I was just talking to Laurie when she mentioned to me that there should be more men in birth control commercials. I thought this was interesting especially since in the short period I've been home, I've seen tons of commercials for pregnancy tests and plan b. In the plan b commercial, they set the scene of this young woman waking up looking distressed and upset who then goes and picks up plan b at the pharmacy. There's a bunch of other individual women that do the same thing and after they get the pill, they're out doing something with their boyfriends--shopping eating, etc. Anyways, it would be nice to see men actually go through this process with their partner.
I'm starting to pack up my belongings since I will be in Spain next semester, but I have a lot of books that would love to be read!!! They range from women's fiction to women's health to women's issues essay compilations to women's poetry (and tons of others). If you have any interest in them, let me know before they go sit in a box in new jersey!
This leads me to the idea that we should have some sort of library or a compiled list of everyone's books and other resources (blogs, websites, zines, etc.) so we not only know what it is, but where to get it (kind of like knowing someone who know's a drug dealer--it's handy!). We could post a list on the blog and everyone could add to it or we could compile it as a word doc? google doc? eh? Thoughts??
England is apparently launching two pilot programs for women to obtain birth control without a prescription. The article below talks about how that makes these programs will make b.c. more accessible, yet could cause problems as in people not knowing about possible medical conditions/side effects from taking the pill. While I do agree that b.c. should be more readily accessible, this program once again places the emphasis on the pill as the only option. This is still not getting to the crux of this issue though. People need to be more knowledgeable about birth control alternatives in order to make an educated decision on what is best for them as an individual--education is key! Ultimately, this is still good in the sense of women not being belabored by getting prescriptions, etc.