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Gee whiz, it’s already Friday. Where has the week gone? There’s been a lot going on in the sexual health world, particularly women’s reproductive justice. Here are some of the highlights.
The fabulous Amy Poehler returned to SNL’s Weekend Update with Seth Meyers for the “Really?!?” segment to discuss reproductive justice issues. In it, they cover the congressional committee on birth control that did not include women as well as VA’s bill for transvaginal ultrasounds. As always, their honesty is hilarious and poignant.
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Many Republicans, including Rick Santorum, have claimed that birth control just cost “a few dollars” and is easily accessible. As any women who’s been on birth control knows, it’s not cheap. There’s even a chart laying out the high cost of birth control for you. Try not to cry.
Chris Brown continues to make news. He is now collaborating on remixes with Rihanna, and they are friends again. This has created a lot of stir among fans, non-fans, and the media. Despite the public’s opinions, their reunion has a tremendous influence on others, particularly young people. Teen dating abuse prevention experts weigh in explaining how the reunion is common. Furthermore, this gives people the opportunity to talk about a difficult subject. For some great insight on the whole situation, read here. Below, professional wrestler Punk politely offers to kick Brown’s butt.
A new study published in Pediatrics finds that children are persecuted when they do not adhere to their gender’s stereotype, including clothing, activities, and mannerisms. These children are more likely to be abused by family members as well as others, which may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder as adults. The study also shows that gender nonconformity occurs among straight people, too.
The VA’s “personhood” bill has been killed, which would have given fertilized eggs the same legal rights as actual people. The mandate for a transvaginal ultrasound has been changed to an abdominal one, but is still required for any woman seeking an abortion. A small #win.
Planning on watching the Oscars on Sunday? Who are you rooting for? I haven’t seen a majority of the movies so I need to catch up quickly!
Have a great weekend!