cleverity

As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.

According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.

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Ten myths about affirmative action (via linzyxxxxx)

This is EXTREMELY blatant on college campuses. The fact that these things need to be clarified is sad.

(via newwavefeminism)

Legacy is the real affirmative action…and yet we don’t see certain types of entitled people suing to dismantle that.

(via invisiblelad)

(Source: sociolab)


Why isn’t my birth control covered for free under Obamacare?

plannedparenthood:

*** post updated on 7/23/14 to include new information 

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Someone asked us:

I heard that birth control is free under Obamacare but I’m still paying for my pills every month. Why isn’t my insurance giving it to me for free?

There are a couple of reasons why this may happen. Here’s the deal:

Obamacare (sometimes called the health care law or the Affordable Care Act) is awesome because it recognizes that birth control is basic, preventive health care. It makes it so that most health insurance plans have to cover birth control for free without a copay.

At a minimum, health plans have to cover the full range of birth control methods without a copay if they are prescribed and FDA-approved. This can include:

  • birth control pills
  • vaginal rings
  • the patch
  • the shot (Depo)
  • implants
  • IUDs
  • female sterilization (plans are not required to cover vasectomies, but some might)
  • diaphragms
  • cervical caps
  • emergency contraception (aka the morning-after pill) if prescribed
  • spermicides if prescribed
  • sponges if prescribed
  • female condoms if prescribed

Most health plans must also cover your visit to the doctor to talk about your birth control options as well as services related to contraception — like follow-up visits, management of side effects, and IUD insertions and removals. This is with no out-of-pocket costs to you.

But, there are a few reasons why your insurance may not cover a type of birth control or may still charge a copay for your specific birth control.

Your health insurance plan is only required to cover one type of each birth control method (e.g., implant, IUD, sterilization, and hormonal birth control), but not necessarily all of the products in that category.  For example, if you use birth control pills, you might be able to get Ortho-Tri-Cyclen with no copay, but not Loestrin (another brand of birth control pills). Or the plan may cover a generic version of birth control pills with no copay, but charge a copay for the brand-name version.  

Plans must cover a brand name drug or a specific generic version if the version the plan covers with no copay is medically inappropriate for you. You and your nurse/doctor can talk about the methods that are best for you, and they’ll help you find the birth control that best meets your needs. 

If you and your nurse/doctor decide you need a specific birth control product that isn’t covered without a copay, you can request a “waiver” from your insurance company — this will allow you to use the brand name or specific generic without a copay. You can check with your insurance company for more information about the waiver process.

Another reason your birth control might have a copay is if your insurance plan is “grandfathered.” In other words, the plan doesn’t have to comply with certain standards under Obamacare because the plan already existed when the law was passed. So preventive care like birth control, STD screenings, and cervical cancer screenings might not be covered without a copay.

The good news is that more and more insurance plans will lose grandfathered status over time, usually when they make big changes to benefits, costs, and policies under the plan. If your plan loses its grandfathered status, your new plan must cover the full range of birth control methods for free without a copay.

Certain employers may also be permitted to refuse to cover birth control in their health insurance plans.  Churches and other religious houses of worship that are opposed to birth control do not have to provide employees birth control coverage. In addition, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that two for-profit companies could refuse to cover birth control in their health plans due to religious objection. 

At this point, it’s unknown how many employers will use this Supreme Court decision to refuse to cover birth control or if the federal government will create another way for people employed at these companies to receive coverage. If your employer has indicated that it may refuse coverage of birth control, please contact the Planned Parenthood helpline by texting “birth control” to 69866.

Please note that some religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations (such as universities, hospitals, and charities) can refuse to cover birth control in their health plans, but the health insurance company must provide birth control without copay to employees.  As such, you should still receive no-cost birth control.   

This is all to say that insurance plans can vary a lot, so the best way to find out what’s covered is to call your insurance company. You should call the number on your insurance card and ask them questions directly. If you’re not getting the answers you need or access to the benefits you should, you can contact the Planned Parenthood text helpline by texting “birth control” to 69866.

And remember: whether you have insurance or not, you can always come to Planned Parenthood for the care you need, when you need it.

-Adriana at Planned Parenthood


golfdad1992:

Isn’t amazing how people don’t give a shit about misogyny until they can accuse muslims of it in order to justify their islamaphobia?

Isn’t amazing. As not amazing as people who use Islamophilia to excuse misogyny. 


assdownloader:

jcoleknowsbest:

arachnofiend:

chronically-rebellious:

tashabilities:

scorpysue:

thegabdonwrites:

liltranslady:

kittymanada:

student-for-an-anarchist-society:

does anyone even need to say anything more about israel?

You bet your sweet ass if China or Iran was doing this reporters would be able to find the word “sterilization,” which is conspicuously absent here.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Again. Israel!

:(

If you defend Israel, I don’t need to know you.

