Tell Me What A Feminist Looks Like…


This blog was re-posted from Amor Del Mono by Peer-Ed Rosara Torrisi


Something We Should All Keep In Mind

Something that all human beings all over the world should keep in mind about all the women around the world: (from

25 Fast Facts About Women Around the World

1. 80% of the 50 million people around the world who are affected by violent conflicts, civil wars, disasters, and displacement are women and children

2. In 2004, 48.8% of the seats held in parliament in Rwanda were held by women. Contrast that to Cuba where 36% of the seats were held by women, and the USA, where 14.3 % of the seats were held by women. Saudi Arabia and the Solomon Islands are just two countries where there are no women in parliament (UNDP, Human Development Report 2004)

3. In 76 countries, less than half the eligible girls are enrolled in secondary school

4. Women own only 1% of the world’s land

5. Approximately three million women in the USA sport tattoos Continue Reading

Ah! Will they never stop?! (plus birth control, too!)

IUDs (intrauterine devices), while the most widely-used reversible birth control in the world, are wildly unpopular here in the States (only about 2% of women here use them). While they don’t protect against STDs (and so you should always use a condom in addition), they are more effective at preventing pregnancy than the pill (and cheaper, too!), last up to 10 years, and are a hormone-free way of ensuring your ability keep on engaging in good-ole fashioned, baby-free sex.

Two are approved for sale in the US: Paragard and Mirena (the first is hormone free and lasts 10 years while the second releases just a bit of progesterone and lasts for about 5 years). While (as far as my searches have revealed) Paragard’s website is helpful and unoffensive, Mirena’s claims that you’re a candidate for their product only if you (in addition to various other things) 1) have at least one child and 2) are in a stable, mutually monogamous sexual relationship.

Does this seem discriminatory to anyone? Say, single women? Young women? Women without children? The easily offended? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, you have my concurrence, my sympathies, and my encouragement to write to the makers of Mirena and let them know how disappointed/offended/chagrined you are. And be sure to tell them that the best way for your anger to be mollified is for them to send you one for free.

Bonus Shout-Out

A quick shout-out to Jessica who works in both Health Services and in Well-Woman. Stop in and marvel at her prodigious knowledge of all things contraception if you have time. Also, books. We have books at the office. Read them.

Proper Attire

There are these new condoms going around New York right now and I’m in love with the concept! They’re called Proper Attire condoms and they’re sold at four places around Manhattan. The proceeds “will benefit” the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and they just look so super cool! The image to the right is the packaging. If anyone gets their hands on one, be sure to let me know what you think of them! I’m excited! Anything to promote the use of condoms is a wonderful endeavor!

Their little slogan and blurb:

Old stereotypes about who should buy condoms are so last season! PROPER ATTIRETM condoms are the “must-have” accessory this season and were designed with sexually active, stylish women in mind.

The fashionably chic PROPER ATTIRE design ensures that now you can feel completely comfortable buying condoms and carrying them with you. With four trendy styles — Basic (regular); Color (colored); Dots (studded); XL (extra large) — PROPER ATTIRE condoms are a safe, yet fun way to protect yourself and your partner and do it with style!

This blog was re-posted from Amor Del Mono by Peer-Ed Rosara Torrisi

Hair or Bare

Remember when I wrote about hair removal? Well, I was searching around like I do and I saw this from Vassar and thought, “this is perfect!” I’m very excited that this conversation is being had all over, it’s something that I think we should stop taking for granted and start thinking about.

This blog was re-posted from Amor Del Mono by Peer-Ed Rosara Torrisi

C String

So. I’m randomly following links and googling random things and this thing called a C String comes up… Sounds fairly interesting. I load the link and lo and behold, it’s a thong without the part that holds the darn thing up! Instead, you really do put this headband with attached part between your butt cheeks! Click the link to find out more. I really don’t know what to think about it. I mean, I wear a thong and it’s comfortable and all, but I can’t see this being used as anything other than sexy lingerie. If that’s really all it is, then *phew* I don’t have to worry about wondering what it’s like to wear around town!

This blog was re-posted from Amor Del Mono by Peer-Ed Rosara Torrisi