Category Archives: World Happenings

Celebrating Human Rights Day


December 5, 2018

At PRJKT RUBY, we spend a lot of time educating our followers and consumers about women’s rights. Whether that is access to contraception or the freedom to choose, women deserve to make their own decisions on what to do with their body. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10th, we are reminded that all people deserve the equality, justice and human dignity we are often promised but are still working towards achieving.

According to the United Nations, the original declaration “sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person.” Heavy stuff, right? Still, these standards and values are as relevant now as they were in 1948. In bringing awareness to this day, the UN hopes to educate and encourage people to stand up for their rights and the rights of others around the world.

So where do we come into play? PRJKT RUBY has a mission to help women in the developing world get access to contraception and family planning services, despite their income, race, social status or age. Even in the United States, birth control is becoming more difficult for women to get through their doctors or their employers’ healthcare plans. According to Bustle, “we live in a society which depends on the collective whole being willing to work together to tend to the needs of the few, and the women in this country who need birth control are not just a few.” Fact. Millions of women rely on access to contraception for an array of health complications, and of course to avoid unintended pregnancy. The right to make your own health decisions and have access to the medications you need is a part of what makes our country so great—despite a small group who aims to take those rights away.

So what can you do to spread the good word? For starters, educate yourself! The UN has some amazing resources that can teach you more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and what global efforts are currently in place. Additionally, share the hashtag #StandUp4HumanRights on Human Rights Day to spread the knowledge and share these universal values. Together, we can make a difference.

To learn more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, head here.

To find out how PRJKT RUBY is making a difference through our TakeCare, GiveCare campaign, head here.

The Effects of Your PRJKT RUBY Purchase


June 13, 2018

Your PRJKT RUBY purchase stretches farther than you may think. In fact, it changes the lives of women around the globe with our TakeCare, GiveCare initiative. Every time complete your order, you’re also helping one of the 214 million women in developing countries receive access to birth control and other family planning methods – and in turn, reshaping lives globally. According to a Stanford University study shared in The Economist, who have access to contraceptives are more likely to:

  • Become more educated: the study shows that those who have access to birth control stay in school for 6 months to a year longer than women who lack access. While there are still ways to go when it comes to educating women in developing countries, birth control has held the largest effect of any outside factor, with zero changes to actual school policies.
  • Earn an income: Unlike the places that lack access to contraception, the chance of a woman to earn monetary income notably increased when they had access to birth control. Women with access to birth control are more likely to obtain paid jobs and careers, with an increased possibility they will assist the family in financial matters and decision making.
  • Have a say: the study recognizes a trend when it comes to locations with access to BC – the wife’s aging parents are taken in by the couple, but the husband’s aren’t. The study associates the power women receive when they have access to family planning to their likeliness to have a say in family matters down the line.

So far, PRJKT RUBY purchases have lead over 1,000 women in developing countries to live more fulfilling lives. Want to join in on the movement and start changing lives across the globe? Learn more about TakeCare, GiveCare, read testimonials. and place your order today.

The Fight Against Photo Manipulation (& Why We’re All About It)


October 27, 2017

The issue of photo manipulation isn’t a new one, but it has recently gained some real traction. A French law passed in 2015 has finally been implemented, and is creating a ripple effect amongst media distributors. In effort to promote body positivity and stray from the overexposure of unhealthy and unattainable body image ideals, the French government now requires photographers and distributors to clearly flag photos that have been photoshopped or altered in any way.

While they could have stopped there, France proved how serious they are by requiring all models to provide a doctor’s note that clearly indicates that they are in good health, paying special attention to their BMI – banning models who fail to uphold a healthy body mass index. According to an article by Independent, anyone who fails to abide by the new mandate could face a fine of €37,500 ($44,100), or 30% of the cost of the advertisement.

Getty Images is also taking strides. Following the French law, the company banned photo submissions in which the shape and/or size of a model’s body has been altered, or if they have failed to require a doctor’s note that ensured the model was in good health. If you thought the punishment was tough before, Getty Images is fining agencies who don’t abide by their regulations a whopping $75,000. This requirement is also enforced for iStock submissions, a branch of Getty Images.

While we are beginning to see companies take a stand against photo manipulation (shout out to Aerie and Dove!), there is still a long way to go before we see widespread embracement of all bodies in the media and advertising sector. Hopefully these new regulations will set the pace for society.

