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Save The Women Not The Boobies

"This is honestly the best poster I have found in a while supporting breast cancer awareness. I am honestly so sick of seeing, “set the tatas free” and “save the boobies”. There is no reason in hell a life threatening, life ruining disease should be sexualized. “Don’t wear a bra day,” go fuck yourselves. You’re not saving a pair of tits, you’re saving the entire package: mind, body, and soul included. Women are not just a pair of breasts.”

This is a great message - also, let’s not forget about trans men and non-binary folks who have not had top surgery and are more likely to delay mammography due to cissexism and transphobia within the medical system.

Save The Women Not The Boobies

"This is honestly the best poster I have found in a while supporting breast cancer awareness. I am honestly so sick of seeing, “set the tatas free” and “save the boobies”. There is no reason in hell a life threatening, life ruining disease should be sexualized. “Don’t wear a bra day,” go fuck yourselves. You’re not saving a pair of tits, you’re saving the entire package: mind, body, and soul included. Women are not just a pair of breasts.”

This is a great message - also, let’s not forget about trans men and non-binary folks who have not had top surgery and are more likely to delay mammography due to cissexism and transphobia within the medical system.

The Power Of Drug Color

Blue pills, contrary to what Breaking Bad may have you believe, act best as sedatives. Red and orange are stimulants. Cheery yellows make the most effective antidepressants, while green reduces anxiety and white soothes pain. Brighter colors and embossed brand names further strengthen these effects—a bright yellow pill with the name on its surface, for example, may have a stronger effect than a dull yellow pill without it.

Really appreciate that the author details how culture shapes our perceptions of color.  This article is for people who aren’t yet convinced that the placebo effect is significant.

The Power Of Drug Color

Blue pills, contrary to what Breaking Bad may have you believe, act best as sedatives. Red and orange are stimulants. Cheery yellows make the most effective antidepressants, while green reduces anxiety and white soothes pain. Brighter colors and embossed brand names further strengthen these effects—a bright yellow pill with the name on its surface, for example, may have a stronger effect than a dull yellow pill without it.

Really appreciate that the author details how culture shapes our perceptions of color.  This article is for people who aren’t yet convinced that the placebo effect is significant.

This Illustration Of Ebola Coverage Shows How Problematic Media Reports Can Be

"I think unfortunately, in the Western media, there are first-world diseases and third-world diseases, and the attention devoted to the latter depends on the threat they pose to us, not on a universal measure of human suffering," he said. "A death in Africa, or Asia for that matter, should be as tragic as a death in Europe or the USA, and it doesn’t seem to be."

This will be one of the most memorable images of this tragedy.  Let this serve as a call to action that we are all deserving of attention, compassion, and care.

This Illustration Of Ebola Coverage Shows How Problematic Media Reports Can Be

"I think unfortunately, in the Western media, there are first-world diseases and third-world diseases, and the attention devoted to the latter depends on the threat they pose to us, not on a universal measure of human suffering," he said. "A death in Africa, or Asia for that matter, should be as tragic as a death in Europe or the USA, and it doesn’t seem to be."

This will be one of the most memorable images of this tragedy.  Let this serve as a call to action that we are all deserving of attention, compassion, and care.

Sexually Enlightened R&B Song - This is golden! #Consent

Dressing in blackface is racist.  Mocking the ebola epidemic and the death of thousands of people is despicable.  Let this be an opportunity for all of us to be more creative when it comes to costumes this year.

Dressing in blackface is racist.  Mocking the ebola epidemic and the death of thousands of people is despicable.  Let this be an opportunity for all of us to be more creative when it comes to costumes this year.

I wonder if it would have been considered acceptable to anchor a medical report on heart disease solely in terms of its costs to employers – to headline a news story on cancer treatment with the words “working days lost to cancer”. I suspect not. While economic reporting on various vaguely defined patient groups is certainly becoming prevalent, I believe both medical professionals and news editors would feel compelled to include a more patient-based approach when reporting on what a friend has astutely called “X-rayable diseases”. I certainly hope they would not dream of telling the nation on the first page of the report what percentage of “the national disease burden” they form – which is what the CMO does, lumping all mental health issues together. It would be considered inexcusably insensitive.

Coping with mental illness can include feelings of self-blame, inadequacy and failure. It did for me, and does for many people I know. The economic commoditisation of human pain is dangerously close to victim-blaming. Such an approach can send the destructive message: see how much money you cost everyone, you broken person? Its dark heart is that the state’s only interest in its citizens is as economic units, occasionally broken and in need of quick and efficient repair, in order to slot back into the corporate design.

