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Hey,  people. Apologies for the absence. A couple things are going on, one affected by the other. A few weeks ago I decided to try to streamline the content here so we can give you even stronger, kick ass quality. I have plans to gather the team and contributors to really knuckle down and spruce things up. In the meantime, my grandpa died. So, where I planned to start tweaking and ferreting around, this time has turned into a reflective, quiet pocket. 

I’m still out here, just  thinking about things, waiting, giving myself space. I wanted to give viewers and followers a heads up because your support and interest is valuable to me, we’re all in this wacky life together, and you’re owed an update.

We’ll be back soon! 

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Amara  

Curiouser

  • Smash Up’s first giveaway is up and running! Read the rules and see what goodies are up for grabs here! You have until 11PM tomorrow (Tuesday, March 14) to finish. Good luck! DONE! A random Instgrammer won! ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Also check out a new addition to the Body Shop section called Physical, where I hope to continue adding stories, personal narratives, and advice on mental and physical health from as many perspectives as I can get! The first article is from Charity Lynette, with running insight and tips that treat your body well.

XY

XY updated with a 3-part interview with Ali, a 28-year-old Muslim man. Topics range from engagement to abortion. Turn your listening eyes on! ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ

Nora McInerny

โ€œTerrible, Thanks for Askingโ€ is hosted by โ€œnotable widowโ€ Nora McInerny. Itโ€™s a title sheโ€™s dubbed herself, given the bizarre number of tragedies that have surrounded in a short period of time. Spurred by the death of her father, then her husband from brain cancer six weeks after that, and the later miscarriage of her second child, Nora tackles grief with an honesty and irony you donโ€™t often hear. She notes that as a culture weโ€™re not really ย allowed to give grieving a space. โ€œWeโ€™re good at hiding it. Compartmentalizing it. Experiencing in private.โ€

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Read more at Podcast Roundup!

(And she’s Minnesotan, which I genuinely did not know until I started researching her and realized I knew who she was. Smash Up is not a Minnesota shill! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Education is key.

Yay!

Birth Control Is Working Better โ€“ Or At Least, It’s Failing Less

But sadly…

“The analysis did find disparities in the effectiveness of contraceptives for some groups of women. African American and Latina women had higher contraceptive failure rates compared with white women, and low-income women had a higher rate of failure than those earning at least 200 percent above the federal poverty level. The study did not adjust for poverty when assessing racial and ethnic disparities, but noted that poverty is likely a factor.”

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Image via ringcat @ Etsy.

“She says low-income patients in particular may struggle to get consistent reproductive health care because of lack of insurance, access to healthcare providers, or other barriers. ‘Their childcare falls through; they can’t come to the appointment. The bus is late. They missed their appointment because their mom got sick and they have to go to the hospital with their mom,’ Findley says. ‘There’s so many different reasons why my patients have a hard time accessing the healthcare they need and deserve.'”

I did a quick Google search and besides an article at The Feminist Majority,ย I honestly couldn’t any other grassroots organizations that promote awareness about women’s reproductive health. That are quite a few that get menstrual supplies to certain communities, but not necessarily ones that also instruct about reproductive healthcare. If you know of any, tell us!

smashupmag@gmal.com