I take a closer look at the Bedsider Campaign which launched last week with PSAs, a website, and other tools to help young people (ages 18-24 specifically) use contraception and avoid unplanned pregnancy. The ads are fun but is the website too light on STI information and too hard on condoms?
Obviously, Google cannot censor search results specifically to please one random politician, but Rick Santorum feels that the automated monopoly is part of some pernicious conspiracy to embarrass him.
In the season premier of Grey’s Anatomy, a main character has an abortion because she does not want to become a mother. This is good news for reproductive rights when we think of television as both a reflection of current attitudes and means of moving them forward.
In the last few weeks, I learned that Bristol Palin was on the pill and all of the stars of 16 and Pregnant used condoms. I find this slightly curious because, as we know, all of them ended up parents before they graduated from high school. If I didn’t know any better, I would start to wonder if contraception just doesn’t work. But since I do know better, I am instead left wondering if the media is letting our most famous teen get one over on us and in the process perpetuating myths and misunderstandings about birth control.
Even more than that, the women in these stories have transcended being “good female characters” who subvert stereotyps into just being good characters, period; real ones, ones whose journeys we are, sometimes to a desperate extent, obsessed with.
How a scene from a popular television show and a new law in Texas patronize women who seek abortions.
Stephen Colbert creates #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement hashtag in response to Sen. Kyl’s remarks on Planned Parenthood; NRLC won’t score the budget; Huckabee supports “heartbeat” bill; and Alan Simpson rails on GOP social conservatives.