Bi-Weekly Sexual Freedom Newsletter
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Top Stories This Week
1. Survivors of medical abuse at ICE jail;
2. Attacking Section 230;
3. Justice for Indigenous women;
5. Gender-inclusive language in medical settings;
6. Texas abortion providers in the wake of SB8; and
7. Alternatives to PrEP.
Survivors of Medical Abuse at ICE Jail in Georgia Are Still Waiting for Justice (Truthout)
Priyanka Bhatt focuses on survivors of medical abuse at ICE jail and their fight for justice: “A year has passed since immigrant rights advocates filed a federal complaint about human rights violations, including invasive gynecological procedures without full consent being performed on women at an immigration prison in Georgia, but the survivors of these abuses are still waiting for justice and restitution. The federal complaint made international headlines after advocates filed it with the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, detailing horrific accounts from detained immigrants and whistleblower nurse Dawn Wooten. Even so, there have been grossly inadequate actions taken to hold Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) accountable for these abuses.”
Democrats are ignoring marginalized communities with proposed bill that carves up Section 230 (Fight for the Future)
Evan Greer outlines how attacks on Section 230 may affect us: “Section 230 is not a magical lever that you can pull to ‘allow’ or ‘disallow’ corporate behavior––it’s a carefully crafted law that makes the First Amendment function at the Internet scale. Exempting personalized and algorithmically amplified content from Section 230 protections wouldn’t prevent platforms from using algorithms to pick and choose what users see, it would just incentivize those platforms to show users more ‘sanitized,’ corporate content that has been vetted by lawyers as ‘non-controversial.’ Your news feed would become like Disneyland, and platforms like Facebook would become largely useless for activists, artists, and community organizers.”
Missing, Murdered, but Never Forgotten: Violence, Colonialism, and Justice for Indigenous Women (Bitch Media)
Abaki Beck writes about violence, colonialism, and justice for Indigenous women: Too often, violence against Indigenous women is met with silence from authorities, thanks in part to jurisdictional limits that prevent some tribal courts from prosecuting nontribal members. Investigations are often delayed—and sometimes, authorities don’t look into these cases at all. So in an effort to keep their communities safe, Indigenous activists have begun using crowdsourced databases, community patrols, and other methods to seek justice.” Read more.
Everything You Need To Know About Menstrubation (It's Sexier Than It Sounds) (The Huffington Post)
Brittany Wong discusses “menstrubation”: “What the heck is ‘menstrubation’? For the uninitiated―which probably includes most of us―the phrase combines the words menstruation and masturbation. To menstrubate is to masturbate when you’re in the throes of PMS and your period. As far as the portmanteau goes, it’s clunky and could use some work―I don’t imagine I’ll be plugging the perks of “menstrubation” at brunch any time soon!―but as a practice, it’s pretty magical, especially if you’re someone who has painful periods.” Read more.
Medical Students Are ‘Driving’ for Change Over Gender-Inclusive Language (Rewire News Group)
Alys Brooks examines the use of gender-inclusive language in medical settings: “Major medical organizations are advocating for and adopting gender-neutral language. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) used ‘pregnant individuals’ in its statement recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people. Back in 2019, the American Medical Association issued an official policy supporting the inclusion of transgender health topics in medical education. But within published research, the term ‘pregnant people’ is still uncommon.”
Texas Abortion Providers Are “Hitting Their Limits” (The Nation)
Mary Tuma shares how Texas abortion providers are doing in the wake of SB8: “Months before Senate Bill 8 (SB 8) went into effect, staff and providers at Whole Woman’s Health—a network of abortion clinics—anxiously braced for the impact of one of the most extreme anti-choice laws in the United States. They spent countless hours in meetings strategizing how best to comply with the onerous Texas law, which bars abortion care once embryonic cardiac activity is detected, typically around six weeks of pregnancy. As more than 80 percent of pregnant people in the state receive care past this time frame, the law amounts to a near-total abortion ban. However, nothing—not even the state’s roughly one-month Covid-19 abortion ban last year—could quite prepare the staff for the deep trauma they would face turning away hundreds of patients indefinitely over the next several weeks.”
Alternatives to PrEP: Creating Safe, Effective Options (Woodhull’s Sex & Politics Blog)
Tess Joseph highlights a potential alternative to PrEP: “To many, cabotegravir could be even easier to use than PrEP pills. James Factora explains that rather than adhering to a daily regimen of pills, people would be able to receive an injection every-other-month to prevent contracting HIV. If cabotegravir passes FDA priority review, it would become the first available medication of its kind. We at the Woodhull Freedom Foundation are advocates for our fundamental human right to sexual freedom. That right, of course, relates to sexual intimacy itself. We want folks to have options. We want folks to be able to engage in sex not ridden with fear and anxiety; we want sex to be liberating. We hope that cabotegravir proves to be an effective, safe alternative to PrEP pills.” Read more.
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