Vaccines - Calling the Shots (Documentary) 
This is going to be my go-to link to share when friends post anything against vaccines.  Check out this documentary for free on Nova.  For Science!

Vaccines - Calling the Shots (Documentary)

This is going to be my go-to link to share when friends post anything against vaccines.  Check out this documentary for free on Nova.  For Science!

LGBT people twice as likely to suffer from chronic mental health problems

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LGBT people are two to three times more likely to suffer from chronic psychological problems than their cis and straight peers, according to a study recently released by the University of Cambridge. 

The Cambridge study is the largest ever of LGBT people: 2 million people were surveyed, of whom 27,000 identified as a “sexual minority” (a term that apparently includes trans people for these purposes, though it’s unclear where their experiences fit into the figures below). Across the board, LGBT people were more likely than cis and straight people to experience chronic mental health problems like depression, and less likely to trust, communicate with or reach out to doctors. 

Some specific stats: 

Sexual minorities were two to three times more likely to suffer a chronic psychological problem, such as depression. Whilst only 5 percent of heterosexual men reported such a problem, it occurred within 11 percent and 15 percent of homosexual and bisexual men, respectively.

There was a similar pattern amongst women, as 12 percent of lesbians and 19 percent of bisexual women suffered a long-term psychological condition, compared to only 6 percent of heterosexual women.

General health was also of a lower quality amongst the LGBT community, with 22 percent of gay men and 26 percent of bisexual men reporting poor general health, alongside 25 percent and 31 percent of lesbians and bisexual women, respectively.

Heterosexual men and women displayed a better general standard of health, with only 20 percent of men and 21 percent of women classifying their health as poor.

Discrimination, harassment, denial of basic human rights, and internalized hatred can be linked to depression. Also: water wet, sun hot.

The inclusion of trans people with sexual minority folks seems puzzling and combining the two groups may mask some of the high levels of mental distress experienced by trans and gender variant folks.  Although as queer people we often work in solidarity with one another, it’s great when researchers tease out the complexities of our lived experiences rather than treating us like one monolithic “other”.

The Problem With the ‘75 Percent of Lesbians Are Fat’ Statistic

The crux of the issue is this: How can any study, let alone one that intends to make sweeping generalizations about the impact of sexual orientation on an entire populations’ BMI, consider 87 people a reasonable and adequate sample size? How can 87 women possibly stand to represent ALL lesbians in the USA?! I just can’t figure how in the hell is it considered academically sound, and moreover, deemed legitimate by a peer-review board of scholars, to compare 87 lesbians to 5,460 straight women??!!?!?! …The real question we should be challenging these researchers with is this: Why is homosexuality being isolated as the indicative factor of one’s failure to thrive? If the National Institute of Health (NIH) is funding studies based on this claim (and it is), it’s terrifying to imagine how often baseless statistics are disseminated as truth, and how misleading our public health policies and initiatives most likely are — especially those that single out, and arguably stigmatize, sexual-minority populations.

Also, people can be fat and be healthy, so what does this fat statistic really tell us?  That people need to conduct better research that serves the interests of the populations they are studying - and people need to take more care when reporting about studies.

The Problem With the ‘75 Percent of Lesbians Are Fat’ Statistic

The crux of the issue is this: How can any study, let alone one that intends to make sweeping generalizations about the impact of sexual orientation on an entire populations’ BMI, consider 87 people a reasonable and adequate sample size? How can 87 women possibly stand to represent ALL lesbians in the USA?! I just can’t figure how in the hell is it considered academically sound, and moreover, deemed legitimate by a peer-review board of scholars, to compare 87 lesbians to 5,460 straight women??!!?!?!

…The real question we should be challenging these researchers with is this: Why is homosexuality being isolated as the indicative factor of one’s failure to thrive? If the National Institute of Health (NIH) is funding studies based on this claim (and it is), it’s terrifying to imagine how often baseless statistics are disseminated as truth, and how misleading our public health policies and initiatives most likely are — especially those that single out, and arguably stigmatize, sexual-minority populations.

Also, people can be fat and be healthy, so what does this fat statistic really tell us?  That people need to conduct better research that serves the interests of the populations they are studying - and people need to take more care when reporting about studies.