July 24 is International Self Care Day - an opportunity to raise awareness about self-care and the important role it plays in a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of our bodies, minds and spirits are core aspects of health, but perhaps never more so than right now. As we navigate a global health crisis that illuminates and magnifies centuries of racialized and gender-based inequalities, it's critical to remember the radical roots of self-care.
Why inclusive language matters. by deb kozak Good-bye, gender binary! Say hello to gender neutral language! Wait, what? That sounds kind of complicated. Not really. Quite simply, gender-free language in health care affirms that reproductive rights are for EVERYONE. In fact, rather than complicating matters, inclusive language actually makes it less complicated for people to … Continue reading Taking the gender out of gendered reproductive health.
Consent to one activity isn’t consent for all activities that might happen in a sexual encounter. Nor is it automatic consent for future encounters, with that same partner or with others. Consent needs to be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter. Consent can withdrawn by any partner at any time. Suggesting that a single gesture — the mutual opening of a condom package — sends the damaging message that consent really is a one-time event.