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Sep 9, 2014
It’s that time again – time when young people from around the nation travel to Washington, DC for the Urban Retreat!
Each year over 120 youth activists gather in Washington, D.C. to share expertise with one another and Advocates for Youth staff; learn about the latest findings and legislation that affect reproductive health; participate in trainings; and make a commitment to be lifelong advocates for young people’s reproductive and sexual health and rights. Then they head to Capitol Hill to educate their representatives on why comprehensive sexual health education …
Sep 4, 2014
This summer, Minnesota passed a first-of-its-kind law improving the treatment of pregnant incarcerated women. In addition to extending an existing ban on the use of restraints during childbirth for up to three days postpartum, the law also allows incarcerated women to have a doula.
Doulas are trained birth attendants who provide physical and psychological support during pregnancy and birth. Doulas have gained popularity in recent years. Doulas of North America (DONA), just one of a handful of training organizations, now boasts 6,500
Aug 17, 2014
I’ve been watching the story unfold and the events that have taken place in Ferguson have made it evident that black and brown bodies have no worth in America. I’ve gone from apathy, to deep sadness, and now I am angry. I am fed up. I am sick and tired of hearing another name, another victim of police brutality or a racially charged murder. I am tired of fearing for my little brother’s life.
The people who are supposed to be protecting our young black and brown youth are …
Aug 12, 2014
For a young activist in sometimes very isolated parts of Africa, one tends to think they are fighting alone or worse, be blinded by their fight. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), showed me and my fellow activists, among other things, that we were not fighting this fight alone and our fight was only one of many.
Three months after receiving 50,000 applications from young Sub-Saharan Africans, the 500 who have been selected arrived in the US as the inaugural YALI class of 2014. Each of these young leaders …
Aug 6, 2014
Are you tired of politicians interfering in your personal health decisions? Fed up with the growing number of states that are making it ever more difficult to access abortion care?
Yeah, so are we. That’s why were are linking up with All* Above All for their Be Bold Road Trip! This summer, All* Above All, a campaign to restore and sustain abortion coverage, is traveling around the country visiting 12 cities, 8 states and covering more than 10,000 miles to build nationwide support and call on Congress to …
Aug 1, 2014
The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by normalizing condom use on college and university campuses. Students from across the country apply to become SafeSites, individual condom distribution points, and upon selection receive a box of 500 Trojan condoms to distribute to their peers. SafeSites are also tasked with educating their peers about safer sex and advocating on …
Aug 1, 2014
As a student at Georgetown University, I was always thankful to be covered under my mother’s employee-based health insurance plan. When there was debate over how or if religiously-affiliated organizations, such as Georgetown, would adhere to the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I breathed a sigh of relief because I did not have to worry about losing my access to birth control without cost-sharing, as many of my classmates did. I was able to cheer when the ACA went into effect two years ago on …
Jul 31, 2014
The Candies Foundation has a few stories from teenage mothers on their website. The stories are heartfelt, information, and I can only assume an honest account of what each mother felt when they wrote them. The inclusion of these young women’s stories is important and could be very useful to making non-shaming teenage pregnancy prevention ads. However, Candies has a history of promoting and making ads that shame teenage mothers for their sexual health choices and now has a history of ignoring teenage mothers who asked to meet with …
Jul 22, 2014
The Supreme Court’s buffer zone decision has the potential to have adverse affects on the sexual health of youth. American youth already have higher rates of unintended pregnancies-despite the latest decline in rates, growing rates of sexually transmitted diseases, and receive misinformation about sexual health all the time (read abstinence only sex education in public schools).
By not upholding the buffer zones outside of abortion clinics the Supreme Court just unanimously put youth in America at greater sexual health risk.
The first time I went to a …
Jul 9, 2014
May madness- “Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Month” -hit a usual
high low when Las Vegas police, religion, and local state efforts all worked together to tell young women that they should “Choose Purity.” The event was *great* and featured police offers with guns, body bags, and scary ass monologues all in the name of “brining awareness to the problem of teenage pregnancy.” This even would be shocking if it wasn’t a prime example of what American society thinks sex education looks like.
Jul 7, 2014
Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.
- G.D ANDERSON
Some people might not understand the importance of the latest Pantene commercial, but I can relate completely. While it’s become clearer in the last few months that the war on women extends way past reproductive rights, issues like the one reflected in the TV spot often go unnoticed because there has only recently been rhetoric about the deep-rooted origins of gendered behavior.
