i would just like to point out that the recent conversation surrounding the male birth control trials isn’t just “lol weak men can’t deal with side effects” it’s the fact that when they were testing hormonal birth control for women in the 50s & 60s, the side effects were much worse, and the women who participated in them, mostly in puerto rico, were not told about the side effects or that the drug was experimental

and THEN when women dropped out, they started using incarcerated women as their guinea pigs, and then despite the fact that some scientists who participated in the original trials were like “uh i don’t think this is actually good, it’s making a lot of these women sick,” the pharmaceutical industry & fda were like  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and approved it for the general population anyways, without really warning women about the potential for all these negative side effects

and THEN researchers basically ceased to do any type of research on side effects like depression and decreased libido for 50 years, despite the fact that women were still complaining about them, and because there was no “hard evidence” of these side effects, a lot of doctors basically just assumed women were exaggerating or making it up. and that continued until the first major study of depression in women who take hormonal contraceptives was released just. this. year.

so yeah, the patriarchy. *waves flag*

I wasn’t in the room when the independent panel decided to halt the recent male birth control trial. I don’t know what their decision-making process was like. Certainly, depression and mood changes aren’t things to be taken lightly, and of course it’s in everyone’s best interest to have new drugs be as safe as possible.

However. In the male birth control trial, 4.7 percent of men experienced mood swings, and 2.8 percent experienced depression. These were two of the side effects cited as reasons for ending the trial. On the other hand, let’s take Liletta, an IUD approved by the FDA in 2015—5.2 percent of its users experienced mood swings, and 5.4 percent experienced depression. A woman using Liletta has a higher chance of experiencing the same side effects than a man using the injectable birth control that was deemed too risky. The standards are different.

In 2007, the pharmaceutical company Bayer gave up on a male contraceptive “that involved an annual implant and a quarterly injection,” as my colleague Olga Khazan reported in 2015. The company, she wrote, “concluded that men would consider the regimen—in the words of a spokesperson—‘not as convenient as a woman taking a pill once a day.’”

Well, yes. That is far more convenient—for the men. Women will put up with it, of course, as they have for years, because the stakes are that high. And as research into male birth control accelerates, we are starting to see this hypocrisy more clearly—that the burdens women bear in exchange for their reproductive freedom are considered too much to expect men to deal with.

For everyone saying that men are “wimps,” because of the Male Birth Control trials… It’s not because they were “wimps,” or “couldn’t handle mood swings.” It induced severe mood swings, depression, cause infertility/made them sterile, and at least one of the men committed suicide. The subjects didn’t stop the test, the scientists/doctors behind the trial did.

So, yeah, kindly shut the fuck up.

And now, a three picture thread of something that’s just…. just look:


People are actually judging the guys who opted out of the study because of the side effects - and apparently, because some women experience the same side effects but decide for themselves to stay on whatever birth control they’re on, these guys are heralded as ‘pansies’ ‘infants’ and ‘cowards’?! What the fuck?!


I guess that fucking makes me  a coward and an immature baby for opting out of a few experimental trials for cancer due to side effects then! What?! There’s no difference here! There are plenty of experimental trials out there, and the side effects were rough but not directly deadly. So if you’re insulting them by saying this bullshit, then I’m a fucking pussy for opting out of my experimental study. It’s that simple.

The way some of the people I myself know are reacting to this is sickening, to say the least.

@iicraft505, @nunyabizni, @typical-atheist-scumbag - thoughts?


Discussions about reproductive healthcare, now and in the next 4 years - rights to it, access to it, discussions of abortion and birth control and preventive care and everything - need to include trans men, transmasculine people, and all afab trans people.

Discussions about reproductive healthcare need to include people who, when they walk into an OBGYN office or a “women’s” clinic, look like they don’t belong there, automatically out themselves by being there, or automatically get misgendered.

Discussions about reproductive healthcare need to acknowledge the dilemma of people who not only get misgendered or outright disrespected or abused in these settings, but experience dysphoria, shame, shaming, and invalidation for needing such care at all.

Discussions about reproductive healthcare need to acknowledge the fact that, due to the above, afab trans people can end up not seeking reproductive healthcare at all, which is a huge safety concern. Particularly when testosterone use is associated with an increased risk of many reproductive issues.

I’m not saying we need to be the center focus at all times, but this needs to be a part of the discussion. There’s no excuse to leave us out.

Thank you Planned Parenthood!

I have had yet another really great experience at a Planned Parenthood clinic today. My husband and I went in today to get him a vasectomy. This whole experience has been wonderful, the doctors, nurses, clinic employees, everyone was amazing and friendly. They made sure that my husband was calm and doing well through the entire procedure, that I knew exactly how to take care of him when we got home. The doctors, there were 2 that worked on him, will both be calling him tomorrow to check and make sure he is OK.

As usual, Planned Parenthood has exceeded my expectations, even on men’s health care. I have been going to Planned Parenthood my entire adult life for many different women’s health care needs, and I plan to continue doing so. And my husband does too.

Thank you Planned Parenthood!

That wasn’t a joke?

