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This week's round-up includes: autism and pelvic exams; "ironic" T-shirts; two doses of HPV vac might be as as effective; on "just asking" for accomodation; one sperm donor, 150 children; suing over lack of sex; sociology of awkward sex talks; US may legalize condoms in prisons; how to make sex ed suck less; a collection of sex ed dolls
- Sex & The Spectrum: Autism and Gynaecological Health at Nominatissima (Keywords: autism, ASD, pelvic exams, gynecology)
But autism and gynaecology don’t usually mesh well. After all, it involves a lot of uncomfortable touching, bright lights, unusual instruments that vary in temperature, and other factors that may make adult autistics with uteri skip out on seeing the OBGYN. This concerns me, because I do not want autistic adults slipping through the cracks and facing serious health issues because of this discomfort issue.
- Why ironic T-shirts push real buttons at Salon (Keywords: US, T-shirts, sexism, irony)
Image description: A black T-shirt that says "Teenagers do it better" and a white long-sleeve T-shirt in a playful handwritten font that says "I'm too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me"But retailers go wrong when they treat stereotypes and social issues as if they're distant enough to be the subject of casual humor. In August, American Apparel began selling a shirt that proclaims "Teenagers Do It Better." It simply reminded many people that Dov Charney, the company's CEO, has faced sexual harassment charges from many young women.
- Three HPV Vax Doses May Be Overkill at Med Page Today (via a contributor) (Keywords: Costa Rica, HPV, vaccination, STI)
Two doses of a bivalent vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) appeared just as effective in preventing persistent infections as the recommended three doses in young women, according to a study in Costa Rica.
- Data at Light Gets In (via That Queer Chick) (Keywords: ableism, disability, accessiblity, accomodations )
I was recently treated to another round of “disabled people need to just ask for accommodations, then they’d be given them,” with the usual accompaniments of “you shouldn’t be so angry” and “you should be nicer."So I figured, okay. I know this is bullshit from a lifetime of experience, but let’s gather some data.
What I did: I gave myself 7 days. Every time during that 7 days I ran into a particular kind of inaccessibility, I wrote to the owner/relevant authority and asked them to fix it.
- One Sperm Donor, 150 Offspring at New York Times (Keywords: US, sperm donors, artificial insemination)
Today there are 150 children [from the same donor], all conceived with sperm from one donor, in this group of half siblings, and more are on the way. “It’s wild when we see them all together — they all look alike,” said Ms. Daily, 48, a social worker in the Washington area who sometimes vacations with other families in her son’s group.
- Suing over Sex -- Now That's Criminal at Huffington Post (Keywords: France, England, law, sex, marriage)
Should you be obligated to have sex with your spouse? A judge in Nice, France thinks so. He fined a 51-year-old man 8,500 pounds for not having sex with his now ex-wife. The judge's decision was based on French civil code article 215, which holds that married couples must agree to a "shared communal life." In the judge's eyes, this means: "sexual relations must form part of a marriage."
- Is this Really Happening? at Big Fat Blog (Keywords: Scotland, fat, poverty)
Obese children to be put up for adoption; A couple may have their obese children removed after social services ruled they had not lost enough weight, by Nick Collins:
The mother and father of seven children, six of whom are overweight, face the "unbearable" prospect of never seeing their fouryoungest again if authorities act on a threat to remove them.
- The Clitoris: Most. Awkward. Discussion. Ever! at Sociology in Focus VaginaStuff (Keywords: US, sex, academia, sociology, cissexist language)
Some conversation topics are really awkward. But why? How do cultural norms and practices shape our feelings about certain subjects? Have you ever wondered why some topics (like sex) are awkward or embarrassing? Looking at the broader context, we can see culture and power as a guiding force not only for what gets constructed as acceptable sexuality but also comfortable conversation topics.
- U.S. Could (Finally) Legalize Condoms in Prisons and Jails at Housing Works via BecauseIamAWoman (Keywords: US, prison, STIs, HIV/AIDS)
The legislation, called the Justice Act, was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) in August, and could help address a seemingly intractable problem: the spread of HIV during and after incarceration. “We can no longer afford to ignore the reality that sexually transmitted infections can be spread within our correctional system,” said Lee.
- The Sex Ed Women Really Need at Huffington Post (Keywords: US, sex ed)
If there's one thing women share, it's proverbial horror stories of early sexual discovery -- in classrooms, bathrooms or late night sleepover conversations. Which is why New York State's recent mandate that sex education in public schools include birth control methodologies and advice about when to become sexual be rolled into a mixed-gender health class is a good thing.
- The world's sex ed toys at Salin NOT SAFE FOR WORK (Keywords: China, Switzerland, US, Hong Kong, sex ed, abuse)
A collection of anatomically-correct teaching dolls from around the world.[Image descriptions:
Image 1: A smiling teacher shows a toddler a soft doll with a white bra and dark pubic hair.
Image 2 : A plush vulva with brownish outerlips, pink inner lips, a clit, a yellow urethral opening, a red vaginal opening. A plush penis with foreskin and testicles.
Image 3: A pregnant plush wearing a pink bra with a bab plush coming out of of its vagina. A close-up of the baby plush, with a silver snap mouth that the caption says latches onto the breast. A picture of the undressed post-partum doll, with extra fabric on the belly and pubic hair.
Image 4: A family of dolls: A son wearing a blue cap, a dad with a blue cap, a mom, and a daughter. They are shown dressed in red and blue, in their underwear, and fully undressed. There is a picture of the parent dolls undressed, and the mother has a baby coving out of her vagina and dangling from the umbilical cord.
Image 5: Three extremely fancy, whimsical takes on vulvas, in printed fabrics. Some have leopard spots, some have big silky clitoral hoods, some have ruffles around the urethral opening.
Image 6: Another family of undressed dolls. Dad has a moustache, chest, and pubic hair, mom has public hair.
Image: A life-sized plush baby with umbilical stump, detatchable placenta, and a uterus it can be delivered through, either vaginally, or via a cesaeran slit.
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