In the last …
Jul 7, 2014
It’s just wrong that hardworking and dedicated young people can be fired for being gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or queer. For being who they are. These young people have no protection. No recourse.
We need our President to stand strong. And right now, he can make a big difference for thousands of LGBTQ federal employees and contractors. Join us in demanding that President Obama and his Administration do the right thing and sign executive orders protecting LGBTQ workers without needless exemptions that would open the door to discrimination.
Jun 30, 2014
It’s been a tough few days for us here at Advocates. Last week the Supreme Court ruled against buffer zones at abortion clinics, and just a couple hours ago the Court put women’s access to contraception in jeopardy.
We could give you a long, legal explanation of the cases, but in short—until our society recognizes that sexuality is a normal, healthy part of being human, we’ll continue to get devastating decisions like these.
Jun 17, 2014
To help us wrap up Men’s Health Week we talk with Partnership for Male Youth to look towards how health care providers and professionals can uplift the status of young men’s health in America.
Why young men?
Adolescent and young adult (AYA) males – those between the ages of 10 and 26 – receive minimal health care; for them health care consists largely of sports physicals and an occasional visit to the emergency room. Yet, according to the most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and …
Jun 16, 2014
A Step Ahead Foundation hopes to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for women and their children in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. We hope to decrease poverty by reducing economic strain and encourage career opportunities before child birth. We provide a means for women to plan each child and every step of her life through education and long-acting reversible contraception.
Their new Man On campaign www.thesexyed.com seeks to engage young men in the area in sexual and reproductive health. Man On is a movement to get young men …
Jun 13, 2014
Working to engage young men in sexual health is an exciting front. Kicking up the excitement level even higher are those behind the Hulu Original Series, East Los High. In addition to the captivating full season of entertainent. the ELH team offers viewers a chance to interact with characters further in mini episodes. Our favorite is Ask Paulie.
Ask Paulie is a sex and love advice webisode series, hosted by Paulie, one of the most beloved characters from Season 1 of East Los High. In the TV …
Jun 13, 2014
Day 5 of Men’s Health Week and there are plenty of other great examples of organizations working to promote healthy sexual behavior in young men through engaging and innovative programing. Today we speak with our colleagues at Men Can Stop Rape.
Why young men?
Promoting an understanding of the ways in which traditional masculinity contributes to sexual assault, relationship violence, power dynamics and other forms of men’s violence against women is one of MCSR key components towards the development of Healthy Masculinity for young men in our programs. A …
Jun 10, 2014
Today we check out some of the work happening at Fresno Barrios Unidos, an organization dedicated to providing knowledge and opportunities that ensure youth, families, and individuals may release their human talent and energy in order to promote nurturing healthy environments.
Why young men?
We feel it’s important for Fresno Barrios Unidos to engage young men in issues related to sexual health because, historically men, young men in particular have been overlooked when it comes to comprehensive sex education programs and access to services. We feel that it …
Jun 9, 2014
Many of us spent this beautiful weekend indoors, binge-watching Orange is the New Black. For those who did not, you missed both a great TV show, and a valuable lesson in anatomy, in episode four: A Whole Other Hole. The conversation began among inmates Poussey, Taystee, Janae, and Cindy. The topic: How many holes do we have down there? Poussey insists we have two, the vagina and the one for pee, while others are sure we only have one.
The group moves to the showers for personal verification, as …
Jun 2, 2014
(image reposted from DLCentral)
(This post contains SPOILERS. Trigger warning: misogyny and homophobia.)
The Last of Us: Left Behind DLC (downloadable content) came out on Valentine’s Day 2014 with rabid anticipation and celebration from fans of the original Playstation 3 exclusive The Last of Us and TLoU: American Dreams comic series. But not everyone was thrilled with the game.
I won’t hide that I’m personally a huge fan of this franchise. I waited years for The Last of Us and kept track of various nuances in the video …
May 29, 2014
This post has been cross-posted on the collaborative blog Feminists-At-Large.
