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BLOGS AND WEBSITES

CARE

The Center for Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) serves students who have experienced sexual violence by providing information about resources and options, including counseling, health care, changing class schedules, changing housing arrangements, reporting to police and/or filing criminal charges, and filing a complaint through the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Over the past year, the NU Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence has worked hard to create a new, centralized website that brings together information about on-campus and off-campus resources on sexual violence and sexual health.

northwestern.edu/care

FEMINISTING
"Young feminists blogging, organizing, kicking ass."

Feministing is an online community for feminists and their allies. The community aspect of Feministing – our community blog, campus blog, comment threads, and related social networking sites – exist to better connect feminists online and off, and to encourage activism. We hope that the Feministing community will provide a forum for a variety of feminist voices and organizations.

feministing.com

GAY WRITES

"I love reading news stories about the LGBT world, but existing coverage doesn't tell the whole story. Mainstream media just doesn't get what a vibrant community we are, and I want to change that. This blog will comment on pressing matters in today's LGBT community and the media's portrayal of these dilemmas. After all, the issues we deal with are so much more than marriage. This is for gay people, straight people, politically charged people, journalistically inclined people, people who read, people who write, and people with too much time on their hands. Tell all your friends - if we don't speak out, no one will."

gaywrites.org

GO ASK ALICE!

Go Ask Alice! is a health Q&A Internet resource. It provides readers with reliable, accurate, accessible, culturally competent information and a range of thoughtful perspectives so that they can make responsible decisions concerning their health and well-being. Information provided by Go Ask Alice! is not medical advice and not meant to replace consultation with a health care professional. We answer questions about relationships; sexuality; sexual health; emotional health; fitness; nutrition; alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs; and general health.

goaskalice.com

GUIDE TO GETTING IT ON

Anatomy, birth control, date ideas, sex survey, sex terms, your first time, and more!

www.goofyfootpress.com

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES

Our Women's Health Information & Resource Center includes excerpts from our books, web-exclusive content, links, resources, and health news.

OBOS provides clear, truthful information about health, sexuality and reproduction from a feminist and consumer perspective. We vigorously advocate for women's health by challenging the institutions and systems that block women from full control over our bodies and devalue our lives. Our long-standing commitment to serve only in the public interest and our bridge-building capacity are our hallmarks. We remain one of the few women's health groups in the U.S. that doesn't accept funds from pharmaceutical companies and that tries to be scrupulous about conflict of interest.

www.ourbodiesourselves.org
Women's Health Information & Resource Center: http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/book/

PLANNED PARENTHOOD
Health Info & Services: The Facts You Need

We provide up-to-date, clear, medically accurate information that helps you better understand your sexual health.

Planned Parenthood is the nation's leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. For more than 90 years, we've worked to improve women's health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.

www.plannedparenthood.org
Health Info & Services: www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/index.htm

SCARLETEEN

Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, Scarleteen.com is visited by around three-quarters of a million diverse people each month worldwide, most between the ages of 15 and 25. It is the highest-ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice online and has held that rank through most of its tenure.

On the blog: Join us in a discussion about the tricky business of defining sex, take a moment to remember that American women didn't always have reproductive choice, volunteer Joey talks about rape apologism and the media, and find out why one youth activist does the work she does. Max Kamin-Cross talks about Sex Ed and Bleach, Shanna Katz explains How Scarleteen and Sex Ed Saved My Life and Anne Semans hums Let’s Talk about Six, Baby. Read all these and more over at our blog!

www.scarleteen.com
Blog: www.scarleteen.com/blog

SEXUALITY AT NU

NU students involved in improving the 2011 Essential NU around sexual assault and violence. This is a place for Northwestern students to voice their opinions about sexuality and sexual violence here on campus. You can either submit your thoughts here or find us at the Rock! Visit our FB event at http://on.fb.me/kJxpMi for more info!

sexualityatnu.tumblr.com
Facebook: on.fb.me/kJxpMi

THE BODY
The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

www.thebody.com

WHERE IS YOUR LINE?
"The Line is a film. The Line is a movement. The Line is up to you."

The Line Campaign is a non-profit organization, that uses The Line film to foster critical dialogue about healthy sexual boundaries and “the line” of consent. Educational and interactive, the programs are geared toward college students, activists and educators. This multi-media campaign is the inspiration for the Australian Government’s Office for Women’s campaign “The Line.”

whereisyourline.org

YES MEANS YES BLOG

Yes Means Yes is a groundbreaking new look at rape, edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman and Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti. Through the anthology — and now this blog — we’re trying to move beyond “no means no” to connect the dots between the shaming and co-option of female sexuality in our culture(s) and some of the ways rape is allowed and encouraged to function.

