Fighting privilege, prejudice and ignorance
“If you choose to do social justice work, you are going to screw up – a lot. Be prepared for that. And when you screw up, be prepared to listen to those who you hurt, apologize with honesty and integrity, work hard to be accountable to them, and make sure you act differently going forward.” (http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/?upw)
Sir Walter Besant.
This is just mind-boggling.
John: So I actually didn't find the Breaking Bad finale that great -
Mary: Woah woah woah!! No spoilers!
John: it was six months ago.
Jack: Some people aren't caught up yet!
Jimmy: I'm not even past the first season!
John: So I -
Jack: Just don't talk about spoilers, okay? Don't ruin it for me!
John: Oh. Okay.
Mary: So this material might have some triggering content, especially for survivors of sexual assault. If you want to leave the room now I'll just give you a few moments.
Jimmy: What the fuck?! If we have to trigger assault, when do we stop?! You know, the real world's not going to be so nice! What if I say I'm triggered by shoes? You all have to take your shoes off! Don't you think exposing yourself to your trigger is the most healthy thing you can do?! WE ARE RAISING A GENERATION OF OVER-SENSITIVE BABIES!!
Abled people complain about disabled people needing accommodations, because “in the real world there are no accommodations”.
But abled people receive accommodations all the time. Cars are an accommodation for those who can’t run a steady speed of 60 mph. Stairs are an accommodation for those who can’t jump from one story to the next. Phones are an accommodation for those who can’t communicate telepathically. Calculators are an accommodation for those who can’t do large math problems in their head. Lights are an accommodation for those who can’t see in the dark. Stoves are an accommodation for those who can’t heat things with their eyes. Clocks are an accommodation for those who can’t tell what time it is just by the position of the sun. Jackets are an accommodation for those who are susceptible to frostbite when it’s cold.
Abled people receive accommodations all the time, but since it’s considered socially acceptable to need those accommodations, they’re not considered accommodations. But imagine if you lived in a world where you needed those accommodations but most people didn’t. That’s what it feels like to be disabled.
This is an incredibly important post. As one of my favourite professors said, “Technology is not innocent." As in, all technology had to be designed by a human being. And chances are, if that human being had any biases or assumptions that could be translated into the technology they created, they probably wound up in there. Practically everything is designed specifically for abled people. Think about cars, for example. Could you drive a car one-handed? Well, yeah, very likely, but since most people have two hands, they designed the cars to use both hands. Two hands to grip the steering wheel, buttons and levers on both sides of said wheel, etc. There is nothing that says cars are better when you design them for one specific degree of physical wellness, but yet that is exactly how they’re designed. This extends to virtually everything human-made you see. I do mean everything.
So for the love of heaven, please don’t whine and complain when you see disabled people of any variety getting “special accommodations.” All technological design is purposeful. Every piece of technology you see was designed to accommodate someone. If you’re lucky enough to be accommodated by something’s most common design, don’t be an ass to people who would be better served by an alternate version.
Someone asked us:
Is there a morning after pill for HIV?
This is a great question! The short answer is “kinda but not really.”
There are medicines that help prevent HIV after someone has been exposed, called Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP. Sometimes people think of PEP as “morning-after pills for HIV,” because it can be started up to three days after being exposed to HIV – but that’s where most of the similarities end.
So how is PEP different from the morning-after pill (aka Plan B or emergency contraception)?
Unlike emergency contraception (which is just one or two pills taken over the course of one day), PEP consists of 2-3 different drugs that must be taken for 28 days.
Even after completing the treatment, you would need to be regularly tested for HIV for about 6 months after exposure.
The tricky part about all this is that many people don’t know if or when they’ve been exposed to the virus. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 people with HIV don’t even realize they’re infected. PEP is a pretty involved medical process that you really need a doctor to help monitor. It’s not something everyone can pick up at the drugstore and take after unprotected sex, “just in case.”
And remember: if you’re sexually active, always use condoms, get tested regularly, and encourage partners to do the same. If you or your partner is living with HIV/AIDS, ask your doctor how you can manage the risk of exposure in your relationship and reduce the chances of spreading the infection.
-Mylanie at Planned Parenthood