FORCED STERILIZATION IS NOT OKAY. Please signal boost so that people realize that forced sterilization wasn’t just something that happened in the US in the ’70s, but that it’s still going on now and it’s eugenics.

Here’s an article detailing the issue further



Looks like the anti-Israel propaganda machine stopped by March of 2013 concerning this story: The Health Ministry’s only response being to release a memo which said ‘make sure everyone is informed’ [cuz there’s a new rumor]—
Which also means that [as it was over a year ago] no one currently taking the reversible [so -not- sterilization] birth control, is doing so without consent—
Three likely repeatable-just-enough scenarios are that 1. some would say that they understood and consented, while not really understanding; 2. informed consent would be given, to then be chastised and guilted by families and other Kessim that doing so was wrong; and 3. poverty being endemic for Ethiopian-Israelis [almost 50%], not that inconceivable to find a few who’d spin [knowingly lying or being led to believe] that they’d been tricked [1. and 2. amenable to this]—
One might suggest that as there’s no overwhelming outcry from the 90,000 Ethiopians in Israel themselves [as there was concerning the destruction of potentially HIV-tainted -donated- blood almost twenty years ago], that reduced birthrates overall are generally welcome to that very population, outliers literally out, lying.  assdownloader:

jcoleknowsbest:

arachnofiend:

chronically-rebellious:

tashabilities:

scorpysue:

thegabdonwrites:

liltranslady:

kittymanada:

student-for-an-anarchist-society:

does anyone even need to say anything more about israel?

You bet your sweet ass if China or Iran was doing this reporters would be able to find the word “sterilization,” which is conspicuously absent here.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Again. Israel!

:(

If you defend Israel, I don’t need to know you.

FORCED STERILIZATION IS NOT OKAY. Please signal boost so that people realize that forced sterilization wasn’t just something that happened in the US in the ’70s, but that it’s still going on now and it’s eugenics.

Here’s an article detailing the issue further



Looks like the anti-Israel propaganda machine stopped by March of 2013 concerning this story: The Health Ministry’s only response being to release a memo which said ‘make sure everyone is informed’ [cuz there’s a new rumor]—
Which also means that [as it was over a year ago] no one currently taking the reversible [so -not- sterilization] birth control, is doing so without consent—
Three likely repeatable-just-enough scenarios are that 1. some would say that they understood and consented, while not really understanding; 2. informed consent would be given, to then be chastised and guilted by families and other Kessim that doing so was wrong; and 3. poverty being endemic for Ethiopian-Israelis [almost 50%], not that inconceivable to find a few who’d spin [knowingly lying or being led to believe] that they’d been tricked [1. and 2. amenable to this]—
One might suggest that as there’s no overwhelming outcry from the 90,000 Ethiopians in Israel themselves [as there was concerning the destruction of potentially HIV-tainted -donated- blood almost twenty years ago], that reduced birthrates overall are generally welcome to that very population, outliers literally out, lying. 

assdownloader:

jcoleknowsbest:

arachnofiend:

chronically-rebellious:

tashabilities:

scorpysue:

thegabdonwrites:

liltranslady:

kittymanada:

student-for-an-anarchist-society:

does anyone even need to say anything more about israel?

You bet your sweet ass if China or Iran was doing this reporters would be able to find the word “sterilization,” which is conspicuously absent here.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Again. Israel!

:(

If you defend Israel, I don’t need to know you.

FORCED STERILIZATION IS NOT OKAY. Please signal boost so that people realize that forced sterilization wasn’t just something that happened in the US in the ’70s, but that it’s still going on now and it’s eugenics.

Here’s an article detailing the issue further

Looks like the anti-Israel propaganda machine stopped by March of 2013 concerning this story: The Health Ministry’s only response being to release a memo which said ‘make sure everyone is informed’ [cuz there’s a new rumor]—

Which also means that [as it was over a year ago] no one currently taking the reversible [so -not- sterilization] birth control, is doing so without consent—

Three likely repeatable-just-enough scenarios are that 1. some would say that they understood and consented, while not really understanding; 2. informed consent would be given, to then be chastised and guilted by families and other Kessim that doing so was wrong; and 3. poverty being endemic for Ethiopian-Israelis [almost 50%], not that inconceivable to find a few who’d spin [knowingly lying or being led to believe] that they’d been tricked [1. and 2. amenable to this]—

One might suggest that as there’s no overwhelming outcry from the 90,000 Ethiopians in Israel themselves [as there was concerning the destruction of potentially HIV-tainted -donated- blood almost twenty years ago], that reduced birthrates overall are generally welcome to that very population, outliers literally out, lying. 

(Source: priceofliberty)


calakazam:

mommunist:

adultprivilege:

Adult Privilege is expecting young people to be mindlessly obedient to adults, then wondering why some young people are mindlessly obedient to peer pressure.

Break free from oppression, don’t clean your room. Eat cake for dinner. Destroy your oppressors.

honestly i can’t tell who’s more of a tool the people that make these blogs or the idiots that think they’re real

I’ve never met an idiot who wasn’t real.