Glenn Beck, a conservative television and radio host, revealed his family history of rape and abuse today, on his network, The Blaze. This revelation, however, was not intended to demonstrate solidarity with or validate the experiences of survivors. Rather, it comes in response to criticism he has received after Stu Burguiere claimed that college sexual assault statistics are inflated and mocked scenarios representing sexual coercion and assault, on Wonderful World of Stu,a show on Beck’s own network.…
May 27, 2014
As we are rounding out the last few days of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, we just wanted to remind everyone that there is a birth control method out there that is a “best fit” for your lifestyle! The methods range from condoms, pills, patch, and the ring, just to name a few! And while you’re considering what works best for you, also research the Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARC) options which are the IUDs and the Arm Implant! Not sure about whether the IUD is right for you, …
May 20, 2014
When it comes to Beyonce Knowles, I have long been of the opinion that there are only two options when it comes to her. One could either be a hardcore stan (overzealous fan) or indifferent. I fall in the second category. I enjoy some of her music, but I am not at all vested in the aspects of her personal life. Her fans irritate me quite frankly, because they never critique her faults, no matter how numerous they are. It’s hypocritical.
There’s been a lot of buzz lately …
May 14, 2014
Guest post by Lara Brooks
Lara S. Brooks is a Chicago-based youth worker fighting for transformative justice, queer and trans youth spaces, a never-ending supply of harm reduction options, and holistic health access for youth experiencing homelessness. Brooks works with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health as a youth rights advocate.
During the first week of April 2014, youth leaders rallied at the Illinois state capitol to advocate for their reproductive rights and generate awareness about the dangers of the Parental Notification of Abortion Law (PNA). The Illinois …
Apr 30, 2014
So, Amazon is using some of its profits to help non-profits. Both my girlfriend and I have chosen Advocates for Youth.
I screen capped some basic info about this opportunity and posted the image below.
Apr 30, 2014
“Republican Gov. Bill Haslam took the 10 days allotted to him to consider the advice of doctors, addiction experts and reproductive health groups urging him to veto the punitive and dangerous measure that allows prosecutors to charge a woman with criminal assault if she uses illegal drugs during her pregnancy and her fetus or newborn is considered harmed as a result. Haslam ignored these recommendations — and the recommendations of nearly every major medical association, …
Apr 30, 2014
Learn more about the Department of Education’s clarifying statement here…
Apr 30, 2014
Last year Candies started the #NoTeenPreg hashtag in an effort to continue the work they do which they believe helps reduce unintended teenage pregnancies.
A group of former teen moms, now young moms, really felt that Candies mission is an important one but their messaging and ads were stigmatizing, rude, disrespectful, and not informative enough so #NoTeenShame was born.
We asked the founder of the Candies Foundation, Neil Cole, to meet with us as a group to discuss how we could work together to make better, non stigmatizing, and …
Apr 29, 2014
Bill O’Reilly believes that Beyonce does not deserve to be on the cover of Time magazine because she causes young women in the black community to have unintended pregnancies…. Seriously, he said that.
As a young black Latina who had her daughter at 15, I don’t even know where to start with his ridiculous claim. I can however promise you that Beyonce and her music were the LAST things that led to my being pregnant at 15 years old. Terrible sexual health education classes in my conservative southern school; poverty; lack
Apr 29, 2014
Apr 28, 2014
Over the past week, people have been discussing Avril Lavigne’s racist new music video for her song “Hello Kitty.” It premiered on her YouTube channel last Tuesday and was taken down temporarily due to the backlash. The video features Avril rapping in Japanese, wearing a cupcake tutu, dancing with four expressionless Japanese women, and generally bastardizing Japanese culture.
Using other cultures, and particularly women of color, as props is unfortunately not new to Western entertainment. Lavigne is now one of several white female artists to appropriate other …
Apr 28, 2014
If you are anti-choice, this article is not for you. I am not writing to add to the plethora of content on the importance of reproductive rights. Rather, I am writing to ask more from the pro-choice community.
I’m pro-choice, but I would never have an abortion.
There was a time in my life when I had the audacity to make such a baseless statement. But then someone in my life, someone I respect and admire told me that they had had an abortion, and my adolescent naivety …
Apr 25, 2014
Kanye West is just as much of a disgusting low-life as Ray J is. “I made it over NBA, NFL players”? Really? Ugh
“…An internal source of joy and confidence in appearance are radical acts for Black women in
Apr 25, 2014
It is a dangerous thing to convey mouthpiece status on oneself in situations where one cannot completely identify with the group of people spoken for. Pharrell Williams has left a lot of black people irritated with his claim of being “New Black”.
