Knowing your labia (radio on demand)

Triple R radio,18.04.2017

What does a “normal” labia look like? What is driving the increased demand of labioplasty? These are some of the questions leading to the creation of The Labia Library, an initiative from Women’s Health Victoria.

It provides access to unaltered images of women’s labia, in order to dispel concerns and myths due to the rise of censored and altered images in pornography. Dr Amy Webster of Women’s Health Victoria joins the Breakfasters on Triple R radio to discuss this vital resource.

  • Listen here (please note this link does not work in all browsers: we had success with Explorer, but not with Chrome).

First medical study on chest binding recently published

The first medical study on chest binding transgender and non-binary people was published last year. 

The researchers hope that the study will provide an initial roadmap for change, educating physicians on the benefits and impacts of binding and allowing those who bind to take charge of their health. They scoured peer-reviewed literature and information from health clinics, LGBTQ organizations, and online community resources, coming up with 28 potential health outcomes from binding. 1,800 respondents answered an online survey with questions ranging from how often they bound, what they used to bind their chests with, and their gender identity.

  • Read more about the study and chest-binding here 
  • Read study abstract here (for full text, see your librarian)

It’s not just the mechanics … children need lessons in life and love

The Guardian, Sunday 5 March 2017

The radical overhaul of sex and relationships education (SRE) announced by the [UK] government last week is very good news. Children will learn about healthy adult relationships from the age of four and sex education will become compulsory in all secondary schools. So, good news – but also long overdue, given the challenges faced by the young.

Read more here 

 

Abortion Doesn’t Negatively Affect Women’s Mental Health: Study

TIME, Dec. 14, 2016

The largest and most comprehensive study on the matter reports that women are much more emotionally stressed if they are denied an abortion initially than if they received one upon request.

“There are policies and decisions being made with this assumption that abortion harms women’s mental health,” says study author M. Antonia Biggs.

  • Read more here 
  • Access journal paper (full text, open access) here

Stepping Out: free workshops at SAMESH (for young same-sex attracted men)

SAMESH, March 2016

SAMESH is running its first Stepping Out workshop for 2016.

Working in partnership with the team at MOSAIC services, this FREE workshop provides a space for same sex attracted men, 18 – 26 to gather and talk about sexuality, sex and sexual health.

Workshops will run once a week for 6 weeks, commencing April 26. (Numbers limited to 12 participants).

Workshops will run between 6.00pm – 9.00pm, and provide an opportunity to discuss a variety of topics in a safe environment, including:

  • Self Esteem & Stereotypes
  • Lifestyle & Community
  • Relationships
  • HIV & STIs
  • Coming Out
  • Sex & Pleasure

Free dinner is provided for all participants.

Should you have any questions at all regarding these resources or the workshops, feel free to contact Matt Davies on 7099 5311 or Emma Williams on 0421 103 319.

You can also find more information at the SAMESH website www.samesh.org.au where individuals can also register their interest.

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Gender and Body Image articles – free access until, end of September

Taylor & Francis Publishing, 13th July 2015

As summer approaches, inevitably discussions concerning body image become prevalent. Perpetuated by the media and broadcasted via social media, a variety of sociological and psychological issues become projected into the public conscious. To recognise these issues from the perspective of gender, Taylor & Francis have compiled a collection of articles based on the below topics, available to read for free until the end of September 2015.

Access articles here