Practical advice and a friendly ear.

“Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.”
-Kurt Vonnegut

 


“Your vagina isn’t gross because it’s normal. I can 99% guarantee that your vagina and your vulva are totally normal, no matter what they look like. And unless you’re being spoken to by a licensed gynecologist who is addressing a serious medical concern, anyone who tells you differently is wrong. I promise.”
- Samantha, Amplify Your Voice

“Your vagina isn’t gross because it’s normal. I can 99% guarantee that your vagina and your vulva are totally normal, no matter what they look like. And unless you’re being spoken to by a licensed gynecologist who is addressing a serious medical concern, anyone who tells you differently is wrong. I promise.”

- Samantha, Amplify Your Voice

(Source: vulvalovelovely.blogspot.com)

Things parents forget to tell their children:

apaintedship:

  • Bodies are hairy. No matter the gender, your face will have hair and that is more than okay.
  • Your butthole is going to have some hair too. And maybe your nipples. And your tummy. And where ever else.
  • Stretch marks. Those are a thing. Everyone gets ‘em. If you don’t, you probably don’t have skin.
  • Vaginas smell. Every vagina has a scent. Don’t worry about it! (Unless something seems wrong, then go get it checked out! No need to feel embarrassed or ashamed.)
  • Vaginas come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, flavors. All are beautiful.
  • Penises come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, flavors. All are beautiful.
  • You don’t need to shave anything if you don’t want to. It’s tooootally not mandatory. 
  • Sometimes people get butt acne. 
  • You can have a vagina and want short hair and think dresses are just the worst.
  • You can have a penis and want long hair and think dresses are just the best. 
  • You can wear whatever you want and style your hair however you want.
  • You can even think whatever the hell you want.
  • People might tell you that you are a girl because you have a vagina. People might tell you that you are a boy because you have a penis. People will tell you what your gender is. But in reality, you don’t have to be that gender. You don’t have to be either of those genders. 
  • You are what you are and it’s just the worst thing if you try and hide that.

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It’s not embarrassing to be a virgin - It’s simply one state of being.

Inara Serra, Firefly (via snarksandkisses)

The reality is that so-called pro-life movement is not about saving babies. It’s about punishing women for having sex. That’s why they oppose birth control. That’s why they want to ban abortion even though doing so will simply drive women to have dangerous back alley abortions. That’s why they want to penalize women who take public assistance and then dare to have sex, leaving an exemption for those who become pregnant from rape. It’s not about babies. If it were about babies, they would be making access to birth control widespread and free and creating a comprehensive social safety net so that no woman finds herself with a pregnancy she can’t afford. They would be raising money for research on why half of all zygotes fail to implant and working to prevent miscarriages. It’s not about babies. It’s about controlling women. It’s about making sure they have consequences for having unapproved sex.

How I Lost Faith in the “Pro-Life” Movement

This is an amazingly powerful, clear and well-researched article that exposes how the “pro-life” movement is anything but.

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VOTING!

snarksandkisses:

 It’s your right, your privilege, and your responsibility.

 Election Day is on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

 If you’ll be 18 by then, you can and should go and vote!

The time you have to register before election day varies from state to state, as does the process of registering and what (if any) forms of identification and/or proof of address you’ll need.

Do not succumb to apathy. Do the research, do the work, register, and vote!

 Resources:

 http://www.canivote.org/

 http://www.rockthevote.com/

 http://www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Voting/Register.shtml

 http://www.congress.org/election/register_vote

 http://www.ourtime.org/vote/

A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”

He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.

The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85% (via mchotdog)

what a radical idea yo

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i really like this, we need to do more of this in schools around the country

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I Need Feminism Because

whoneedsfeminism:

I’m so tired of people asking me “Did some guy touch you when you were younger?” when I freak out about being too close to someone. I was not molested as a child. No one has harmed me in that way. I just want my elbow room. Please, stop assuming I was weak and that some guy had to have made me this way. 

This one is a huge pet peeve for me. I get so SO frustrated when people are dismissive of my need for personal space. If we’re not family, close friends or dating, why shouldn’t I want you to take a step back? There is no need for you to stand so close that I can feel your breath. Don’t sit so close that our thighs touch unless you’ve been invited. Take your hand off the back of my chair.

Back up off me.

plannedparenthood:

Today is the last day of National STD Awareness Month. Still plenty of time to Get Yourself Tested.
It’s usually as easy as peeing in a cup. NBD.
Find a health center.

plannedparenthood:

Today is the last day of National STD Awareness Month. Still plenty of time to Get Yourself Tested.

It’s usually as easy as peeing in a cup. NBD.

Find a health center.

You cannot have sex education without saying that sex is natural and that most people find it pleasurable.

BRUNO BETTELHEIM, “Our Children Are Treated Like Idiots,” Psychology Today, Jul. 1981

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snarksandkisses:

whoneedsfeminism:

My daughters should not have a truck grabbed out of their hands by an adult and handed to a male cousin because, “This is a boy toy anyway.”
My son shouldn’t be ridiculed because his favorite color is pink.  

Also, TARDIS shirt for the win.

snarksandkisses:

whoneedsfeminism:

My daughters should not have a truck grabbed out of their hands by an adult and handed to a male cousin because, “This is a boy toy anyway.”

My son shouldn’t be ridiculed because his favorite color is pink.  

Also, TARDIS shirt for the win.