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News Round-Up, 11/24/07

November 24, 2007

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer talks about “first-period kits.” I looked at some of the links (especially this one, which includes 5 thong liners) and thought, “Boo. I could do a better job of this.” Who wants me to make ’em a first period kit?

Women. Cardboard boxes. Apparently they’re the same thing, and should be considered equally.

Young girls learning to “articulate safe boundaries” with regards to sexual activity is apparently “mumbo jumbo,” according to a Fox News whatsit. In other news, people on cable news shows talk past each other.

Crafty and decorative – the tampon turkey.

I can’t find it on their website, but Feministing says that the Family Violence Prevention Fund is looking for women who have had partners sabotage their contraception or otherwise try to control their reproduction to share their stories. This follows a study which found that adolescents’ abusive partners often tried to force them to become pregnant.

More bad news for women in Afghanistan.

Also, 10,000 women in Uganda die of pregnancy-related causes every year.

The Labor Nurse would like to know how to best educate the public about nurse-midwifery, and to draw people to the profession.

RH Reality Check tells you who to contact to support legislation that would restore campus and clinic contraception pricing.

Miss Landmine Angola 2008

More drama in the Virginia abstinence-only sex ed debate.

The Lactivist has her own blog drama going, on the topic of weaning, but it’s also about choice, individual decision-making vs. group norms, and whether an advocate blogger should be held to higher standards. More discussion here.

Unilever is no beauty.

In Georgia, two boys, ages 8 and 9, and being held on charges of kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl.

Jezebel picked up on my recent douching post at Our Bodies Our Blog.

Keep your appendages crossed for Missed Conceptions.

PushedBirth on Texas VBAC debate. The hospital in question decided to allow VBAC but not guarantee that an anesthesiologist would be immediately available in case surgery is ultimately needed. Isn’t that hilarious? “Ha, ha, women, we’ll let you try this thing that works more often than not, but if it goes wrong, you’re the one who’s going to suffer.” Oh, wait – aside from the threat of missing anesthesiologists, some docs just aren’t going to allow women to try it, anyway, because of the policy. But it’s not an “official ban.” I try not to swear on this blog. West Houston Medical Center is making that very, very difficult.

In completely unrelated news, the husband got a mention in Knoxville’s alt-weekly for his work as audio engineer for a recent recording.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. missedconceptions permalink
    November 24, 2007 4:36 pm

    Umm, I am way more concerned about this in the “First Period Kit” than the thong liners:

    Is it me, or is it kind of weird to wipe menstrual blood on something you display in your house?

  2. November 24, 2007 5:58 pm

    Yeah, I’ve never really been into the whole spiritual menstruation thing. I would have much rather have had a book or something that explained it all medically instead of some woo woo business. I did know somebody who did a series of menstrual-blood-as-paint art for a class we took, though.

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