.com/story/15186821/darkness-to-light-kicks-off

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 Abstainance-only education is proven to be ineffective as well as ambiguous and dangerous through its threatening slogans.  Read further at:
www.thenation.com/blog/162525/dont-have-sex-you-will-get-pregnant-and-die

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HIV treatment has been found to allow a near-normal lifespan for those infected by the diseas in developing countries of Africa. Reat about it or listen to the story at:
www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/07/19/138490855/hiv-treatment-in-africa-brings-near-normal-lifespan

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 Mayor Bloomberg serves as officiant for gay marriage in New York.  Read further at:
www.npr.org/2011/07/22/138603445/bloomberg-to-bind-gay-couple-in-matrimony

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 Finding the ballance between "their art, their sexuality, their faith" and dealing with the challange that comes with it.  Read about it at:
www.npr.org/2011/07/31/138782702/for-gay-christian-musicians-work-balances-faith-art-love

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 My last evening in Paris was amazing! I heard a loud roar of a crowed go past the youth-hostel where I was staying. I figured it was probably some protest… the city loves its protests. But minutes later, my gay friend came rushing into the room with a diversity flag and a bottle of wine looking for the wine opener like he was heading out to some wild party. (Oh yeah, no open-container laws in Paris either. Pretty interesting).
Well, after I got up and went out I definitely …

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 During my trip to Paris my class, the group I was with, consisted of many young women who felt they were already dating the man they were going to marry and that engagement wasn’t far down the road. I might have a thing or two to say about jumping into marriage so fast, but to each their own on that matter I guess. What bothered me more though was that many of these young women were already planning ahead and casting their selves into the stereotyped gender role of …

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 Last month, I spent three weeks in Paris. This month, I’d like to focus my blogs on some of the attitudes I observed around LGBTQ rights, contraception and gender rolls in France.
You don’t have to go far in Paris to realize that the city is pro-safe-sex. When one sets foot in just about any subway station there are at least two condom vending machines hung on the wall. Just pop a few Euros in and get a package of four Durex préservatifs (condoms). And they’re not shy about …

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 Bravo, a German magazine popular for it’s blunt talk on sexual topics, is being accused of going over time top with a tint of agression. Read more at:
abcnews.go.com/International/german-teeny-magazine-blasted-sexual-aggression-tale/story

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 Minnesota school distric faces charges after harassment of gay and lesbian student after a discussion about LGBTQ issues:
www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/22/us-minnesota-lawsuit-idUSTRE76L0BL20110722

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 Jessica Valenti’s popular blog Femenisting critiques Summer’s Eves recent commercials.  Commercials range from respecting the vagina ("hailing the V") to calling it plain annoying.  Read further at:
feministing.com/2011/07/19/summers-eve-thinks-your-vagina-is-powerful-really-annoying-still-dirty/

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 Remember, you are boss when it comes to defining your sexual experience, and don’t let anyone tell you what your comfort zone should be when it comes to sex (including time, place, level of sobriety and use of contraception).  Check out this AWESOME survey to see what others had to say about their sexual experience.  As you’ll see, it’s all over the board, and everyone has their own idea of what a good experience is.  
sexperienceuk.channel4.com/the-sexperience-1000#/preferences/lights

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 HPV vaccine shown to prevent genital warts in men.  But still, CDC declines to provide coverage for young men.  Read more at:
articles.boston.com/2011-07-23/lifestyle/29807783_1_gardasil-hpv-vaccination-policy

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 New research finds that contraception is no longer "just a woman’s responsibility".  Find out how the men can take part, beyond condoms and vasectomies:
www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/health/research/24contraception.html

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 Studies show that a campaign for circumcision in Africa reduce HIV rates by 76%
Read more at:
www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-hiv-prevention-circumcision-07212011,0,7720647.story

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 It’s not a simple process wherever you are, but you’re never alone.  Read one man’s story on coming out in China:
www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2082914,00.html

