G Spots and Sore Spots
“When Nicole couldn’t lose that drunk guy, I called her cell to give her an out.” This is just one of several clever strategies appearing on posters developed for Men Can Stop Rape’s new Where Do You Stand? Campaign. This refreshing project teaches and empowers college men to do something in everyday situations in order to prevent sexual assault, emphasizing strength rather than violence and providing useful strategies for bystander intervention. To see the campaign’s other great visuals and to purchase materials, visit http://www.mencanstoprape.org/vmchk/10-Where-Do-You-Stand.html.
We all want a smart doctor, but a doctor with some people skills definitely couldn’t hurt either— which is why the traditional Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is getting a makeover! Set to debut in 2015, the new MCAT will include a section on psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior, as well as a new section on critical analysis and reasoning skills. These additions will help ensure that our doctors are well-versed in both the hard sciences and the more human matters of psychology and emotion.
Devotees of popular keratin hair treatment brand Brazilian Blowout were undoubtedly dismayed to discover that, along with stick-straight locks, some of the products also deliver carcinogenic formaldehyde gas emissions. While this tangled mess can be considered a Sore Spot for sure, we are happy that the company has agreed to give their products a new warning label and to provide salons with information pamphlets that outline the formaldehyde-related health risks. The Brazilian Blowout company will also pay a hefty $600,000 penalty to the state of California for putting unknowing consumers and salon workers at risk.
Houston resident and new mother Donnicia Venters was fired from her job recently – not for being late or poor performance, but for asking for permission to pump breast milk. To add insult to injury, U.S. District Court Judge Lynn later ruled that this was somehow not an act of sex discrimination based on the very scientific assertion that Venters “was no longer pregnant and her pregnancy-related conditions ended" the day after she gave birth. Can we see this guy’s attendance record for high school biology?
The incredible anti-woman gaffes continue to abound in the GOP presidential nominee race. Rick Santorum recently commented on the history of abortion while speaking at the American Heartland Forum in Missouri. In a disturbingly nostalgic tone, Santorum described the good ol’ days, pre-Roe, 50 years ago when “people who did abortions were, you know, in the shadows, were people who were considered really bad doctors,” lamenting that “now, abortion is something that is just accepted.” Who doesn’t miss all that shame and life-endangerment, right? Abortion-related deaths have decreased dramatically since Roe v. Wade and we’d like to keep it that way, thank you very much.
It seems that everything really is bigger in Texas, even barriers to accessing women’s health services! Last fall, anti-choice leaders in the Lone Star State decided that slashing Medicaid family planning funds by roughly two-thirds ($74 million) and prohibiting providers who offer abortion from receiving any funds would be a great way to simultaneously save money and reduce abortion rates. Not surprisingly, a state budget analysis determined that the resulting unintended pregnancies would end up costing taxpayers more, not less.