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This week's round-up includes: misogyny and redirecting defensive energy; states increasing access to postpartum contraception; and dating while mentally ill.
- "Not all men!": redirecting defensive energy by Kasey Weird at Valphehension (Keywords: rape, assault, harassment, misogyny, gender expectations, cis-centrism)
It is, in fact, more important to stay on topic in discussion about rape and harassment than it is to waste time soothing feelings and reassuring individual men that we don’t think they are personally rapists.
The thing that really gets me about the not all men defense, though, is that it’s being directed at the wrong audience.
- States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid by Dana Farrington at NPR (Keywords: birth, contraception, health care access, Medicaid, United States)
A woman is about to give birth. It will be her second child, and she's not looking to have a third anytime soon. She doesn't want to take birth control pills while she's breast-feeding. And condoms aren't as error-proof as she'd like.
There are a couple of alternatives that are safe, effective and could work for years: an IUD or an implant. She'll need a doctor to get those.
Here's the catch: Her Medicaid plan won't pay for contraception if she tries to get it while she's still at the hospital.
- Dating While Mentally Ill by Molly Pohlig at Slate (Keywords: dating, mental illness, ableism, stigma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, self-harm)
I am not ashamed of my condition. Or not exactly. I think there is still a lot more stigma than we admit, and every joke someone cracks about being “so OCD” makes it harder to explain that while you all think you’re totally cool with me being obsessive-compulsive, it’s a lot more than lining up pencils and touching the light switch. Men have broken up with me after getting only a glimpse of my worst looming on the horizon, and others have stayed with me through abhorrent behavior because they were afraid of what I might do if they left.
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