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 More restrictions against "Pregnacy Crisis Centers", centers where women can be counceled on their options for an unintended pregnacy.  Once infamous for providing anti-abortion propaganda, these centers are now required to state whether or not there are licensed medical providers on the scene. 
www.nytimes.com/2011/07/25/opinion/25mon3.html

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 Should parents be more accepting as their teens become sexaully active?
www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24schalet.html

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 U.S. officials have been moving ahead with dismantling the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy.
edition.cnn.com/2011/US/07/14/dadt.reconsideration/

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 An author’s recount on his personal experience with gay marriage being welcomed in the United States and how his life has been affected by it:
www.newsweek.com/2011/07/17/andrew-sullivan-why-gay-marriage-is-good-for-america.html

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 Young men begin to challange gender norms:
abcnews.go.com/US/gender-roles-young-boys-pink-blue/story

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 Some old methods of medicine in the Philippines is better abandoned, especially those claiming, but failing, to treat HIV/AIDS.  Read more at:
www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/07/18/138157630/philippines-geckos-are-a-no-go-for-aids

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 New York same-sex couples hit off their right to marriage… at midnight.  Read about it at:
www.npr.org/2011/07/24/138654069/same-sex-couples-exchange-vows-in-new-york

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 The "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy is still in play in the military, but now there’s a new twist: no individual may be "investigated, penalized or discharged" on account of the fact that they are openly gay.  Read further at:
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php

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 Openly gay active-duty troops and veterans speak out for gay rights in the military durring San Diego’s gay pride parade:
www.npr.org/2011/07/16/138192036/hundreds-of-troops-march-in-gay-pride-parade

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 After classroom murder of a gay teen, bullying of homosexuals is in the limelight :
www.npr.org/2011/07/12/137796716/gay-victims-trial-seeks-classmates-murder-motive

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 New studies from Emory show the south has been hit hard by poverty and HIV. Read further at:
yourlife.usatoday.com/health/story/2011/07/HIVAIDS-poverty-link-strongest-in-the-South/49268194/1

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 San Francisco started the movement.  Now other citiies such as Portland, OR are following suit and offerring health care benefits to employees which would cover gender reassignment surgery.  Read more at:
yourlife.usatoday.com/health/healthcare/story/2011/07/Cities-move-toward-transgender-health-care/49293458/1 …

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 Because of the recent ennactment of gay marriage rights in New York,  adoption agencies say their ready for a wave of newly-wed same-sex spouses ready to start a family… through adoption that is.  
www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hurqJbdDOeF7i0XyFuWISMOXEzOw

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 Public health officials recently announced risks involved in restarting the pill too soon after childbirth.  Read more here:
www.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/health/research/12childbirth.html

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 AIDS drugs such as tenofovir and emtricitabine set aside in a "patent pool" for those most in need.  Read further at:
www.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/health/12global.html

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 Drug used to treat AIDS, when taken as a preventative measure against the disease is shown to cut rates of infection in half for heterosexual couples. Read more at:
www.washingtonpost.com/national/two-studies-show-that-drugs-used-to-treat-aids-can-be-used-to-prevent-hiv-infection-too/2011/07/12/gIQAN51zBI_story.html

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 Rate of hate crimes against GLBTQ community rises, but not without notice.  Check it out at:
latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/violent-crimes-against-gays-up-13-report-says.html

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Presidential candidate Michele Bachman promoted her family through her campaign describing the counceling center owned and operated by her husband.  However, one of the key concepts of her husband’s practice is "gay to straight" conversion therapy.  This counceling could in fact do her campaing more harm than good, as it has been described as "Ineffective and potentially harmful."  Read further and watch the news cast at:
abcnews.go.com/Blotter/michele-bachmann-exclusive-pray-gay-candidates-clinic/story

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Since the 1940s, gonorrhea has been considered treatable with antibiotics.  But, recent research revealed a new, untreatable strain: H041.

