i know folks think the vaccine is something to be cautious of, but i know too many women under 40 who have had cervical cancer, and too many who have died b/c they were not told they needed a pap test or hpv test.
today in the US the suggestion is pap & hpv test every 3 years if last one was “normal.”
This piece was written by my fifth-grade students at the Bradwell School of Excellence in South Shore. They wrote this collaboratively as a counternarrative to the constant negative publicity their neighborhood receives as a result of gun violence. Writing was an opportunity for them to give voice to the humanity of their home. Here’s what they wrote. — Linsey Rose
After a mother shared a photo of an anatomically correct doll on Facebook with shock, I have to ask: Why are baby body parts shameful?
i had an anatomically correct doll growing up. the deal wasn’t so much that it had a penis and testicles, but more that it was scented like a caribbean baby in some baby cologne ish that was popular at the time.
vaginal secretions, vaginal fluid, mucus is produced at certain times during the menstrual cycle usually and is what builds up to become the mucus plug during the time a person may be pregnant. when someone with a vulva gets “wet” it’s vaginal secretions. these may change color and texture and odor based on pH balance, infection, menstrual cycle, age, etc. figuring out what is common and “normal” varies among each person w/a vulva. some folks get super moist and produce a lot of fluid (like myself and i wear panty liners every day, no going commando for me!) and other folks produce small amounts only when aroused. it varies for each and every person with a vulva. vaginal secretions also can transmit various STIs if someone is infected along with HIV if someone is infected. the amount of vaginal secretions is believed to decrease with age b/c of estrogen. it is also believed that diets high in fats, proteins, etc. may help with producing more vaginal secretions (when age and infection is not an issue). this has little research to support it, but it is a belief that some folks have testified helped decrease their secretions if it made them uncomfortable. douching is NOT necessary, warm water, soap, and a towelette or wash cloth is enough for any odor or clean up needed. baby wipes also work and if folks want to spend dough on other ish specifically created for the vulva “healthy hoohoo wipes” are also available (i use wipes and the healthy wipes when going to beach or camping, hiking, etc.).
Last week, Zakhele Mbhele was sworn in as a member of the South African National Assembly, making him the country’s first openly gay parliamentarian and the first openly gay black member of parliament in any African nation.
Overall, he’s the 203rd openly gay parliamentarian worldwide.
Mbhele’s arrival on the African political scene, such as it is, could not be more timely for those looking for any sign of good news for LGBT people facing brutal, draconian policies targeting LGBT Africans — like Uganda’s crushing new antigay law, which imposes lifetime prison sentences for repeated consensual sexual activity between two adults of the same gender.
"Having more openly gay achievers in society can counter that damage by giving young LGBT people role models to inspire them to build their self-confidence and work ambitiously to achieve their dreams,” Mbhele told Mamba.
Awesome, awesome news. Major congrats to him and to all South Africans for the accomplishment.
It’s still around and I’m gathering the info to share with you what folks have chosen to provide so we can have some groundbreaking, inclusive, LatiNegr@s centered information from one another to each other!
If you didn’t or haven’t taken the survey, you still can! It’s live (and will be for…
1 of the things I’m proud i accomplished this year and am celebrating for my bday remembering what i’ve done (its rough when you are still unemployed and holding onto capitalist ideas of success, so instead I’m focusing on what i value as success)
If you can donate money to a fucking hypothetical cooler then chip in to save this doctor.
This guy is a true Lower East Side gem.
It would be dope if people would reblog this. If this guy gets evicted it’s gonna be a ton of (mostly black and brown) poor people not getting healthcare services because they dont have/cant afford healthcare.
He’s legit. My mom went to him when she had pneumonia and didnt have health insurance.
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today“attempts to deconstruct notions of Latin America,” says curator Pablo León de la Barra. On view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum through October 1, Under the Same Sun investigates creative responses by 40 artists and collectives representing 15 countries to economic, historical, and political factors in Latin America.
Emily Rios, star of FX series “The Bridge,” recently announced she is gay in an interview at TCA’s FX day, according to AfterEllen. “I’m gay, personally, so being Mexican and a lesbian — this is why I love the cha…
my birthday is tuesday here's what i want ya'll to do w/me!
send me your snail mail address in a private message/note.
i want to spend the weekend writing love letters to all my homies, but also to folks who need some love snail mail style. it’s ok if we don’t know one another well, or never met, or if i don’t even know who you are. perhaps we don’t follow one another (yet), regardless. send me your snail mail info. also if you think i have yours already, resend b/c i have misplaced so many things!
also tell me the following things in your note:
1. what do you feel most proud of accomplishing this year?
2. what was one of your favorite memories of last summer?
Topics:UNITED FRONT: QTPOC Solidarity BuildingFoundation Funding 101 Economic Justice: Building queer/trans friendly work centers and networksSex Worker Rights & the Intersectionality of UndocuqueersCommunity Support Systems: From traditional LGBT, to faith based, to in between.Legal Perspectives & knowledge share: Stopping deportations for detained queer/trans folks from the ICE pressuring end & how the asylum/U Visa system operates.LGBT Asylum, Detention, & Deportation and the unique obstacles and vulnerabilities of our community AND opportunities to empower individuals to fight for viable solutions as well as create safety-nets within our communities.RESPECT: more than just Trans/GNC competencyHIV: Post- the HIV ban from an asylee framework Health Justice: where are the options for undocuqueers?Queering FamiliesImpacted community members/Undocuqueers in need of assistance getting to the conference, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have solidarity housing options as well scholarship options available to you.In Solidarity,Jamila Hammami
Bill de Blasio does business differently than his predecessor: The Brooklyn progressive has said he will change the zoning code to make it illegal to use separate entrances to segregate rent-regulated residents of a building from residents paying market rate.
