fuck yeah sex education

Sex Positive and Body Positive educational place. Includes information about different relationships, genders, sexuality, sexual preferences, safety precautions and everything else that could pertain in the education of sex. Accepting of all walks of life.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask on my ask site: http://fyseq.tumblr.com/ask, though check out http://fuckyeahsexeducation.tumblr.com/FAQ!

Transgender and Gender-Diverse Individuals with Eating Disorders




T-FFED: Trans Folx Fighting Eating Disorders is asking for a huge signal boost on this research! This is the FIRST (big, historical, important first!) ever collaboration between a trans health org and the eating disorder research community! We’ve partnered with student researcher Mary Duffy of the University of Saint Joseph to develop this awesome, meaningful and gender-literate survey that will give the mainstream ED sphere a much more inclusive and in-depth picture of how EDs affect our trans and gender-diverse communities, the obstacles we face in accessing effective care, and how ED therapists and facilities can better serve our needs. If this speaks to your experience, please take the survey yourself (or answer as much of it as pertains to you) before reblogging! 

Representation in research is crucial for ED healthcare professionals to develop more gender-literate assessment tactics, therapeutic modules and trans-friendly policies in recovery facilities, as well as demonstrating how our communities are affected by discrimination/exclusions and structural oppressions in accessing proper care. Current research is super problematic in language, lack of gender and racial/ethnic diversity, the dangerous assertion of the transition-as-cure narrative, generalizing case studies, ignoring structural forces that contribute to our inability to access or afford ED treatment and assuming trans and gender-diverse communities struggle with EDs in attempts to conform to heteronormative/cissexist standards of beauty.

The mainstream ED sphere is finally LISTENING to us; let’s tell them what we need!

Reblogging for extra signal boost- if you haven’t yet seen this awesome and innovative research survey, please check it out and share in your trans/gender-diverse networks! Huuuuge thanks!!! <3

As a trans person who is currently struggling with ED recovery and freaking out about what’s going on with my body because there’s so little research about what ED recovery might look like in trans patients, I really really want to spread this around and hopefully as many trans people as possible can participate in this.  I look all around the web for help, and all I can find is ED science about cis men and women, and I have no clue how this applies to my body and my experiences.  In general, my experiences have so far gone right along with cis women’s, but I’m stlil scared, and knowledge helps to assuage fears. 

So please, reblog this, spread this around, and hopefully a lot of people feel comfortable participating, because it’s really important to trans people now struggling with eating disorders, and especially for future trans people who might feel as lost and scared as me right now and would be helped by ED knowledge that specifically is about them.

(via hobbitkaiju)

Racism in Health Care Hurts Everyone, But Especially Black Women

(Source: blackfreethinkers, via stfueverything)

Health care decisions belong to us, not our bosses



We’ve seen it over and over. When voters are in the know, they vote pro-choice. REBLOG to show your friends that you’re a pro-choice voter, and encourage them use our 2014 Voter Guide to find out where the candidates stand.

I’m blogging about abortion rights activism today! One way to support reproductive rights is to vote for candidates who have demonstrated a pro-choice stance. By supporting pro-choice candidates, we not only gain greater support in the political field, we send the message to future candidates that the road to their office is defending our rights.

How to Speak on Reproductive Justice

I recently attended a workshop hosted by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland on how to speak about reproductive justice as an advocate. The first part of that workshop focused on what exactly constitutes reproductive justice and that it’s so much more than the availability of abortions. The second part was actually talking about abortion. The workshop is based on the information gathered by Planned Parenthood in a study that took several years on attitudes towards abortion and how language affects it. Following the layout of the workshop, the first part of this post will cover various aspects of reproductive justice and the second will cover how to speak on reproductive justice.

What is included under the term “Reproductive Justice”?