A Hush-Hush History: Periods in the Media


August 21, 2017

When it comes to our periods, we’ve come a long way. While we unfortunately still have quite a ways to go until the shame and stigmas that plague this natural process are gone for good, it’s always nice to be reminded that progress is real, and it’s happening today. With that being said, here are some interesting milestones that we’ve overcome within the media and advertising.

1888 – Pads hit the shelves, but not for long. Due to the throttling taboo around periods, and the belief that they shouldn’t be discussed, marketing around these products were nearly impossible, and they were removed from the shelves shortly after.

1934 – Tampons hit the shelves for good, and marketing began. Tampax released the first tampons to stores, and word got out. However, due to the belief women would lose their virginity by using the product, marketing for the product was restricted to primarily housewives. It was extremely common for these ads to
perpetuate the idea that periods should be hush-hush, making the purchasing process shameful for women.

1972 – The ban was lifted, and advertising on television took off. While this may seem like a huge breakthrough – and it sort of was – the ads that followed further perpetuated the belief that women’s periods were nothing to be discussed, calling them “that time of the month,” and other cookie-cutter terms we hear today.

1985 – The word period was finally said on TV. Gasp, right?! Courtney Cox shocked the world by muttering the word that had yet to be said out loud on television. If you think that took long enough, it wasn’t until the late 90s that advertisements began showing blood – let that sink in.

See what we mean? Every day, we are getting closer and closer to the normalization of periods. Let the past serve as inspiration to continue the fight to lead open discussions within the media and public.

The “Period Brain” Has Officially Been Debunked


August 14, 2017

The jig is up, people! While the “period brain” has had a great run, a recent study shows that there is no real correlation between hormone levels and a decrease in a woman’s memory or cognitive function. The assumption that ladies are somehow less capable of thinking when their cycle comes back around has finally been squashed for good!

“Period brain” has served as a vehicle for harmful stereotypes that women are erratic and unpredictable while menstruating, further leading to the notion that they’re unfit to be leaders or hold influence in their careers.

The study tested a large pool of women and took place over the span of two months, or two menstrual cycles. To track any hormonal changes between women while on and off their cycles, each participant underwent a number of neurophysiological tests to assess each woman’s visual memory, executive functions, and attention spans. The results showed no replicable data that showed a change in cognitive function during the hormonal changes that come along with the menstrual cycle.

Rejoice, ladies – science has spoken! One less harmful stigma and one step closer to the normalization of periods.

Source: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnbeh.2017.00120/full

What Exactly Is A “Smart Condom?”


June 15, 2017

Wearable technology has gone down south…. literally.

British Condoms’ i.Con Smart Condom is a reusable lightweight ring that’s packed with Bluetooth technology, a nano-chip, and microsensors. Despite its name, it’s not a condom itself but goes on the base of your favorite condom.

They boast a hell of a tagline: “Have you ever wondered how many calories you’re burning during intercourse? How many thrusts? Speed of your thrusts? The duration of your sessions? Frequency? How many different positions you use in the period of a week, month or year? Ever wondered how you stack up to other people from around the world?”

i.Con collects a wide “girth” of data and allows users to share their results with friends (if they want) and has an integrated app to track their data. Now guys can go around boasting, with data to support it, who has sex most often, lasts the longest, and burns the most calories.

The smart condom is not on the market quite yet but is scheduled to hit the shelves this year.

These Feminist Posts on Instagram are Gold


May 23, 2017

Remembering Brave Women. 🙋🏿🙋🙋🏼 Mary Winsor from Pennsylvania, was the founder and president of the Limited Suffrage Society and was active with National Woman's party. September 1917, she was sentenced to 60 days at Occoquan Workhouse for picketing. She was later sentenced to 10 days for participation in Lafayette Square meeting for “holding a meeting on public grounds”. Mary had worked and spoken for suffrage in many parts of the country and participated on the “Prison Special’ speaking tour in February 1919. Вспоминаем смелых женщин 🙋🏿🙋🙋🏼 Мери Винзор – президент и основательница общества за предоставление избирательного Права. В сентябре 1917 года её приговорили к 60 дням тюремного заключения за то, что она и её соратницы провели пикет в защиту прав голосования для женщин. Все участницы пикета были жестоко избиты в тюрьме.

