Jenny Slate and Retta Want You to Get Tested

Two of our favorite Parks & Rec (pour one out) stars shot a very quick and funny reminder that April is Get Yourself Tested (GYT) Month. So, with six days left, the countdown is on. (Not that you can’t also get tested in May. But seriously, go!)

Regardless of race, gender identity, sexuality, or finances, you can turn to Planned Parenthood by providing affordable, accessible health care. In fact, each year, they provide nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

In the name of being educated about why you should  GYT this month, here are three facts about STDs, courtesy of Planned Parenthood. The more you know…

  • STDs impact young people the hardest. There will be an estimated 20 million new sexually transmitted infections this year, half in people under 25 — even though they represent only a quarter of people having sex.
  • If not treated, STDs can lead to serious health problems. Untreated STDs like chlamydia, although easy to cure, make it difficult for about 24,000 women to get pregnant each year.
  • The good news is that all STDs, even HIV, are treatable and most are curable. Early treatment can help prevent serious, lifelong health problems that can result from untreated STDs.
To find a testing location near you visit gettested.cdc.gov or plannedparenthood.org.

Cynthia Nixon asks, Do You Want Cheap Pink Chocolate Hearts, or Robust Women’s Health Rights?

Photo Credit: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Truth is, no one knows much about the third-century martyr St. Valentine, or how his name became synonymous with love—it may have something to do with old pagan rituals is about all a quick Google search can come up with. What we do know is that today, the holiday means spending a bunch of money on cheap candy and cheaper stuffed bears. (Or if you’re lucky, a fancy dinner.) But if there’s a woman in your romantic life, or if you’re that woman, then maybe it’s worth stepping back this Valentines Day, and putting that cuddly pink dollar somewhere important.

Here the ever-iconic actress and social activist Cynthia Nixon lays out why.

1. Because some members of Congress introduced 14 anti women’s health bills in only 14 days. The new Congress has only been in session for a few weeks, but some members have already begun pushing deeply unpopular measures that would restrict abortion nationwide, limit access to affordable birth control, and even defund Planned Parenthood. We know this isn’t what our elected officials should be spending their time (and our taxpayer dollars) on – and Planned Parenthood needs our help to fight back and hold these out of touch politicians accountable.

2. Because more than half of American women of reproductive age now live in a state where their access to safe, legal abortion is being restricted. Planned Parenthood and their allies are on the front lines of the fight to preserve access to the full range of reproductive care for millions of women: birth control, cancer screenings, sex ed, abortion – the list goes on. They are proactive advocates for a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, fighting back dangerous legislation in courtrooms and legislatures across the country.

3. Because some politicians are trying to send women back to the 1950s…and Planned Parenthood isn’t letting them. Politicians continue to try to insert themselves into women’s bedrooms and doctors’ exam rooms. With anti women’s health politicians trying to deny women access to abortion saying children born from rape can be “beautiful,” calling birth control irresponsible, or spreading lies about the safety of abortion, Planned Parenthood is helping set the record straight, and advocating for policies and politicians that will move women forward rather than taking them backward.

4. Because Planned Parenthood is an educator in a political climate where too often facts and science are ignored or twisted beyond recognition. Science, facts, and history are important to understanding what women are currently up against, especially in the context of how far we have come. Access to affordable birth control, for example, has given women the power to plan their families and their lives. Yet even now, women still make 78 cents to every dollar a man makes and 1 in 3 women report struggling to afford the cost of birth control at some point. Planned Parenthood provides resources – available online and in their health centers – about the full range of reproductive health care services. They also provide sex ed classes and guidance to schools and community organizations.

5. Because Planned Parenthood is elevating the conversation. Through Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and other social media, Planned Parenthood is working to create a space to break the silence, allowing women to share their stories and reduce the stigma around abortion. Planned Parenthood is further helping foster this conversation to spark change in popular culture through television, film and music to get people thinking critically and talking openly about these issues.

Please donate here. Your gift will make a lasting impact on the lives of women and their families.