  • Safe and legal abortions available to all who need
  • Affordable and available birth control and contraceptive options
  • Affordable and available health care (pap smears, mammograms etc.)
  • Affordable and Available resources to help under-privileged families
  • No forced sterilizations
  • Comprehensive sex education
  • Affordable and Available sterilization options
  • Adoption regulations (no child taken from healthy family, no child without a home)
  • Adoption options available for any who want to adopt
  • No genital mutilation
  • Affordable and available transition options for Trans* folk
  • No forced pregnancy or forced abortion
  • And much more

It’s important that we look at the intersections of oppression. All oppressed groups based on race, orientation, gender identity, intersex conditions, ability, financial status, designated sex are oppressed in this category and we need to look at how their general oppression affects this. It’s important we look at the underlining cause of these reproductive oppressions, which is racism, sexism, cisexism, heterosexism, and many more. Certain racial, orientation, gender identity, ability, and intersex conditions are sterilized against their will. Health options are limited for people of certain financial status, ability, condition, orientation, or gender identity. Comprehensive sex education is even more difficult to find when you’re not straight, cis gender, dyadic, able-bodied, and neurotypical. People of certain orientations or gender identities may be unable to adopt. Children of certain abilities, races, gender identity, or orientation may be more unlikely to be adopted. Many children of different races are taken away from their countries, communities, and loving families in amoral adoption practices. This occurs even today in the United States, with Native American children being taken away from their families and adopted off to white adults.

Try to think of other ways that someone may be oppressed as it relates to reproductive health.


How to speak on Reproductive Justice

The Planned Parenthood website Not In Her Shoes, although gendering and not inclusive to trans* people is a good resource to check out what information and statistics they have gathered in their studies.

It starts with the words “Pro-Choice” and “Pro-Life”. I have definitely seen in my discussion on reproductive justice  and the abortion issue that many people I would identify as pro-choice, those who support keeping abortion legal, don’t identify as such and this can create problems. Instead of sticking to these outdated (and in the case of pro-life, plain incorrect) labels that cause people to have an immediate negative response, Planned Parenthood suggests that we say we are pro reproductive justice, and that we want abortions to be legal and safe. The number of people who say abortion should remain legal and safe are much higher than those who would identify as pro-choice, by changing our language we open up our community to more people and gather more supporters. Two Thirds of American Voters want abortion to remain legal, whereas nearly one third of voters do not identify as either pro-choice or pro-life. By using this language we are excluding one third of our supporters.

Another thing that they found was that although people aren’t really comfortable talking about abortion, they do support it as a personal decision. People respond favorably to statements like, “Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a person, and I don’t believe you can make that decision for someone else.”, “A person should have accurate information about all of their options. Information should support a person, help them make a decision for themselves, and enable them to take care of their health and well-being.”, and “Information should not be provided with the intent of coercing, shaming, or judging a person.” These are good to bring up when we talk about legal limits being put on abortion. 

Another thing that they found that surprised me is that it works well if you don’t describe possible situations. Something I and many people who talk about reproductive justice is to try to talk about different situations a person may come from who needs abortion. We think that this helps show the diversity of people who need abortions, and show that it could be anyone. In reality, what the find is that what we think are good reasons for an abortion may not be someone else’s. They may have a direct negative emotional response that closes their ears off to what you are saying. What the research showed was that 79% of likely american voters found this simple statement convincing, “We’re not in their shoes. It’s just not that simple.” It is important to recognize that anyone of any background may someday need or want an abortion, but it is better and less judgmental to just state that everyone’s situation is different. 

It’s also important, Planned Parenthood found, to avoid using language like “unintended pregnancy”, “unplanned pregnancy”, and “unwanted pregnancy”. When talking about abortion, more people responded more favorably when just using the word abortion, ending a pregnancy, or a safe and legal procedure, when talking about abortion. When talking about the goal to reduce “unintended pregnancy” with birth control or sex education it’s okay to use that word, but not unplanned and especially not unwanted. Many unintended pregnancies are wanted, I’ve definitely had friends that were “accidents” that their parents wanted very much. People also tend to not respond to the concept that you have to plan a pregnancy, so unintended works best. “Safe and Legal” is also what more people responded to as a good goal. “Safe, Legal, and on demand” may turn off people who may consider themselves more pro-life, while “Safe, Legal, and rare” may turn off people who consider themselves more pro-choice. 

Something that really hit me in a strong way was this statement that was used in the workshop, “People don’t turn to politicians for advice about mammograms, prenatal care, or cancer treatments. Politicians should not be involved in a person’s personal medical decisions.” This is the bottom line, a person should be making this decision with her doctor, her loved ones, and her own faith. Politicians are not medical experts and have no place in discussing a medical procedure. 

