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It’s about time!

December 28, 2007 1 comment

A male pill that acts as a contraceptive is finally being developed by scientists. It’s definitely about time, and I’m sure many, many women will welcome it. It would essentially be the same take-it-once-a-day pill, but it would give women a break from worrying about their pills side effects.

The tablet will be welcomed by women worried about the hormone-laden female version’s links to breast cancer and fatal blood clots. It could also allow couples to share the responsibility for contraception – a role that traditionally falls to women, who could in future have to decide whether to trust their partners.

I like the fact that men could actually take more responsibility in this area. Why do women always have to take responsibility? It takes two! So, that’s definitely a nice aspect of the pill.

And the great thing is, with the research that has been done, the male pill doesn’t affect the man’s libido or his fertility. So for couples who want to have a baby, it wouldn’t be hard to get off the pill and start trying right away.

Good stuff.

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Oh the scandal!

December 19, 2007 6 comments

I am sorry that I have to make a post about the most recent famous teen pregnancy, but after reading some responses on People (I know, it’s horrible that I occasionally read that trash!), I have decided that I really do see a feminist issue within all of this.

First off, Jamie Lynn Spears and her boyfriend, Casey Aldridge, made a mistake. Probably some unprotected sex, because you know, abstinence only education is the way to be! And…seriously, who let’s there teenage children live together? But obviously this pregnancy thing wasn’t purposeful, and all we’re hearing now is how it’s all Jamie’s fault, as well as her mothers. This is why I had to respond to this news. Here are some quotes from People:

“This is a shock to anyone? Where are the role models? … I blame the parents on this one for not educating their daughters to behave like ladies (bold mine).

Ladies? Ladies? Seriously? So, her boyfriend had nothing to do with this? Give me a break! This was a decision on both their parts, and Jamie shouldn’t have to have misogynistic expectations on her just because she happens to have a vagina. We’re in a new age people! Women, and young women at that, have SEX. Oh there! I said it! They have sex! Get over it. And she doesn’t need education on how to behave like a lady. She, and her boyfriend, and the rest of the youth in the U.S. need a good, solid, sexual education program. That’s what they need.

And now onto the mother. Huffington Post said:

“Lynne Spears, what were you thinking? Or not thinking and not doing?”

Well, I must say, kids are growing up quite fast these days and they happen to have their own minds and make decisions for themselves. No parent can stop their child from having sex. And what about Jamie’s dad? Is he in all of this? Is he being held responsible with words like these? No. He’s not.

This is hopefully the first and last time I will posting on this, unless more feminist issues arise from it. I don’t want to make some spectacle out of this, as it already has been made out to be! But this is a clear example of why a comprehensive sexual education is needed. Teens are going to make these decisions either way, but they need to be educated about damn contraceptives!

Pope watch!

November 20, 2007 1 comment

Ok. I think the Pope is…an interesting fellow. I won’t go too far, considering the outrage Sinead O’Connor caused with her whole “rip a picture of the Pope” on SNL. But, ok, I think he, along with the general philosophies of Catholicism are, well, off. At least a little. Probably a lot. This is the latest from the Pope’s trip to Kenya

Pope Benedict XVI accused international agencies of promoting abortion in Africa and blamed “disordered notions” of marriage and the family for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases there.

He blames the “disordered notions” of marriage and family for the spread of STD’s? Is he serious? There’s a spread of STD’s because people aren’t using protection! And unfortunately, sexual violence and rape are very prevalent in Africa.

It’s clear that he doesn’t want to see the spread of STD’s…maybe he, along with George Bush, should reconsider the condom. But will that ever happen? I doubt it.