Texting, instant-messaging and social networking are so popular
among teens that the shorthand has infiltrated American culture — from lol to cu l8r. Now texting is being used to educate teens about sexuality.
Laura Wershler offers an alternative perspective on menstrual suppression and argues for more research and education on cycle-stopping contraceptives like Lybrel.
Samuel Berger writes in The Nation about the evolving phenomena of "choice" politics—focusing on the newly emerging pitfalls in the matter of reproductive technologies.
An HIV vaccine and microbicides both have huge potential to make a difference for reproductive health—especially for women of color, who are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.
Two new technologies would improve women's options for protection from pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections: the PATH Woman's Condom and the SILCS diaphragm.
The "no period pill" Lybrel is more about marketing than new technology, yet it has met mixed reactions ranging from questioning women's very identity without menstruation to lauding a new option for preventing periods and pregnancy.
As women become more at risk for HIV, microbicides represent a promising technology that would allow women to initiate protection from sexually transmitted infections, as well as prevent pregnancy.
Today we have a new and exciting tool for you: RH Glossary. You may have noticed certain words on the blog linking to a "coming soon" page — now those words link to definitions. Glossary words are underlined with orange dots and provide definitions of common sexual and reproductive health terms, such as "family planning." These definitions are intended to help people who are just learning the issue to become more familiar with this topic.
We've had an overwhelming response to Andrea's post last Thursday exposing Eric Keroack's ridiculous assertions about oxytocin and premarital sex. (You remember him, don't you—the one in charge of the federal family planning program who believes birth control is "demeaning" to women?) Well, thanks to all of you who read Andrea's witty commentary or watched the slideshow, it has quickly become one of our most popular posts!
However, we realize that some people may not have wanted to wade through even one of Keroack's slides, let alone 68. So today we're giving you the trimmed version with Flickr notes. Check out our "Keroack Slideshow" photo set on Flickr (click on a slide picture then scroll over it with your mouse to see the notes). You can post comments under each picture to add your own commentary. Get creative—what do you have to say about this presentation?
While RH Reality Check likes to be ahead of the curve in terms of our use of technology, we certainly haven't mastered it all. We are glad to report about good use of technology for reproductive health advocacy, even when it isn't us.
Women's Voices, Women's Vote have been going at it hard this election season, trying to get out the female vote in America – 20 million eligible women didn't vote during the last election. And among their strategies? Besides releasing all of their TV ads on YouTube (like our friends at NARAL Pro-Choice America have done), they're making use of another increasingly popular technology: cell phone text messaging, or SMS.[img_assist|nid=1315|title=Click Here to Watch the Video|desc=|link=none|align=middle|width=640|height=505]