A topic more women should talk to eachother about.

A topic more women should talk to eachother about.

Whether you consider it to be right or wrong, abortion is something worthy talking about.

What pulls women together is our shared experiences. Ignoring what we have in common and pretending like it’s something that doesn’t actually happen is BS.

This graphic is originally from: http://empathizethis.com/. Check them out.

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Magical Things That Will Happen If We Invest More Money In Girls And Women

Magical Things That Will Happen If We Invest More Money In Girls And Women

Stop investing in stupid stuff and invest in something that actually makes a difference for everyone. Like, what the hell does investing in gold do for families? Call me naive to gold economics, but investing in women and girls is a waaay better idea.

 

Here are some facts from Women Deliver:

Too many women and newborns are dying worldwide during pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Every year, approximately 287,000 girls and women die from pregnancy-related causes.
  • Ten countries have 60 percent of the global maternal deaths: India (56,000), Nigeria (40,000), Democratic Republic of the Congo (15,000), Pakistan (12,000), Sudan (10,000), Indonesia (9,600), Ethiopia (9,000), United Republic of Tanzania (8,500), Bangladesh (7,200) and Afghanistan (6,400).
  • Ten million women are lost in every generation.
  • 3.1 million newborn babies die every year, also from causes that are mainly preventable and typically linked to the mother’s health.
  • Huge disparities exist between rich and poor countries, and between the rich and poor in all countries.
  • One in 32 Afghan women will die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, and one in 23 in Niger.
  • One in 2,400 women will die of these causes in the United States, and one in 14,100 in Sweden.

Investing another US $12 billion a year (for a total of US $24 billion) would fulfill the unmet need for family planning and provide every woman with the recommended standard of maternal and newborn care. The results:

  • Reducing unintended pregnancies by more than 66%
  • Preventing 70% of maternal deaths
  • Averting 44% of newborn deaths
  • Reducing unsafe abortion by 73%
  • Cutting disability-adjusted life years lost to pregnancy-related illness and premature death by 66%

Though the funding is essential to prevent these deaths, money alone can’t solve this problem. Governments must also:

  • Strengthen health systems and address serious gaps, including 1.1 million health care professionals (midwives, nurses, doctors, and specialists) and managers by 2015.
  • Strengthen maternal, newborn, and reproductive health programs and institutions, and ensure that information and services are available and sensitive to and respectful of women.
  • Develop monitoring and accountability mechanisms and channels for community engagement that address wider socio-economic, political, and cultural barriers to maternal and newborn health care.

Why Women Die

These are the main causes resulting in maternal death worldwide:

 

  1. Haemorrhage is excessive bleeding or an abnormal blood flow.
  2. Eclampsia and hypertensive disorders are blood pressure complications, which can cause convulsions and even death for pregnant women before, during, or after birth.
  3. Unsafe abortion is the termination of an unwanted pregnancy by a person lacking the necessary skills or in an unsanitary environment. Every year, an estimated 20 million unsafe abortions take place.
  4. Sepsis is a severe infection, most common during the postpartum period.
  5. Embolism is an obstruction in a blood vessel due to a blood clot or another object becoming stuck while moving through the bloodstream.
  6. Another prominent direct cause is obstructed labor. Obstructed labor occurs when the fetus cannot pass through the birth canal. It is most common among young girls whose bodies are not yet mature and women whose pelvises are underdeveloped due to malnutrition.

But these deaths can be prevented through simple cost-effective measures. Learn how.

Three Core Strategies to Save Lives

While there is no magic bullet that solves all maternal health problems, the great majority of maternal deaths can be prevented through simple cost-effective measures, which can be implemented even where resources are scarce.

The core strategies that have been demonstrated to improve maternal and newborn health are:

1. Access to family planning – counseling, services, and supplies
2. Access to quality care for pregnancy and childbirth
– antenatal care
– skilled attendance at birth, including emergency obstetric and neonatal care
– immediate postnatal care for mothers and newborns
3. Access to safe abortion services, when legal

A functioning health system, with a well-trained, motivated workforce, can deliver effective, safe, and high-quality health services to all segments of the population. Universal access to high-quality health care – provided in health facilities, staffed by skilled attendants; stocked with essential drugs, contraceptives, and reproductive health supplies; and equipped to provide the full range of essential services – prevents maternal and newborn death and injuries.