Sleater-Kinney Brings Planned Parenthood on Tour (and the Tee-Shirt Is Awesome)

Impressively, riot grrl, feminist band, Sleater-Kinney’s fanbase seems to have not only not diminished, but grown, in the ten years since the release of their last album, “The Woods.” Their left-leaning politics and feminist stance were always a part of the package. In fact, Planed Parenthood joined a Sleater-Kinney tour 15 years ago.

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Now, we’re getting an encore on both fronts as the nonprofit will be going on the road with Sleater-Kinney again, for the band’s highly anticipated No Cities to Love tour, which kicks off this Sunday in Washington state. To honor the occasion is one very rad t-shirt, designed by artist Molly Schiot and available here.

Planned Parenthood volunteers will also be present at each S-K tour stop bearing free condoms (yass) and signing lucky (most tour dates are already sold out), attendees up to take the “My Health, My Life, No Matter What” pledge, which calls on legislators to stop interfering in women’s health care decisions.

It’s a partnership that S-K members, Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker, and Carrie Brownstein are ever passionate about: “We hope to help provide information and access to Planned Parenthood to a whole new generation of Sleater-Kinney fans.”

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Lena Dunham Toasts Vaginas, Mormons, and Planned Parenthood at Sundance

Photo: Emily Hage

Ostensibly, Lena Dunham went to Sundance to promote her upcoming short documentary, It’s Me Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, but much of her time in Utah has in fact been occupied using her witty, but ever-poignant voice to speak out on behalf of one of her (and our) favorite causes, the hard work done at Planned Parenthood to protect reproductive rights.

The belle of the ball, Lena Dunham, in her supercool Baseman x Coach sweater

Adding to the hype were the exclusive “Sex, Politics, and Film” tee-shirts designed by Rachel Antonoff (sister of Lena’s boyfriend Jack), whom she lovingly refers to as her “sister-in-law.” No need to restart the engagement rumors on this one.

 

Sunday evening at the Wahso Grill in Park City, Dunham addressed a high-profile crowd including Jill Soloway, Tig Notaro, Jessica Williams, Brie Larson, Mae Whitman, and Jay Duplass, about the profound influence her ongoing work with Planned Parenthood has had on her. Read the inspiring speech she gave below.

Thank you so much for being here. It’s so meaningful to be in a room full of like-minded people celebrating shared beliefs and a love of film and a love of politics. Caren Spruch has been an incredible collaborator, ushering me into the world of Planned Parenthood with kindness and patience and sensitivity, and I want to thank you.

If you look in your gift bags, you’ll find a very sexy, political cinematic T-shirt designed by my sister-in-law, Rachel Antonoff. You should know that there used to be people 69-ing on it, but we pulled back because we wanted it to be a wearable garment.

I’m so pleased you’re all here to celebrate Planned Parenthood with us. Working with Planned Parenthood was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life, as I’ve gotten to witness both their hands-on patient care and their political advocacy. They’ve given me the strength and knowledge to speak on issues that are important to me, and essential to women everywhere. They’ve helped so many women I love out of health and family planning crises, but they’ve also helped me as a filmmaker, and that’s what we’re here to discuss. As storytellers, we have a unique power to spread a message to advocate for the causes that are important to us.

For so many women, for so many people I know, that cause is reproductive health, rights, and justice. There is no overstating how important it is to see honest, non-stigmatizing storytelling that shows women tackling issues of reproductive health and choice. We don’t have to be preachy, didactic, or explicit—just honest. Planned Parenthood has the resources to help filmmakers do that. They have talked me through countless drafts, helped me understand the issues I’m exploring, and made sure that our language helps inform our viewers.

That is a very valuable gift, one I hope we can all benefit from. At the end of the day, depicting these honest stories about women dealing with huge choices should not be a political issue—it should be a human issue. I believe in the power of film and TV to make change. So do you, which is why we’re all here on a mountain surrounded by Mormons, wearing Ugg boots. So let’s put our hands together for what Planned Parenthood has done, and think hard about what we can do to fill our narratives with valuable truths, and of course, vaginas.