Read further at:
www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/ul-sdf070711.php

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In a recent Supreme Court ruling on the content appropriate for sales of video games to under-age consumers, sex was ruled to be a worse subject matter than violence.  What does this say of the values that our country is teaching its young men (and women)? Not much; perhaps that youth ought to chose gang fights over prostitution.  But ultimately, does this simply display the squeemish attitude that America has around sex?  The same squeemishness that it has around comprehensive sex education?  You decide.
Read this article at: 
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/07/sex-and-the-supremes/

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HIV positive women in developing worlds are given percautions on how to prevent the spread of the virus to their unborn child.  An interesting glimpse at the measures they must take, some which differ from the recommended in the United States.  Read about it at: 
www.npr.org/2011/07/06/137536170/in-mozambique-a-fight-to-keep-babies-hiv-free

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The government has withdrawn the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" requirement from the military. Gay and lesbian members of all military branches are now free to openly express their sexuality.  

Read more at: 
www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/07/05/Military-prepares-to-accept-gays/UPI-20641309922997/

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"It carries both promise, and risk" an NPR article says on the drug misoprostol.  This drug has it’s benefits for majorly reducing the rate of post-pardum death in rural Africa.  But at the same time, this over-the-counter drug is capable of inducing abortion. Read more about the controversy at: 
www.npr.org/2011/06/29/137479308/drug-that-saves-womens-lives-carries-controversy

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Laws aside, whether or not a woman seeks an abortion is largely effected by the stigmas around abortion. Recently, an international study on the stigmas around abortion was started. With this information, researches are hoping they will be able to provide women with better access and better care when it comes to abortion. Read further on this topic at:
www.upi.com/Health_News/2011/06/29/Researchers-look-at-abortion-stigma/UPI-63731309406377/

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The heartbeat bill is a new bill brought to the house awaiting its approval by a largely republican, largely anti-abortion crowd of lawmakers recently in Ohio.  The daunting bill was, unfortunately, written with its voters in mind proposing further restrictions in the line of abortion rights and of therefore, a real insult to women’s liberty.  

Read further at: 
www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/28/us-abortion-ohio-heartbeat-idUSTRE75R7NC20110628

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Gay marriage is becoming an issue that is having trouble making everyone feel happy.  Can’t live without it (it’s not constitutional to those seeking same-sex marriage) but can’t live with it (some churches fear they’ll be forced to perform gay marriage… yeah right). So will legalization of same-sex marriage never reach the federal level?

Read more at:
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2011-06-28-Gay-marriage-not-over-finish-line-yet_n.htm

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Obama struggles to bring marriage equality to the LGBTQ community.  But is it his ethics?  Or just the whackiness of our system of checks and balances? You decide:

www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/on-same-sex-marriage-obama-still-has-cold-feet/2011/06/28/AGmAlmpH_story.html

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Until recently, it would have been near impossible for immigrants to the United States to move beyond the level of undergraduate education.  But thanks to Obama’s "Dream Act" a whole bunch of opportunities are opening up for these students, benefitting the students as well as our countrly in general. Read further at 
www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/2011-06-27-why-dream-act-is-right-for-all_n.htm

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While many countries are hopefully moving forward towards more liberal laws for abortion and contraception Russia is taking a step back and making more restrictions.  While the country was not particularly progressive on this front in the first place, it seems particularly dangerous that they are making further restrictions in this area.  And the reason for this?  To advance their birth rate.  The worst part in all is that the law targets to restrict those who are least fit to have a family or have children: restrictions are to …

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Gender transitioning in one’s everyday community is likely to be an uncomfortable process.  But in the workforce, it may be uncomfortable for employers to know how to treat their gender-transitioning employees.  For this reason, Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry set out some guidelines to make the process a bit easier for everyone. Check it out: 

blogs.federaltimes.com/federal-times-blog/2011/05/27/opm-treat-transgender-employees-with-respect/

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Since AIDS made an appearance 30 years ago, it has caused great devastation but great strides have been made to fight against it. Modern medicine has allowed for preventative meassures against AIDS to be developed, as well as treatment (such as antiretroviral therapy) to help prolong the life of a victim of AIDS.  However, with 6 million people and counting receiveing such treatment and an estimated cost of $35 billion dollars in costs for the process in years to come, the financial future of AIDS treatment looks like it could …

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I grew up in a small mill town where lots of families were working hard for their money and everyone knew just about everyone.

