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Sunday News Round-Up, Pre/Post-Vacation Edition

December 2, 2012

Just had a week off work, already counting down to two weeks off at the end of the year. Maybe while I’m off again I’ll have time to write that note about the crisis pregnancy centers in our workplace giving list. How about a news round-up?

First up, there are 17 days left in the indiegogo campaign to send a copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves to every member of Congress. You know they’re ignorant about sexual and reproductive health (Akin, anyone?), you know they’re going to legislate on it anyway. Take away their excuses for ignorance, and OBOS will keep working to ensure that related legislation is based on this information. It’s a win-win! OBOS still needs quite a few donations to get to everybody, so please think about including this in your holiday or year-end giving.

A couple of my recent posts over at OBOS:
CDC Releases New Data on U.S. Abortions – highlights and analysis
Savita Halappanavar’s Death from Being Denied an Abortion Leads to Shame and Searching
Questions Remain about Osteoporosis Drugs and Unusual Fractures

Some other stuff:
Here in Tennessee, we have an anti-choice Republican doctor politician. In the grand “only my abortion is okay” tradition, he’s been under scrutiny for sleeping with a female patient and allegedly pressuring her to have an abortion when she got pregnant from it. And then he’s all, that was “a tough decision!” And our Republican Senator Lamar Alexander is all, “I think it’s an individual decision that someone’s made.” Who knew Tennessee Republicans were so pro-choice after all? LOLsob.
The Feminists Find Out About DesJarlais and His Love of Abortion

The Trans Women’s Anti-Violence Project points to some of the barriers trans women have in getting support from feminists and allies.

Kind of hilarious. Give some tampons to the macho paranoid survivalist in your circle. Yes, That’s a Tampon in My Mouth: The Swiss Army Survival Tampon — 10 Survival Uses

Government Issued IDs: A Barrier to the Vote, A Barrier to Emergency Contraception – something we shouldn’t just forget about until the next election

Yesterday was World AIDS Day. Young people 18-24 are now accounting for more than a quarter of new HIV infections, and get tested relatively little. I’ll be interested to see this film – In ‘How to Survive a Plague,’ Film Looks Back at First AIDS Activists.

Another film of interest: The Invisible War, about rape in the U.S. military. Gender Focus has summary:

The Invisible War concludes with the dismissal of a civil lawsuit brought against former Secretaries of Defense Rumsfeld and Gates on the grounds that rape is an occupational hazard of military service. Chillingly, and heartbreakingly, the film makes a compelling case that the culture of misogyny, dominance, and violence has become so endemic and accepted that this judgment has become true.

It’s streaming on Netflix if you have that.

And Racialicious talks about yellowface in the movie Cloud Atlas, and films in general.

A guest post by Sparky at Womanist Musings explains Why GLBT People Cannot Rely on the Police or the Media to end or respond appropriately to discrimination and violence.

Have you ever seen the CDC’s US flu map? I kind of love it. It shows how much flu is turning up where all across the country, and you can look at previous weeks to see how that changes week to week.

Also from the CDC: QuickStats: Birth Rate* Among Women Aged 15–44 Years, by Maternal Age Group — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 1961, 2007, and 2011

More in maps: Is Your State Building A Health Exchange? The state of things related to the health exchange bit of the Affordable Care Act, via the PBS NewsHour.

And a closing LOL. Via GenderFocus, a song tribute to the Diva Cup.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 2, 2012 1:26 pm

    You might be interested in the response to that “Swiss Army Tampon” piece we published at re:Cycling when it was first published last spring. I really don’t recommend drinking water filtered through a tampon.

    • December 2, 2012 2:41 pm

      Thanks for your comment and the link. Yeah, I would think it would be a last resort for getting debris out if that’s the only thing you had, but would not do anything to remove bacteriological or chemical contamination.


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