Monthly Archives: May 2015

STEP UP, STEP OUT

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 Can you believe it?

In Florida, a state college is forcing women to undergo public sonograms as a part of their curriculum. Or to state it plainly, if they want to be part of a medical diagnostic sonography program, get ready to get your vagina spiked.

When I was in nurses training, we used to take blood from each other, give injections to each other, draw blood, start IVs on each other, plus many other procedures to learn the necessary techniques you would be using as a nurse. The last thing you want to do is end up making patients suffer because of your lack of skill or stupidity. So I get the idea that when you perform tests on yourself you can learn to have more compassion, more empathy for the people you will be dealing with.

But public viewing of your vagina is so invasive and unnecessary it makes me want to throw up.

I think the best way to learn this sonographic technique might be to get that teacher down on the table in the classroom and have everyone probe her vagina. After all it’s a learning experience. At least she can give honest evaluations of each student ability and their technique.

Valencia College exhibits another example of how women, en masse, are being used and abused. The good thing about it, these students got together and is suing the college.

Good for them!

Women have to learn to say no, together. Standup and stop the horrible treatments we undergo. Whether it’s from our schooling and the way we’re treated generally, to stoning us to death for being raped.

We, as women, have to acknowledge once and for all:  What they do to one woman, is what they do to all of us. It’s time that we face reality and accept that an affront, whether to one or ten women, becomes a personal assault to each and every one of us. All of us. All women.

That’s the only way we win!

Below is an article from an on-line newspaper that brought me to this particular issue.

 The Daily Kos

STUDENTS AT VALENCIA COLLEGE ARE FORCED TO UNDERGO VAGINAL PROBES IN CLASSROOM

Students at Valencia College are suing, claiming they were forced to undergo transvaginal probes in front of their classmates as part of their instruction in a medical diagnostic sonography program:

“Valencia positioned these transvaginal probes as voluntary, but its actual policy and practice was that they were not,” according to the lawsuit.

The suit also describes weekly probes for students in the program, saying they “endured these invasive probes without a modicum of privacy. Plaintiffs would disrobe in a restroom, drape themselves in towels, and traverse the sonography classroom in full view of instructors and other students.”

“A student would place a condom over the probe and then apply generous amounts of lubrication to the probe. In some cases, the student would have to sexually ‘stimulate’ plaintiffs in order to facilitate inserting the probe into plaintiffs’ vaginas,” the lawsuit alleges.

Although they were billed as voluntary, students say otherwise:

When the students expressed concerns to program chair Barbara Ball, she told them “they could find another school if they did not wish to be probed,” the suit says.

And:

“The college’s instructors retaliated against them by saying they would reduce their grades, they would blacklist them within the medical community, and they would not be able to get a job,” Dillingham said.

            As you can imagine, with allegations this serious and a lawsuit in motion, the teachers and administrators are the ones who’ll face a very public probe now.

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I GOTTA SAY

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I gotta say I’m sick and tired of hearing male politicians tell women what to do with their bodies. Not one of these icons of virtue will ever have to face the difficulties women face from complicated menstrual problems to job discrimination to pregnancy to single motherhood to old age – which a lot of you out there seem to think begins at 40.

For instance, some of the blurbs I’ve been reading on Face Book, Twitter, and various news feeds talk about Congress wanting to repeal a law in Washington, D.C. that makes it illegal for employers to fire people for taking birth control or having an abortion. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, Republican presidential candidates, seem to believe employers should be able to fire workers if their bosses don’t like their employees’ personal reproductive-health choices. And one of the two candidates is a known libertarian. Guess which one.

Isn’t it obvious to everyone? Legislators are only passing abortion restrictions so they can pretend to use ‘women’s safety’ as a means to control them … and to get the religious right’s votes.

The North Carolina Legislature’s lower house just voted to join several other states to triple the length of the waiting period for women who seek abortions, from one to three days. And not only that, they require that doctors send to the state health department the ultrasound results, fetal measurements, and other medical information related to women who get abortions in the last two weeks of the legal time period. If it becomes law, that rule, supposedly designed to make sure the timing of the abortion is within the limit, is not only disgusting, it stomps all over our constitutional rights.

I hear that phrase a lot: Constitutional Rights. Yeah, sure. It’s really important for any number of things, unless you’re talking about women’s rights.

In the state of Kentucky, the Senate approved a law that not only requires an ultrasound for women who want an abortion, but require the doctor to confront the patient with her own fetal image. If they don’t, they can face a fine of $100,000. Generous to a fault, the bill provides only one leeway: It is permissible for the patient to turn away and not look at her own ultrasound image.

Such humanity.

None of these laws are really about women’s health. Legal abortion is safrer than any number of other surgeries. A UC San Francisco study found fewer physical complications for abortions than having your wisdom teeth extracted.

Patt Morrison, Pulitzer prize winner, wrote in the Opinion CA section of the Los Angeles Times, “If legislators were sincere about safeguarding women’s health, the bills getting passed would be about better sex education, more and cheaper health clinics and counseling and contraceptives, so abortion could become what President Clinton once characterized as “safe, legal and rare.” Instead, it’s about preventing women from getting abortions, and controlling them by controlling their fertility, a trick as old as men and women.

“There’s one other state that’s about to pass fertility control laws, end subsidies for contraception (including condoms), ban contraceptive information as well as sterilization, and severely limit abortions. Which state?

“The state of Iran.”

Finally, I’ve gotta say to male politicians: I’m sick and tired of you playing football with women’s uteruses. OMG, leave our bodies alone. What we do with them is our choice, not yours.

And, if you really cared anything about children, you’d make sure they didn’t have to go to bed hungry, or have to struggle to get an education. You’d care what happens to them after they’re born.

So, hey you! Stop trampling on our rights. Who and what we are is our business. You’re either really with us or against us. And if you’re against us – leave us alone.

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