Every government and donor needs to prioritize and support these three strategies, within the context of global commitments to strengthening health systems, realizing human rights, involving communities, and prioritizing the needs of the poor and marginalized.

Global Price Tag

$12 Billion Annually Needed to Meet MDG 5

Governments and the international community must commit funding to provide essential services to all women in developing countries to meet MDG 5 (Improve Maternal Health) by 2015. Investing in women makes sense right now and is essential for our future.

Investing another US $12 billion a year (for a total of US $24 billion) would fulfill the unmet need for family planning and provide every woman with the recommended standard of maternal and newborn care. The results:

  • Reducing unintended pregnancies by more than 66%
  • Preventing 70% of maternal deaths
  • Averting 44% of newborn deaths
  • Reducing unsafe abortion by 73%
  • Cutting disability-adjusted life years lost to pregnancy-related illness and premature death by 66%

Though the funding is essential to prevent these deaths, money alone can’t solve this problem. Governments must also:

  • Strengthen health systems and address serious gaps, including 1.1 million health care professionals (midwives, nurses, doctors, and specialists) and managers by 2015.
  • Strengthen maternal, newborn, and reproductive health programs and institutions, and ensure that information and services are available and sensitive to and respectful of women.
  • Develop monitoring and accountability mechanisms and channels for community engagement that address wider socio-economic, political, and cultural barriers to maternal and newborn health care.

 

Jennifer Lee on being a female director- GASP!

Jennifer Lee on being a female director- GASP!

“Frozen” just became the first movie directed by a woman to break 1$ billion in worldwide ticket sales. Jennifer Lee, who is one of the directors of “Frozen”, wrote an awesome piece in the Los Angeles Times about her experiences.

Why is it that the most frequent question she has been asked is in regards to being a woman? To me, that’s infuriating. Isn’t there something more pressing to talk about than her gender? What about her political views, or her directing skills, maybe even her interests or hobbies?

Let’s focus NOT on Jennifer Lee’s womanhood (although very important), but instead on her accomplishments and strength.

You go Glen Coco, you go.

See the full article here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscar-frozen-jennifer-lee,0,7381630.story#axzz2vHjxF0HA

Why Andi Dorfman from the Bachelor is probably a feminist.

Why Andi Dorfman from the Bachelor is probably a feminist.

If you don’t watch The Bachelor, you missed out on something really revolutionary in tonight’s episode. Andi Dorfman finally spoke up about how ridiculous Juan Pablo is, and the entirety of the show for that matter.

Now, I’m not usually one for crappy reality TV where a bunch of girls are dating the same guy at once- creepy resemblance to Sister Wives if you ask me. BUT, anyway, Andi broke the silence tonight. She will be characterized as a bitch now, but she broke the silence. She told Juan Pablo what millions of women in America have probably been thinking this entire time.

Yes, he’s cute. Yes, he’s athletic. Yes, he’s funny. But doesn’t he remind you of that guy you dated? The one who didn’t actually listen to what you had to say, or didn’t know any real substance about you? He took you on some great dates (that usually ended up in a hook up), but he was always really caught up in himself.

Juan Pablo is ‘that guy.’ Men, please do not use him as an example.

Andi, like many women, took the time to get to know Juan. Yes, I know he had 30 other women to worry about, but when it boiled down to only a handful, don’t you think he should have remembered some important details about the woman he had carefully hand selected for himself from such a large original group?

Andi knew his religion at the drop of a hat, just an example of what I’m trying to touch on here.

Obviously this is a TV show, and a very unrealistic one at that. But all too often, it becomes reality. Andi not only spoke up for herself, but many other women tonight.

Yes, this sounds cheesy, but this is a small victory for women who are sick of guys ignoring the words that come out of our mouths, and only looking at the superficial aspects.

Andi is a Federal Prosecutor. She’s a career woman. She is 26, single and independent. She wants to be on a level field with her partner.

Thank goodness for women who are willing to break the silence that silences us all.

“Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language.” Audre Lorde.

Feminism is equality through a different scope.

Feminism is equality through a different scope.

