Participants Wanted: Asexual Terminology Survey
My name is Andrew Hinderliter, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. My dissertation is about online asexual discourse, with particular interest in its development over time. I ran one survey last January, and I am now conducting a survey on asexuality-related concepts and terminology.
To participate, you must be at least 18 years of age or older, be proficient in English, and identify as asexual, gray-A, or demisexual. The survey has a number of language-related questions, and it is asked that you do not look things up while taking the survey.
Signal boost for my ace followers!
Anonymous asked: Can implantation bleeding occur 3 and a half weeks after the supposed conception date? My last period was just as heavy and crampy as usual, but like a day shorter (that does happen sometimes though). I'm really not that worried - just curious.
Typically, implantation bleeding occurs 6 - 12 days after conception. It is normally light. However, sometimes it can go longer or occur more than once, and that usually is a bad sign.
A single panel comic created by York University students Jane Kim, Shayna Lauer, Helén Marton to raise awareness about sexual assault and combat victim blaming.
Article from the Toronto Star about it here.
This sounds like a good campaign, and taking a different tactic to raising awareness and getting people’s attention, hopefully people get the message and don’t just laugh it off.
I know the obvious point is “it would be ridiculous if Superman was blamed because he wore tights right?” But, I think using Superman is also really powerful, because (besides the use of him in tights to send the message about clothing) it shows that no matter how physically powerful you are, or if you’re a man, you can still be assaulted. The clothing message is the obvious one, but by using a powerful superhero icon, there’s also the messages about not victim blaming people by speculating on if they could have fought back, or inventing ways of how they could have fought back (and therefore should have) or “but you’re so much bigger than them”, “why didn’t you try to escape?”, or that you must believe somebody has to be “weak” to be a victim of sexual assault (either claiming they must have wanted it because they’re not that “weak”, or insisting that they are because they were assaulted).
And if we can believe Superman can be assaulted, then maybe we can believe the non-powered people we meet IRL when they say so too.
I wanted to share this because it’s about superheroes and feminism, and using superheroes to get a really important message out.
Anonymous asked: About a month ago, my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex, but I was on my period, and he pulled out. A few times after that, he's teased me by entering, but we haven't had full on unprotected sex. I was supposed to get my period today. I've had PMS symptoms, but I haven't gotten it. Could I be pregnant?
Firstly, you must know that being on your period does not prevent pregnancy. You can get pregnant even if you have sex on your period.
The pull-out method is around 70% effective on average. Meanwhile, precum has not been measured as to how often someone gets pregnant from it - meaning, it is rare.
Give it a week before you start considering pregnancy - menstrual cycles are very delicate and can change on a whim, so you may just be experiencing irregularity.
purplehairpeoplehater asked: Im taking sprintec right now and my period never lasts the full time so if I plan on having sex tomorrow will the white pills keep me from getting pregnant?
Sprintec usually comes in packages of 21 or 28. In packages of 28, there are 7 “reminder” pills to keep you on track. They do not contain any medicine, however, if you have taken your 21 “true” pills faithfully at around the same time each day or as your doctor has prescribed, you are protected from pregnancy during those 7 days.
No woman should ever be denied an abortion, especially in the cases of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is at risk. Period. And yet extreme policies currently exist that deny certain women coverage for abortion services in these difficult and, sometimes, life-threatening situations.
It’s time to end the unconscionable ban on abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in the cases of rape, incest and life endangerment to the woman. Tell your Senators to support the Peace Corps Equity Act to end this extreme policy.
The Peace Corps is a federal program that sends over 8,000 American volunteers abroad each year to promote world peace and friendship. Women make up more than 60 percent of these volunteers. And though other women who receive health care coverage through the federal government have coverage of abortion in cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the woman, Peace Corps volunteers are prohibited from receiving the same coverage as federal employees.
The Peace Corps Equity Act will end this extreme policy by expanding access to reproductive health care in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment. Tell your Senators to support this legislation today.
Just last year, National Women’s Law Center supporters sent over 70,000 messages successfully urging lawmakers to give U.S. military women the same reproductive health coverage as their civilian counterparts. We’ve shown that, together, we can end such unconscionable and harmful policies.
Thank you for everything you do to protect women’s reproductive health.
Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights
National Women’s Law Center
Sexual violence in the U.S. military is a crisis.The Pentagon estimates that sexual assaults increased from 19,000 in 2011 to 26,000 in 2012. That’s 71 sexual assaults EVERY DAY, and in roughly 56% of cases, the victims are men.
Making matters worse, each branch of the armed forces has its own judicial system, and it’s currently legal for base commanders to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict, as happened at Aviano Air Force Base in February 2013.
The STOP (Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention) Act takes the prosecution, reporting, oversight, investigation, and victim care of sexual assaults out of the normal military chain of command—which has proven grossly ineffective—and places jurisdiction in an autonomous Sexual Assault Oversight and Response Office.
That’s why I started a petition to the United States Congress, which says:
I stand with Congresswoman Jackie Speier in support of the Sexual Assault Training Oversight and Prevention Act (STOP Act) to end military rape.
–Congresswoman Jackie Speier
I’ve seen a lot of this on Tumblr lately, so this is for all of you (including me) who want to run around in jean shorts all summer but feel like you can’t because of some intangible socially conscribed idea of what bare legs are ‘supposed’ to look like.
(Of course, some people have their own perfectly good reasons for wanting to cover up, and that’s just as fine).
Rocking shorts and skirts this summer.
Showing off my tattoos and stubble and scars.
Yeah I only have two pairs of shorts, now. I gave away my short shorts because I thought…well…yeah. ._.
Nonbinary/genderqueer folk, do you feel like anonymously contributing to some stats about gender identity and expression?
I’m running a bit of an informal data-gathering thing to see how people express their nonbinary gender. I’ll publish the statistical results in July 2013 in the form of graphs and charts.
You will not be asked for your name, sex/gender assigned at birth, or email address. For information on the safety of your information and anonymity, click here: http://lottelodge.tumblr.com/post/50751981387
The questions are about how you describe your gender, and your preferred titles and pronouns, and that’s it. Lots of multiple choice, so it’s very quick and easy.