Blogs We LoveThursday, September 10th, 2009
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We thought we’d share with you some of the blogs we love that cover a range of issues including women’s rights, sexual health, sex education and contraception.
Women’s Health Base is a blog by Hannah Flynn, a freelance journalist specialising in science. The author describes herself as “a former biologist and current feminist” and she covers the subjects of contraception, pregnancy, gynecological cancers, breast cancer, screening programmes, sexual health and education. There is also a series of “featurettes” entitled “Behind the label” which look at gaps in knowledge and controversies surrounding modern contraception.
The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation Blog offers “personal and provocative views on today’s women’s health trends, research, and news”. The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation is an international non-profit foundation whose mission is to “educate women and healthcare providers on women’s sexual health difficulties, particularly medical conditions that may impact sexual health and intimacy”. Among the posts are news and updates on the latest sexual health issues, as well as surveys and contributions from guest bloggers.
The Pleasure Project claims to put the “the sexy into safer sex”. It is an educational, advocacy and research initiative that “promotes safer sex that feels good”. The organisation works with NGOs and public health centres, erotic media producers, journalists and media outlets, aiming to “make sex safer by addressing one of the major reasons people have sex: the pursuit of pleasure”. The Pleasure Project blog posts discuss subjects such as condom design and sex toys, as well as news on sexual health conferences and campaigns.
BelowtheWaist.org is an online community for those interested in protecting and promoting reproductive health care. It offers people and organisations opportunities for social networking, commenting, learning and sharing ideas. Topics include abstinence, birth control, cervical cancer, sex education and STIs. Claiming to “protect, inform and advocate reproductive health freedom”, the site features regular podcasts, news on sexual health and birth control issues as well as comment and opinion.
The Reproductive Rights Blog, as the name suggest, has a campaigning and political tone, covering news on women’s issues. The categories which the posts fall under include ‘current affairs’, ‘elections’. ‘legislation’, ‘religion’, ‘reproductive technology’, ‘women’ and ‘work’. The blog features a monthly round-up of news on relevant subjects, from America and across the globe, as well as opinion and readers’ comments.
This is the blog of the OBOS, which stands for Our Bodies Ourselves, a nonprofit, public interest women’s health education, advocacy, and consulting organisation. OBOS offers research-based information about women’s health and sexuality and claims to “advance health and human rights within a framework of values shaped by women’s voices and a commitment to self-determination and equality”. The blog provides daily news and analysis on women’s health and related issues.
This blog offers women’s health news, politics, information and resources. It’s managed by Rachel Walden, a medical librarian from Nashville in the States. She says: “I think a lot of women are underinformed about their bodies, their health, and the policies affecting their health choices, and I hope to use this blog to provide a source of information about those topics.” The posts are presented in an informal, accessible style.
This is the blog of the IWHC, the International Women’s Health Coalition. The organisation aims to create a world “where women are free from discrimination, sexual coercion and violence, and have access to health services and information” by helping to develop effective health and population policies, programmes, and funding. The blog contains perspectives on world events and policies affecting women’s health and rights, and daily reactions to what’s happening in reproductive health and sexual rights across the globe.
This is a sex and relationship blog by Dr Petra Boynton, who describes herself as a “sex educator, agony aunt and academic”. Dr Boynton is a lecturer for International Health Services Research at a London university where she teaches doctors, nurses and other health professionals at postgraduate level. Her research has covered many sexual health topics, including policy and practice in sex education and modernising sexual health services. The blog posts are interesting, opinionated and varied, with good use of embedded videos.
According to the author, this blog was created in order to “bring into consciousness the sad reality of women’s rights around the world in the 21st century”. The blog is a collection of news and information on women’s rights from a wide variety of sources. Readers are invited to comment on the stories and share them around. The campaigning nature of the blog is borne out by its dedication “to all the women out there, with a hope for a better future”.
We hope that you love these blogs as much as us and if you have any favourite blogs of your own please contact us with the details. Please don’t forget to sign the petition.