For the past month, I have been outlining the efforts that the CDC has been making at affecting positive change in a variety of public health realms. The last topic that the CDC has listed as being a Winnable Battle pertains to reducing the use of tobacco products.
While this is an extremely important issue, and a fight that the CDC, the US Government, lawyers, medical providers, educators, business professionals, farmers and interested individuals have made huge strides towards influencing, I am not going to talk about it in this article.
In the spirit of the holiday (a Halloween twist/trick!) and because this will be my last submission as a contributing writer, (sob, sob!) rather than explain the tremendous litigation victory of resilient-people over evil-system, that the fight against tobacco represents, and what you can do to sustain it (friends don’t let friends start smoking!!) I thought it would be fitting to talk about everyone’s favorite subject: obviously -- sex. More specifically, the importance of discussing it.
Perhaps as an empowered reader, you are quite comfortable bringing up subjects like “How Exactly To Touch My Clitoris,” or “Signs That I Might Have Chronic Yeast Infections,” or “The Effect Birth Control Has On My Discharge Consistency,” or “Positions I Can Do That Make Olympic Gymnasts Jealous”.
But the truth is, a large majority of the population is not comfortable even THINKING about these subjects, let alone bringing them up with a partner, parent, provider or the public. This is why networks like EmpowHer are SO important for women and everyone who has ever interacted with someone who identifies as a woman.
It is the constant stream of shared experiences, critical commentary and probing questions from the millions of diverse perspectives that make EmpowHer powerful.
To illustrate, imagine your annual check-up: It is likely that your health provider won’t spend more than 12 minutes examining you. The sterile environment and awkward/exposed positions you are asked to assume can make your questions feel silly or not worth asking.