Women’s History Month 2012: Mary Beth Fecteau

During (almost) all of my years at Wheaton College I had the opportunity to be a Resident Advisor. I got to lightly ‘supervise’ the residential setting of college students throughout the years. This time was not by any means ‘easy.’ There would be constant roommate spats, marijuana smells and raucous parties (some of which I…

Taking the Leap!

I was a smoker for most of my teenage life and well into my adult life. I remember my first cigarette like it just happened. I had just emigrated to the U.S. and was having a challenging time finding a group of friends to hang out. To be sure, I was in my awkward teenage…

Five Things Friday

Work has again gotten the best of me. With 30-ish days left in this tour of service things have picked up at an alarming speed. With that said, I wanted to get back into the blogging routine with a Five Things Friday post; 5 things that are going on for me this week. 1. iPhone…

Getting Equal (Healthcare)

We don’t know nearly enough about the health outcomes of the LGBT community. In fact we know nearly nothing at all. Recently the National Institutes for Health (NIH) put out a request to the Institute of Medicine (IoM) to find out exactly how much is known about LGBT health. The answer? Not a whole lot….

Sexual Health Sunday: Get Tested

During my senior year of college I had the opportunity to take one of the best classes my school had to offer; Health Psychology. In this class we talked about the psychology of public health and different models that could be used to alter people’s attitudes toward their own wellbeing. In one assignment we were…

Sexual Health Sunday: 3 Things We Lose Without Planned Parenthood

  Founded by Margaret Sanger in 1942 (1941 if you’re being technical), Planned Parenthood has become an iconic representation of a sex-positive organization that promotes “a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.” Last week the U.S….

We’re Still Here…

HIV/AIDS turned 30 a couple years ago and because of medicines many folks are living longer but what about my brothers and sisters who are still over-represented in the reported HIV/AIDS data. Black and African American folks are no more likely to engage in risky behavior than our White and Latino peers but we’re accessing prevention efforts and staggeringly low rates…why? Folks aren’t listening to us, they don’t know where we’re coming from…all this in an age where ‘Diversity’ and ‘Cultural Competence’ are words du jour.

Agency From Below?

Feminists for Life…really? More women-centered programming? Maternity classes? Access to safer-sex materials? Yes, that all sounds absolutely wonderful but what happens when women don’t access these programs (either because of lack of information, structural barriers, etc.) ? We need a contingency plan that affords women the agency to make their own decisions. With all the information we can provide women – they must be their own agents in the control of their whole bodies. More after the jump…