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Five Underwear Rules To Live By


May 19, 2017

A healthy vagina is a happy one. Start with your underwear drawer to reduce your risk of irritation and infections. Follow these five underwear rules and you can’t go wrong.

 

  1. Cotton is king

But it’s sooo cuteee! We know that you love your fancy lacy thong but when it comes to underwear, cotton is king. Cotton is extremely breathable and moisture wicking, which helps reduce your risk for infections. You can still keep your other undies for special occasions!

 

  1. Use detergent free of dyes and perfumes

Your skin down there is very sensitive and may be more prone to rashes and infections. Ditch the floral soap and fabric softener to one made for sensitive skin, we recommend hypoallergenic. Always avoid bleaching your underwear as well because you can expose your lady bits to chemicals.

 

  1. Say “buh-buy” to thongs 

That thong, thong, thong, thong, thong. Sisqo does not know what he’s talking about when it comes to undies. Because of their design, thongs can potentially transmit E.coli bacteria from your butt to your vagina. Yikes!

 

  1. Change & wash them

Yes, we realize this is an obvious one but it’s also very important. When it comes to your knickers, you should only wear them once and then wash them. No digging into that dirty laundry pile that you’ve put off doing.

It’s also important to change them after your workout. Sweaty undies are a breading ground for bacteria so bring an extra pair when you hit the gym and change them right after your workout.

 

  1. Get the right size

Not only are too tight undies uncomfortable and unflattering, they’re also not healthy. Your vagina needs to breathe, dang it! Don’t put yourself at risk for irritation and infection and toss out any too tight panties. Now you have a perfect excuse to hit up Victoria Secret.

 

 

Why We Should Still Be Concerned About Zika

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March 31, 2017

Last year, it seemed that Zika headlines were splattered over every news site around the world. However, in the last few months, little information has been released about Zika and some may say that people have forgotten about this mosquito-transmitted virus.

 

With the spring/summer months and peak travel season ahead, it’s important to know that the Zika virus is very much still actively spreading around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 5,000 cases of Zika virus reported in the U.S. and over 200 of those cases are from local mosquito-borne transmission. In addition, 54 babies have been born in the U.S. with birth defects because of the Zika virus. Recently, women in Florida have been urged to use caution when receiving donated sperm, as they believe that more people may have been exposed to the Zika virus than previously thought.

 

Cases around the world have remained steady. The highest concentration of Zika cases are in Central America, South America and Africa. Research has recently found that the African strain of Zika virus acts more quickly than the Asian strain. There are also still travel recommendations and notices in Mexico, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, the Pacific Islands and South America.

 

Take the Zika virus into consideration if you are planning to become pregnant within the next 5 years and if you are travelling to a Zika area. Use mosquito-repellent generously throughout your trip. Taking birth control to prevent pregnancy during this time is also wise. PRJKT RUBY offers affordable birth control pills for $20/month.

Tips for Managing Your Birth Control While Traveling for the Holidays


December 23, 2016

The holidays are often the busiest and most chaotic time of year for many people. Whether you are staying home or traveling for the holiday season, taking your birth control pill may slip your mind. That is why we’ve compiled a list of tips to staying on top of your birth control during the holidays.

  1. If you are traveling to a different area of the country, or overseas, consider using a time zone chart and set alarms on your phone to ensure that you are taking the pill at the right time throughout your trip. Need some help figuring out the time difference? Here’s a time zone calculator to help you out. http://www.thetraveldoctor.com.au/resources/timezone/
  2. Be sure to refill your prescription before your trip, as your brand/type of pill might not be available where you are traveling.
  3. Do not keep your birth control in your luggage if you plan on checking a bag on a flight or train ride. Luggage often becomes lost & you don’t want to risk losing your pills as well. Always keep a pack in your purse or carry-on.
  4. Life happens. If you forget or miss a pill, don’t stress out. Just take it as soon as you remember or take two pills the next day. Consider using backup protection, such as condoms, if you are going to have sex … better safe than sorry!
  5. If you happen to lose or misplace your birth control while traveling, you can contact your local pharmacy to see if they can send a refill to a nearby pharmacy. If you are a PRJKT RUBY customer, refills can be mailed to you within 2-3 business days. If you are traveling abroad, the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT) can help you get health care. Their website lists the maximum charge rates for the doctors in their network. https://www.iamat.org/medical-directory