Saturday, April 11, 2015

Alternative healthcare: what is 'safe' when it comes to gynaecology?

There are more options than we are generally told and we ought to have every piece of data available before making decisions about our bodies and any impact this may have on embryos, foetuses and babies conceived during their use or after.

None of the links below are being promoted by this blog. They are simply being provided to encourage discussion and the dissemination of information; I cannot guarantee the research and science, you must judge what is best for you,

I am an advocate for personal responsibility towards our bodies as much as towards our actions. I do not believe other people (mainly white, middle-aged men) know what is best for me and I do not presume to be without ulterior motives nor error in judgement. We can only do our best and it should be our best. Do not accept information without questioning the alternatives. Work hard to ensure you are making the smartest decisions you can for your immediate well-being and your future well-being.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/contraception-guide/Pages/contraceptive-cap.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/contraception-guide/Pages/contraceptive-diaphragm.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/contraception-guide/Pages/vasectomy-male-sterilisation.aspx

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-help/about-cancer/cancer-questions/the-contraceptive-pill-and-cancer-risk

http://sisterzeus.com/HContra.htm

http://www.sisterzeus.com/herbalcontraception.html

http://aartiana.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/my-6-step-herbal-contraceptivebirth-control-program/

http://www.naturalnews.com/038231_herbal_contraception_neem_oil_the_pill.html#

http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/natural-birth-control-using-herbs/

http://womenagainststirrups.proboards.com/

http://womenagainststirrups.proboards.com/thread/3/self-pap

http://womenagainststirrups.proboards.com/thread/147/urine-based-screening-hpv

http://womenagainststirrups.proboards.com/thread/47/genipap-home-pap-smear

http://womenagainststirrups.proboards.com/board/2/birth-control

http://womenagainststirrups.proboards.com/thread/141/natural-birth-control-women-men

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/enoughrope/transcripts/s832834.htm

http://womenagainststirrups.proboards.com/board/5/gyn-myths

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3031047/How-monthly-cycle-plays-havoc-skin-causing-wrinkles-oiliness-spots-beat-s-how.html

Friday, April 10, 2015

Living history vs. living herstory...

I love my new hobby: historical re-enactment is fun and educational for participant and audience alike. However, for the sake of authenticity the women are expected to stay in the shade, both literally and figuratively, whilst the men undertake battles of foote and other more glory-getting activities. I am reminded that then, as now, women were healers and hearth-warmers in the main, rather than providers or explorers, or any of the gamut of options open to men, but denied to women.

I have spent some time in the last two years acting as a housewife due to difficulty in acquiring full-time employment. It wasn't easy in parts: feeling beholden for shelter; focusing on laundry and cooking when my best skills lie in other domains. But, it wasn't unpleasant either. I enjoyed my spouse-to-be coming home to find dinner ready to plate, a drink waiting and me in some hastily donned 'outdoor' clothes, perfume and lipstick, rather than the pj's I had been wearing minutes before.

As much as returning to ancient roles and fulfilling expected stereotypes can be an act of removal, taking oneself outside the normal routine, for many, many women globally their contemporary roles remain much the same as they would have been for centuries past.

I enjoy the dressing up in unfamiliar garb, often created with my own hands - and, for the sake of accuracy, with minimal modern intervention: hand-stitched out of natural fabrics available in the chosen time period. However, as much as I take pleasure in assuming a temporary alternative identity, I still feel somewhat ashamed, worried for my neo-feminist/equalist credentials, to admit that I enjoy the sitting and sewing, the quiet and the calm. I like that there is someone who cares for me and is ready to protect me. I don't want to be wearing hot and heavy armour, but I feel as if I ought to want to.

I am lucky to be able to 'pretend' to like these so-called feminine activities under the guise of being true to character, when, in reality, I really do prefer to craft and create, be cared for, be the quintessential lady.

For those of you interested in living history interpretation as careerist or hobbyist, I can recommend the links below for information and resources.

Authenticity vs. practicality
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Living_history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Historical_reenactment_groups

http://www.rgamerica.org/data.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authenticity_(reenactment)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_reenactment

http://www.teamsmedieval.org/ofc/SP09/F2010Victorian.html

Steampunkery
For those wanting a bit more science and a bit more whimsy in their historical costume play...

https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=steampunk&rs=ac&len=5

http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-technology/channel-steampunk/

Clothing design
This blog provides a wealth of practical project suggestions and tips on completing work in efficient and authentic ways: http://rosaliegilbert.com/fabricsandsewing.html

Those interested in a specific era, such as 15th century medieval European_fashion can find plenty of detail on this well-researched wikipedia entry that forms part of a wider database of historical fashions that start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_clothing_and_textiles - at the bottom of which there is a useful table of the linked pages:


Fabric samples
Free swatches can be exceptionally useful when experimenting with costumes - don't purchase expensive cloth that turns out to be too hard to pull thread through or too stiff to allow easy movement.

http://www.whitelodgefabric.com/engine/shop/page/Samples

https://www.the-millshop-online.co.uk/samples/

http://www.headboards.ltd.uk/swatch/

http://www.modulus-seating.com/samples.php

http://www.sofasandstuff.com/about-us/fabric-pack/

http://www.loomefabrics.co.uk/free-samples.html

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