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This week's round-up includes: whether there is an STI that causes maggots; pornography and parenting; Facebook's gender options; and questioning the value of mammograms.
- STD Awareness: Is There an STD That Causes Maggots? by Anna C. at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (Keywords: sexually transmitted infections, misinformation, search terms, insects)
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been confronted by two mysteries. The first was a collection of search terms that led curious Web surfers to our blog. Take a gander at them and see if you can tell why they raised my eyebrows:
- new std that causes maggots
- what is the new std superbug that causes maggots
- stds that cause worms
- A Letter to My Son about Porn by Harriet Pawson at Everyday Feminism (Keywords: parenting, pornography, sex, gender performance, cis-centrism, heterocentrism)
My darling son, this is not a conversation any boy wants to have with his mom at any age. But it’s a conversation we must have nonetheless. I would be failing in my duty as a parent, guide, and woman if I did not share the following information with you – information that has the power to impact greatly upon your future sex life. And your relationships. So listen carefully. This is important.
- Here Are All the Different Genders You Can Be on Facebook by Will Oremus at Slate (Keywords: Social networking, Facebook, gender, LGBTQIA)
Facebook on Thursday added more than 50 custom gender options for users who don't identify simply as "male" or "female." While this was welcome news to LGBTQ advocates, the company did not publish a list of all the options, leaving users to begin typing into an empty text field in order to bring up a drop-down menu of autocomplete choices. (The site does not seem to allow users to simply leave the field blank, or to type in a gender identifier that is not among the preset options.)
- Vast Study Casts Doubts on Value of Mammograms by Gina Kolata at The New York Times (Keywords: breast cancer, mammography, health care, medical research, gender binary)
The study seems likely to lead to an even deeper polarization between those who believe that regular mammography saves lives, including many breast cancer patients and advocates for them, and a growing number of researchers who say the evidence is lacking or, at the very least, murky.
In case you missed it, also check our most recent MMMMonday post on coping with the (winter) doldrums.
Finally, as always, feel free to share your thoughts on any of these articles, along with what you've been reading or writing this week!