France Passes Law Granting Free Birth Control to Teenagers, and No One Balks | Slate

So: Straightforward, almost boring health care policy story about a government taking sensible, cost-effective measures to curb a public health problem. But the story isn’t really about health care policy—the underlying narrative here is that the French are yet again making American politicians look like a bunch of out of touch prudes. (Americans don’t need the French to point this out: Just wander into an American abstinence-only classroom to hear sexually active kids being told that anything short of waiting the 15-plus years between puberty and the average age of first marriage to have sex is a ruinous choice that will end with the fornicator unable to feel love or dead from AIDS.)

Needless to say, the measure sailed through the French legislature without any kind of political battle. Boring! How does that nation survive without its share of powerful right wingers claiming that giving girls access to contraception will lead to “sex-based cults" or that making it free means that girls who access the service are now obliged to give talk show radio hosts homemade pornography?

I’ve been following this for the past hour. Words cannot express how saddened, shocked, and enraged I am.

There are conflicting reports as to the number of wounded (between 9 and 12) and dead (4 or 5). Congresswoman Giffords and several other victims are currently in surgery. Multiple news sources are reporting that a child was amongst the wounded.

I’ll try not to reblog everything, since most of my followers follow similar users. You’ll be seeing the commentary, the Palin target maps, and the gun-based rhetoric everywhere anyway.

North Dakota Won’t Stop |

Right now, legislators in North Dakota are trying to make history by pushing through a sweeping package of bills aimed at restricting women’s reproductive health care. North Dakota could become the first state in the nation to pass ‘personhood’ legislation, which would ban all abortion in the state – even in the case of rape and incest. Even some forms of birth control, stem cell research, and in vitro fertilization could be banned. And women suffering a miscarriage could be prosecuted. And that’s not all. The state is also attempting to close down its sole clinic by imposing unnecessary and burdensome licensing requirements.

2014's Best Music Writing

I made this list with three rules:
1. The writing had to be about music or music writing.
Self explanatory.
2. It had to be published in a public, linkable way.

This may not seem like it eliminates much, but it actually eliminated several choices thanks to some print-only stuff and my constant attendance of Michael Tedder & Zachary Lipez’s “Words & Guitar” reading series. (Daniel Ralston and Meredith Graves both wrote heartbreaking, personal pieces that I would’ve included, and Mishka Shubaly wrote an old school Mark Lanegan review that I may have. All three were read on the same night. Basically, if you live in NYC, you should go to those readings.)

3. No writer could appear more than once.
Self explanatory.

I did it because I was bored, and because those “2014 best of writing” books have sports, travel, science, and short fiction, and yet not music writing. By no means is my opinion definitive (I’m just a straight white dude!).

With that said, here are, in my opinion, the 10 best pieces of music writing in 2014.

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anonymous asked:

How do i submit my entry for the contest? .w.

( ˘ ³˘)♥ Dun worry, boo, I got yo back

First things first, upload it to a linkable site (such as,, livejournal, etc). This is so I can make a master post at the end of the contest, allowing anyone to read them too.

Second, contact me. Either through the tumblr ask system or email me at  This is mucho important, simply because I can’t go hunting for the fics, i’m afraid I might miss some. D: If you link them to me, the quicker I can accept it and read it, then pass it on to my fellow judges.

Third, …..well actually that’s all there is to it, aside from waiting until the deadline to see if you won. (Jan 20th, fyi <3)

I hope I helped and if you guys have any other questions, feel free to ask! 

(。・ω・。)ノ♡ Also check out the original contest post for more info~


Here are some of the variations we tried for the Facebook event page banner. Our text lines had to be changed and edited, they look a little weird and misplaced without the screenshots, but I will show those on the next post, the top image is our final layout but we have a final design with splatters on which fits perfectly onto the page, of course these are only the coloured ones and the black and white ones are the same layout but without the colour. 

The facebook banner has a similar layout to our guerilla marketing timeline also so are easily linkable to one another.


seems like the hostage situation in sydney’s been resolved- the perpetrator’s dead and two hostages were killed. some of the other hostages were injured but from what i’ve heard i don’t believe those injuries are life-threatening.

The Most Effective Form of Birth Control


Intrauterine devices, under-the-skin implants and Depo-Provera injections — the long-acting reversible contraceptives — are much more effective in preventing pregnancy than the transdermal patch, the vaginal ring or the birth control pill, a new study reports.

Researchers provided 7,486 volunteers with the contraceptive of their choice, then followed them for up to three years. (Women using condoms, diaphragms and natural family planning were not included in the analysis.) There were 334 unintended pregnancies.

Failure rates for pills, patches and rings were more than 9 percent by the end of the study, compared with less than 1 percent for the long-acting reversible methods. The study appeared in the May 24 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

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I've never been to the gynecologist. What can I expect at my first visit?

Via Women’s Health:

I’ve never been to the gynecologist. What can I expect at my first visit?

The first time you see a new gyno, you’ll often meet in his or her office to talk. Your doc is going to want the scoop on your life before beginning the exam. “[The patient] should expect to be ready to be truthful about a lot of issues, including sexual activity, the number of partners she’s had, whether they were male or female, the age she first got her period, and when she became sexually active,” says Shari Brasner, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and a partner in a private practice. The gyno will want to know your family history and things that have affected your health and that of your parents and siblings. Think you may need to be tested for an STD? Bring that up now. Your gyno will discuss the Pap smear, appropriate testing for sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis, as well as whether you need blood work to test for HIV, hepatitis C, or syphilis.

