WBEZ | women's bodies http://www.wbez.org/tags/womens-bodies Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cut to a Real Baby: Who's learning what about sex ed? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/cut-real-baby-whos-learning-what-about-sex-ed-102223 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/246814741_1cc0c86dea_z.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: left; " title="(Flickr/Casey Hussein Bisson)" />&quot;Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans tried to shut me out of a hearing on contraception,&quot; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCp3CWpiPUE&amp;feature=player_embedded">said Sandra Fluke</a> while speaking Wednesday evening at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. &quot;In fact, on that panel, they didn&rsquo;t hear from a single woman.&quot;</p><p>Fluke, of course, is <a href="http://abovethelaw.com/2012/06/whats-everyones-favorite-slut-up-to-these-days-an-update-on-georgetown-law-grad-sandra-fluke/">the former Georgetown University Law School student deemed &quot;a slut&quot; by Rush Limbaugh</a> after she advocated on behalf of cheaper birth control paid for by her school&#39;s health insurance plan. And writer Megan Stielstra considers Fluke&#39;s absence from said Congressional hearing a problem as well. To Stielstra, it&#39;s a mystery where those Republicans who are particularly concerned with the female anatomy learned what they know about it. &quot;Vague information can be just as dangerous as innacurate information,&quot; she says. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>My four-year-old son will happily tell you that he has a penis. He&rsquo;ll also tell you that most men and boys have them as well, and that most women and girls do NOT. Rather, they have &quot;something else.&quot; I&rsquo;ve asked him on multiple occasions if he&rsquo;d like to talk about what that </em>something <em>else is and he&rsquo;s always said, &ldquo;No thanks,&rdquo; and then back to his robots, which doesn&rsquo;t alarm me because 1) as I mentioned, he&rsquo;s four, and 2) he&rsquo;s not making federal policy decisions that influence the reproductive rights of every woman in the country regardless of her health, family situation, socio-economic status, political affiliation and private belief system. But last week, out of the clear blue sky, while waiting in a very long line at Target, he said, in that very loud,</em> look-at-me<em>&nbsp;way that four-year-olds have in crowded public places: &ldquo;So, Mommy. Vaginas. Tell me all about them.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>Let&#39;s repeat that: Vaginas. Tell me all about them.</em></p><p><em>It seems to me that there are a lot of grown-up men who should be asking this question.</em></p><p><em>Lately, I&rsquo;ve found myself concerned &mdash; and by </em>concerned <em>I mean </em>angry&nbsp;<em>&mdash; that people &mdash; and by </em>people <em>I mean </em>men<em>, mostly white and old and straight and Republican &mdash; are making decisions about my body &mdash; by which I mean my vagina &mdash; based on false or incomplete information &mdash; by which I mean batsh** crazy made-up fiction. And I&rsquo;m a fiction writing teacher! I love the imagined, the exagerated; except when it&rsquo;s used in legislation.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;</em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;<em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine</em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 09:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/cut-real-baby-whos-learning-what-about-sex-ed-102223