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Veronika

My name is Veronika! I'm a junior at USC- Columbia majoring in Women's and Gender Studies. I love to read, cook, hang out with my dog, watch movies and spend time with friends. I'm very excited to share sexual and reproductive justice with this organization!
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Recently, Chicago public schools announced that they would indeed be incorporating sex education into their kindergarten curriculum. For 30 minutes every month, kindergarteners in the CPS system will be taught a variety of topics around sex education like the medically appropriate name for body parts, the difference between appropriate and inappropriate touching and lessons on bullying. Interestingly, this time will also be used to teach students about different family structures which includes teaching kids about gay couples. Parents are allowed to view all material being used for these lessons …

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It’s impossible to escape the song “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell. It plays constantly at my work, likely upwards of 3 to 4 times an hour, not to mention everywhere else. It’s definitely catchy, but there are many issues that have been raised in regards to the content of the lyrics themselves. An interview with Robin Thicke that he did with GQ has been shared widely. In this interview he is quoted saying “What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman. I’ve never gotten to …

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Despite the heroic efforts of Wendy Davis and pro-choice supporters in Texas, a sad day occurred in Texas on the July 18th, 2013 when Rick Perry signed a new restrictive, abortion ban into existence which bans abortion at 20 weeks. Another Republican representative immediately followed up this ban with HB 59 legislation that bans abortion after detecting a fetal heartbeat- a law that eerily mirrors Ohio’s version called the Heartbeat Bill.

 

Though I have written about the restrictive abortion bills that have popped up in …

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It seems like many around the nation were watching the Texas legislation, regarding abortion access, with high levels of fear, uncertainty and bated breath. Hundreds of women fought to get their testimony brought into the legislative session and they eventually began to be turned away as they were told that their testimony was becoming too “repetitive.” While the women of Texas struggled to get their voices heard, Representative Wendy Davis took the stand to announce, “The leadership may not want to listen to TX women, but they will have …

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Recently, I have noticed a lot of discussion in the news and among friends about the importance and appropriateness of condoms in relationships, committed or otherwise. With recent stories about Michael Douglas coming out and claiming that his throat cancer is the result of HPV contracted during oral sex, many long held ideas in our discourse about condoms becomes questionable and up in the air.

 

In many studies, condom usage during vaginal intercourse is iffy at best. In a recent article by Salon, statistics were quoted that …

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Military sexual assault is just now starting to come out of the woodwork. It seems just recently that we have to ask why it seems that nothing has ever been addressed. When you watch the documentary The Invisible War, the most shocking part is how long high ranking officials knew of these issues and did little to nothing to dissuade the issue. In fact, it was ruled that rape is actually an occupational hazard of the military. Military sexual assault is also an interesting problem because it makes …

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May is observed throughout the nation as many things but one of the most important things that is observed in May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Teen pregnancy is a big problem in the US as we have some of the highest rates in the world among our peer nations. This is for a variety of reasons including a societal taboo in discussing sex among teens, a de-emphasis on healthy relationships being portrayed in media and an insistence on keeping abstinence only sex education in our schools. I …

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South Carolina’s sex education is horribly outdated, and we all know it. I’ll admit I’m not from South Carolina. I spent middle and high school in Denver, Colorado, and, so I received a pretty decent sex education from the school system. The currciculum promoted abstinence, but it also covered contraception and condoms, and it covered STD’s. At the time, I didn’t think this was very revolutionary as far as sex education went. Then, I came to USC for my undergrad, and I found myself in a women’s health class. …

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There are so many rumors and theories about Plan B and other emergency contraception that it can become very difficult to differentiate fact from fiction, and unfortunately, many people believe the falsified rumors over what EC actually does. Emergency contraception is NOT an abortion pill and it will NOT terminate a pregnancy if you are already pregnant. Emergency contraception just prevents you from becoming pregnant just like any other birth control. In fact, EC is just a higher dosage of the pill you take every day.

 

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It was Women’s History Month in March, and I interviewed the lovely ladies at FMLA at USC- Columbia about their favorite women in history! Enjoy!

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The verdict is in! In the Steubenville rape trial of Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, both were found guilty on counts of rape. Trent Mays was also found guilty of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material. Mays will have to serve a minimum of 2 years and Richmond a minimum of 1 year, and both may have to stay in juvenile detention until they are 21. It seemed a promising verdict that, for once and so rarely, a victim found justice in our legal system.

Unfortunately, however, many …

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As some of you may have heard, yesterday, Arkansas passed what is widely considered to be the most severe abortion ban that has been seen thus far. In Arkansas, a woman can no longer seek an abortion after a physician is able to detect the fetus’ heartbeat…at just 12 weeks! It has been reported that the ACLU will fight this ban as unconstitutional, but it remains disturbing nonetheless. Arkansas lawmakers apparently have no idea of the complexities and nuances behind a woman making this decision and seem only to …