Health / Medicine

Bifurious Femininja

First US Administration to Actually Address Bi Issues

I generally don’t like to make a big deal around token gestures. It’s one thing to talk about things and another to actually do something. But this does seem like an important step. For the first time in history, a representative from the White House will be holding a roundtable discussion on bisexual issues, specifically how bisexuals are affected by public health problems, partner vi... »

QUICKIES 7/5/2013

QUICKIES 7/5/2013

Sexual surrogates and issues of ability, this time, without Helen Hunt. Tension and bloodshed continues to rise in Egypt. Dozens of people were wounded in clashes in Morsi’s Nile Delta home city on Thursday, raising fears of more of the violence in which several dozen have died in the past month. Heterosexual cisdudes’ ulterior motives when giving cunnilingus to their female partners h... »

a copper IUD

The IUD Option: Stigma, Falsehoods, and Shaming

This confession may come as a shock to some: I have never been in love with menstruation. The dread of a surprise attack, cramps, the discomfort of cotton wads crammed where no wads of cotton should be. While still respecting those who savor their bloody womanhood, I grew up wishing that I could do anything to turn off that monthly hell. When I first started college I jumped on birth control pills... »

Intersex Man, 66, Suffers Bigotry by the Media

Intersex Man, 66, Suffers Bigotry by the Media

I got a link today to an article from the South China Morning Post about an intersex man. The story is interesting, but the article itself is horrible. They are completely ignorant of intersex people, and as an extension, gender non-conforming people in general. The title goes: “Man, 66, goes to doctor and finds he’s a woman” Yeah, well, that is in fact impossible. A correct titl... »

Oh, you don’t take pills? How nice for you.

Oh, you don’t take pills? How nice for you.

As is the custom of my people, I begin with a vignette. A person I know is taking antibiotics for a hilarious, as in schadenfreude, reason I won’t get into. It appears he is allergic to it. So now in addition to hilarious reason, he’s covered in an itchy rash all over.  The following conversation transpired: “Want some benadryl?” “Sure, is it in a cream?” “... »

A Defense of “Moron” as an Insult

A Defense of “Moron” as an Insult

[TL;DR version at the end of the article] Chris Clarke posting at Pharyngula has written a condemnation of the use of the insult, ‘moron,’ in response to a challenge from a reader. But he’s right about my not having offered my opinion on the use of the word “moron”.   And here it is: I don’t like it. He then links back to his previous post, “Retarding the Discourse,” p... »

AI: Governmental Measures

AI: Governmental Measures

This week, Brazilian government announced that trans* people will have the right to use their social names – that is, the name they chose and that fits their identity – to present themselves within the Sistema Universal de Saúde/SUS (Universal Healthcare System). The legal names don’t cease to exist, as it’s still illegal to alter, but people will be able to register their social names and have bo... »

AI: The Harms of Natural Medicine

AI: The Harms of Natural Medicine

This holiday season, a 14-year-old cousin of mine had to have an emergency appendectomy and spent New Year’s eve hospitalized. She had the surgery on Dec. 29th, but she’d been showing symptoms (unbearable pain that refrained her from even walking and inability to keep anything in her stomach among them) since the 22nd. The reason it took her seven days of suffering from a ruptured appendix before ... »

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