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"I was raped" shirt: Awareness-raising or divisive?
Feministing
April 8th, 2008
Feminist Jennifer Baumgardner - who created the controversial "I had an abortion" shirt several years ago - has just released a new shirt as part of a rape-awareness project.Abortion and rape are subjects that are secreted away and are also surprisingly common, Ms. Baumgardner said. One in six women is a victim of sexual assault, according to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, a nonprofit sexual assault prevention and education group. According to the Department of Justice, 60 percent of sexual assaults go unreported.As she has been interviewing women for a film she is making about sexual assault, Ms. Baumgardner has heard women describing the usual reasons why they frequently don?t report rapes ? shame, humiliation, fear that ...

Trusting Teenagers
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
March 27th, 2008
Ah, teenagers. Every single person who makes public policy was one once, but the deep irony of our nation's attitude towards the entire adolescent age group is that we treat them like a strange species, and we have ever since rock 'n' roll and the baby boom created the teen as we know her. American culture somehow can't grasp...

what's a judicial bypass (and how do you get one?)
sex_ed_blog
March 27th, 2008
What would you do if you got pregnant and decided you needed an abortion? Whether or not the law required it, if you?re like 60% of pregnant teens, you would probably talk to one of your parents. If you?re in the other 40%, it?s likely that you have a pretty good reason for not wanting to tell them. That can be tricky for girls who live in the 34 states that require some parental involvement for minors to get abortions. But tricky doesn?t mean impossible. That?s because in most states girls have the option of getting something called a judicial bypass.A judicial bypass is a process where a judge can overrule parental involvement laws by saying that a girl is mature enough to decide she can have an abortion on her own. The specific steps ...

three more states reject abstinence-only funding (it's a good thing)
sex_ed_blog
March 27th, 2008
In January, New Mexico became the 15th state to reject the government?s abstinence-only money. Later that month, Arizona became the 16th. In late February, Iowa brought that number to 17 with its rejection!That?s pretty exciting considering that in 1998, (the first year this money was offered), only California declined it. At the beginning of last year, only eight states had turned it down. This decision by Iowa, Arizona and New Mexico means that the number of states to say no to abstinence-only funding has more than doubled in one year?s time.So what are all these states rejecting? Basically, they're rejecting money to teach the government?s own personal set of values about sex. This has been wrapped up in a package called ?abstinence ...

Thank You Thursdays: Women in Hip Hop
Feministing
March 27th, 2008
As anyone who listens to the music knows, it tends to be a man's game, but there are a few brave women who have shown that MC-ing isn't sex-linked to the Y-chromosome. In my book I talk about the negative affects of growing up listening to a music that essentially told me: "Your role in the music of your generation is as eye candy, the cute girl at the party who gets freestyled about [thanks Che DeLeon], not the one who does the freestyling. Your body is your voice." There were some spit-kickin' women, and more to come, who give young women a different message, that they have every right to make their voices and lyrics and stories heard within hip hop communities. Big ups to Jill Scott, Bahamadia, Jean Graye, Lauren Hill, Queen Latifah, ...

Teen Sexual Health Crisis: What Parents Can Do

Politician changes his name to "pro-life"
Feministing
March 25th, 2008
Oh those wacky anti-choicers!A Senate candidate has legally changed his name to Pro-Life and will appear on the ballot that way this year, state election officials say.As Marvin Pro-Life Richardson, the organic strawberry farmer from Letha, 30 miles northwest of Boise, was denied the use of his middle name when he ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006 because the state's policy bars the use of slogans on the ballot.Now, though, officials in the Idaho secretary of state's office say they have no choice because Pro-Life is his full and only name. He says he will run for the highest state office on the ballot every two years for the rest of his life, advocating murder charges for doctors who perform abortions and for women who obtain the ...

Native women's shelter loses lease
Feministing
March 25th, 2008
Via Celina's new blog, Ojibway Migisi Bineshii, the Rapid City Journal reports:A small shelter offering a temporary haven for Native American women seeking to escape domestic violence has just six weeks to find a new Rapid City home."We're just kind of shell-shocked," Karen Artichoker, manager of Cangleska, said.Cangleska's Ohitika Najin Win Oti (Standing Strong Woman) shelter has lost the lease on the home it has used as a shelter for the past seven years. [...]The shelter's original intent was to provide transitional housing for women leaving the reservation for their own safety, Artichoker said.Over the years, a growing number of local Native American women have sought refuge in the shelter. The average stay for a mother and her ...

Got Plan B? Essay Contest for Young Women!
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
March 25th, 2008
Are you between the ages of 14 and 24 years old? Do you know someone who is? Pass it on: Pharmacy Access Partnership and RH Reality Check are pleased to announce our essay contest, open to young people 14-24 years of age. The theme? "Got Plan B? Why access to Plan B emergency contraception is important." The winning opinion piece...