A similar message that I thought was important to address was that of when life begins. What they suggested to say about that is that “Questions about life are deeply personal and it’s not simple. It can be cultural, religious, or scientific. All I know is Politicians are not experts.” Many cultures believe that the baby is alive until it is born, takes it’s first breath, or even for several weeks or month after it is born. Different religions have different definitions of life, and as for science it still depends on the person. 

For me there were a couple of things I’d like to touch on when talking about language and reproductive justice. For me a lot of this issue comes down to consent. Consent to medical procedures, consent to having children, and yes consent to sex. It’s also about having the education and ability to have informed consent.

It’s also important for me to remain inclusive to trans* people while also acknowledging the sexism in legislation that restricts reproductive rights. Like we touched on earlier, a lot of restrictions come down to the intention of oppressing certain groups. To keep people from thriving as much as others, whether that means refusing gender transition, making them care for a child instead of going to college, never finding a family, or to never be able to have a child. A lot of this does stem from sexism, and it is important to realize it even though more than just women are affected. You can use inclusive language that acknowledges more than just women get abortions or need birth control while still being conscious of the fact that regulations are being used in an attempt to control and oppress women.

What are your thoughts? How will this help you frame the way you think and speak about reproductive justice and justice in general? 



If any of my followers live in the Northwest Arkansas Area, we are going to have a rally at 5pm this coming Monday at the Wilson Park Pavilion in Fayetteville to show our support for the Affordable Care Act.

Planned Parenthood and other health organizations are going to be there to talk about how the ACA can help you. In reproductive rights, it helps make birth control and preventative screenings like Pap Smears and Mammograms more affordable and in many cases free. It also makes it easier for people with pre-existing conditions to get health care and it makes medicaid more available. 

Unfortunately there is a lot of myths being spread about the ACA and there is a lot of backlash. This rally is in response to an anti-ACA rally taking place the same day.

Help show our representatives how important the ACA is to us and show up! I’ll see you there!



Arkansas to Increase ‘Conscience’ Protections, Add Telemed Ban
The men in the Arkansas legislature seemed really concerned with making sure people give birth if they’re having sex.

Forget employment, let’s just work on increasing the population instead! And not by the choice of the people!

