July 24 is International Self Care Day – an opportunity to raise awareness about self-care and the important role it plays in a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of our bodies, minds and spirits are core aspects of health, but perhaps never more so than right now. As we navigate a global health crisis that illuminates and magnifies centuries of racialized and gender-based inequalities, it’s critical to remember the radical roots of self-care.
Why inclusive language matters. by deb kozak Good-bye, gender binary! Say hello to gender neutral language! Wait, what? That sounds kind of complicated. Not really. Quite simply, gender-free language in health care affirms that reproductive rights are for EVERYONE. In fact, rather than complicating matters, inclusive language actually makes it less complicated for people to
Consent to one activity isn’t consent for all activities that might happen in a sexual encounter. Nor is it automatic consent for future encounters, with that same partner or with others. Consent needs to be ongoing throughout a sexual encounter. Consent can withdrawn by any partner at any time. Suggesting that a single gesture — the mutual opening of a condom package — sends the damaging message that consent really is a one-time event.