I wrote this post last year, but all of this information is still relevant! Check out the updated links to tell Congress to take action!
Often, when I tell people about how I organize around reproductive rights and the environment, they don’t get it. People just don’t see the connection. It gets even murkier when I start prodding them to ditch their toxic shampoo to support choice, or to sign a petition for Planned Parenthood about BPA.
So what IS the connection? Its simple: toxins in your shower products, cosmetics, plastics, and food products can take away your choice. Choice doesn’t just mean the right not to have a child, but also your right to be able to have one if you do choose to. These toxic chemicals directly impact that choice by hindering fertility, and your ability to conceive if you do want children.
In the United States, the toxins we put into our products not only adversely impact the environment but also our own bodies. According to The Guttmacher Institute, 2000 new chemicals are introduced in products each year and very few are well researched for potential negative side effects. We simply do not yet know how they may impact us. What we do know is that common toxins such as BPA, parabens, and phthalates can lead to sexual dysfunction, infertility, early puberty, and other health problems. In all likelihood, many of these 2000 new chemicals have similar impacts on our bodies. That means that these toxins can take away your ability to have a child when and if you choose to do so. This means they take away your choice.
Now is the time to do something about it. Tell Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act and start regulating the chemicals in our products. Check out the products you use on the Skin Deep Database, a website that will tell you whether or not your products are toxic or not. If they are, try making your own or switching to something healthier! It may not be as convenient, but your health will thank you for it!
Want to learn more? Check out the Sustainable Sex portion of my blog and take a look at the resource section for more ways to learn about and get involved in these issues.
You can also head on over to the Reproductive Health and Technologies Toxic Zombie page where you can find an online toolkit to get involved with these issues. This kit has printable posters, event ideas, a social media guide, and even ways you can green your dorm room!
Happy Earth Day!
Hey everyone! I’ve been helping out with this research and advocacy project called Sexual Health Rankings™. Using data from the Guttmacher Institute, the CDC, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the HRC, and much, much more, it is the most complete measure of Americans’ sexual health ever created, and the first state-by-state comparison of overall sexual health.
Similar to how students receive report cards to determine their progress and their progress in relation to their peers, thus allowing their educators to determine where there are deficits and where there are successes, Sexual Health Rankings™ ranks each state (and the District of Columbia) on a composite of 26 indicators (from access to abortion and marriage equality to STI rates). This valuable tool can be used by educators and policy makers as a catalyst for positive change.
I encourage you all to check it out! There is an interactive map that allows you to examine the data on a national and individual state level. There is also a discussion forum for users to discuss the project (whether it’s things they’ve learned, ways they plan on using the data, how this data could be used, or areas for improvement). There is an advocacy page full of resources for folks looking for more info on various topics.
Full url: http://sexualhealthrankings.com
So not only did anti-choice lawmakers succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood, but they also provided a faulty list for replacement providers?
It takes but a second to replace women’s health with sexual or reproductive health. It’s really that easy… and then you aren’t erasing our trans sisters.
Yes, yes, yes.