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.


So I decided to try my hand at making Flight Rising themed graphics today. I don’t know how much I like them, but I know how to do them and can make linkable signatures. All graphics, no matter the difficulty, are 5k each and I could really use the treasure to buy some pretty dragons and whatever else. ^^  I’m Marmee on FR, #158456

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Lol ask ur local FbI office

iirc there’s a legal precedent which more or less says that IP addresses can’t be used to incriminate a person.

If you want to be more technical I could get into how we ran of out IPv4 addresses years ago and rely on the reuse of those addresses for the internet to continue running, basically meaning there’s no way to ensure that a unique identity is linkable to a certain IP address.


It’s been 577 days since I said I was going to start updating my blog more regularly, after a large sparseness in presence and content.

I’ve only managed to post a few bits and bobs.
Not even a handful.
However many posts you may be able to hold in your hands.

But recently, in fact, in the past week or so, I’ve been building a website.
I felt it was time.
As I make artists applications for funding and residencies, it seems apt.

And for some reason, I still felt - despite my lack of Tumblr usage - that I should link to my blog.

I really ought to maintain it better see.
If it’s linkable too.

And I suppose it has given me the impetus to post this and to think of posting things as I collate images I’ve taken.
So it’s been a round about sort of a push, but I’m returning to my Tumblr to shower it with love and affection; or, at the very least, to post some nonsense a little more regularly.

My website; fresh and sort of shiny is

Any feedback from real website wizards would be nice.

And if you feel like actual regular updates, my Instagram has become a more daily blog. I’m @LITTLE_ODDITIES over there, if you fancy it. It is also linkable to from my website.

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.

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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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.

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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.

Canadian pop culture This photo is ice hokey. My homestay mom likes this too! (