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I still have a hymen (or “vaginal corona”) ? And I thought I just had the box it came in!

Swedish group renames hymen ‘vagi­nal coro­na’

…(T)he term hymen is root­ed in the Greek word for mem­brane. Rather than a frag­ile mem­brane that breaks, how­ev­er, the hymen is actu­al­ly mul­ti­ple folds of mucous mem­brane.

The vagi­nal coro­na is a per­ma­nent part of a woman’s body through­out her life. It doesn’t dis­ap­pear after she first has sex­u­al inter­course, and most wom­en don’t bleed the first time.

After read­ing the arti­cle, I have to say that I agree with the rea­son­ing as to why there should be a name change, but I don’t real­ly think it’s going to go far. It’s far bet­ter to just con­tin­ue to work on tak­ing vir­gin­i­ty off the ridicu­lous pedestal upon which it has been placed than on try­ing to replace one word with anoth­er.

So What’s Different?

I saw the topic and thought, "Gosh, maybe I've missed something obvious. I've never been so good at this Girly-Girl thing. I should watch that."

I watched it. I don't feel enlightened.

Maybe it's just been too long since I thought about this stuff, but what's so different about applying make-up for 40-year-olds than it is for 20-year-olds? I get that people's skin type might change, but that's an individual thing. Where did this "no mascara on the bottom lashes" thing come from, and why?

Maybe someone who reads women's magazines or watches TV can give me a clue here.

(Yep, this is a very shallow entry.)

Aw, poor widdle terrorist!

I know you’re all torn up to hear that Eric Rudolph is mis­er­able in pris­on.1

“Using soli­tary con­fine­ment, Super­max is designed to inflict as much mis­ery and pain as is con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly per­mis­si­ble,” he wrote in a let­ter.

No, real­ly? That’s part of that whole deter­rent fac­tor, ya know? Jail isn’t sup­posed to be a vaca­tion. May­be you should have con­sid­ered the pos­si­bil­i­ty of los­ing a lit­tle time in the moun­tains before you took to being a bomber, Rudolph?

Of course, he still has his life to com­plain about, unlike some of his vic­tims.

My real ques­tion, I sup­pose, is why is this news? What is our atten­tion being redi­rect­ed away from? 


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Planned Parenthood of Georgia Offers Free Emergency Contraception 12÷6÷06

From Planned Parenthood of Georgia:

Free EC! December 6, 2006!

We're celebrating increased access to emergency contraception (EC)!

EC can safely and effectively prevent pregnancy if started within five days of unprotected sex. Everyone, regardless of age, can get EC at Planned Parenthood - and now, for people 18 and older, EC is available over the counter. Stop by one of our five Georgia health centers on December 6, 2006, and receive FREE EC (one per person) to keep at home - just in case.

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Have you bought emergency contraception?

I just read about it at Sex in the Pub­lic Square. I haven’t thought about it before, but what she says makes sense. If you’re a sex­u­al­ly active adult who could tech­ni­cal­ly con­ceive, but you don’t want to have a child right now, it’s a good thing to keep on hand.

I’d be inter­est­ed in hear­ing about your expe­ri­ences in buy­ing it OTC, if you do so. It isn’t an issue for us, so we don’t have a rea­son to buy any.

Spain bans unhealthily thin models

In a very unpop­u­lar move, Spain has banned appear­ances by fash­ion mod­els who’s body mass index is too low.

Italy is con­sid­er­ing fol­low­ing suit. The lan­guage in the leg­is­la­tion makes it clear that the pur­pose of the ban is to encour­age health­ier media images, due to the grow­ing inci­dence of eat­ing dis­or­ders diag­nosed every year.

Frankly, I can’t begin to imag­ine the U.S. gov­ern­ment even con­sid­er­ing that kind of leg­is­la­tion. We do have a freer press here (on the sur­face, at least), but that doesn’t explain all the dif­fer­ences.