I wanted to Re-Blog this Interesting blog post on Teen Sexuality from Teen Talk- a leading worpress blog for everything teen.

Teen Talk

Teen Sexuality Resources:

Planned Parenthood has a host of resources available on their website for teens, parents, and educators. Below are short descriptions of each of these sections and corresponding web links.

Information for Teens

“There’s a lot to get straight before you can make good decisions about your sexual behaviors. We know you’ve got questions — and we’ve got answers. It’s all here: facts about virginity,  intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, and more.” Click here to visit Planned Parenthood’s Information for Teens webpage.

Tools for Educators

“Teaching about sex and sexuality can be challenging, but the benefits for your students make the challenge worth the wait. To achieve the best results, we encourage you to implement a comprehensive sexuality education program.” Click here to visit Planned Parenthood’s Tools for Educators webpage for more information.

Tools for Parents

“One proven way of helping our children make healthy and responsible decisions about…

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Cultural competence is an extremely necessary skill to…

Cultural competence is an extremely necessary skill to master in the field of public health. However, I do not work directly with a specific population – but my work still involves teens. This population is considered an “at-risk” or “vulnerable” population where certain measures must be taken to ensure adequate services are provided in that area. My role at NARAL is to provide evaluation and administrative support to research and development teams. Whatever job is being done, a solid and concrete definition of cultural competency must be understood. I have decided to reblog this excellent piece on cultural competency.


Avichal Garg

What is Cultural Competence?

Core competence is a factor that cannot be easily replicated and gives the business a competitive advantage in delivering their product or service to customers. Core competencies are how a business does something.

Cultural Competence is the lens through which opportunities are identified and evaluated. Cultural competencies are how a business figures out what to do. [1]


Every business, no matter the size, has cultural competencies.

  • Cultural competencies are a reflection of the founders’ personalities. It’s no coincidence that Google was started and led by Ph.Ds, Apple by a designer-perfectionist, and Amazon by a quant from a hedge fund.
  • Cultural competencies are directionally set as you go from 0-20 people. If you achieve product-market fit, you will only deepen your cultural competencies. You can inject new culture via new (strong) leadership, but the existing leadership has to be receptive. The larger the organization, the harder…

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Starting my Internship at The National Institute of Reproductive Health!


Source: The National Institute for Reproductive Health

Tomorrow is my official start date as an intern at The National Institute of Reproductive Health. I plan on staying at the institute as an intern for a long time and not just for the Summer. I really like the area of research, but I will be specifically working on a local collaborative between teen service providers and teens. The program I will be working on is the Adolescent Health Care Communication Program, where peer educators of the program conduct outreach events and promote teen-friendly workshops that can help teen service providers be more “teen-friendly.” 

The NIRH states that, “The AHCCP has shown that when trained teenagers are given the opportunity to work directly with health care providers, the teens are empowered, becoming more confident and well-informed health care consumers, and the providers gain privileged access to the perspectives of their target population.” 

My role in the position is take over the prior data entry and analysis of research from the other intern and continue to evaluate the program through pre and post-survey. These survey are administered to the service providers only, and my job is to evaluate content, enter data, and other duties as assigned by my most awesome internship coordinator Pauline DeMairo. 

I will admit, I am a little nervous because I’ve never held a position so close to Park Ave and the reputation of the organization speaks for itself in that I have to maintain that high quality academic integrity. I am excited and I can’t wait to learn so many new things. I will update you all on my first day ventures tomorrow! 

Area for New Research- Public Policies on Teen Pregnancy

There has been recent changes made to abortions laws in different states, as well as other pertinent women’s health care reforms all over the U.S. However, the role of public policy As part of my research symposium class at Hunter College, I was asked to proposed area for new research. I proposed studying the effects of social policy on the rate of teen pregnancies in the U.S. The research proposal aims at identifying certain limitations and restriction surrounding 3 key components in the issue of teen pregnancy; abortion laws, access to reproductive health care, and comprehensive sexual education programs. Research will be geared at identifying certain behaviors in the context of sexual activity initiation. The study hypothesizes that the more restrictions placed on the above three key components will cause an increase in the amount of teen pregnancy rates and births.

The research also proposes partnership with the National Institute for Reproductive Health Care as the key collaborator in this project. With their partnership, I have proposed to study this effect of policy policy using a mixed method research; focus groups, surveys, policy analysis, and meta-analysis of existing research.

If you are interested in learning more about this research, please feel free to look at the presentation below and leave your comments. If this is your field or area of work, I urge you to provide constructive feedback.

Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Business, Technology and Leadership

Even though it’s been ~40 years since the second wave of the women’s movement, in which there was a focus on gender equality in laws and culture, there are still many industries that are considered to be “men’s” fields, including the engineering and IT industries. Women in their 20s and 30s were raised to believe that they can do whatever they want to, and so there are quite a few (myself included) who studied and started to practice professionally in these technical fields. There are a variety of reasons we went in to these fields – perhaps we found that we were good at math and science and enjoyed problem solving, we realized the higher lifetime income that would be expected in these professions, or we were drawn to being part of something where we stood out in the crowd because of our lower total numbers.

But how are…

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Degradation of Women Through the Illustration of Music

Source: http://www.lilwayne.us- Lil’ Wayne with a bed full of women in his video “Bed Rock.”

Throughout history women have been portrayed as sexual objects of reprisal in various media outlets;a advertisments, movies, consumer products, and music. In the last 10 years the role of women in the music industry has vastly changed; this includes the way women are portray and idolize by the male counterparts of the industry. Females are continually viewed as adamant sex objects and are subjective to sexual idolizations. Not only through the obvious imagery of music videos with women in bikinis and high heel stilettos, but today’s also through the subliminal and conscious messages in the lyrics of songs. There are many genres that so lovingly characterize women as bearer of children, lovers and trustful friends. But there are others, that contextualize women as hoes, bitches, gold diggers, and one-night stands.

This new movement and wave of music has caused a retreat in the feminist movement that has taken years to overcome. This not only creates a barrier in the fight for gender equality, but it also creates a impediment doom for those who have already established gender neutrality.

According to an article in the Washington Post, women are continually used as sex objects because today’s music industry is solely dominated by men and men ultimately use women to sell their music. The article also goes on to say that if we do not purchase or listen to music that is degrading to women, the industry will no longer produce it. But how long will this take to happen? And are feminists the only group of females that should address this issue? In a larger context, is this issue unavoidable? Or is this form of main stream media open for change?

Source: Musica Beta- Daddy Yankee in his new music video “Llegamos a La Disco.'” This video portrays women as sexual objects subjected to the dominant ways of a male society.

Realizing that women have come along way in their fight for equality is just one small piece of the puzzle. Advocating for radical change in the music industry is another key, but not just picket signs, and Facebook pages. Creating change requires a strategic collaboration of plans to educate consumers, policy makers, and artists alike. We cannot sit back and let the music industry promote our breast and big booties as the only qualities and assets we women have.


Youtube: This new song “Trouble” by Bei Maejor ft J. Cole portrays a women in “sexy” clothes as someone who wants someone to have sex with them. Women are often portrayed like this, and are viewed as “asking for it”.

Innocent fun? Or Deliberate Defimiation?

I came across this photo clicking through a seemingly funny array of pictures of dogs saying funny things. I’ll admit, these photos were pretty funny, however, I came across this one photo that seemed to stand out.

This photo seemed to catch my attention, not for its humor, but for it’s underlying meaning. To the close-minded, it might seem funny, maybe even get a bit of giggles out of you. But what seems to be the problem, is the joke it’s self.

Is this how woman’s rights are portrayed now a days? Is our fight for equality a joke to others? Or is it simply an issue that is just not that important that a dog and a grasshopper must find humorous? In attempt to justify this picture, I came across one possible concept; people are just so damn ignorant!

And I am not disturb because of the example of the joke; race, class, sexual orientation, or gender identity could have been a target of this ridiculous satire.

I hope this image stirs a conversation, as well enlighten those who still think that woman’s rights issues are yesterdays news.

~Something to think about…

The LINE Review!

Hey Girlies!

For those of you who attended the screening of THE LINE, please complete the survey below as a comment to this post. But you didn’t attend an saw THE LINE somewhere else, tell me what you think! I really enjoyed the film and it was very inspiring to relive her story as the victim.

1. From a scale of one to ten (1-10),overall how would you rate the event?
2. Did you learn something valuable from the event? Y/N
3. Are you likely to attend other events in the Film & New Media series? Y/N

thanks girls!!!!?

Movie Night!

Hey Girlies!

You are all invited to for a free screening of the film THE LINE. The screening will be held at the Silberman Building on 119th and 3rd ave (6 train to 116th) at 6PM! The event is free and open to everyone! So please join us for this amazing opportunity!

THE LINE trailer from Nancy Schwartzman on Vimeo.

For information please visit the CHMP Health in Film & New Media blog or THE LINE website! Spread the word people!