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Some Republican politicians are throwing their support behind over-the-counter birth control, though only if it comes with a bunch of concessions (like eliminating Plan B, Obamacare, etc).

Ana Kasparian talks about why that’s still not a fix-it for the GOP. Birth control availability is imperative, but it shouldn’t mean sacrificing comprehensive health care so that women can also regularly consult with doctors and stay safe and healthy. 

The Treatment of sex education in American public schools illustrates how a sexually repressive culture strives to render human sexuality invisible. Sex education remains a hot topic, with students receiving spotty information at best. Topics that are important to adolescents have been difficult to include within sex education programs. Despite high student interest and a growing recognition that comprehensive sex education might save lives, programs tend to shy away from discussing sexuality before marriage, the use of contraception, homosexuality, and other controversial topics. Ironically, the checkered pattern of research on human sexuality offers a good case for how heterosexism operates as a system of power that negatively affects straight and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students alike. Because adolescents of all sexual orientations are in process of forming sexual identities, they are especially affected by heterosexism
—  Patricia Hill Collins (posted by, Jabriel) 

anonymous said:

Do you use any form of birth control? Sorry if this is too personal but I'm quite curious. Ive heard of many forms of contraception that are very natural and don't mess with your hormones but I was wondering what you do!

I have the para guard which is a non hormonal IUD :) one of the most natural options hormone wise while still involving an invasive placement of a metal device..

Wonder Woman's Creator was tight with the Founder of Planned Parenthood!

I am completely serious, like OK, here’s how it works out:

Planned Parenthood was founded by contraception advocate Margaret Sanger, who also coined the term “Birth Control.”

One of Sanger’s partners in crime was her sister, Ethel Byrne.

Ethel had a daughter named Olive.

Olive Byrne attended Tufts University where she began an affair with her psychology professor, Dr. William Moulton Marston!

I am not making this up, you can read all about it here:

Margaret Sanger visited Cherry Orchard, and Olive Byrne brought the children—her two sons, Byrne and Donn, and Holloway’s two children, Pete and Olive Ann—to visit Sanger at Sanger’s house in Fishkill. (The kids called Sanger Aunt Margaret.) Sanger knew about the family intrigue and was untroubled by it.

I mean, COME ON! It’s like the universe conspired to concentrate as much feminism as possible into one single character, and that character was Diana!

anonymous said:

What are your thoughts on the copper iud? I've tried a few kinds of hormonal birth control (depo, merena, ortho tricyclin lo?) and they all had negative side effects, such as weight gain, depression, and loss of sex drive. All of them lowered my libido, and I just don't see the point of being on birth control if they make you not want to have sex (maybe that contributes to their success 😏) anyhow, I just want some non-hormonal birth control after I have my baby!

Sounds like you figured out the perfect one, then!

I had a Paragard (copper IUD) for about 3 years and I loved it.  It was just what I needed right then (no hormones, reliable contraception) and it took an immeasurable weight off my shoulders to know I had it in there.  However, I was essentially out of commission for 2 weeks out of every 4 - I had such bad cramps I wouldn’t be able to walk and would bleed through a menstrual cup every 2 hours for the first 3 days of my period.  It looked like a horror movie in my house with blood splattered everywhere…

I finally switched to a Mirena because I couldn’t handle the periods anymore.  BUT, that experience is mine alone.  I know many people who love love love their Paragards and wouldn’t change them for the world.  For most people (read: not me) the heavy bleeding and cramping go down after 3-6 months, and then they don’t ever think about it again.  And imagine this - having a Paragard inserted now means that you don’t have to worry about contraception or getting a new one until 2026.  How wild is that?!?!?!

Read this post of mine about the Paragard IUD.

The sad ballad of The Singing Nun

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If you watch American Horror Story: Asylum, you may know the song Dominique. What you may not know is that it is a cover of a song from Souer Sourire, known as The Singing Nun.

Sourire gave most of the money earned from the song to her religious order, who then expelled her, likely for her controversial social work and advocacy of the contraceptive pill . She lived out the rest of her life with her long-life friend and lover, Annie Pecher, before the two met a sad end. They are buried together in Belgium, where they lived.

More here.

(thanks to @silverlady7!)

