Mandy Van Deven is a writer, global advocate, and online media strategist. Her work exploring contemporary feminisms, queer sexualities, global activisms, and reproductive health has been published by The Guardian, Salon, GlobalPost, AlterNet, and Marie Claire.
Improving access to sexual and reproductive health services is necessary to advance the Millennium Development Goals. At this critical moment, however, funding priorities for family planning are being shifted away from Latin America and the Caribbean, which may undermine the substantial gains that have been made in the region and overlook the tremendous need that still remains.
In Cheating on the Sisterhood: Infidelity and Feminism, Lauren Rosewarne’s details her own personal struggles as a willing participant in an illicit relationship that resulted in another woman's devastation, as well as her own. It is a political look at the motivations that fuel situations of betrayal and the justifications one provides oneself from the inside.
Laura Scott's newly published Two is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice is a qualitative look at what motivates couples to decide that their two-person families are already just the right size.
Rebecca Kluchin's new book, Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980, explores a thirty year period of US history in which eugenic and neo-eugenic ideas were used to justify forced, coerced, and freely chosen sterilization.
"Body Shopping" author Donna Dickenson draws a connection between "beauty junkies" and bone thieves, and asks the reader to consider the consequences of transforming the human body into a sellable object.
Lila Rose's Live Action Films uses police quality undercover equipment to record a loosely scripted conversation in which Rose and her cohorts bait Planned Parenthood employees into violating the organization's policies. Welcome to twenty-first century stealth pro-life activism.