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Some Good Has Come From TI Commenting On His Daughter’s Hymen

Making lemonade out of terrible, terrible lemons.

Remember when TI decided that it would be a really great idea to announce to the world that he takes his daughter to the doctor so that she can have her hymen checked? It feels like a million years have passed since then, but it was actually all of a month ago.

After being dragged to hell and back, and finally admitting that he regrets making the comments, New York State have moved to ban hymen checks.

If only he’d done this sooner

State lawmakers over in New York have introduced legislation that would make it illegal for any doctors in the state to perform the sorts of ‘virginity checks’ that TI described. A note about the bill written by lawmakers said that it was designed “to prevent the performance of hymen examinations on women as a means to ascertain whether a woman is a virgin.” 

“These examinations are not only a violation of women’s and girls’ human rights, but in cases of rape can cause additional pain and mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization,” the note said.

“Many women suffer from adverse short- and long-term physical, psychological and social consequences of this practice. This includes anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. In extreme cases, women or girls may attempt suicide or be killed in the name of ‘honour.'”

Virginity is a social construct, but it’s also something that is used to control women on an unprecedented scale. If a celebrity like TI is seen laughing off the seriousness of taking his daughter to get hymen checks, then what sort of message does that send to people who might be considering doing the same? Not a good one, that’s for sure.

New York State realising the seriousness of his comments is a breath of fresh air in what’s been a ridiculous saga. The whole situation is bad, but at least something good has come of it all.

We’re So Desperate For Pills Doctors Are Prescribing ‘Active Placebos’

No, we're not talking about your Dad’s favourite band.

In a terrifying new study, it turns out that the majority of Australian doctors have admitted to prescribing people placebos. Before you head to Google, a placebo is a medication given to people even though it doesn’t actually have any effect. So that’s fun.

All up, 77% of doctors admitted to prescribing ‘active placebos’, which are drugs that will fix some people’s problems, just not your particular one. Most of this was people prescribing antibiotics for people with viruses – to recap, antibiotics do sweet FA for viral infections.

And if that wasn’t a fun enough statistic, 39% of doctors admitted to giving people ‘inactive placebos’, which are just straight up sugar pills. 

You’re most likely to cop a placebo if you rock up with a virus, but that might actually be partially our fault. One doctor interviewed as part of the study said that she had been verbally abused by patients when she told them that the best treatment for their viral infection was time, and so she wouldn’t give them medicine.

Don’t be this person

If the choice is being screamed at by a patient or giving someone antibiotics that they don’t need, I know for sure that I’m giving them the meds. Which is exactly how we wind up with antibiotic resistant superbugs by the way, so great job to the people yelling at doctors I guess. 

Placebos themselves do actually have some benefit, even if it’s just a sugar pill. If a person genuinely believes that what they’re taking is going to take their pain away, then their body will release the chemicals needed to dull that pain. 

Having genuine psychological benefits is great of course, but that’s all well and good if you have a headache. A placebo isn’t going to work quite as well on, say, a broken arm.

Whether they do any good or not, 77% is a massive number of people to be prescribing placebos. Keep an eye on what you’re prescribed, and for the love of everything, don’t scream at any doctors.

The Genius Who Made Female Staff Wear 'Period Badges' Has Been Roasted

As if we don't have enough to be mad about.

Nobody likes being on their period. Nobody. Another thing that nobody likes is having someone named Karen yelling in your face about an expired promotion while you’re got a million other things to do at work. Combine the two things, and you have a recipe for potential murderer, so one Japanese department store decided to come up with a solution: making employees on their period wear a special ‘menstrual badge’.

Yep, if you were on your period, the shop would give you a badge to hang off your name tag with Seiri Chan on it – a manga character that’s meant to be a walking, talking period. And your suspicions are absolutely correct by the way, a man came up with this idea.

The theory was that wearing a badge to let the entire world know that you’re currently a bleeding, cranky mess was meant to be a way to make co-workers closer by letting them have sympathy for each other, but that is absolutely not what people said would happen.

“Any employer that asked me to wear a badge when I’m on my period would be getting sued.” was a fairly common opinion on Twitter, and another person summed up everyone’s feelings pretty well here:

“It’s all kinds of wrong when a woman employee at one department store has to put on a ‘period badge’ when she has a period during work. You can just imagine people saying she must be in a bad mood because of PMS. Makes me sick to my stomach.”

An executive of the company was sent out pretty quickly to take it all back. “We received many complaints from the public. Some of them concerned harassment, and that was definitely not our intention,” he said

Apparently they’re “reconsidering plans” now, and I can only hope that that means that they’ll scrap the idea forever and never ever bring it up again.

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