From sexual health, mental wellness, relationships, and everything in between, these are some of the news highlights that have happened this week:
Do you remember your first time? The first time you got your period, that is.
This week is International Anti-Street Harassment Week, officially kicking off in Washington, DC as well as in New York City, among others. Bloggers, websites, and organizations around the world are discussing how to make our streets safer. Holly Kearl explains why catcalls are not a compliment. Sandria Washington dedicated the first day of Anti-Street Harassment Week to the memory of Adilah Gaither. Zerlina Maxwell highlights how the week collectively raises awareness about gender based street harassment. Hollaback! highlights its “I’ve Got Your Back” bystander assistance initiative. Feministing gives tips on what you can do to stop street harassment. Also, an awesome new “S*** People Say” meme has received thousands of hits on YouTube, called “S*** Men Say to Men Who Say S*** to Women on the Street”. Always remember: She’s not asking for it.
A White House official on the birth control debate: ”I Didn’t Think It Would Be This Controversial”.
March 20th was Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Here’s a NPR news report on raising awareness of HIV on the reservation. Also, the Native Youth Sexual Health Network is creating the first National Native American Youth HIV/AIDS Council.
Arizona: House Majority Whip Ana Perez says, “It’s time for Latinas to speak up on birth control and choice.”
Georgia: Representative Terry England wants to make women carry stillborn fetuses…like cows.
Also in Georgia: Offices of the Georgia OB/GYN Society were burglarized and member information stolen after fighting anti-abortion bills.
Alaska: Representative Alan Dick thinks women should have to get a man’s permission to obtain an abortion. Permission, y’all!
Should birth control pills be sold over-the-counter? Some experts agree.
No sex required: A new study shows that exercise can induce orgasms.
Utah: Governor Gary Herbert vetoes a proposed abstinence-only education bill.
Here are some recent policy developments impacting women of color, our families & communities.
Alabama: Two lesbian state representative are hoping to end the state’s archaic laws over teaching sex ed in schools.
Here’s something we can agree on: Senator John McCain believes that legislators “ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives.” Even Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul agrees.
Tennessee: A damaging bill may expose identities of women seeking abortions.
The organization Free Government VJJ is encouraging women to knit uteruses and mail them to male Congress lawmakers, with the note ”Dear Men of Congress: If I knit you a uterus, will you stay out of mine?”
Texas: A state Senator’s office is firebombed after she argues in support of funding Planned Parenthood.
A new report states that discriminatory health insurance practices cost women $1 billion a year (and that’s without factoring in maternity care.)
Here’s an excellent article on feminist Gloria Steinem and feminism today.
Michigan: The rates of HIV infection are at a critical level in Detroit.
Keep the pressure on lawmakers. Tell them to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
A new study shows that teens don’t need to obtain a prescription for emergency contraception.
Virginia: A new poll shows that voters strongly disagree with the newly passed forced ultrasound law.
Last but not least: Two women turn Kanye West and Jay-Z’s song “N*ggas in Paris” into “B*tches in Bookshops.” Pretty interesting.
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