Category Archives: Sexual Health

Was the pill all that revolutionary?

My dad loves, and I mean loves, to talk about how the pill is what enabled women to become equal. He talks about it as if it’s the end-all-be-all of contraceptive and that something like women having a pill that … Continue reading

Posted in Feminism, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health | 22 Comments

You Make Me Feel So Young

[Crossposted to my Vox blog.]

Just when I was starting to feel like I was getting old, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services comes through and treats me like a kid again:

Now the government is targeting unmarried adults up to age 29 as part of its abstinence-only programs, which include millions of dollars in federal money that will be available to the states under revised federal grant guidelines for 2007.

Up to 29? Heck, even if we don’t take the usual tactic here of focusing on the endpoint, the average age of the cohort they’re including is 24. Most unmarried 24-year-olds are going to be either in the workforce or higher education – presumably at that point they’ve merited a little autonomy? Continue reading

Posted in Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, Sexual Health | 5 Comments

Glamour: The new lies about women's health (No, really?)

In a move that is surprisingly good, Glamour has published an extensive and well written article that covers the governmental assault on women’s health. From the FDA to government funded abstinence only ed, the article is a long read, but … Continue reading

Posted in Media and journalism, Reproductive Rights, Science, Sexual Health, Skepticism, USA | 2 Comments

New Contraceptive May Save Lives

A new form of contraceptive (microbicides) is under development, one that looks like it might be able to strike a serious blow against the epidemic of STDs, HIV in particular. It comes in the form of cream, gel, or capsule … Continue reading

Posted in Childfree Issues, Gender issues, Queer Issues, Reproductive Rights, Science, Sex, sexuality, and sexual politics, Sexual Health | Comments Off

Menstrual Musings

Ever since I started using the Diva Cup I’ve been really thinking about the tampon/pad industry and what it means for women and the environment. Honestly, I don’t think that the current mainstream menstrual companies are good for women and I know they aren’t good for the environment. Continue reading

Posted in Advertising, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health | 4 Comments