Hope is the Constant

Hope is the Constant

Editorials, Opinion
Like many of us, I spent the last months before the election with my heart in my throat, contemplating a future without Obama:  a right-wing Supreme Court; the erosion of women’s rights, gay rights, workers’ rights; cuts to medical care and the social safety net, not to mention Big Bird! I shared the frustrations of friends and family in the suburbs (mostly) whose Obama signs got ripped off, over and over.  And I was angered by the (usually) unspoken racism of pundits who could give our president no more than an “F” for four years of accomplishments despite the ceaseless game of blockage played by congressional Republicans. So I was glad to see that hate did not triumph this week, and I look forward with hope for greater unity in…
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Sexual Health and You: A brief overview

Sexual Health and You: A brief overview

Health and Wellness, Life & Community
Sexual health involves physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality.  Sexuality is the experience and/or expression of a person as a sexual being. It is different for each individual and can change over the course of one’s lifetime. Someone who is sexually healthy understands and accepts his/her sexuality and chooses to engage in sexual relationships that are safe, respectful and consistent with his/her values.  In addition, a sexually healthy person is knowledgeable and aware of the potential risks of sexual activity (such as unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections) and takes precautions to minimize negative consequences. [caption id="attachment_368" align="alignnone" width="300"] Key to sexual health[/caption] Why is Sexual Health important? Sexual health is an essential component of overall well-being. In addition to being vital for reproduction, sex can…
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