Feminism: When I ask for equal rights why must you assume I want to be treated like a man?

Feminism is this radical notion that women are different from men, and that difference should be celebrated. Daily.

As an ever evolving practice, feminism is something often misunderstood. Personally, I don’t want to be treated as though I am a man, but I DO want to be treated equally to men. Women and men are different beings, we are not meant to be one in the same.

What to call your vagina.

Let’s just acknowledge that today is global female condom day! Usually, the idea that females can use condoms too is ignored. Quite frankly, I think girl condoms are scary. Let’s discuss our options. (This is the part of the presentation where that creepy sex ed teacher smiles at you, and you get really confused. Was he just smiling at me? Why is he smiling at me? Que. the red cheeks.)

First, we have our contraceptive sponge. Notice my comments are in bold.

This barrier method is a soft, disk-shaped device with a loop for taking it out. So it’s like a tampon, no? It is made out of polyurethane (pah-lee-YUR-uh-thayn) foam and contains the spermicide (SPUR-muh-syd) nonoxynol-9. Spermicide kills sperm. If you need to provide the proper annunciation for something I am sticking in my vajayjay, then I probably shouldn’t use it. Also, I am glad this contraceptive is going to kill sperm. That’s it’s damn job.

Before having sex, you wet the sponge and place it, loop side down, inside your vagina to cover the cervix. Am I being cleaned?! The sponge is effective for more than one act of intercourse for up to 24 hours. It needs to be left in for at least 6 hours after having sex to prevent pregnancy. It must then be taken out within 30 hours after it is inserted.

Only one kind of contraceptive sponge is sold in the United States. It is called the Today Sponge. The “Today Sponge”??? The Today Sponge that I can use more than once in my ‘today.’ Oh, and there’s only one. Pfft, great.  Women who are sensitive to the spermicide nonoxynol-9 should not use the sponge. Women who are sensitive to a penis shouldn’t use a sponge to prevent pregnancy.

Next, we have a diaphragm, cervical cap, and cervical shield.

These barrier methods block the sperm from entering the cervix (the opening to your womb) and reaching the egg.

  • The diaphragm is a shallow latex cup. I’m gonna shove a cup up my vajayjay now?! You’ve got to be shitting me.
  • The cervical cap is a thimble-shaped latex cup. It often is called by its brand name, FemCap.
  • The cervical shield is a silicone cup that has a one-way valve that creates suction and helps it fit against the cervix. It often is called by its brand name, Lea’s Shield. I wanna meet this Lea chick.

The diaphragm and cervical cap come in different sizes, and you need a doctor to “fit” you for one. The cervical shield comes in one size, and you will not need a fitting. So not only do we get fitted for dresses, pants, shoes, and retainers- we get to be fitted for a cervical cap too! “Mum, I’m going to get fit for my cervical cap today! Jeez, am I excited.”

Before having sex, add spermicide (to block or kill sperm) to the devices. Then place them inside your vagina to cover your cervix. You can buy spermicide gel or foam at a drug store. Foam? Am I the only girl confused by the logistics of foam in my cupcake?

( info from: http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/birth-control-methods.cfm)

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This leads me to the part of our discussion on WHAT TO CALL YOUR VAGINA.

This can be a very arduous task.

You don’t want to use a name that’s too professional, but it can’t be too childish, either. It should be somewhat sexy, but also slightly serious. And everyone can have their own preference for their name. It’s YOUR name for YOUR vagina! Today, I’ve spent about 87% of my time deciding on the name for my own. If you are curious as to what it is, direct yourself to the giant picture above.

Here is a short list of ideas to serve as a sort of jumping off point:

  • vajayjay
  • vag
  • twat
  • slit
  • snatch
  • cooch
  • coochie
  • cooter
  • cooze
  • coozie
  • gash
  • hole
  • muff
  • flange
  • minge
  • box
  • quim
  • poon
  • poontang
  • fud (Scottish term)
  • bits
  • peach
  • flower
  • kitty
  • tutu
  • cookie
  • muffin
  • cupcake***

I recognize that I should have spent a majority of my time during puberty figuring this out, but even as a 19 year old I am just beginning to get hips and figuring this whole woman thing out.

I hope you and your cupcake have a fabulous day.

Precious Jones