Archive for October 12th, 2010

October 12, 2010

Talking about HIV/AIDS


by Nicolle Morales Kern

Sex without a condom is more enjoyable and worth it. True or false? Sharing a needle when no others are available is quite fine. True or false? These are questions that each of us has to be aware of and prepared to answer at a moments notice. However, if they are not questions that we think about on a regular basis and are honest about then in the heat of the moment we’re more likely to make a decision that can have fatal results.

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October 12, 2010

Birth Control and Latinas

by Gabriela Lazzaro

This summer I had some great “girl talks” with one of my relatives.  She grew up in Puerto Rico in the ‘60s and she opened up about what it was like to be a teen and young adult in Borinquen at that time.  She spoke about the never-ending and impossible standards set on young women to be “good girls” (code for asexual, never go out at night without your parents, never even talk to boys alone); and how the playbook for men seemed to be the complete opposite. She spoke about how fearful girls were taught to be about sex. The whole idea, she explained, was that you end up so afraid of sex and of the idea of losing complete control, that you were terrified of putting yourself in a position where you would come anywhere near ‘doing it.’

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October 12, 2010

Why Don’t You Say It To My Face? Book a Date

by Mark A.Virella

[Disclaimer: Before proceeding, skip to the bottom of this article, read that disclaimer, then come back up, and read this one again.  Doing this twice should do the trick.]

I can’t recall a time in my life when I wasn’t really proud of being Latino.  However, I must admit that in the past few months, more often than expected, I haven’t been too proud of Being Latino.  The dark side of the Internet reared its ugly head again in the past few weeks.  The most egregious example was the suicide of a gay teenage college student in response to a hidden videotape of him in a sexual act.   The roots of such tragedies are endless including societal pressure, intolerance, discriminating religious beliefs, failure of schools to protect kids, and poor parenting.  Ultimately however, it is the responsibility and accountability of sound-minded adults to prevent these types of things from happening.

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October 12, 2010

Something’s Fishy


by Jeanelle Roman

Do You Like Your Salmon Supersized and Genetically Modified?  These are the latest qualities of el salmón, a fish native to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

¿Qué es GM?

Genetic modification is a process that takes the best traits of one species and injects the genetic material of another species to create the preferred species containing a desired set of qualities.  The process has been and continues to be used in agriculture, and fish – namely salmon– are included in the lineup.

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