As a kid, I can really only remember one teen pregnancy in my town. The first time I saw a pregnant teenager, I was in middle school, and I had gone over to the high school to do some dance recital. She acted all bubbly and excited about the proposition of being pregnant as did everyone around her, to her face. But as soon as …

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Okay, so first off, with a Plan B experience, there’s usually some story. All I’ll say for mine is that yes, I learned the hard way that alcohol certainly can impair your judgment and it’s a good idea to watch yourself, or stay close with friends you can trust if you decide to drink. Otherwise it can be pretty scary. For the most part, I don’t think I would have had sex with this one guy had I been sober. AND had I been sober, I would’ve noticed that …

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 Rape statistics in the college scene has always been a topic of interest to applicants of a school, students of school or their parents. But as one could guess, these numbers aren’t straight forward. A large part of this is due to when alcohol steps in and we wake up the next morning not knowing why on earth we did the things we did. And this is where it gets complicated too. Whose fault is it that we did these things? Was that guy just waiting to carry us …

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Legislature in Texas took a step forward to making a sonogram required before a woman seeks an abortion (unless of course they are a rape victim).  The sonogram or ultrasoud for a long time has been the highlight of a pregnacy for expecting mothers who want to catch a glimps of their soon-to-be-little-bundle-of-joy. And so, this is basically just an act of manipulation to pull at the heart strings of a young woman seeking an abortion.  I suppose that’s one way to skin a cat but why don’t you …

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Wouldn’t it be interesting if Christians could look to thier god for comfort about their sexaulity? Not the typical doctrine of the church today. In Hinduism however, can transexuals find comfort from their religion.  Check it out:
www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hwDDQOPtDuCwcFQRELFFhW7alKXA

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In a recent study of 31,852 11th grade students, 1,413 of whom were lesbian, gay or bisexual, students were more likely to attempt suicide if they were LGBT individuals.  However, LGBT students coming from supportive environments (such as those that uphold gay-straigt alliances) were 20% less likely to participate in life-risking behavior. For this reason, schools have been prompted to enforce policies and interventions against discrimination towards sexaul orientation.  It makes sense to me now why my high school of only 120 kids formed a GSA. While we probably had …

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El’Jai Devoureau’s sex change could raise question as to whether or not he’s fit to do his job. But would this qualify as sexual discrimination in the workforce?  Who’s to decide the gender of the employee?  The employer, or the employee?  Read Devoureau’s story:
www.nytimes.com/2011/04/11/nyregion/11sexchange.html

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 New contraceptive acces and sex education programs in Philidelphia receives complaints from parents.  But are these measures actaully important for eleven-year-olds who are already starting to act out sexually? Check it out:
www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/119769714.html

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 Illinois lawmakers hobble between the idea of legalizing gay marriage versus legalizing civil unions.  It was a close call, but ultimately they settled for civil unions.  Read more:
www.nbcchicago.com/news/politics/illinois-house-civil-unions-sb1716-111084389.html

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 Coming out can be particularly difficult as an athlete. In this article a UMichigan track runner discribes the ups and downs of coming out and some of the ways to make it a bit easier.
www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/2011-04-11-2903551120_x.htm

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 While I was waiting for the elevator the other day and perusing the newspaper stand, USA Today’s Is Dating Dead? caught my eye, and I knew it was an article that I’d want to read. Since I started hooking up with a friend, I’ve continued to ask myself “how bad is it that I’m not dating the guy that I’m hooking up with?”, as well as “is my perception right that I feel like I was the only 20 year-old virgin left on earth?”
Well, I found my answers …

