February 2016

STIs, Shame, and the Sabbath: What It’s Like to Learn About Sex as an Orthodox Jew


“I first learned about sex in the bathroom of my co-ed yeshiva day school when I was eight. While we huddled around an automatic hand drier, two of my kippa-wearing, tzizit-wielding friends told me roughly what happens when a man masturbates: “You rub your dick a lot and then white stuff shoots out!” I listened in horror, unsure if they were joking. I was too scared to ask my parents or teachers and embarrassed to ask my friends to clarify; I wouldn’t hear about sex from my teachers until I was nearly 13.”

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Kentucky lawmaker’s bill forces men to get note from wives before purchasing Viagra

“Tired of what she considers the government inserting itself into women’s private lives, a Kentucky lawmaker has decided to return the favor.

Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Louisville Democrat, has introduced a bill that would force men who want to use erectile dysfunction drugs to jump through a series of humiliating hoops beforehand, such as visiting a doctor twice and getting notes from their wives.

‘I want to protect these men from themselves,’ Marzian, who is a nurse, told the Courier-Journal.

‘This is about family values,’ she added.

Mazian told Fox affiliate WDRB that House Bill 396 would also require that someone seeking Viagra, Cialis, Levitra or Avanafil ‘make a sworn statement with his hand on a Bible that he will only use a prescription for a drug for erectile dysfunction when having sexual relations with his current spouse.'”

Keep Reading it -> Washington Post

Two Kids, An IUD, and Then, An Abortion


“A couple of Fridays ago, I walked my older son to school and then my younger son to daycare. Then I crossed over the ice-and-salt encrusted overpass to the metro station and headed downtown. As I emerged back up onto the street, I checked my phone and enjoyed a little lift of triumph. Getting places a bit early or exactly on time is one of my small pleasures. It means all my systems are humming just right. That morning, I was five minutes early for my appointment to have an abortion.”

Continue reading -> Jezebel

Hillary Clinton on Women’s Health


This weekend I got to attend an excellent event at my university featuring Hillary Clinton. Now, as most people know, Hillary (yeah, we’re on a first name basis now…) is running to be President of the United States; but what a lot of people don’t know is that she has already done so much to promote women’s health!

Women’s health has never been a front-and-center issue in politics, unless it’s about whether women should be allowed to terminate pregnancies or not. But there are so many other topics that affect women and how we are treated in the medical system that people rarely acknowledge. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton on Women’s Health”

Is Toxic Shock Syndrome on the Rise Among Young Women?


“In the past year, we’ve written a lot about TSS, the infection caused by a strain of staph bacteria carried by 33 percent of the population. Tampons made with synthetic materials can create an ideal breeding ground for the staph to multiply and attack the body like a ‘D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach,’ as one researcher told me last fall. For an illness that’s long been considered an epidemic of the 80s, there have been a lot of stories lately of women sent to the hospital due to the infection; in Michigan, the recent cases have even been called a ‘TSS outbreak.'”

Continue Reading -> VICE

Love, Sex, and Dating as a Neo-Virgin


“All through my teens I became known as The Person Who Didn’t Have Sex. My decision not to do it was often either used as the reason why a guy didn’t want to go out with me, or as the reason he did—so he could break down the barriers, so to speak. But I was quite naughty.”

Read More -> VICE

The Real Problem with the CDC’s “Drinking too much” Infographic

If a woman drinks when she is pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, her child could end up with severe mental and physical disabilities due to alcohol exposure.  This is a reality, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in an effort to help inform the public about the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), produced an infographic saying as much.


The media, of course, had a field day with this infographic, and turned a poster about the risks of drinking for women into a campaign against women drinking unless they are on birth control.  I have studied this infographic extensively, and nowhere on the poster does the CDC ever suggest that only women who practice safe sex can drink.

There is still a problem with the CDC’s approach to informed drinking and safe sexual practices though.  It all falls on the woman! Continue reading “The Real Problem with the CDC’s “Drinking too much” Infographic”

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