Planned Parenthood is the ONLY medical resource I have. It was there for me when I got herpes, it was there for me any time I got a vaginal infection, it was there for me for my yearly wellness exam, it was there for me when I needed testing, and it&#8217;s there for me to get me my birth control that not only keeps me from getting pregnant (and needing an abortion) it keeps me from having hellish periods that keep me from functioning for half of every month.
They want to take away my only medical resource.
If you live in arkansas (or even if you don&#8217;t) here&#8217;s what you can do:
Sign this Petition
If you&#8217;re near Fayetteville there is a meeting this Friday, 3/15, at 10:00 a.m. at Panera to discuss things we can do. You may see me there so if nothing else just come give FYSE a hug and tell them it&#8217;ll all be okay.
Call your representatives!
To find out who your main representatives are: http://capwiz.com/nea/ar/state/main/?state=AR
Here are some house members you can also contact:
Republican Speaker of the House Davy Carter at 501-941-8946
Lampkin, Sheilla E. (D-9) - Member
Email Sheilla.Lampkin@arkansashouse.org Phone 870-723-6449
Lea, Andrea (R-71) - Member
Email andrea.lea@arkansashouse.org Phone 479-967-4922
Leding, Greg (D-86) - Member
Email greg@gregleding.com Phone4 79-966-9201
Malone, Stephanie (R-77) - Member
Email stephanie.malone@arkansashouse.org Phone479-452-4554
Mayberry, Andy (R-27) - Member
Email andymayberry@windstream.net Phone 501-888-3522
Perry, Mark (D-42) - Member
Email mperry@windstream.net Phone 501-982-4561 Fax501-982-0096
Wardlaw, Jeff (D-8) - Member
Email jeff@jeffwardlaw.com Phone 870-226-9501 Fax870-226-9500
Wilkins, Butch (D-59) - Member
Email butch.wilkins@arkansashouse.org Phone 870-972-5503
Word, James L. (D-16) - Member
Email jword@aaasea.org Phone 870-543-6391 Fax870-534-2152
Barnett, Jonathan (R-87) - Non-Voting
Email jonathan.barnett@arkansashouse.org Phone  479-524-6254 Fax 479-524-3222
Biviano, Mark (R-46) - Non-Voting
Email mkbiv@cablelynx.com Phone 501-230-5751
Cozart, Bruce (R-24) - Non-Voting
Email bruce.cozart@arkansashouse.org Phone 501-627-3232 Fax501-760-2578
Dickinson, Jody (D-47) - Non-Voting
REALLY? NO EMAIL? Phone 870-523-8222
Hobbs, Debra M. (R-94) - Non-Voting
Email debra.hobbs@arkansashouse.org Phone 479-636-3982
Jean, Lane (R-2) - Non-Voting
Email l_jean@sbcglobal.net Phone 870-234-5433
McLean, James (D-63) - Non-Voting
Email vote.james.mclean@gmail.com Phone 870-613-0617
Meeks, David (R-70) - Non-Voting
Email David.Meeks@arkansashouse.org Phone 501-277-9340
Thompson, Tommy (D-65) - Non-Voting
Email tt4rep@att.net Phone 501-208-2007 Fax 501-354-6623
Senate Members:
Cecile.Bledsoe@senate.ar.gov, David.Burnett@senate.ar.gov, ronald.caldwell@Senate.ar.gov, lchesterfield@comcast.net, alan.clark@senate.ar.gov, dismang28@gmail.com, Joyce.Elliott@senate.ar.gov, Jake.Files@Senate.ar.gov, Stephanie.Flowers@senate.ar.gov, jim.hendren@senate.ar.gov, bart.hester@senate.ar.gov, jimmy.hickey@senate.ar.gov, Bruce.Holland@senate.ar.gov, Jeremy.Hutchinson@senate.ar.gov, friendsforkeith@gmail.com, Missy.Irvin@senate.ar.gov, David.Johnson@senate.ar.gov, Johnny.Key@senate.ar.gov, bryan.king@senate.ar.gov, Michael.Lamoureux@senate.ar.gov, uvalde.lindsey@senate.ar.gov, bruce.maloch@senate.ar.gov, bobby.pierce@senate.ar.gov, Jason.Rapert@senate.ar.gov, Bill.Sample@senate.ar.gov, davidjamessanders@gmail.com, gary.stubblefield@senate.ar.gov, Larry.Teague@senate.ar.gov, Robert.Thompson@senate.ar.gov, EddieJoe.Williams@senate.ar.gov, woods.arkansas@gmail.com, David.Wyatt@senate.ar.gov
If anyone knows of any other protests or town meetings going on about this let me know and I&#8217;ll add it to the list.
Spread this information everyone! This is super important not only to me and everyone in Arkansas but it could also affect you as it sets a prescience and may encourage other places to follow suit. 
More Bills coming our way:
A Bill to defund Planned Parenthood
A Bill that would allow doctors and pharmacists to deny you birth control based on their faith
A Bill to require an ultrasound before abortion
A Bill to require you to take both abortion pills at the clinic and also allow the &#8220;father&#8221; and maternal &#8220;grandparents&#8221; to sue the doctor
And a waiting period bill
Here&#8217;s the date for the March at the Capitol. Anyone in the Little Rock Area should definitely go:
Saturday, March 23rd at 3&#160;o&#8217;clock

Free Public Health Courses



I found this collection of free, online Public Health courses by well-known universities, such as John Hopkins University, Duke University, University of California, University of Toronto and many more.

The courses can be accessed through the Coursera catalog and are between 4 - 8 weeks long. Courses among the health categorie include:

  • Community Change in Public Health
  • Principles of Obesity Economics
  • Health Care Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Health Informatics in the Cloud
  • The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness
  • Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

Free education rocks, enjoy it.

I’m taking a few of these courses, Community Change in Public Health, Principles of Public Health, The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness, and a lot of others. I’ve taken a few courses with Coursera already (and talked about it here a lot all ready) and could not promote it enough! It’s great.

(via goodideapublichealth)

I really need to learn more about health care systems in other countries, especially Canada and the UK as I have a lot of followers from there. Does anyone have any resources, especially when it comes to more affordable health care for people who don’t make a lot of money or ways to get birth control or other contraceptives for free?

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