yesmeansyesblog.wordpress.com

BOOKS AND FILM

GUIDE TO GETTING IT ON by Paul Joannides

"The Guide To Getting It On! is, without a doubt, the ultimate sex book. We're not talking textbook-style, junior high health class, 'Miracle of Life' stuff here. You won't find sex continually referred to as 'coitus' or 'copulation.' You won't find diagrams that resemble the charts and posters hanging in a gynecologist's office. You won't find a lecture on what is morally right or wrong. What you will find is a readable, entertaining book that approaches a topic from an educational standpoint, yet remains easy to understand, funny and, well, downright sexy." - Michaela Baltasar, The New University Newspaper

"You've never read a manual as warm, friendly, liberating, thorough, and potentially sex-life-changing as the Guide to Getting It On. Neither had anyone in our office--which may be why our copies keep disappearing." - Oprah Magazine

OUR BODIES, OURSELVES by The Boston Women's Health Book Collective
The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College

With more than four million copies sold, Our Bodies, Ourselves is the classic resource that women of all ages can turn to for information about every aspect of their well-being. Completely revised for the first time in a decade, these pages give women everything they need for making key decisions about their health - from definitive information from today's leading experts to personal stories from other women just like them. This updated edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves includes the latest one:

  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Relationships, sexuality, and sexual health
  • Complementary health practices
  • Reproductive choices, pregnancy, and childbearing
  • Growing older
  • Medical testing and procedures

Together with its companion website (www.ourbodiesourselves.org), Our Bodies, Ourselves is a one-stop resource for women of all generations.

S.E.X. by Heather Corinna
The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College

Have you ever wondered… Am I normal? (and what is "normal," anyway?) What's up down there? I really like girls, but I like boys sometimes, too. Am I gay, bisexual, or just messed up? Are we both really ready to have sex? Is is OK if I masturbate? I feel like I can't ever say no to my partner. What's the problem?

Heather Corinna and Scarleteen.com have been providing sex education and information for young adults, parents, and mentors for nearly ten years. Now, all the information you could want is available in one tell-it-like-it-is guide. Whether you're straight, gay, sexually active, or just plain curious, S.E.X. spells out everything you want - and need - to know about your sexuality.

THE LINE (film) by Nancy Schwartzman

A one night stand far from home goes terribly wrong. As the filmmaker unravels her experience, she decides to confront her attacker. Told through a “sex-positive” lens, The Line is a 24 minute documentary about a young woman – the filmmaker- who is raped, but her story isn’t cut and dry. Not a “perfect victim,” the filmmaker confronts her attacker, recording the conversation with a hidden camera. Sex workers, survivors and activists discuss justice, accountability and today’s “rape culture.” The film asks the question: where is the line defining consent? Shown in film festivals around the world, The Line was released in September 2009, and is a top selling film with educational distributor, the Media Education Foundation.

THE PURITY MYTH by Jessica Valenti

The United States is obsessed with virginity from the media to schools to government agencies. The Purity Myth is an important and timely critique of about why this is so, and why it’s problematic for girls and women. Analyzing cultural stereotypes and media messages, Jessica Valenti reveals the overt and hidden ways our society links a woman’s worth to her sexuality rather than to values like honesty, kindness, and altruism. Valenti takes on issues ranging from abstinence-only education to pornography and exposes the legal and social punishments that women who dare to have sex endure. Importantly, she also offers solutions that pave the way for a future without a damaging emphasis on virginity, including a call to rethink male sexuality and reframe the idea of “losing it.” With Valenti’s usual balance of intelligence and wit, The Purity Myth presents a powerful and revolutionary argument that valuing girls and women for their sexuality needs to stop–and outlines a new vision for how it can happen.

YES MEANS YES by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

In this groundbreaking look at rape, edited by writer and activist Jaclyn Friedman and Feministing.com founder Jessica Valenti, our commonly held beliefs about rape are dismantled and replaced with a genuine understanding and respect for female sexual pleasure. Friedman, Valenti, and the outstanding writers they’ve brought together propose a new path to finally viewing women differently, and putting an end to rape.


CAUSES AND ORGANIZATIONS

IT GETS BETTER PROJECT

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can't imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.

Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.

While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

www.itgetsbetter.org

MEN CAN STOP RAPE

Men Can Stop Rape mobilizes male youth to prevent men's violence against women. We build young men's capacity to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity, to value alternative visions of male strength, and to embrace their vital role as allies with women and girls in fostering healthy relationships and gender equity.

www.mencanstoprape.org

ONE STUDENT

One Student is a non-profit organization that provides cutting edge programs, resources and opportunities that engage students to create social change to reduce sexual violence.

onestudent.org

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

Women from New York to India are letting their voices shatter the silence, but there is much to be accomplished in the fight to end sexual violence. Crimes of this nature continue to appear in the news in epidemic proportions. Our movies, our music, and daily news describe another killing, shooting; more abuse, violence and rape. As the history of Take Back the Night continues to be written, its mission to end sexual violence for all remains a beacon of hope for the millions affected by crimes of violence. We have made great strides, but our march is far from over.

www.takebackthenight.org