“There is no silver in politics,” as Carol Bellamy, girl politico and former director of UNICEF, said to me recently. While we’re still swimming, we’re not winning the race to keep abortion safe and legal.
In this week’s sexual health roundup: there is new information on the origin of Tennessee’s law that prevents schools from promoting “gateway” behaviors to sex at the same time that anecdotal information suggests teachers are censoring themselves because of it; a new poll shows that adults see the HPV vaccine differently than other STI treatment and prevention efforts and do not want to see parental consent for the vaccine waived; and a new tell-all book suggests that the Olympic village is a hotbed of sex, booze, and drugs.
When a person who has differences related to gender or doesn’t fit ability norms is able to compete against the highest level athletes without these differences, accusations of unfairness immediately start to fly.
Male athletes–think Armstrong, Phelps, jockeys–have “physical traits” considered responsible for superior performance, while elite female athletes are increasingly being tested and “treated” for “Disorders of Sexual Development.”
During the Olympics, we see women’s bodies not for their looks, but for what they can do. Can they stick a landing, enter the water smoothly, sprint through the tape?
Behind the Olympic spectacle, what is the reality in China for women, their health, reproductive rights, and human rights?
Chinese condom company cleverly uses Olympics to promote its product; Interesting polling data on abortion rights; First wave of coverage on proposed anti-contraception HHS rules draws to a close.