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thejoemoose:

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boston:

FDA approves pill to prevent HIV infections 
The drug, Truvada, is the first medication intended to prevent HIV infections in people having sex with infected individuals.
(JEFF CHIU/AP) 

This is amazing.  Click through and read the full article - the last three paragraphs are super important.

boston:

FDA approves pill to prevent HIV infections

The drug, Truvada, is the first medication intended to prevent HIV infections in people having sex with infected individuals.

(JEFF CHIU/AP)

This is amazing.  Click through and read the full article - the last three paragraphs are super important.

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No Evidence of Disease

A blogger describes his experience with a “friend” who faked cancer, just to get attention:

Being duped is humiliating. You backtrack and see how unconvincing the props and scenery look in the light of day. The storefronts turn out to have been cheap painted wood, the mountain landscape is just a flimsy canvas. But that feeling is normal. The lies only needed to be convincing in the moment, and their very audacity made them easy to sell.

Given a choice between thinking something is an odd coincidence, and deciding that your best friend’s entire identity, down to the scar on her chest, has been constructed to deceive you; that she has gotten up every morning and shaved her head just to fuck with you, you are unlikely to choose door number two. 

Long form - click here.

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The Vagina Vote. Sam Michaels. Source.

The Vagina Vote. Sam Michaels. Source.

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Vintage STD Posters. Source.

Pre-WWII, the posters don’t blame women.  Starting with WWII, the majority of them do.  Hmm.

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Birth Control Recall

So then, on top of the REST of my day, I get a call from the pharmacy saying my Lo-Ovral birth control pills are being recalled for being inserted into the pack in the wrong sequence.

CHECK THIS LIST TO SEE IF YOUR PILLS ARE PART OF THE RECALL.

This applies to Lo-Ovral and Lo-Ovral generics.  I was fine, but my roommate had three faulty packs, so we promptly ran out to trade them in and purchase pregnancy tests.  (Which I plan on sending to the maker for reimbursement for.)

The information I have from the pharmacist is that the pills were installed incorrectly into the packs - meaning the pink sugar pills were in the wrong place.  So really, as long as you were still taking white pills you were probably okay, but better to trade them in safely than sorry, I say.  Hopefully no one accidentally messed up their colors in favor of taking the “days” properly.  Please pass this on to anyone you know who might take Lo-Ovral, it’s the birth control of choice for most free clinics!

It’s probably also important to mention that this only affects a small number of Lo-Ovral pills, and the brand as a whole is still very safe and reliable to take.  Please do not stop taking your birth control just because of this - contact your pharmacist and use secondary forms of birth control (condoms!) in the meantime!

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zerograms:

Okay, cool story bro time:

I was on holiday in America and I went into Banana Republic to try on a dress I liked. It was a beautiful violet sleeveless dress. I picked up what looked like a smallish size off the shelf and tried it on. Nope. Too big. So I went to the shop assistant…

*Pounds head against wall*  I have a HUGE RANT about the clothing industry that I will not even get into right now, because you guys have heard it all before.  But let me add in a slightly different perspective:  I just finished a 3+ year stint working for a plus size women’s clothing company as their marketing director.  So when someone complained?  It came to me.  Tall/short folks want taller/shorter pants.  Smaller/bigger folks want smaller/bigger clothes.  Bustier women want bustier tops.  Pear shaped want bigger waistbands and taller inseams.  There’s ALWAYS something to envy.  So here’s my wishlist to the American clothing industry:

1. Admit that not every piece of clothing fits every person.  Apologize for it if you want, but don’t pretend that you cut that top for a size four woman with a DD cup, or that that skirt was meant for someone with a certain shaped backside.  Certain things are cut for certain bodies, it’s IMPOSSIBLE to make a one-size-fits-all article of clothing, so STOP LYING ABOUT IT.

2. Offer custom sizing.  Okay, so it’s too expensive for you to produce a ton of “negative ones” or “size forty” or whatever weird numbers we’re putting on things?  I get that!  To create effective marketing (which I dislike as a concept, but don’t get me started) we have to produce a size range in bulk, but then maybe you should provide additional sizes on your website and produce to order in some basic styles?  (Gap did this for a while, you won’t catch me praising them often, even though they’re my brand of choice for jeans for this very reason - I have to go to plus size stores to find a size 14 anywhere else.)

3. Formula sizing doesn’t work.  It doesn’t.  Clothing stores start with a size six (I think?) as the “Average” size, and then they choose a number - we’ll say two inches - and hack it off everything to go a size up or down.  So, say a size six has a 24 inch waist; that means that a size four must be a 22 inch waist, a size two must have a 20 inch waist, etc etc.  Same with hips, inseam, bust, everything.  That’s why, by the time you get down to a zero or up to a fourteen, nothing fucking fits right, and everything’s gaping and puckering.

4. Educate your employees about all of these things.  Every time I got on the phone with a woman - and our core market was organic cotton, 40-65, USA made, women specifically.  And every one of them who I got on the phone with, I said: IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.  WE MADE THE CLOTHES.  YOU DID NOT MAKE YOUR BODY.  I mean, okay, I guess technically years filled with bad choices, you can end up with your body a certain way, but sometimes?  It’s not your fault.  Guys, it is NOT YOUR FAULT.  I wear a size 14, and I wore the smallest size we produced, and I had a lot of women self-deprecatingly say they weren’t small like me.  I hate that.  I hate that we feel like this is our fault somehow.

The best thing I can say is that, as consumers, we have to educate ourselves out of the system that most american brands have forced us into.  Yeah, I still buy from The Gap and Target and Threadless.  I still get upset over mail ordering the largest sizes available and having them not fit.  But there’s got to be some better way than this, and that’s coming from someone who’s seen how it works, from production to shelf.

(Source: breatheinforluckxo, via the-megs)