Warning: My inner dork is revealed at the end of this post.
In years past, I’ve tended to establish new year’s resolutions with three basic themes:
- Eat Healthier
- Exercise More
- Be Nicer
Like many people I know, my inner struggles don’t seem to change that much from year to year. Unless we’ve had a major, life-changing experience we tend to keep battling our well-known demons.
This year, I’ve decided to try something new — something that boils down to “find the positive” and “be part of the solution.”
What does this have to do with family planning and reproductive rights? Funny you should ask. Continue reading
“I went to family planning when I was a teenager.”
I can’t even tell you how many times and in how many different settings I’ve heard this phrase. There’s the woman who cuts my hair, the physical therapist who helped repair my sore ankle, the dental hygienist who cleans my teeth, and the high school classmate I saw at our reunion.
When I tell them where I work, women love to tell me how important family planning was to them when they were teenagers. Depending on the situation and how well I know the person, I may ask “Why don’t you go to family planning now?”
That’s when I get the look. You know the look — the one that suggests you just said something really, really dumb.
The answers I get, although unique to each woman, are always based on two common assumptions about family planning — two common and false assumptions. Continue reading