My Choice, Get Ovary It!

Women are beings that have no right to make decisions about their own bodies. Say what?! Yes, this is how we think certain states define women based on the laws they are creating.  A number of laws are try to attack women’s reproductive rights. Back in March 25, 2015, in Ohio, HB 135 or House…

Any room for me in those jeans?

You can’t be raped if your jeans are too tight. Sounds absurd, right? Well this actually happened in real life (please pick up your jaw). An 18-year old Italian girl who was excited for her first driving lesson was assaulted by her driving instructor.  He drove to an isolated place, grabbed the young girl out…

You need a sworn statement to have sex in South Carolina

Imagine this: you’re a 16-year-old girl that lives in South Carolina who accidentally became pregnant with a boy you barely know. He backs off immediately, claiming “it isn’t MY responsibility.” You know that if you tell your parents, they would be completely not supported and uncooperative. You feel terrible, sick to your stomach. You can’t…

Living off of $7.40/hr

I know what you’re thinking! What in the world does the debate for the raise in minimum wage have to do with reproductive justice? Well the answer is–literally almost everything!  If you haven’t been keeping up with the Fight for $15,  I’m here to explain how. Before and During the Pregnancy Regardless of how much we…

Menstruation-Curse or Blessing?

Fast Trivia: MYTH or FACT? You can lose your virginity by using a tampon. The answer is at the end of the blog! Introduction to “Menarche Talk” Although menstruation is a sign of female’s normal physical functioning, it has a lot of negative attitudes associated with it, to the point where it is described as “polluting”…

Housewife? Ha… Try Midwife!

Video: Calling the Midwife in Chiapas (via Youtube) Jessie and Shivangi reporting to duty on their exceptional weekend! On Friday,April 8th, we attended a lecture focusing on the History and Traditions of Midwifery in Mexico. The event was hosted by the CUNY Institute for Mexican Studies, who are based at the Lehman College, at the CUNY…

Abortions can be for the greater good of mankind

Outrageous title right? Great, now that I’ve got your attention we can discuss the idiotic explanations that are being given to support eugenics. For those of you who don’t know what eugenics is, I’m going to momentarily make you revisit the vocabulary portion of English class you enjoyed so much (total sarcasm): Eugenics [yoo-jen-iks] noun Taken…

The Birds and The Bees

The infamous “where do babies come from?” question is bound to make any parent choke on their water and wonder which rap song or reality TV show that has tainted their child’s innocence. The infamous birds and the bees/sex talk is critical and nothing to be ashamed about. In this blog, I hope to inspire…

Does my bosom offend you?

  As of late, there’s been quite an uproar concerning women who breastfeed their babies in public and quite frankly I cannot seem to understand what the big deal is. Are those against public breastfeeding proposing that women nurse their children in cramped and filthy bathroom stalls or just avoid going outside all together? This…

Babies =Unemployment?

You may be looking at the blog title like waaaahhh? Why would an adorable blessing bring unfortunate events? Although the title may be a it dramatic, it very strongly conveys the battle many new parents are facing due to the lack of standard paid parental leave in the U.S. You guys know we love John…

Pain-Free or Tax-Free Uterus?

Have you ever had really bad pain that the only thing you wished for was to get rid of your uterus? Is this #storyofmylife?: Well now there are some “remedies” to look forward to! Last week, Whoopi Goldberg announced her launch of cannabis-infused products for women who suffer from menstrual pain. Goldberg teamed up with…

TRANSitioning into Equity

Image: Ted Eytan (via Flickr) In honor of #TDOV2016 and as a followup to yesterdays blog on gender neutral bathrooms, I wanted to give our audience a bigger scope of transgender issues and how it affects reproductive justice and human rights. As a Community Health students, I am aware of the sad fact that the transgender…