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News Round-Up: Yet Another Grab Bag of Links

November 20, 2008

Because there are a bunch of people out there writing about things you’ll be interested in, and they’re too awesome and prolific for me to give every one the individual attention they deserve.

Daily Women’s Health Policy Report has more on HHS/conscience.

Yesterday’s post at OBOS is on a possible victory for a birth center in Massachusetts.

Renee at Womanist Musings has a piece on the appalling Obama dildo.

Cathy at Domestic Psychology has a request for Tennessee legislators who want to ban abortion. (see this for why we’re worried about this in my home state)

Found via Lindsay at RHRC, Grist published a two-part series on eco-friendly menstrual products, complete with user reviews. Part one, The Red Vadge of Courage, covers pads, while part two, Flow and Tell, deals with insertables including cups and tampons.

In part two, they concluded: “The bottom line: The menstrual cup is arguably the most eco-friendly of all the feminine-product options, and the Keeper seemed to be the favorite of the three tested for this column.” This makes me happy because I’ve been using a Keeper since sometime around the late 90s. 🙂

Time has a piece on cosmetic genital surgery, which does include info on the warnings issued by ACOG (which I wrote about last year) and lack of research on the topic. It concludes with discussion of potentially unreasonable expectations women may have when seeking this and other cosmetic surgeries: “…by promoting a narrow definition of what is normal, the surgeries may discourage women from grappling with a morass of cultural and personal forces shaping their body image and sexual identity.”

The piece also mentions the New View Campaign, which I hadn’t heard of previously, but they apparently have as a goal “to generate conceptual and practical alternatives to the prevailing medical model of sexuality.” Also, kudos to Heather at Scarleteen for getting a link in the Time piece. Scarleteen is awesome, and Heather’s book, “S.E.X.,” is even, uh, awesomer. 🙂

Okay, enough for now – have some kitteh pics, why don’t ya?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2008 2:01 pm

    I’ve used a Diva Cup/Keeper for 7 years and can not praise them highly enough!

  2. November 20, 2008 4:40 pm

    Rachel, I was going to email you, but I couldn’t find your address: on hulu, the episode of House entitled “The Itch” is sponsored by Monistat, which I thought you would find amusing.

    It says in the ad: “You don’t have to have a prescription to treat a yeast infection.” I say, “Pft, maybe YOU don’t,” and I also would not if you wouldn’t put some ingredient in your formula to which I am allergic.

    It’s really disconcerting to think you’re treating a yeast infection to wake up and find Fire Vagina only getting worse.

  3. November 20, 2008 4:50 pm

    Hee – “Fire Vagina” also made me giggle. 🙂

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