Posts Tagged Health

Quick hit: Sex strike as a political weapon


The women of Togo have been called to withhold a sex from their husbands and partners for one week in protest to the power and policy of the current regime:

“We have many means to oblige men to understand what women want in Togo,” Ms. [Isabelle] Ameganvi, leader of the women’s wing of the coalition, told the BBC.

She said she had been inspired by a similar strike by Liberian women in 2003, who used a sex strike to campaign for peace.

Some context: Togo has been ruled by the same family for over 40 years. Recent measures by President Faure Gnassingbe, son and successor to Gnassingbe Eyadema (who ruled Togo for 38 years prior to his death in 2005)
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The women of Togo have been called to withhold a sex from their husbands and partners for one week in protest to the power and policy of the current regime:

“We have many means to oblige ...

Quick hit: 90 Days, 90 Reasons

You know it’s getting really mcreally real out there in this election season when writers I know and love get to organizing websites and breaking down policy points on why Obama is good for women (and all of us).

Here’s George Saunders:

Think about that for a second: Obama is saying that a gay woman who gets abused, raped, or assaulted is as worthy of help as a straight woman; that a woman of American Indian descent who gets abused, raped, or assaulted is as worthy of help as a white woman; that a woman who happens to be a student and is abused is as worthy of help as a woman who is not a student; that a woman who ...

You know it’s getting really mcreally real out there in this election season when writers I know and love get to organizing websites and breaking down policy points on why Obama is good for women (and all ...

Birth control coverage under health reform law akin to 9/11 and Pearl Harbor?

Some lovely Republican lawmakers think so, including Rep. Mike Kelly, pictured above.

I think it goes without saying that if you think ensuring women’s access to preventative health services is the same thing as murdering hundreds of thousands of innocent people, you’re probably on the wrong side of this debate.

Background here.

Some lovely Republican lawmakers think so, including Rep. Mike Kelly, pictured above.

I think it goes without saying that if you think ensuring women’s access to preventative health services is the same thing as murdering hundreds ...

Better school lunches, please.

While some have praised New York Mayor Bloomberg’s citywide ban on the sale oversized soda and sugary drinks in bodegas and movie theaters, my friend who teaches high school has eyed it with marked skepticism. He notes, ‘I see what they eat. It’s more than just a ban on drink. Sometimes lunch is during 6th period and it’s a bag of chips and soda, or happy meal.’ He continued to list a host of dining options, saying that they buy it because it’s cheap. His observation is that it was less to do with access to sugary drinks and soda, it’s about knowing that some healthy choices for food that tastes good and is filling is affordable.

Public Schools, as ...

While some have praised New York Mayor Bloomberg’s citywide ban on the sale oversized soda and sugary drinks in bodegas and movie theaters, my friend who teaches high school has eyed it with marked skepticism. He ...

Nikki Haley vetoes funding for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention in South Carolina

Nikki Haley is just the worst. She’s not a fan of the health of people with uteri, ladies or girls. Just last month she vetoed a bill that would give parents information on the side effects of HPV and how the vaccine could help. But not only does she hate information or saving people from cancer, Haley goes a step further this week vetoing half a million dollars slated for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. You know, because that market is already just flooding with resources.

Think Progress tells us via the Charlston City Paper that Haley felt this money was “distracting” the Department of Health from protecting public health. Wait, what?

Haley explained these vetoes in the Department ...

Nikki Haley is just the worst. She’s not a fan of the health of people with uteri, ladies or girls. Just last month she vetoed a bill that would give parents information on the side effects ...

GOP wants to replace Obamacare with invisible unicorn

The Republican party lost a big fight last week.  Obamacare was ruled constitutional and the GOP has been caught fumbling and stumbling over their words for the past few days, struggling to find a singular line of attack against Obamacare.

First, they are calling Obamacare the greatest tax increase in history because of the “penalty” imposed on people who can afford to buy insurance but choose not to.  Yet the claim that this penalty is the largest tax increase in history is false. (Not to mention 2 of the last 3 GOP presidents signed larger tax increases than Obamacare.) But more notably, they’re also calling for a #fullrepeal, or as they like to say “repeal and replace,” ...

The Republican party lost a big fight last week.  Obamacare was ruled constitutional and the GOP has been caught fumbling and stumbling over their words for the past few days, struggling to find a singular ...

Arizona GOP debate audience boos birth control

The Republican debate booers are back! Earlier in this primary cycle, Republican debate audiences booed a gay soldier, former presidential hopeful Governor Rick Perry bragging about a high number of executions under his leadership in Texas, and cheered the idea of letting an uninsured man who couldn’t afford necessary medical treatment die. Last night, the audience that has shaped the primary season more than any of the candidates returned to boo the very idea of birth control.

CNN Debate moderator John King posed this question sent by one of the viewers to the candidates, “Since birth control is the latest hot topic, which candidate believes in birth control and if not why?”

*Loud Boos”

Via ThinkProgress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0eX9SK1Mp00

Not boos for the contraception ...

The Republican debate booers are back! Earlier in this primary cycle, Republican debate audiences booed a gay soldier, former presidential hopeful Governor Rick Perry bragging about a high number of executions under his leadership in Texas, ...

How the war on reproductive rights hurts women with disabilities

*TRIGGER WARNING*

With one of today’s articles on Feministing’s main page being Eesha Pandit’s coverage of the NC victims of eugenics sterilization being compensated, as well as the training I participated in for the organization I work for, I got to thinking about just how vulnerable women with disabilities are to sexual assault – and how the current war on our reproductive rights affects all of us, but especially those who have increased difficulty in speaking for themselves.

For a little bit of background: I currently work for an organization that provides services to people with Autism. While I work directly with children, the wide range of services that the organization provides includes extensive services for adults with autism, and beginning ...

*TRIGGER WARNING*

With one of today’s articles on Feministing’s main page being Eesha Pandit’s coverage of the NC victims of eugenics sterilization being compensated, as well as the training I participated in for the organization I work ...

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