Oh, Visualizing PalestineThey seem niceAnd honestTo a fault

As nice as Mondoweiss and Electronic Intifada—

And as fair

[how many olive trees were under ten years old, btw? [cuz saplings ‘count’, but then full trees might be 200 saplings apiece, so perhaps a # nearer 6,600x central park would be more ‘accurate’ [do like how the deaths are radically decontextualized [-one- data point indicting hamas for the kidnapping of -one- soldier [what a rich and vibrant history!]]]] 

(Source: thrivalroom.com)


http://tanninandfluoxetine.tumblr.com/post/92256162279/appropriately-inappropriate →

tanninandfluoxetine:

appropriately-inappropriate:

appropriately-inappropriate:

tanninandfluoxetine:

femmephrodite:

tanninandfluoxetine:

femmephrodite:

How entitled do “trans women” (aka men) have to be to whine about lesbians not wanting to have sex with them?

This just in: femmephrodite is a raging…

Yeah, see, none of those actually answer my question. Good effort, but nevertheless.

You say trans women are females, going against every bit of modern medicine, biology and endocrinology.

If trans women are female, as you claim, then why the need to transition? If they’re so confident in their female-ness, their biological capacity and reality as /females/, which is to say, a member of the species Homo sapiens that is biologically capable of producing oocytes from their ovaries and gestating life young, then why the need to transition?

You’ve given me some very nice soundbytes, but I can smell the reek of regurgitated dogma from a half block away.

If trans women are female, why the need to transition? You can’t transition to something you already are.

Of course the answer to your question doesn’t answer your question.

Also pretty sure women who’ve had hysterectomies and infertile women still count as women.

You can watch the biological essentialism stale before your very eyes, as access paths become multiple despite appeals to nature which no longer have a [culturally and tech-ignorant] determinist stranglehold.   


Talk English to me, Tommy.
Parlez francais avec moi, Nicole.
But the meanings are different— in French you can be heroic and gallant with dignity, and you know it. But in English you can’t be heroic and gallant without being a little absurd, and you know that too. That gives me an advantage.
-― F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is The Night  (via arristide)

If poetry students don’t read broadly, why should anyone else? They read only their contemporaries, no interest in the past as present. Every writing program or conference should offer refresher zones—reading without writing for a brief or long while. Fill up the well if you want to be a writer. We live in an age where you can celebrify yourself instantly. You can pimp yourself in poetry or fiction overnight—anybody can publish anything now because of the Internet. With no critical standards and little reading, we aren’t talking about imaginative writing anymore. We’re talking about a cottage industry and the creation of artifacts and trinkets. The solitude of the writing experience—solitude that reads and converses with the great dead—seems an enemy of technology. Though, finally, I don’t believe this is true. There are poets of all ages who are not threatened by technology but do not have to use it as a club—in both senses of the word.
-Carol Muske-Dukes, from “Those Who Hope Not to Be Erased: An Interview with Carol Muske-Dukes" by Alex Dueben, Paris Review (8 July 2014)

gitw:

davediddlystrider:

misandry-mermaid:

lolatprolife:

personhoodusa:

Human life begins at the moment of fertilization. http://ift.tt/1xeARBj

Some days you don’t even need to make fun of them, they do it all themselves. - Rachel








So where did they get the image of the fertilized egg

In truth they’re all just potential. But a person is a mind, not a cellular cluster. A person is not his arm, or her leg, or their pancreas. A person is the expression of the mind, and four cells ain’t got that.

Long live faith in the soul, that poor hypothetical by which old ignorance of requirements to build a human mind trumps known reality; and projected personhood, a delusional vanity better called egomorphism.

gitw:

davediddlystrider:

misandry-mermaid:

lolatprolife:

personhoodusa:

Human life begins at the moment of fertilization. http://ift.tt/1xeARBj

Some days you don’t even need to make fun of them, they do it all themselves. - Rachel








So where did they get the image of the fertilized egg

In truth they’re all just potential. But a person is a mind, not a cellular cluster. A person is not his arm, or her leg, or their pancreas. A person is the expression of the mind, and four cells ain’t got that.

Long live faith in the soul, that poor hypothetical by which old ignorance of requirements to build a human mind trumps known reality; and projected personhood, a delusional vanity better called egomorphism.

gitw:

davediddlystrider:

misandry-mermaid:

lolatprolife:

personhoodusa:

Human life begins at the moment of fertilization. http://ift.tt/1xeARBj

Some days you don’t even need to make fun of them, they do it all themselves. - Rachel

So where did they get the image of the fertilized egg

In truth they’re all just potential. But a person is a mind, not a cellular cluster. A person is not his arm, or her leg, or their pancreas. A person is the expression of the mind, and four cells ain’t got that.

Long live faith in the soul, that poor hypothetical by which old ignorance of requirements to build a human mind trumps known reality; and projected personhood, a delusional vanity better called egomorphism.