The Humpday Gazette

Sex and the News: March

In March 2011 on April 4, 2011 at 4:31 am

–  WHAT HAPPENED TO CREATING JOBS? On February 18, the House decided to bar federal funding for Title X, which provides $317 million to family planning services, most prominently Planned Parenthood. While this issue will likely stall in the Senate, we would like to lay out a few crucial issues on this action, and possible repercussions.

  • What and who this affects:
    • The money that would no longer be given would have gone towards cervical and breast cancer screenings, STI testing, contraception, and sex education.
    • More than 5,000,000 people’s reproductive healthcare and education are provided by Planned Parenthood
    • 75% of these clients have incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level
  • What this doesn’t affect (but has dominated the conversation):
    • Abortions performed by Planned Parenthood account for less than 5% of all patient services
    • None of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding goes towards abortions
    • Planned Parenthood services prevents an estimated 800,000 abortions a year [USA Today]
    • It also doesn’t affect NASCAR, whose $7 million dollar per year scholarship will continue to be funded by the national government, as the same day.

–       HETEROSEXUAL GUILT? Sociologist Beth Eck did a study on gendered reaction to nude images and discovered female, sensual, nudes resulted in primarily discomfort and feelings of inadequacy from women and judgments as to the model’s attractiveness from men. Meanwhile, both men and women, when presented with male nudes were uncomfortable, with many men asserting their heterosexuality, and the minority of women who felt lustful, saying the feelings was mixed with feelings of shame or guilt. [Sociological Images]

–       IT’S LIKE A SEX-POSITIVE OFF CAMPUS UGA: On a lighter note, for anyone taking an off term in NYC, there is now a free iPhone app that allows you to find five places near you that will provide free condoms! [The Daily News]


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