The Resistance: Why Writing About Sex Matters

By telling our stories, we liberate others to do the same. That is the nature of the story. Our voices, in this space, grant permission to others to accept their sexuality, to explore their bodies, to reflect on their own desires and share in their experience. Together, our baby steps carve a direction from isolated ignorance to open discussion, community and learning. ...more

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À AIMER: The Joys of Getting Sick in France, Part Four

 Today the Washington Post reported that the Senate Finance Committee's health care reform bill, if passed, "would require people to buy insurance or face penalties ranging up to $1,900, to be assessed on their income tax returns."...more

Maybe Not All "H" Words Are Bad...Even If They Are Scary...

When Dr. C mentioned the "H" word 10 days ago, I thought she had forgotten that she was on the phone with me. No, doc, I am not calling to talk about having a hysterectomy. I am 37. Remember? I just want to know how my ultrasound looked and then I want to get back to not thinking about you for the next year or so. Now that we have cleared that up let's move on to the real important thing - my results. What? really did mean to say the "H" word to me? When you say that I have an 'issue' that is best corrected by major surgery, are you sure? ...more

It will help.  I'm sorry you have to go through this. I'm sure you did the research so ...more

Planned Parenthood: Using the Internet for Better Reproductive Health in the US

"We have a reproductive health care crisis, and we need to do something about it," Tom Subak, Vice President for Online Services at Planned Parenthood, told me when I visited their office last week. "One in four women has an STD, and one in two African American women has an STD." ...more

Gardasil: Do the benefits of the HPV vaccine outweigh the risks?

The controversy surrounding the Gardasil vaccine has been around from the moment it was approved for use in young girls. And from the very beginning I have had a problem with Gardasil being referred to as a cervical cancer vaccine - because it's not. I also have a problem with the 'fear mongering' commercials designed to look like public service announcements, and the possibility of making this vaccine (yet another) required by the government. ...more

I have been reading your articles on Gardasil and the negative effects it has had. The last ...more

Tech Support for Your Body: Planned Parenthood Online Chats and Text Messaging Programs

According to Mobile Active, although nonprofits in the United States have been slower to embrace mobile phones for health purposes than other parts of the world, the use of mobile phones by nonprofit social service agencies in the US is gaining traction according to a recent post by MobileActive.    Take for example sex education programs.   Back in February, 2009,  the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign in North Caorlina launched the Birds and Bee Text Line where teens could ask questions anonymously, free of charge by a sexual health educator, according to an article in the New York Times.  ...more

Why are old people the only ones guaranteed health care?

Seriously? Why is it that in order to be guaranteed health care in this country you have to be in the last third of your life? The most expensive part of your life in terms of medical and healthcare? ...more

Thank You Senator Hagan

You know, we don't say thank you often enough. I wrote and called and encouraged others to write and call and you listened! You voted with all of the other democrats in the HELP committee to address real health reform and you should be proud. I don't know how Senator Burr voted (continued) ...more

Farah Fawcett and Anal Cancer: Could HPV, Anal Sex or Smoking Increase Your Risk?

The answer seems to be yes. If it is possible for anything good to come out of the loss of Farrah Fawcett, it would probably be that it is bringing cancer awareness back to the forefront of our minds. She even made a documentary (Farrah's Story) of her experiences for that very reason. ...more
A year after my son died in a car accident i was diagnosed with anal cancer (squamouscell ...more

Fly Me To the Moon

The air outside is still. Not a single cloud hangs above in the dusky sky. My right hand grips the steering wheel at 12 o’clock, navigating the car on autopilot. The world outside passes at 30 mph, but it seems quiet, almost still.  But inside my head, thoughts race.  Turning over and over, faster than the tread on the tires. Every rumination spins quickly, gaining momentum. If only I could brake and slow them down. “Mommy, can I go over dere?” my daughter yells from the backseat. Momentarily yanking me from my stupor. ...more