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I Can’t Even With Today

So today is one of those days that I just look at the world and go “really, I mean really!!” Early in the morning I got to see all the Facebook posts about the CDC deciding that they needed to make new policies to combat fetal alcohol syndrome. I fully appreciate that this is a serious health issue that can happen to a baby and can be prevented, at the same time there is taking things too far. In a lot of ways the policy reduces every woman down to whether she could potentially get pregnant or not.

Now that is just one ridiculous moment brought to us by a government agency. Then on top of that I got to hear about the most ridiculous men’s rights group and how they are either trying to legitimately argue or satirically writing about how rape should become legal as a way to keep rape from happening. I mean, who could even begin to think that would work or that it is even something to write satire about? Thus: why I am just having a day where I can’t even.

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FDA Blood Donor Policy

First thing I have to admit is that I am not a blood donor. I am willing to have my body torn apart when I die for organ and tissue donation, but I am scared of needles. I know that it is a good thing to do, but at the same time I get anxious enough when I have to give blood at the Doctor’s office. Due to that I have never taken a big look at the rules for blood donation, put together by the FDA Blood Products Advisory Panel.

Then I found a story on Jezebel that made me decide to take a second look at the rules. They claim, along with an article in Mother Jones, that the rule bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood. In some thoughts this is true, but specifically the rule states that any man who has sex with other men is banned from donating blood. This means that any sexually active gay and / or bisexual men cannot donate blood, but there are still a multitude of problems with this ruling. One being that we do not take the sexual activity of any other group into account about whether they can donate blood and that our society equates being gay or bisexual with having sex, which itself is not accurate. The more interesting thing is the number of respected groups that disagree with this ruling. Continue reading