Then you will move into the exam room, where you will undress completely and put on a robe. Your gyno will do a head-to-toe exam, including possibly checking your neck for thyroid abnormalities, a breast exam, and then the pelvic exam. During the pelvic exam, your doc will use one or two fingers inside the vagina and one hand on top of the belly, in the pubic region, to feel the internal organs. He or she may also use a speculum to hold the walls of your vagina apart to see the cervix and take specimens using swabs.

Total time? Approximately 20 minutes. Since that’s such a short amount of time, it’s wise to come prepared with a list of specific questions you want to ask. It’s very important not to leave the office without disclosing something important that could influence what kinds of tests the doc should perform. “I don’t want to finish my specimen collection and then find out that the patient suspects her boyfriend is cheating on her,” Brasner says.

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It’s the breast nursing pillow around. With its unique design and grow-with-baby positions, the Fisher-Price perfect position 4-in-1 nursing pillow is the best solution for new moms. This soft, U-shaped high/low pillow helps make breastfeeding or bottle feeding convenient and comfortable for moms and babies of all shapes and sizes. High on one end (the perfect position for nursing newborns, infants and smaller babies), and low at the other (to offer just the right amount of support for bigger babies). Just flip the pillow from high to low for comfy nursing support as baby grows. The pillow’s removable toy bar with three linkable activity toys grows with baby, too, converting the pillow from a lay and play lounger with overhead toy bar, to a tummy time play wedge, to a sit and play support. The soft fabric pillow cover has a side storage pocket to keep essentials handy, and it’s machine washable for easy cleaning. Oh, and a handle on top makes the whole thing one-hand portable.

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Get the facts about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of gynecologic cancers.

Via CDC:

When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment is most effective.

Gynecologic cancers are cancers that start in a woman’s reproductive organs. The five main types are—

Each gynecologic cancer is unique, with different signs, symptoms, risk factors (things that may increase your chance of getting a disease), and prevention strategies. Every year, more than 80,000 women in the U.S. are told they have a gynecologic cancer, and more than 25,000 women die from a gynecologic cancer.*

*Source: U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2008 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report.Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2012. Available at:

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People are suddenly posting lots of screenshots of text to Twitter.

What’s a Screenshort?

Essentially, it’s a chunk of text, screen-shotted, and embedded in a tweet. It’s become an extremely popular way to share a passage from a story. You could call it a Tweetcap, maybe. But I’m going with Screenshort.

Embedding a text block means that people will read the thing you want them to read without having to follow a link. It, genuinely, saves a click (without being condescending!).

It’s also an effective way to highlight a passage. There have been all kinds of attempts by different websites to make individual passages and paragraphs linkable, but nothing has caught on. A Screenshort goes right where you want it to.

This isn’t just me speculating. Chris Dixon recently posted two versions of the same tweet, one with a link, and the other with a block of text as an image. The image embed had notably more engagement. (Engagement is all that matters, right? Look, we’re engaging right now. You and me, engaging. How was your day?)

Predictably, the rise of Screenshorts has led to people calling for Twitter to expand past 140 characters. But that’s dumb.

Kind of counterintuitively, Screenshorts demonstrate why the 140 character limit is vital. If people began posting massive chunks of text to Twitter, it would no longer be easy to scan. But the Screenshort, working side-by-side with in-line image previews, works perfectly. Click to enlarge and all that.

And it’s only becoming more prevalent!

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September: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Via Feronia Project:

According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, but accounts for more deaths per year (~15,000) than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Why? Because it is difficult to detect in the early stages since the small, almond-shaped organs are buried deep in the abdomen and often create only non-specific mild symptoms.

So what can you do? Know your risk factors and be aware of the symptoms. Potential signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer include:

  • Bloating
  • Pelvic or abdominal pain
  • Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
  • Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often
  • Fatigue
  • Upset stomach or heartburn
  • Back pain
  • Pain during sex
  • Constipation or menstrual changes

Persistence of symptoms is KEY. Because these signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer have been described as vague or silent, only around 19% of ovarian cancer cases are found in the early stages. Symptoms typically occur in advanced stages when tumor growth creates pressure on the bladder and rectum, and fluid begins to form. Remember to report all symptoms to your doctor, as disconnected, unusual, or mild as they may be. Visit the National Ovarian Cancer Coalitionfor more information.

To be clear once again, tell me why you have an issue with a definition if you do. Just saying “this is all wrong you can’t do this” doesn’t really help me or the people who may be looking for a more accurate description.

The point of this blog is to provide information and easily linkable descriptions for those who may not be heavily involved in social justice communities, or are new to those communities. I’ve seen many times many people complain about having to tell people over and over what their sexuality of gender identity means. This is meant to assist with that among other things.

No, I can not say what your identity means to you and how to relate to it personally.
Yes, I can attempt to write an overview of what the word itself means to give people a general idea of what they are reading when they see that word, the same as any other dictionary and any other word.

I will be removing these mod posts and re-writing the about page to more clearly iterate this, since clearly the point isn’t getting across as is, when I am back from work

Via This Is Personal:

The health care law, also known as the Affordable Care Act, has made it easier than ever for women to access affordable birth control by requiring employers to cover birth control without co-pays or deductibles. Opponents of the law claim that requiring the coverage of birth control for their employees violates their religious beliefs – but what about their employees’ religious beliefs? 

Should your boss’ beliefs trump yours? 

Well, someone thinks so because more than 40 lawsuits by employers, including private companies, have been filed (houses of worship like churches, synagogues, and mosques are excluded from this requirement). Even though past lawsuits challenging contraceptive coverage requirements have failed, and some currently include the most ridiculous of claims, it is important to be aware that this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.

Let’s make it clear that true religious freedom means giving everyone the right to make his or her own decisions, including whether and when to use birth control.