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      One of my Sex Ed teachers once said that the best way to get people to use condoms is to help them get their hands on condoms, play with them, and just get comfortable with them. Such was the idea behind a major contraceptive campaign in Thailand in the 1990s. In an effort to control the population, Thailand Ministry of Public Health started a Family Planning Campaign with special attention given to the condom. Condoms were distributed to those who intended to use them, of course. But …

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       Since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1965 along with the creation of Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, we would hope this meant an end to racism and sexism along with all other types of discrimination in the workplace. Sadly, we know this isn’t true. Just look at the statistics and you can see that on average, a women earns seventy-six cents to every dollar that a man makes (according to Jessica Valenti’s Full Frontal Feminism; awesome book if yo u want the latest …

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    This article covers the coping difficulty that a young woman, struggling with an eating disorder, had when she entered the college social scene.  After all, food is a huge part of the social culture of America and if you’re not that into food, it could put some obstacles in your social life.  I realized how true this was when I too when to college.  I can’t claim that I have the cleanest slate when it comes to a healthy body image and healthy eating habits, just like the …

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Kids grow up too fast as it is (or at least that’s what all our parents say).  So, we definitely don’t need to speed up the process.  But many factors in today’s society seem to be causing kids to "grow up" faster, physically and emotionally.  This week in USA Today, check out the series Saving Childhood highlighting the ways that the media, the drug and medical industry and even the school systems in society today are pushing kids out of childhood and into adolescence and then adulthood too quickly. …

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Trouble in my home state.  NH limits minors’ ability to receive an abortion. Pretty bad for a state whose moto is "live free or die".  Read about it at boston.com.…

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Love that so many people are making these videos in support of Planned Parenthood. This one’s pretty entertaining. Made me smile. 

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Being a youth doesn’t mean you’re any less qualified.  Being young might just mean you’re a lot more observant.  Check out this story and read about a few instances where youth got to the bottom of it before any professional.
www.nytimes.com/2011/03/06/opinion/06hallinan.html …

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Check out this video.  You know Planned Parenthood is important when you see it.  We can’t let the government cut PP’s funds.

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Condoms aren’t just about protection, they’re sexy. While doing some window shopping with my sister at a pretty upscale lingire shop, I came across a "Pocket Pleasure Kit, with all the necessities for any rendezvous" including lubricant, breath mints and of course, condoms… as good a turn-on as any lacy panties!
to view visit:
www.jimmyjane.com/shop/essentialspocketpleasureset-p-106.html

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Going to college is hard enough for a lot of students and discussing your sexual orientation with the housing department in order to get a single is probably the last thing you’ll want to have to deal with. But now, many colleges are cutting back on same-sex housing restrictions and allowing for roommates of the opposite sex to room together. Rutgers University of New Jersey took the lead in this movement after one of its students faced so much humiliation in his housing situation because of his sexual orientation …

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Sometimes, when I’d first meet girls at my funky little hippy school (one of diverse sexual orientation), I would wonder, “is she straight? Or is she a lez? Or, yeah, there’s that ‘bi’ thing too.” I’d even make up my mind that she was straight, find out that she was dating a guy, and then find out… that she’d been seen frenching with another girl at the smokers hut?! But eventually I came to figure out that this stuff isn’t straight-forward (no pun intended). And lately, the media has …

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In the past, some people may have felt that talking about sex and being devoutly religious couldn’t mix. But, in fact, one pastor tells us it’s important for preteens or even children to be educated about sex. And, even from a biblical perspective, there’s no better teacher than a parent (see Ephesians 6:1-4). By having this parent-child, teacher-student relationship, kids are able to get the big picture from a person they trust and look up to, even from a young age. And by having this big picture, hopefully a …