News Round-Up – Blog Posts on Race, Rights, Abortion, Body Image, Drug Policy, and More
Some good stuff from recent days, in no particular order. If you follow my FriendFeed or StumbleUpon profiles, you may have seen some of these already, but several things will be new. And as usual, there’s a ton of good stuff over at Our Bodies Our Blog. 😉
CVS Limits Condom Access For Some – From Cara at The Curvature, on CVS locking up the condoms in perhaps a racially biased way. Locking up of condoms (and lube! and pregnancy tests!) drives me crazy, because it’s a barrier in the face of people who are trying to protect and take responsibility for their bodies and health. Sometimes there’s nobody to unlock the case (like in the middle of the night). Sometimes people have just learned to be too embarrassed about sex to ask – which is especially a problem in small towns where everybody knows your mama!
hillbilly, please on Diane Sawyer’s take on Appalachia (yes, it’s health-related when you blame dental issues in Appalachia on Mountain Dew soda and blithely skip over all of the real and crushing contributors to inadequate health care in this, my home region)
Abortion: The Serious Health Decision Women Aren’t Talking About Until Now – Lengthy piece in Glamour magazine about abortion.
From My Inbox: Pledge-a-Picket for New Clinic in Montana – Dr. Susan Wicklund, author of “This Common Secret,” opened a clinic in Montana. You can pledge a picketer to support them.
Infoporn: Today’s Playmates Are More Like Anime Figures Than Real Humans – BMI of the general population goes up, BMI of Playmates goes down
Where is Your Reward? – Aunt B on body image – “And I was wondering about this dynamic of it, why, if losing weight is just about being healthy, we so publicly perform it?” Good stuff.
What Michael Phelps Should Have Said: Smoking pot shouldn’t be a crime. Or the public’s business. – Awesome essay. With colorful language.
The folks behind PandemicFlu.gov are soliciting feedback on their website/content. You know without asking that I submitted a request for more content specific to health care and women’s health.
Autumn at Pam’s House Blend on style guides and trans terminology
Erica at Shakesville on a bill in Washington state to make it legal to breastfeed in public
Something else from the New York Times – Ex-Prostitutes Say South Korea and U.S. Enabled Sex Trade Near Bases
Uppity Brown Woman on Justice for Indigenous Women
A post at Amplify on When Rape Culture meets abstinence-only sex ed (UPDATE)
Mom’s Tinfoil Hat on attempts to require ultrasound for abortion. I remain firm in my position that assuming women just don’t know what they’re doing, haven’t thought about what they’re doing, and so need to be forced to see an ultrasound, makes you an asshole. Starting from the position that women are just too dumb to know better makes you an asshole. Mom’s Tinfoil Hat is not an asshole. 🙂