So this just appeared on my Facebook wall and I had to read it twice. Was I the only one who thought this headline was a joke the first time I read it? “Birth Control Shots For Men Prevent Pregnancy, But Cause Mood Swings, Depression.” During this study, “Researchers actually stopped the study early due to mood changes and depression in some of the participants.” Umm…breaking news: many women face these exact same challenges every day from birth control…. This sounds more like bad science, gender bias, and a potential lack of equivalent profit.

anonymous asked:

Hi, i just looked at your twitter and your last retweets and i just want to say that i totally agree with you! We should blame all men for shitty birth control plans, even homosexual and asexual men.

lmao cool story bruh–cuz I actually don’t agree with you. Though I do sense a lot of sarcasm here, which gives me the impression you don’t actually understand critical satire (or care), so I wont entertain this ask any further. :D

Trumps America

I haven’t logged on in such a long time, I apologize. I’m really not sure if anybody reads my posts anyways….
I’m very upset. Honestly, I’m still in shock. I wish there was something I can do. I wish I could protest and help make a change. I cannot believe Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.
There is so much that will be taken from me and people like me. I’m devastated that the economy I will have to deal with when I finish college will be the economy he creates. I cannot believe I may not be able to get birth control because the ignorant white men think it’s their right to be able to choose what I get to do with my body. I cannot believe a man who is so childish and racist and misogynistic was picked for president. I am devastated.
An Arabic exchange student in one of my classes & I became pretty close this year in one of my classes. One day we were eating lunch and she asked me if I think she should go back home since it is not safe for here anymore. My heart broke. We live in San Francisco, a very liberal place but she is still worried.
I just can’t imagine what it’s like for people who are more oppressed than even I am.
I’m not sure if all my thoughts make sense. I am just venting. I can’t come to terms with this. Trump is not my president. Trump supporters are not my friends. I don’t care if it’s just political views, if they are Trump supporters they believe in his ideals. And his ideals oppress me and millions of minorities in my country.
I hope the next four years go by lightning fast. Or he gets impeached along the way. His VP is worse than him though so I’m not quite sure what good that will do.

When people talk about practices that are harmful to women and people go about stating how doctors have said they aren’t that bad or there are safety precautions, I don’t think these people understand that THE WORLD HATES WOMEN. They are not on our side. The medical industry will always serve men first, so will basically every other industry. Just because something is said to have not so severe effects, it doesn’t mean you can trust those boards which are mainly comprised of men. They created birth control for men which had side effects similar to what women experience during their periods and deemed it inhumane, they allowed birth control for women with drastic side effects though. You know why? Because they don’t care about women. The moment you realize we are oppressed on a global scale, and every industry is involved in our oppression, then only will second wave feminism begin to make sense to you. Wake up.

What Trans Inclusive Feminism Is

• supporting trans women, and defending them in public places

• supporting trans men, and help provide with abortion rights, birth control and making it acceptable for men to have babies

•supporting and protecting trans women, especially those who have to face racist lynchings because of their skin color and identity

• supporting trans men who wear make up, dresses and skirts, and calling them men instead of boys, and support that they are still men despite the way they dress

• supporting MtF transitions and FtM transitions because it is really expensive

• supporting trans women who dress more masculine, and realising that yes they still are a woman despite the way they dress

• healthcare rights for trans people

•equal pay for trans women

• ending sexual harassment of trans people in bathrooms and public places

•ending the sexual harassment and assault of trans boy teens in the bathroom

If your “feminism” doesn’t support the trans community, than you’re not a feminist. Simple as that. It’s really important to have inclusive feminism.

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on MGTOW?

I think they should do whatever they feel comfortable doing. I hope that future improvements in birth control for men can give them some sense of safety and control over their lives back.

Okay, I said I’d tell some stories for International Men’s Day, and boy, have I got one here. It’s a doozy, but worth the read…it’s my story about my family, of course I think it’s worth the read. Oh well. But hey, maybe it is an objectively good story, we’ll see.

Some background: This takes place in 1999. I was three years old, my sister only one. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, so my dad was the only one bringing home the bacon. At the time he worked in the Air Force. I’m not sure exactly what it was that he did, though. Something in engineering I’m pretty sure. It hasn’t come up much since he left the Air Force. I know he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, and at the time this story takes place he was on active duty. He didn’t have to leave the country too often, but he did have to go on frequent business trip to other states. We also had to move around quite a bit. I was born in Ohio, and two years later my sister was born in California.

In 1999, we were still in California. A lot of things began to come up at the same time that made my dad think about resigning from active duty. His oldest kid (me) would be in school before long, and he and my mother knew the moving around we had to do would be tough on me. It was also tough on my mom already, with him being away so often. The pay wouldn’t be as good if he left active duty, but they weren’t exactly poor. They had enough saved that provided for them and my sister and I. Added to this, there was about to be a promotion at my dad’s work. Not a ton of people were eligible, but my dad was. He knew that if he wanted to resign from active duty, he’d have to do it now. It wouldn’t be fair to his coworkers if he got the promotion only to resign soon after.

So my dad decided to do just that, and my mom agreed with his choice. He left for work one morning to put in his resignation. Meanwhile at home, my mom made a surprising discovery, one that threw a complete wrench into Dad’s plan:

She was pregnant.

That wouldn’t have been so bad, since my parents knew they wanted a third kid. But not for another year or two. This new baby coming too early threw everything off. Now that there was a third kid to consider, Dad had to stay on active duty. The lesser pay would’ve worked with two kids, but not three. So my mom called him at work before he resigned and told him she was pregnant. So he stayed on active duty for a good few years afterwards.

Even on reserves, he still wasn’t around all the time. I have memories of him being gone for up to a week at a time, and coming home to us in his army fatigues. Memories of him going to Georgia (the country, not the state) and returning with little presents for each of us kids. I still have most of those presents (I’d have them all if the dog hadn’t chewed one up). Nowadays he doesn’t work in the Air Force at all anymore, but I still think it was so great of him to stay there for so long in order to make sure the rest of us were provided for.

So Happy International Men’s Day, Dad! You deserve it. (@boy-positive)