Archive | July, 2012


23 Jul

Check out this amazing video from the INDEVOURS Global Gala! This event was my baby this term. There were 52 guests in attendance and we raised over $3200! Thank you to everyone that was part of this amazing event.

16 Jul

My mom always told me that if we weren’t careful, the rights that our mothers and grandmothers fought for would be taken away. If this story (blogged by my classmate Steph) doesn’t convince you on the war on women, nothing will.

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Who knew that simply HAVING some of those items in the image to the left could be grounds for being arrested? I sure didn’t, but it seems that authorities in several cities in the USA disagree with me.

When I saw in the news that aid and health agencies were handing out condoms to sex workers to help minimize the risk of HIV and STI transmission (as well as the risk of pregnancy) I thought; “that’s amazing! Finally moving past stigmas and making decisions based on basic human health needs.” Then I saw that police and public authorities were confiscating those condoms essentially giving women the option to hand the condoms over or go to jail and I was enraged. I was even more enraged when I found out that this was happening in the USA – which in my opinion is a country that is quickly and systematically…

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“Where does the penis go into the vagina” and Other Interesting Search Terms

15 Jul

This is a screen shot of the search terms people have used to find my blog.


It is also proof that comprehensive sexual education is needed in ALL schools. Evidently whoever searched for “where does the penis go into the vagina” has not been taught sexual health. Young people who do not receive proper education in schools go looking on the Internet for information, and instead of getting reliable sources they get opinionated blogs like mine or more likely, porn.

Here are some quick facts on comprehensive sexual education (from here):

  • Teens who received comprehensive sex education were 50 percent less likely to experience pregnancy than those who received abstinence-only education.
  • No abstinence-only program has yet been proven through rigorous evaluation to help youth delay sex for a significant period of time, help youth decrease their number of sex partners, or reduce STI or pregnancy rates among teens.
  • The rate of STIs is high among young people in the United States. Young people ages 15-24 contract almost half the nation’s 19 million new STIs every year; and the CDC estimates that one in four young women ages 15-19 has an STI

So, my dear readers – tell me your thoughts on teaching sex in schools (comprehensive or abstinence-only). Oh, and check out some of the links below for some reliable information, especially if you found me through one of those search terms.

9 Jul

Fantastic blog! Thank you to Steph ( for sharing this with me. This is a must-read if you don’t want others deciding what a woman can or can’t do with her body.

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  • Soraya Chemaly

Soraya Chemaly

Feminist, Satirist, and Media Critic

10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts
Posted: 03/15/2012 5:47 pm


This week the Georgia State Legislature debated a bill in the House that would make it necessary for some women to carry stillborn or dying fetuses until they “naturally” go into labor. In arguing for this bill Representative Terry England described his empathy for pregnant cows and pigs in the same situation.

I have a question for Terry England, Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and too many others: I have three daughters, two of them twins. If one of my twins had been stillborn would you have made me carry her to…

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Real Women, Real Pictures

5 Jul

Seventeen Magazine has pledged to no longer air-brush the models in their pages. The entire staff has also signed a pledge to celebrate all kinds of beauty with a range of skin tones, body types, heights and hair textures. See the letter from Seventeen’s editor in chief here and check out their behind the scenes here.

This is also a huge win for the Miss Representation campaign and shows the power of social media. 14-year old Julia Bluhm asked Seventeen to post one unaltered spread in each issue – and the campaign took off. SPARK teamed up with Miss Representation, LoveSocial and I Am That Girl for the #KeepItRealCampaign. This gained support from thousands of people on Twitter, Instagram and blogs asking women’s and girls’ magazines to stop Photoshopping women’s bodies. And the masses won.

So what now?

Get Teen Vogue on board by signing this petition.

Take the Miss Representation pledge “to use my voice to spread the message of Miss Representation and challenge the media’s limiting portrayal of women and girls” and ACT on it.