Childish. God the reaction has been knee-jerk and childish. Understand that I view all of this through the jaundiced eye of a seasoned, nay, hardened online community member/moderator/manager/employer. I've been involved in online community since 1989 and my first BBS in Dallas. As always, the conflict and confusion fans embers that have been smoldering until the conflagration takes out entire towns. What I find MOST amusing about all of this is that there was no where in all the knee jerk reaction that I could find the original, substantiated report that was the catalyst to all this.

Thanks be to [ profile] kriserin who pointed me to the CEO's apologetic post this morning. LJ/SixApart broke one cardinal rule in community: You didn't set a framework for communicating what you were doing and why. When you do that, wankers with victim complexes larger than developing countries rush in to fill that vacuum. Mass hysteria and mob rule take over a normally sedate homestead on the web.

Once people are done stapling the back of their wrist to their forehead I hope they get over themselves and go back to their damp and dirty little corners. For me, I'm tired of it. I've been through it far too often. My sympathy right now lies with Barak Berkowitz who seriously under estimated the noise of the disgruntled.

LJ/SixApart do not limit enrollment to 13 years and up and so they must comply with COPPA, which is a federal law. It's flawed at best and in place because of similar knee-jerk reactions on both sides of the 'free speech' fence.

Oh, and that's another thing: All you drama whores who complain that your 'First Amendment' rights have been trampled YET again. Go back to school, you twats. The first Amendment says, and I quote:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Guess what? Six-Apart is NOT Congress. The servers on which LJ resides are not owned by the Government, neither is the Internet. The First Amendment of the Constitution does not, in any way, shape or form, guarantee you the right to say anything you want, anywhere you want, any time you want, in any form you want. It very specifically says that the Government will not make laws abridging the freedom of speech or of the press. That the Government regularly abuses the First Amendment on it's own is a completely different point.

Now, go take your valium and grow the fuck up.

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aamusedinatx: (knickers)
Target: Golden Gate chapter of Planned Parenthood.

Three months ago, I made an appointment to go into my local planned parenthood clinic to pick up a refill on my birth control pills. I use Planned Parenthood because I believe in their mission which is stated like this:

The mission of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate is:

* To provide comprehensive primary and reproductive health care services
* To provide educational programs
* To advocate policies that guarantee individual rights, dignity and privacy
* And to promote health care research.

Their website.

I am 43 years old. I am mostly healthy. I do have hypertension I and I watch my blood pressure. My GP does not want me on blood pressure meds just yet, but I am being monitored and I will eventually have to do so.

As a responsible adult I know of the increased risk for stroke for females on hormonal birth control. Doctors are required to tell me of the risks. I know that too.

However, as my roommate sat in the waiting room waiting on me, I found myself in an exam room in the back, sitting in a corner while a nurse practitioner and a doctor lectured me, as if I were 15 year old welfare mother, and they threatened to not give me the pills I was there to receive, actually told me they were not going to give them to me! How does that uphold advocacy? I should have been able to receive a 9 month supply. I have been on Micronor, a single-hormone pill since November of 2002. I was only given 3 months supply and that only because I raised a stink.

Today at 4:45pm I get to go do battle with them again and hope I get at LEAST another 3 month supply today before my current supply runs out.

Today I got on the website and found an email for the administrative office for the Golden Gate region and wrote the following email:

I am a 43 year old single female. I have used Planned Parenthood for my female reproductive health for 15 years--even when I have insurance, because I believe in the mission and mandate of Planned Parenthood, a woman's right to choose and make her own choices in reproductive health, and to have one place they can go without fear for emergency contraception and for fair and accurate information.

So I am writing today, with that history and advocacy in mind to complain about the West MacArthur Planned Parenthood staff. I have been going to that clinic since I moved to Berkeley in 2003. I have hypertension and I am on single hormone birth control pills. I am currently without insurance. I am a rational and reasoning adult. I do know that hormonal birth control can give me an increased risk of stroke. It is a primary reason I'm on micronor and not two-hormone birth control methods. I cannot afford a tubular--which I would love to have. I wish I could. Neither my partner of 3 years nor I, trust just the use of condoms and spermicide.

So...I HIGHLY resent being threatened to have my birth control pills withheld from me and lectured as if I were a 15 year old single mother on welfare. When I left there a few months ago I was INFURIATED by my treatment by the medical personnel.

I go back today to pick up a 3 month supply of pills and I am braced for yet another battle.

I need people who will work with me as Health Advocates. I do not want nor do I need health inquisitors and wardens. If I wanted that, I would be voting with the extreme right.

I want this issue addressed and I ask that someone from golden gate administration call me to discuss this or email me.



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