PARTY PARTY PARTY (and cheek swabs)

This dude is Amit Gupta: As his tumblr says, he likes you. In fact he likes you so much, he wants to invite you to a party this Friday. You should totally go! But be forewarned: he might swab your cheek at the door.

Better Late Than Never: World Contraception Day!

So, I’m three days late…in writing this post, since World Contraception Day occurs on September 26th. I promise I wasn’t delayed with this post just to include that terrible pun, since scares of unwanted pregnancies are nothing to joke about. If you are having a type of sex that could lead to pregnancy but do…

OH, IT’S TIME TO FLIPPIN’ RALLY.

…and I feel like cursing up a storm! But I won’t (on here). This anti-choice business has gone too far and it is time to gather in the masses to show that we’re not taking it. In addition to being a bad ass and attending the rally this upcoming Saturday, be sure to sign the petition…

Disabled child sterilized

Angela is an 11 year old Australian girl. She is severely disabled, physically as well as mentally. Her parents have just won a case which will allow doctors to perform a hysterectomy on her. Her doctors say menstruation was causing pain, anemia, and seizures. I think it’s safe to say she will never get her uterus, her ovaries,…

Empathy Heals

This article in the Scientific American discusses the correlation between nice doctors and their patients’ health levels. Check it out. It may be time to speak up if you’re not comfortable with your provider. It doesn’t have to be confrontational but know that finding a good provider takes some shopping around. The results are well worth…

Rape Victim’s Choice: Risk AIDS or health insurance?

Christina Turner feared that she might have been sexually assaulted after two men slipped her a knockout drug. She thought she was taking proper precautions when her doctor prescribed a month’s worth of anti-AIDS medicine. Only later did she learn that she had made herself all but uninsurable. Turner had let the men buy her…

My uterus is impeding universal healthcare.

A few weeks ago our president, formerly the darling of liberals everywhere, triumphantly announced to Congress that his healthcare plan would in no way allow for federal funding to go toward abortions. Much to my feminist dismay, his words were met by raucous applause by our elected officials. Well that’s just GREAT, I thought. Let’s…

Can You? In the 1980s, right in the midst of the AIDS panic, three measures were taken to keep HIV out of blood donation banks. Prostitutes, injection drug users, and men who had had sex with men since  1977 (protected or unprotected) were not liable to donate blood. Though at the time these were the…

Really cool event

I can’t believe I had to go on Feministing to read about a UN event that’s happening on Friday here at Barnard, but, well.  On “the political and social economy of care,” it’s part of the Commission on the Status of Women, and it sounds really cool–in the James Room on March 6: The issue…

AIDS in the UAE

This article, “UAE recorded 35 cases of AIDS last year,” is about AIDS cases in the UAE and the struggle to raise awareness around the issue of AIDS. I found it interesting that in the UAE, a relatively “western” country by many standards, an AIDS awareness conference was titled, “Women, Take the Lead… Leaders, Keep…