There are a lot of issues with the Olympic media when it comes to the appearances and presentation of women athletes, and many untapped and emerging opportunities, as well.
After praising the writers for an episode in which one of the main characters a chooses to terminate an unintended pregnancy, I was a little disappointed with the ongoing storyline in which her marriage is now in trouble and her husband blames her for “killing my baby.” But in the bigger picture, even this can make sense.
Amidst the controversy around Rush Limbaugh and birth control coverage, there have been some missed opportunities to dive deeper into the underlying issues. What I had hoped (and continue to hope) for is space for a more nuanced discussion about privilege, sex and sexuality, and feminism.
I’ve written more than twenty books, but was startled by what I learned: you can raise the possibility of abortion, but it must be rejected. I hit a wall of resistance I believe is self-censorship on the part of the publishers. When a character is pregnant, whether from rape, incest, etc., so long as a baby is born, that’s acceptable. The “Juno” scenario.
The war cry of the GOP (Grand Old Puritans) is that the HPV vaccine is a license for public fornication. This is how they rally their financial base. I get that, but the press doesn’t have to take the bait. It only becomes a story if the press makes it so.
In its latest entry into the circus freakshow form of reality television, TLC invites viewers to gawk at five not-so-young people who have never had sex.
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.