At the age of 24 I began to ask my doctors if I could be sterilized. Year after year at my annual exam I would state my case – each year unchanged from the previous year. At each visit my physician told me that I was too young, what if I changed my mind? But the reality was that I didn’t change my mind. In fact, my desire to not have children grew and grew with each passing visit.

[…]I had asked for a procedure for six straight years with no break in my desires, opinions, or beliefs. Why did the medical community continue to deny me of my personal right to sterilization? I attempted to argue with her, citing examples of several men who were allowed vasectomies at the age of 21, but she wouldn’t budge. My anger was fueled by such blatant sexism. What is the difference from an adult man deciding he doesn’t want to procreate and an adult woman making the same choice? Why can’t I be the one to decide what’s best for my life? And why, with the advancements in healthcare and women’s rights issues, were women still being forced into conforming to the societal definition of how women should conduct their lives? Society has begun to recognize how the stereotypical nuclear family ideals are outdated, yet at the same time these ideals are perpetually imposed – harming those who choose to live outside of this box.


Charley gets into his @teafco-blog​ Argo carrier to ride the subway home from the vet’s office. He’s used this same carrier nearly every day for the past couple of years. It’s been very rugged and held up well, but the strap broke just as he got back home. Luckily, he didn’t fall as the bag was near the ground. The bag has been showing its age, and the zipper has almost given out, so this was the last time he used this carrier. This has been his second Teafco Argo carrier. He loves this carrier and it has served him faithfully, but it’s time for a new one. Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC

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Whoooooo needs health care? You. Here's 5 things you need to know for the last 5 days of Obamacare enrollment: 1. Everyone has to have health insurance, and if you aren’t enrolled by March 31, you’ll be fined $95 or 1% of your income (whichever is more money).
 2. Some people are exempt from paying the fine. For example, you don’t have to pay the fine if you’re not eligible for Medicaid because your state refused federal funds to expand coverage. 3. If you already have health insurance (like if you get it through your job or if you’re under 26 and on your parent’s plan), you don’t need to sign up again - you’re good to go! 4. Having health insurance gets you a whole host of benefits, like birth control without a copay, annual well-woman exams, pap tests, and other preventive care. 5. Health insurance or no health insurance, you can still come to Planned Parenthood for the quality care you need, when you need it. We’re here for you no matter what. Give a hoot. Enroll now >>
Charts: This Is What Happens When You Defund Planned Parenthood
Dozens of clinics have shut down in Texas, leaving nearly 200,000 women in search of affordable health care.

To all of you saying “There’s clinics that provide the same stuff as Planned Parenthood.” 

The Planned Parenthood clinics that anti-choice legislators booted from the state’s Women’s Health Program serviced nearly 50 percent of the program’s patients. Along with contraceptive counseling, the clinics provided basic screenings for cancer, hypertension, and other key problems. There’s no shortage of need: women in Texas suffer high rates of STIs and unintended pregnancies compared to national figures, and the state ranks 50th for diabetes prevalence in women. 

But last October, researchers at George Washington University examined five Texas counties and found that in order to effectively replace Planned Parenthood, other clinics would need to increase their caseloads two to five times.

Lone Star Circle of Care, for example, lost 62 percent of its Title X funding over the last year. Now it’s charging more patients a $20 to $35 fee for an annual exam. That’s still low, in part because Lone Star isn’t affiliated with an abortion provider and therefore hasn’t lost funding altogether. At Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas, on the other hand, the same exam can now cost nearly $100; before defunding, they were virtually free.

