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?


Kiwi as you’ve never seen them | Massey University

Okay they sound more terrifying than they are, these are about the size of a chicken. And they have no wings so* they mostly posture. They also have long beaks for hunting insects in the wild with nostrils on the end so not really a sabre fight as it could be with other birds.

So. Kiwi eh?

I may have nearly wound up on the floor laughing. There may have been some snorting. Wait for the slow mo.

* Addn:

Kiwi’s have wings, they’re just too small to see

I was waiting! I was typing when i shouldn’t and hit send. After the first reblog I wasn’t sure if I should change it- I’ll do an addn. rather than correct it.

Kind of the downside to this format- the wider something is reblogged the more likely misinformation can’t be corrected but the more reason for it to be corrected…

Now to the google to find a linkable page with a skeleton!

It’s an etching! But explains there is no keel though you can back out a few forelimb bones.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) shot in rampage.

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.


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anonymous asked:

Can you give me the link to that extension, or is it non linkable? and if you cant do i just google it or something

Actually I think it was a chrome extension, I’m pretty sure this is what I used
And then you just go into who you follow and it puts a little check next to who follows back (it looks like it would but I swear it doesn’t mess up your computer)

anonymous asked:

how do u link things in ur mobile bio?

hey, i’m no HTML expert, but i’ll try and help you as best as i can…

Basically, i wanted my description to be linkable on mobile, but not on desktop if you get me? So i pretty much cheated, and made a link, and then coloured it white so you couldn’t see it on desktop :’) 

I used this: <p><a href=“”><font color=“#FFFFFF”>the text you want to show up on mobile</font></a></p>

the #FFFFFF is just a hexadecimal colour codes, just search “hexadecimal colour codes (whatever colour you want)” to find the right code for that colour :)

just copy and paste this into your description, in “edit theme” on your desktop blog

this is probably awful, and i could have done it a much better way, but as i said i’m no HTML expert haha 

if you want just a link with no colourings etc, you can use this: <a href=“”>put the text you want to show up here</a>

if you message me again i can try and help you more :)

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.