Silenced in a Sex Obsessed Culture
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
March 25th, 2008
Spring fever has sprung! Just as a sobering CDC study report breaks that one in four American teen girls has a sexually transmitted disease, crime-busting Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigns for itching an eighty-grand, reportedly condom-free prostitution habit. Instantly the scandal storm blows bigger and more bizarre as New York's new governor holds...

abuse: another reason teen girls are getting pregnant
sex_ed_blog
March 25th, 2008
For a number of years, I worked with teens in the Bronx. One of these was a girl named Gina. When I met Gina, she was a very pregnant high school junior. By the time I left the job she was the mother to two children. She was also missing a front tooth, thanks to Rich, father of the second. This guy, like the majority of men who father teens' babies, was a whole lot older than Gina. When Gina told me that she was pregnant again, I asked what she wanted to do. ?Well,? she said. ?I was thinking I?d get an abortion. But Rich said he?d kill me if I did.? When I tried to prod in true teacher fashion (How did this happen? Why didn?t you use a condom or take EC?), it slowly came out that the pregnancy wasn?t an accident. Gina?s boyfriend had ...

Bill Clinton Gets Riled Up About Abortion
Our Bodies Our Blog
March 4th, 2008
At a campaign event in Steubenville, OH on Sunday, Bill Clinton was campaigning for Senator Clinton and was heckled by anti-choice students from the religious Franciscan University of Steubenville. Clinton responded thusly: "We disagree with you. You want to criminalize...[This is a content summary only. Click the headline to visit Our Bodies, Our Blog for the full post, links, other content and more!]

Iowa Teens Make Case for Comprehensive Sex Ed
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
March 4th, 2008
It isn't unusual for Iowa high school students Stacey Hoch and Venessa McDole, both peer advisors, to speak with their classmates about sensitive subjects. Thursday morning, however, they took their advocacy one step further by speaking in front of policymakers at a meeting hosted in Des Moines by FutureNet, an Iowa network for adolescent...

Americans and the Caribbean HIV Explosion
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
March 4th, 2008
For both self-protection and for humanitarian reasons, Americans should be seriously concerned about the explosion of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. The Caribbean region is the second worst HIV/AIDS affected regions in the world, after sub Saharan Africa. Poverty, gender inequalities and a high degree of HIV-related stigma have caused a festering of...

Expanding the Scope of Disease Prevention
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
March 4th, 2008
Susan Cohen explains how reducing unwanted pregnancy can reduce HIV transmission, ex-gay ministries get exposed as deceitful, abstinence-only both misinforms and spreads sexist stereotypes, and Pat Buchanan tries to wave away women in politics.  Links in this Episode:Guttmacher Study: Contraception Critical to HIV PreventionHuckabee...

Minimums Matter: RH Access in New York Jails
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
March 4th, 2008
An innovative New York study sheds new light on the little-known world of health care policy in jails, and confirms a major concern of prisoners, their loved ones, and their advocates - that access to health care depends entirely on where someone happens to be arrested and jailed, even within a single state.The report, issued March 4 by the New...

abuse: another reason teen girls are getting pregnant
sex_ed_blog
March 4th, 2008
For a number of years, I worked with teens in the Bronx. One of these was a girl named Gina. When I met Gina, she was a very pregnant high school junior. By the time I left the job she was the mother to two children. She was also missing a front tooth, thanks to Rich, father of the second. This guy, like the majority of men who father teens' babies, was a whole lot older than Gina. When Gina told me that she was pregnant again, I asked what she wanted to do. ?Well,? she said. ?I was thinking I?d get an abortion. But Rich said he?d kill me if I did.? When I tried to prod in true teacher fashion (How did this happen? Why didn?t you use a condom or take EC?), it slowly came out that the pregnancy wasn?t an accident. Gina?s boyfriend had ...

2007 State Legislative Trends in RH
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
February 26th, 2008
Over the course of 2007, legislators in the 50 states considered more than 1,000 proposals concerning reproductive health and rights. These proposals resulted in 88 new laws in 38 states. While legislative activity about abortion was split between provisions to restrict or protect abortion rights, most of the activity around contraception and...

Improving PEPFAR Means Ignoring Tony Perkins
Reproductive Health | RHRealityCheck.org - Information, News, Analysis, and Commentary
February 26th, 2008
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council says if the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) isn't broken, we shouldn't fix it. Perkins wants Congress to ignore mountains of evidence that suggest the program should be improved. He's also hiding the far-right's anti-contraception agenda behind yet another trumped...

does age make a difference when it comes to having sex?
sex_ed_blog
February 26th, 2008
I've known my fair share of people who had sex young. Most of them, however, didn't end up depressed, addicted to drugs or the parent to a three-year-old before finishing high school. Does that mean all of their early experiences were positive and healthy? Of course not. But neither, as a rule, were the experiences of people who waited until they were older to have sex. Many of those who waited still "forgot" to use condoms. They were still heartbroken when the person they were crazy about blew them off. They still felt pressured into doing things before they were ready. This is not to say that any of those things are the inevitable outcome of becoming sexually active. But it also isn't to say that age is everything. Self confidence, self ...

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