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“Words Have Power. Read a Banned Book.”

What does the banning or challenging of books tell us about our society? Banned or challenged books are often books that reflect the diversity of our world. In 2015, of the 10 most challenged books, 9 of them “…contained diverse content.”  Many of these books are authored by and/or contain people of color, people who identify as LGBTQIA, people of a different religion, or people with a disability. In other words, people who are minorities or not part of the dominant culture. Readers may become uncomfortable reading about unfamiliar experiences or perspectives. For many, diversity implies negative connotations and therefore are controversial in their eyes despite the fact that many readers may at long last feel a great connection and empowerment when reading these books. ALA had over 300 challenges in 2016 alone, with an increase of 17% from 2015 which may also be due to a more streamlined reporting system. Nevertheless, half of the top 10 books most challenged in 2016 were removed where they were contested. This was a significant increase from the average according to ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. In addition it is estimated that 80-90% of challenges go unreported. Books that are challenged or banned are often cited for content that is sexually explicit, that includes profanity, offensive political views, or supporting alternative viewpoints. Typically we conjure up examples of parents or an irate citizen complaining about the aforementio...
Source: Dragonfly - Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Tags: K-12 Public Libraries Source Type: news

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Purpose: Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with complex medical conditions and disabilities represent an under-served population with regards to reproductive healthcare. Although research is lacking in adolescents, adult women with disabilities report that they feel less likely to receive contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection counseling and routine gynecologic care. Current reproductive healthcare guidelines from the United States Preventative Task Force, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists do not exclude patients from routine reproductive healthca...
Source: Journal of Adolescent Health - Category: Child Development Authors: Source Type: research
This is the 1000th presentation to my bioethics blog since starting on Google Blogspot.com in 2004.There has been many topics covered. Though comments by the visitors has always been encouraged and, since as a " discussion blog " , comments leading to discussions I have felt was the definitive function here. Virtually none of the thread topics have gone unread and most have had some commentary, some with mainly particularly strong and emphatic opinions http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2013/01/should-pathologists-be-physicians.html, some with extensive up to 12 years long continued discussion http://bioethi...
Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: blogs
AbstractThis paper discusses the knowledge of sexual and reproductive health among people with physical disabilities in Vietnam. A qualitative research design was adopted. In-depth interviewing and photo elicitation methods were used to collect stories from 20 participants. The findings suggest that without formal education about sexual and reproductive health people with physical disabilities in Vietnam gain knowledge through their experiences and from informal sources of information. Participants perceived safe sex to include contraceptive methods, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, having orgasm together and f...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - Category: Disability Source Type: research
This report presents baseline estimates of the use of these preventive services before the publication of QFP that can be used to monitor progress toward improving the quality of preventive care received by women and men of reproductive age. PERIOD COVERED: 2011-2013. DESCRIPTION OF THE SYSTEM: Three surveillance systems were used to document receipt of preventive health services among women and men of reproductive age as recommended in QFP. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) collects data on factors that influence reproductive health in the United States since 1973, with a focus on fertility, sexual act...
Source: MMWR Surveill Summ - Category: Epidemiology Authors: Tags: MMWR Surveill Summ Source Type: research
Discussion In the US during 2011, ~60,000 youth were incarcerated at some time in a correctional facility. Boys are detained more than girls (86% vs 14% respectively in the US, 95% male in the United Kingdom in 2014) but girls have more health issues. There are racial and ethnic differences with 38-40% of detainees being black, 23% being Hispanic/Latino and 32% being white, and 5% other. For detained youth, 5% are for violent crimes, 22% for non-violent property crimes and the majority of the rest are for non-violent offices such as substance use. The average length of detainment is 3-4 months and unfortunately the rates o...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Once upon a time, and long before the evil, fanged Facebook consumed the conversations of the internet, readers could leave comments on my blog. Most readers left intelligent and insightful comments on what I wrote about that day. They were delightsome to behold. Thanks to vigilant knights, trolls didn ’t often blunder into our edifying conversations, but whenever they did stumble upon our happy kingdom, the trolls were quickly vanquished. Then one day, the king (which is me) decreed that Disqus would be the new conversation system for all because the old one didn’t work. Except that Disqus di dn’t work v...
Source: The Splintered Mind by Douglas Cootey - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Spinning Source Type: blogs
AbstractThe life of young people with disability are troubled with barriers and difficulties than the people graced with perfect physical health. Only a little is known about their sexual life and procreation. This paper, however intends to conduct a systematic survey and meta-analysis of the problems and challenges faced by the young people with disability in their sexual life and procreation. Familiarity with the works of the grand masters helped to come to the conclusion that this is solely on account of improper sexual education and guidance. As a result of improper sexual guidance, they may be more prone to contract s...
Source: Sexuality and Disability - Category: Disability Source Type: research
This study showed that women with spinal cord injury require sexual rehabilitation. They overcome their physical problems with the help of complementary medicine and sexual counselling around the aforementioned categories for promoting the quality of their sexual health.
Source: Sexuality and Disability - Category: Disability Source Type: research
By DAVID INTROCASO THCB readers are well aware this coming week Senate Republicans plan to begin debate on passing their amended version of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act.   As of today, June 23rd, immediate reactions by Republican senators to the June 22nd released discussion draft have been limited largely because members immediately left town after the draft’s release. The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) score, that will again be influential, is expected this Monday or Tuesday. Senate debate on the legislation will likely begi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized AHCA CBO David Introcaso Repeal Replace Senate Republicans Source Type: blogs
Abstract Perceived devaluation has been shown to have adverse effects on the mental and physical health outcomes of people who use drugs. However, the impact of perceived devaluation on sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing uptake among street-involved youth, who face multiple and intersecting stigmas due to their association with drug use and risky sexual practices, has not been fully characterized. Data were obtained between December 2013 and November 2014 from a cohort of street-involved youth who use illicit drugs aged 14-26 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Multivariable generalized estimating equations...
Source: Archives of Sexual Behavior - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Arch Sex Behav Source Type: research
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