“The New Black doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “New Black” dreams and realises that it’s not pigmentation: it’s a mentality and it’s either going to work for you or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going
Apr 25, 2014
And read an abridged version of her talk here
Apr 24, 2014
On Thursday April 10th, 2014 the Senate of the Nigerian National Assembly passed the HIV and AIDS Anti-Stigma and Discrimination Bill. This Bill seeks to prevent the stigmatization of and discrimination against those living with or affected by HIV and AIDS in Nigeria. It seeks to protect their human rights and dignity, while encouraging those that are infected to declare their HIV status in a more friendly community and country. If this bill is signed into law, it will become illegal for banks to firing a person …
Apr 21, 2014
TW: Discussion of rape and sexual assault
“It should not be called nonconsensual sex. Rape is rape. It’s a crime. It’s a felony.”
via Al Jazeera America…
Apr 19, 2014
Prom season is in full swing! Students across the country are reserving limos, renting tuxes, and posing for those classically awkward photos for their parents. But while we’re enjoying the glamour, let’s not forget safety! It’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #promswag!
Apr 17, 2014
Last night was “Sex-A-Palooza” my big event for distributing condoms. I had sex related prizes, we played Sex Jeopardy and Words in A Bucket! When people walked in they were given goody bags with 3 Trojan condoms, 2 $1 off coupons and the instructions for using condoms. There were baked goods, chips and soda. We also had pins that were free, related to safe sex and Trojan! It was a great event and people had a lot of fun!…
Apr 14, 2014
Since April is GYT month, I have been talking to some friends and informing others to go get their selves tested, but I’ve noticed that they don’t really care. They either say, “I’m safe, I don’t catch STD’S, it’ll never happen to me…” or they just laugh at me and say no or call me “mom”. I don’t get it.
If only teens actually realized the importance of getting tested and being safe now, it would make such a big difference in the U.S being known as one of the top countries with the …
Apr 10, 2014
By: Sarah Bradley ’17
On April 5, I and another freshmen member of Students for Sexual Health attended the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts conference for campus organizers, alongside representatives from UMASS-Amherst, Boston University, Tufts University, Northeastern University, Smith College, and Wellesley College. It was a day of instruction and reflection on how to improve our campus outreach programs, strengthen our campaigns, recruit new members, and facilitate those difficult conversations concerning reproductive social justice. Discussions were encouraged as we exchanged ideas and strategies. Representing Boston College—a school where …
Apr 10, 2014
Wednesday afternoon’s side event was so good I just have to share it with everyone! WHO, OHCHR, UNDP, and UNFA joined forces to discuss priorities for SHR beyond 2014.
Kate Gilmore, the Deputy Executive Director for UNFPA, moderated the event. I think she was by far the best moderator I’ve ever heard. She provided excellent commentary to the stories and testimonies of the panelists and even shared her own views on SRH issues.For example, in response to conservative legislation attacking the human rights of LGBT people yet allowing or …
Apr 9, 2014
Whenever I tell people that I work for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago doing HIV prevention, they seem to be taken aback: they seem perplexed to think of children, kids, and adolescents as being HIV positive or even at risk. In the United States, the conversation surrounding HIV prevention has typically been focused on older, white, gay men, and bringing youth into the conversation always makes people do a mental double-take. In all honesty, I always look forward to these conversations because it reminds …
Apr 9, 2014
Check out the link below to see more maps that show which states do not require certain issues to be covered in sex ed.
via the Huffington Post and the Guttmacher Institute…
Apr 8, 2014
Today during the Celebrating Cairo & Going Beyond, we heard a powerful message from Ishita Chaudhry, the Executive Director of The YP Foundation. She spoke on why we must not forget about women and girls. As a Indian woman, she recognizes that many in her country view SRHR as a “Western value;” that “denying human rights is culturally appropriate.”
She also told the story of a 16 year old girl whose parents had arranged for her to marry a middle aged man. However, the young woman was able to …
Apr 8, 2014
This week, members of the IYLC are in NYC to participate in the 47th International Commission on Population and Development. We’re here to make sure the youth’s voices and ideas are apart of the post-2015 developmental agenda. However, the IYLC particularly want to ensure youth’s right to comprehensive and accurate sexual and reproductive health information and services. Though there are other groups here who are fighting and advocating for the same thing, there is opposition. We have a long week ahead of us; we can use your support! Share …
Apr 8, 2014
Last year under the support from one of the international organization,I did a short focus group discussion and from there I got lots of information on stigma and self issues. The zest of it has been highlighted as:
Most of them are transgender aged from 17 to 27. They have been identified as transgender and have self identification and have no changes. Local residents are mostly accepted by the family and hence they don’t change whereas the migrant TG changes when they go to their village and to meet …