Month: March 2011

March 2, 2011 / / asian

By Sunah, cross-posted from Thick Dumpling Skin

I often jokingly say that I decided to live in the States because I fit into an Extra Small size here whereas I couldn’t wear anything but Large in Korea. My American friends find it hilarious. Well, to be honest, it’s not a joke. It’s half of the truth.

Growing up in Korea, I had always been one of the big girls. I was athletic and loved physical activities. I jogged in my neighborhood, where no one else ran unless he or she had to chase somebody. I rode in-line skates when people didn’t even know what they were. I played tennis in college, and practiced martial arts. I was fit, but not slim in Korean standards.
Read the Post Small in America, Large in Korea

March 2, 2011 / / antisemitism

By Arturo R. García

It’s nothing new, unfortunately, to see “celebrities” doing Nazi cosplay or making anti-Semitic remarks. But Wednesday saw an instance of each making the news, on different sides of the world

The day started with the firing of Christian Dior creative director John Galliano after video surfaced (NSFW) of his drunkenly telling a fellow restaurant patron,  “I love Hitler” and “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed.” This came less than a week after being suspended for verbally harassing a couple in the same anti-Semitic fashion at the same restaurant, La Perle.

Read the Post A Boy Band In Nazi Gear and A Hitler-‘loving’ Fashionista

March 1, 2011 / / Uncategorized
March 1, 2011 / / activism

by Latoya Peterson

The first time I walked into a Planned Parenthood Center, I was seventeen, afraid, and in a lot of pain.

I had just started having sex for the first time, and every single time I had intercourse a persistent, stinging sensation lingered long after the act was over.

I remember panicking – did I have an STD? Am I allergic to latex? Am I allergic to sperm? (My views on contraception back then were fairly loose and really depended on mood.  Later on, more life experience would cure that stupidity.)

I came into my local center alone and scared.  Luckily for me, the clinicians were kind, figured out what was the problem (a really aggressive yeast infection, the first I had ever had) and put me on a plan for oral birth control, since my relationship with condoms was a little distant.

I am 27 now, and Planned Parenthood has been my health care provider of choice for the last decade.  Every year, I trek over to the center, and sit in the waiting room, surrounded by other women. Some have children, some do not. Some have partners with them, some do not.  Some are seeking pre-natal care, some looking for honest advice about sex that they can’t get at home, some are seeking abortion services,* others need STD testing – there is always an array of women streaming through the doors because so many of us need care.

Planned Parenthood has always been there for me. Insurance or no insurance, back when I was making $8 to now, I could always receive high quality care, that accommodated my budget, and respected me as a person.  (One year, with insurance, I went to their recommended provider for my annual – one glove snapping, five minute spread ’em, finger in and out, no-you-can’t-talk-to-the-doctor exam later sent me flying back to Planned Parenthood.)

However, Planned Parenthood is in trouble.

Learnvest, a financial planning site geared toward women, recently published a discussion on what is at risk if Planned Parenthood goes under. 

How defunding Planned Parenthood could affect you:

  • 4.7 million Americans may lose access to reproductive and family planning care, particularly middle- and low-income women.
  • If you don’t have insurance, you may have to pay for a doctor’s visit to receive a prescription for birth control and pay full price at the pharmacy for it.
  • Be careful! Without easily available screenings, counseling and treatment, the transmission of STDs and HIV may rise.
  • Your daughter, niece, or younger cousin (and her boyfriend) may lose their safe, confidential, and free place to receive counseling, birth control, and testing.
  • If you are low income and/or without insurance, you may have to pay the full price of STD screenings, which can cost $85 to $220 for each type. That doesn’t include the cost of the doctor’s visit, which can be another $200.
  • You will have to visit a private practice for prenatal health care and, if you don’t have insurance, pay full price.
  • Depending on the location, you may lose access to free or reduced cost general services like anemia testing, cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, physical exams, flu vaccines, help with quitting smoking, high blood pressure screening, tetanus vaccines, and thyroid screening.
  • If you are an OB/GYN, your number of patients may increase.

Here are three reasons to stand with them in their time of need. Read the Post Support Planned Parenthood

March 1, 2011 / / black

By Arturo R. García

If you’ve ever wished black history could be celebrated every month, the L.A. Clippers are feeling you – sorta.

No, that picture (via Ball Don’t Lie) is not a fake. It’s a real advert the Clips paid for and ran in the Los Angeles Times this past Sunday, promoting their Black History Month “celebration” … on March 2.

It’s tough to say what’s worse: that the Times would run this ad, or the fact that the typo isn’t even the worst thing about it.

Read the Post Donald Sterling Wants To Welcome You To Black History Month

March 1, 2011 / / Quoted