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April 12, 2009

Don’t forget to nominate your Women’s Health Heroes!

April 13 on Fresh Air – “Michelle Goldberg discusses the politics, ideology and history of reproductive rights around the world.”

Lauredhel at Hoyden About town is asking for disability activism book recommendations, and received a number of suggestions in the comments.

RH Reality Check is launching what seems to be a community blog-type feature.

Lauren O at blogofchampions has some questions about that anti-gay marriage ad.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has The Bandana Project, “part of a national initiative to end workplace sexual violence against farmworker women.”

A number of folks on why date rape is not funny and why they will not be seeing movie Observe & Report. I usually dislike campaigns against movies from people who haven’t actually seen them, but having read several descriptions of the scene, I’m on board to not see it. Read Tiger Beatdown, The Nation, Change Happens, abyss2hope, Majikthise, Natalia Antonova, and Feministing. And there’s a Facebook group.

A really thoughtful post at SeeLight, On “Hapa” And Cultural Appropriation. I have to say, I was pretty excited to learn the word “hapa” and feel that maybe there was something I could use to describe myself (I already knew “haole” from childhood as an insult, via my Korean g’ma who grew up in Hawai’i). But as the author writes of “hapa” – “I don’t want to use the word anymore; its power is gone and its savor has soured for me.” You can be sure I won’t be looking for advice on what to call myself from Rep. Betty Brown, though.

MADRE has a petition about “Build[ing] a United Nations that really works for all women.”

The CDC has a new “Act Against AIDS” campaign, with accompanying “Nine and a Half Minutes” website (every 9.5 minutes apparently being how often someone in the U.S. is infected with HIV).

C has a neat post, The Drama of Medicine: How Shows Like “ER” Influence and Are Influenced by Public Health.

Events in Tennessee this week make me want to remind you of the Red Cross’s Safe and Well website.

From the CDC – Teen Birth Rates Up Slightly in 2007 for Second Consecutive Year. Also, April is STD Awareness Month.

Lissa at Shakesville wants to know why people are even still using the phrase “out-of-wedlock birth.” Mom’s Tinfoil Hat has a related post on how the stats on “out-of-wedlock” birth, especially among non-white women, have been misrepresented, and why race is over-emphasized in the reported as compared to issues of access to preventive services.

SitOrSquat is a toilet finder from Charmin. With ratings. Features people can enter when they submit a toilet include changing table (would like to see this entered for lots of men’s rooms!), handicap access, tampon vending, and condom vending.

Renee at Womanist Musings has a bunch more links.

The Tennessee Files:

  • The Tennessean has information on how to help the Murfreesboro, TN tornado victims.
  • Aunt B of Tiny Cat Pants on SJR127 issues, which would amend our state Constitution to say that nothing in it protects or secures the right to an abortion, “including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.” Read that again. It specifies that there is no right to an abortion, even when necessary to save a woman’s life. B notes that a Rep who is an RN talked about her experiences when abortion was illegal, and how such legislation will never actually stop the procedure, and that Rep. Vince Dean essentially responded thusly: “According to Dean, if you have an abortion and it kills you, that’s a knowable and acceptable outcome to him and the people that vote for him.”
  • Nashville’s Earth Day events by Team Green at Lightning 100 on Saturday, April 18 will include a safe medication collection and disposal service “to collect outdated or excess over-the-counter and prescription medications and dispose of them in an environmentally safe and secure manner.” They note that “At least 13 common drugs including antidepressants and antibiotics were found in the Tennessee River System, according to a study by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ramifications include antibiotic resistance in humans and damage to aquatic life.”
  • Added: The Secretary of State offers to pick up the tab for one part of the procedure necessary for the anti-choice to push through SJR127, at a cost of $20,000

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2009 7:56 pm

    On the prescription drugs in waterways issue: note that these drugs are excreted in urine. Wastewater treatment does not break them down.

    While being thoughtful in disposing of unused drugs is a good move, it doesn’t really address the root of the waterways problem, which is how we dispose of, um, used drugs.

  2. MomTFH permalink
    April 13, 2009 8:09 am

    Lyrl, you beat me to it. I was going to mention that some drugs are excreted unchanged in the urine. I know there are some areas with high rates of estrogens and progestins in the waterways. That may be lower since the WHI and HRT rates have gone down.

    Rachel, thanks for the link! Great round up. I loved that medical library carnival. I am a secret med librarian in disguise.

  3. April 13, 2009 9:16 am

    You are both right, of course. Was just talking with the pharmaceutical company-employed father-in-law this weekend about the issue of drugs->urine->water supply. I think a *lot* of people don’t realize that wastewater treatment is microbiologically-focused, not so much on the chemical/pharmaceutical removal.

  4. April 16, 2009 2:06 am

    i’m sure with Rachel.


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