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TORI. TORI. THESE PEOPLE. These are direct quotes from my Youth and Education Sexuality Guiding Principles:

Encourage young people to wait until they’re ready to have sex.  Encourage young people to consistently use contraception and condoms to protect against unplanned pregnancy and disease. Encourage young people to select a partner with similar interests, someone who they feel good around and enjoy spending time with, and someone who is respectful as well as a good friend.  Also, encourage the formation of relationships that are consensual, honest, pleasurable and protected…

AND IT GETS BETTER:

Encourage young people to understand that homophobic, sexist, racist, or prejudicial statements are always hurtful as they are another form of discrimination; and as such, they will not be tolerated.  All discriminatory statements or acts should be reported to a supervisor immediately.

THERE’S MORE:

Demonstrate acceptance for all gender identities and sexual orientations.  Communicate to young people that it is okay and normal to question one’s gender identity or sexual orientation in the teen and/or adult years…Encourage young people to explore their interests and talents, regardless of gender norms surrounding dress, self-expression, extracurricular activities and career choices.

I….I think I found educational utopia.

anonymous said:

Hey everyone, I have a quick question. How do I bring up the topic of birth control with my mom? I'm under my parents health insurance still. My mom thinks birth control is only for sex, and she doesn't even know I'm dating- she would have an absolute fit. What are some other reasons people take birth control, besides to prevent pregnancy?

Well if you feel confident in speaking to her yourself, here is a contraceptives masterpost; it show you many of the benefits to taking birth control, other than pregnancy prevention, it goes over the many types of birth control, it debunks myths about birth control, and so much more! Educating yourself before speaking to your mom will help you effectively show her the many uses of birth control and why it’s important to have, even if you’re not having sex.

Also, another thing you could do, is the next time you go to the doctor, bring your mom with you. Have her in the room with you when you talk to the doctor and bring it up to them. The doctor will be able to explain to your mom the benefits of birth control, and if your mom is like most adults, she’ll be more inclined to listen to your doctor, rather than you, unfortunately. Anyways, I hope this helps, I hope you’re able to get the birth control you need! - Paige

Scarlet Letters: Getting the History of Abortion and Contraception Right

Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.

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Eight female state senators in Georgia walked out of the Senate chambers on Wednesday to protest two bills that hinder access to abortion and contraceptives. All eight female democratic senators left the chambers together after two bills they oppose passed the Republican-led Senate. From Atlanta’s WXIA, the legislation:

  • Prohibits state employees from using state health benefits to pay for abortions
  • Does not allow employees of private religious institutions to demand that their insurance policies pay for contraceptives

"We stood together to protest what we feel is absolutely a war on women here in Georgia and we want to sound the alert to Georgians," said Sen. Nan Orrick.

Republican state senator Joshua McKoon said of the legislation, “What I would say is the war that’s being waged is on a religious minority in this country that has strong beliefs that are protected by the First Amendment.”

The bills now heads to the House, where both are expected to pass.

The senators who walked out: Sen. Gloria ButlerSen. Gale Davenport, Sen. Nan Orrock, Sen. Freddie Powell SimsSen. Donzella James, Sen. Miriam Paris, Sen. Valencia Seay and Sen. Horacena Tate. Looks like I’ll be spending my Friday night emailing these senators to thank them for taking a stance on an incredibly important issue.

Woman v. The Government (with a twist)
  • Woman:I cannot afford to have a child right now. Can I have birth control?
  • Government:No.
  • Woman:I got pregnant but I cannot afford to have a child and I'm not ready to be a parent. Can I have an abortion?
  • Government:No.
  • Woman:I had the child, but I cannot afford to raise him. Will you help me out?
  • Government:No.
  • Woman:I guess I'll have to give my child up for adoption.
  • Barry and Steve:We would love to raise your child. We have been in a committed relationship for 15 years. We have steady careers and are very successful and financially stable. We love children and wish to provide a loving nurturing environment for your child. Would you be willing to give your child to us?
  • Woman:Sure, as long as it's ok with the government.
  • Government:No.
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“Nine months from now the only thing I’m expecting is to be more awesome.”

We’re absolutely in love with these illustrations done by Kate Bingaman Burt for Bedsider.org as part of the Thanks, Birth Control campaign. The National Campaign is challenging the nation to have an open, honest conversation about birth control.

Why? Because, in a recent survey, 55% of sexually active women ages 18-22 said that they’d feel more comfortable using contraception if more people talked about it in a positive way.

Join in saying “Thanks, Birth Control” and share these postcards. Or use the hashtag #ThxBirthControl.

Kate was also the very first speaker at CreativeMornings/Portland! Check out her talk here. →

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