"I think there's something up there."
  • These, ladies, are the MOST TERRIFYING WORDS you can hear come out of the mouth of your gynecologist.
  • I’m on the table, feet in stirrups and my doctor is starting my pap smear. I’ve been waiting for an hour and a half and I’m just ready to get this shit done.
  • Doctor:"Have you recently used any yeast infection medications, like those little capsules?"
  • Me:"Oh my god, no, why? Do you think I have a yeast infection?"
  • Doctor:"No, I think there's something up there."
  • Me, popping my head up to look at her to make sure I heard her correctly:"WHAT!? What do you mean?"
  • Doctor grabs for some little tongs and says:"Just a second. I can get it."
  • Me, thinking to myself, "What in the holy fuck is inside of me? I want to disappear. Is this actually happening? Oh Jesus, she's talking. What did she say?"
  • Doctor shows me what looks like a small, cotton bean:"So this is it. Don't freak out. Not sure what it is, but it's gone. Looks like a piece of a tampon. Do you use tampons?"
  • Me:"I do, but I haven't used one since my period ended, and that was almost two weeks ago. I am so embarrassed."
  • Doctor:"It's okay. It's gone. Nothing to worry about. I really do think it's a piece of a tampon. I'm just surprised it hadn't started to smell up there."
  • Me:"Jesus. I can't process this."
  • Doctor, laughing:"This is not the craziest thing I've pulled out of a vagina. Relax."
  • Me:Easy for you to say. One of my worst nightmares was just realized. I want to die."
  • Doctor:"Don't do that, but you may want to check your tampons, make sure there isn't something wrong with them."
  • Me:"I'll get right on that."

Miners in South Africa have some of the highest rates of silicosis in the world. Silicosis is an incurable and degenerative lung disease caused by breathing in silica dust, which is created in gold mining during blasting. Now, thousands of current and former South African miners are asking the country’s highest court for the right to proceed with a lawsuit against the gold mining industry. They argue that mining companies failed to protect their health. If it’s certified, the class action would be the biggest ever brought in the country.

Siporono Phahlam lives in a rural village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. He knows the impact of silicosis firsthand. For 32 years, Phahlam worked in a South African gold mine owned by mining Giant Anglo American. But when he was 51, he failed the mine’s annual medical exam. Phahlam says he was told he had silicosis and should leave.

Gold Miners Breathe The Dust, Fall Ill: ‘They Did Not Give Me Nothing’

Photo: Thom Pierce
Caption: Patrick Sitwayi, 57, lives in Upper Mcambalala and has silicosis from working in the gold mines for 22 years. Photographer Thom Pierce has been covering the miners.



Charley visits his doctor for his annual checkup. Dr. Cloudman examined him thoroughly this past Tuesday and said that Charley was in excellent health. He hasn’t had any health issues this past year requiring medical attention, so aside from occasional social calls, this was Charley’s first official doctor visit since his last checkup a year ago. After his exam, he received a treat and said hello to everyone before heading back to the subway for the ride home. Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC

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A Day in the Life

A typical day for me is something like this.

9:00- 8 week Shih tzu vaccine appointment. Owner doesn’t believe in vaccines.

9:15- Litter of found kittens presents for vaccines, and three of them are sneezing and have “goopy eyes”.

9:30- Pet store brings in a group of 3 guinea pigs with bald patches and flaky skin.

9:30- A man brings in his 15 year old cat who hasn’t been eating. For 10 days.

10:00- Bearded dragon nail trim and check up

10:15- Annual exam on a morbidly obese vicious pug (the game is to see if the exam can be finished before he turns blue, bites anyone, or squirts anal glands).

10:30 to noon- Vaccine appointments.

12:00- Lunch

12:05- Woman walks in with a chihuahua that fell off the bed last week and has been limping ever since.

12:30- Lunch break is over (no one got lunch).

12:45- More puppy vaccines.

1:00- Outdoor tom cat with a large swelling on his back side.

1:30- Parakeet that screamed last night and the owners woke up this morning to find blood all over the bird and the cage.

1:45- Walk in. Dog is coughing. But only when no one is looking at it.

1:50- Walk in. Snake with bad rat bite. Owner didn’t realize vets cost money, leaves.

2:00- Bathroom break.

2:01- Client catches me on the way to the bathroom. I end up discussing anal glands for 15 minutes. It is now time to go back and see more appointments. I still have to pee.

2:15- Pekinese with a squinty eye. Surprise! The owner brought all 3 pets but only made an appointment for one. The other two need vaccines.

3:00- Emaciated bearded dragon.

3:30- 18 year old emaciated Pug that hasn’t eaten, moved, blinked, or urinated in 2 weeks comes in. Owner wants to try antibiotics.

3:45- Kitten vaccines.

4:00- Dog comes in for scooting.