In both Muslim-majority countries and Muslim communities, the last decade has witnessed unprecedented organizing efforts by human rights defenders around sexual and reproductive rights, and produced evidence of ongoing local engagement around sexuality issues.
Yet, sexuality remains a highly contested and tightly patrolled terrain in all societies, and activists from Muslim contexts are also witnessing troubling trends that threaten previous gains, or seem indicative of a worsening climate. Such trends include the curtailing of sexual and reproductive rights and an increased policing of sexuality: there is a tendency to seek to reverse less restrictive policies or legislations; as well as widespread targeting of individuals, or even of entire groups. Those individuals or groups who bear the brunt of the criminalization of sexuality are often those whose personal circumstances, bodies, sexualities or gender appearance are deemed non-normative. Whether they are girls resisting marriage, divorced women, single women, lesbian women, teenagers who have not undergone FGM in contexts where it is the norm, or heterosexual men deemed ‘effeminate’, many face strict penalties.
Sexuality remains at the core of how women – and others whose gender or sexual expression are stigmatized – are judged, and sanctioned either by non-state actors, or by state’ institutions and representatives. Sadly, the celebrated popular uprisings in the MENA region in 2011 have certainly not moved towards equality in the sexual realm.
As feminist scholars have noted, in all cultures, women are the pivotal territories, markers, and reproducers of the narratives of nations and other collectivities. Over the past 3 decades, the WLUML network has also noted that, while the harsh control of women’s bodies – and the obsession with their sexual ‘purity’ – is definitely not the prerogative of religious extremists, sexuality often constitutes the corner stone of a fundamentalist agenda. With the rise of fundamentalist politics, discourses of moral codes or arguments of cultural and religious ‘authenticity’ are increasingly being deployed to control sexuality, and at times to incite to violence.
Yet, women in Muslim societies tend to be at the forefront of organizing around issues of sexuality – they analyse existing social norms, debunk oppressive rationalisations, document violations, critique governmental policies or propose alternative frameworks. This Dossier offers a glimpse of the variety of sexuality-related issues which activists are engaging with. Authors address a range of themes – from the need to tackle cultural factors in HIV/AIDS prevention to strategies around ‘honour’ crimes; from bride kidnapping to drawing the links between female political leadership and dress codes; from women’s perceptions of abortion to the use of the internet as an advocacy tool for stigmatized sexualities; from organizing against rape in conflict to challenging inequalities affecting women in the reproductive health field; from the rise of institutionalized moral police corps to impotence as a legal ground in divorce settlements. Case studies offer insights from diverse contexts including Senegal, Sudan, the East African coast, Zanzibar, Georgia, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, Jordan, Turkey and the USA.
Comprised of in-depth contributions, along with a few short factual reports, this Dossier explores how women, and some men, navigate the expectations and realities linked to sexuality and reproductive rights in their specific contexts. Contributors also highlight the many ways in which culture, religion, customs and sexual conduct intersect and they demonstrate that sexuality, far from being static, is the object of constant contestation and negotiation. Hence, numerous elements related to sexuality remain tightly linked to both political developments (for example the ability of politico-religious movements to affect local realities) and to cultural notions (for example what constitute ‘modesty’ or ‘promiscuity’ in a given time and place).
On the question of culture – crucial because so often manipulated – the statement made by Farida Shaheed, U.N. Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, reminds us that “No society ever has a singular culture. Each society, and every community, has both a dominant culture and multiple subaltern cultures (…) Women rarely - if ever - define the dominant culture, because they do not have the economic, social or political power to do so”. Shaheed’s remark, of course, also applies to dominant sexual culture, and all contributors to this Dossier are involved in unpacking, critiquing, redefining or enriching mainstream understandings of the sexual culture that prevails in their specific context.
There are 43 million African Americans in the United States, 13.7 percent of the total population, the second largest racial minority in the country. The median age is 32 and 47 percent are under 35 years of age. Even with these impressive numbers and buying power most mainstream advertisers …
imagine worldwide and if LatiNegrxs were included in US #s that means even more!!! we are powerful ya;ll
where you at? i want to thank you so much! i have been pining for that text for *so long* and it’s amazing to have this gift. send me your info and i’ll send you love letters for your bday too! us july leo’s got to represent!
Steve Friess wrote an article in TIME asking black women not to push white gay men away, because they, too, know what it’s like to be ostracized and pushed down. Preston Mitchum says black women don’t need Friess’ kind of solidarity. Dear Steve: It’s me, Preston. A queer, black man writing to explain something critical to …
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.
The City of New York approved a proposal by one of the largest real estate developers in the city to build in a ‘poor door’, or a separate door for residents living in affordable housing to enter their building.