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Lena Dunham Wants YOU to Vote

Photo via BFAnyc.com

On October 12th, I was a lucky attendee at the Austin stop on Lena Dunham’s #notthatkindoftour.

It was a Sunday night at the Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX, hundreds assembled, some having waited on line for hours, to hear Lena Dunham read three beautiful chapters from her book Not That Kind Of Girl and then seamlessly transition into an impassioned speech about her visit to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas earlier in the day. Glamour launched the video made by Lena that you can watch below, but this video is an exclusive filmed by me! (Writer’s note: I made great effort to keep a steady hand in spite of simultaneously laughing and crying and having lots of emotions in general).

If you missed Lena’s U.S. tour but have already read and loved Not That Kind Of Girl as much as we do, then we think you’ll love this incredible chat she gave (the girl had no notes) about why she chose to bring Planned Parenthood along for her wild ride.

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photo credit to my mama who, after all these stories, I will admit to you, organized PPFA’s involvement on Ms. Dunham’s book tour @carenspruch

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Instagram: My own, @sarajanenyc. Backstage after the reading. Left-to-right: me (Sara), Lena, and my cousin Sara 🙂

Yesterday, however, a far more artistic video exclusively launched on Glamour.com. Ms. Dunham made it to help Get Out The Vote (this Tuesday, people!). “I used to think that all that mattered was that you, you know, vote for Obama, then go back to eating Cheetos and reading gossip magazines. But the fact is, the midterm elections matter,” Dunham jokes in the video.  She then makes her call to action: “When you show up to the polls, you empower yourself, you empower the women you love, and you take control of your own body back from politicians who don’t want the best for you.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wf_qYdyaZo&feature=youtu.be

Election day is tomorrow. Head to Women are Watching to get all the voting info you need. 

Lena Dunham and Famous Pals <3 Planned Parenthood

Lena Dunham, photo courtesy of BFAnyc.com

In what is sure to go down in history as some excellent utilization of social media, Lena Dunham and 15+ of her most fabulous, influential friends posed in Lena’s special edition Planned Parenthood t-shirt designed to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s 2014 Women are Watching campaign. Obviously, being in the public eye means being subject to a-whole-lotta crazies, so we salute these brave, beautiful women for supporting Planned Parenthood and helping to get out the vote.

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These dream women stand for equality and justice. And they encourage you to vote November 4th.

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Amy Poehler

The angel known as Knope #amypoehler #womenarewatching #weheartplannedparenthood

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Jenna Lyons

Oh excuse you Jenna Lyons!!! #womenarewatching #weheartplannedparenthood

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Want more–check out, and give some double taps to @lenadunham.

GIRLS fan? Lena fan? Get your own t-shirt here. And to learn more, check out Women Are Watching.

Scarlett Johansson Designs an Exclusive Tee to Support Planned Parenthood

For better or for worse, I’ve always drawn conclusions about celebrities based on what they do with their fame. (Case in point: Aaron Paul’s shout out to his wife’s charity work in his Emmy acceptance speech last night).

Scarlett Johansson, beyond the coquettish face and acting chops that made her a star, is a passionate advocate for women’s rights. And, she’s using her voice to speak up for the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Catalyzed by the disappointingly antiquated thinking behind the Hobby Lobby case earlier this year, Johansson felt compelled to take action. “When I heard that some politicians were cheering the Supreme Court’s decision to give bosses the right to interfere in our access to birth control, I thought I had woken up in another decade,” Johansson told Planned Parenthood.

“I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women’s ability to make our own personal health care decisions,” she continued, “That’s…why I’m proud to support Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s ‘Women Are Watching’ campaign to ensure that young women know the high stakes for women’s health and rights this November. Women are watching, and we will fight for candidates who will ensure that birth control is affordable and who will protect access to safe and legal abortion. Women will be the key to the elections this November and it’s more important than ever that young women register to vote and vote for the candidate that will stand up and fight for them,” Johansson said passionately of the collaboration.

Her exclusive design for Planned Parenthood, a tee is now available here.