4:15- Phone call asking about monkeys. Will I see them? No. Fine then, will I see a tamarin? No… this is a monkey. What if it’s female? Call is transferred to the front desk.

4:30- Pomeranian fell off the bed and now can’t walk on its left foot.

5:00- A fire bellied toad with a swollen eye.

5:01- Vomiting yorkie.

5:05- Vomiting Pom. Since last Friday. But now its an emergency, company is coming over.

5:15- Macaw beak trim.

5:30- Kitten vaccines.

5:45- Broken dewclaw on a 125lb English Mastiff. He loves to sit in your lap.

6:00- Hit by car terrier mix.

6:15- Blocked tom.

6:30- Trying to send blocked tom to emergency hospital for overnight care. Another hit by car dog comes in.

6:45- Phone call. Are onions really that bad for dogs?

7:00- Onion toxicity dog.

7:15- Dog that has been sick for a few months needs to be put to sleep. (We close at 7).

7:30- Phone call. Can we see a dog with a laceration on its paw? Oh. They are in the parking lot.

8:00- We shut the phones off and flee the building.

8:45- Fiance says we need to cut our cat’s nails.

9:00- Bathroom break.

10:00- Bed. I have to be up in 8 hours.

[FAN ACCOUNT] Yonghwa - Middle School Days

Came across THIS FA:


From a story shared by YH’s middle school classmate (who uploaded a yearbook picture as a proof) @ DC JYH:

“I remember a few things. In 2nd year, during our annual physical education exam, we had to run 7 laps. 

The rule was set so that when no.1 runs one more lap fast enough to pass the last runner, the last runner gets a fail.

Yong Hwa was no.1 so when he ran almost one more lap than the last runner, I thought he would catch up. 

But without passing, he ran leisurely right behind the last runner so that he wouldn’t fail, smiling and cheering him up. 

I remember how because of him, the kids who were following couldn’t pass by and the last runner finished the laps.”

Such a warm, warm person even back then.

따뜻한 사람.

정용화의 중학교 동창이라고 자신을 밝힌 이가, 졸업사진 인증과 함께 정용화 갤러리에 남긴 글 中.

“기억나는게 몇개있는데 2학년 체력장때 운동장 7바퀴를 도는데 

1등이 한바퀴차이나서 꼴찌를 따라잡으면 꼴찌가 탈락되는 그런 룰이였었는데 용화가 1등이였음 

근데 꼴찌랑 한바퀴 차이나서 따라잡는줄알았는데 꼴찌하는애 탈락안할수있게

꼴찌 바로 뒤에서 설렁설렁 뛰면서 웃으면서 힘내라고 말하면서 안따라잡으면서 설렁설렁 뜀 

그래서 뒤에 애들도 용화때매 못따라잡고 그 꼴찌가 완주했던 기억이남”







訳:@chiyong0w Source

“For the 25,000 women and families who rely on Planned Parenthood for basic health care like annual exams, lifesaving cancer screening and birth control (most of them uninsured simply because the Governor refuses to expand Medicaid)…

For every woman who makes her own deeply personal and often complex decision about pregnancy—and does NOT need the help of a politician to do so…

For everyone who agrees that we will not go back to a time when access to safe and legal health care and the voting booth were rights reserved for the few…

For every woman and man who pledges to vote to protect a woman’s access to safe and legal health care—no matter what…

For every single mom who has lost her unemployment benefits and still pushes her children to reach their dreams…

For every woman who sends her children out in the world and is happy when they return safely—and for those mothers who have lost their children to senseless violence…

For every woman who knows that "Stand Your Ground” laws do not make her children any safer…

For every queer woman who knows that constitutional amendments don’t define her worth…

For every teacher who declines to sign her 25% contract and instead stands in solidarity with her colleagues…

For every girl who struggles to learn in an overcrowded and underfunded classroom…

For every young woman who works two jobs to pay for her college education so that when she graduates she can finally make as much as a man who graduated from high school…

For every person who respects and supports the women in their lives..

This is why we march.  

This is why we mobilize.  

This is why we vote.

- Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina CEO Janet Colm at the Moral March on Raleigh, 2/8/2014