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A psychologist on ‘making disability sexy’

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  Disability-rights advocate and fashion
         model, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk attends the "A Whole Lott More" screening reception at JCC in Manhattan on March 10,
         2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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HARI SREENIVASAN: And now to another in our Brief but Spectacular series.

Tonight, Danielle Sheypuk on stigmas and disabilities. A former Ms. Wheelchair New York, she is also a psychologist who specializes in relationships and sexuality among those with disabilities.

And a warning: The subject matter is for a mature audience.

DR. DANIELLE SHEYPUK, Clinical Psychologist: I am a clinical psychologist and a runway model.

I have spinal muscular atrophy type 2. I was born this way. I’m sure we could cut to pictures of me right now as a kid looking cute. But we’re going to cut back to me.

Let’s focus on sex, intimacy, relationships,and disability. Can you handle it?

I joke a lot that I’m Ms. Wheelchair New York by night and clinical psychologist by day. I’m on Tinder. I’m out there dating. It really supplements what I do as a clinician, because I know exactly what my patients with disabilities encounter.

People have asked me many times online dating, can you function sexually? And I always answer back, yes. Can you?

I remember, when I first moved to New York and started dating, I was just, you know, being rejected, having inappropriate questions asked about me, like, oh, hi, what’s your name? Oh, can you have sex?

You know, you really don’t start out conversations like that.

The problem lies in the fact that we don’t see a lot of people with disability in the media.

One night, I got a call from my friend who said: Hey, I found this pageant online, the Ms. Wheelchair New York Pageant.

And I thought to myself, let me do that pageant, and let me try and win it. If I could wear high heels, then they can. If I can dress sexy or do my hair, then they can do it, too.

There are numerous stereotypes that are still associated with disability, being asexual, being unable to have sex, we don’t make good romantic partners.

So the notion of sex in society that we see on TV, it often shows these physically fit people having traditional forms of sex. You don’t have to be able to do the standard throw-down notions of sex. Anything can be sexy. It could be a fluttering eyelash on a cheek.

When you don’t see yourself in those magazines or part of those models, then you internalize that image and think that, OK, I guess I’m not sexy.

People with disabilities have the same sexual needs and desires and appetite for romance and intimacy that everyone else has. It’s part of being human.

My name is Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, and this is my Brief but Spectacular take on making disability sexy.

HARI SREENIVASAN: Watch more from our Brief But Spectacular series on our Web site, PBS.org/NewsHour/Brief.

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Price of EpiPens spikes, causing major health concerns

EpiPen auto-injection epinephrine pens manufactured by Mylan NV
         pharmaceutical company for use by severe allergy sufferers are seen in Washington, U.S. August 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Jim Bourg
         - RTX2MWU3

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HARI SREENIVASAN: Now: anger, criticism and concern over the soaring cost for a life-saving allergy shot.

John Yang has the story.

JOHN YANG: The price of EpiPens has jumped more than 400 percent since 2009. Back then, pharmacies paid $103 for a set of two. As of May, the price had spiked to $608.

Mylan, the drug company that bought EpiPens in 2007, says nearly 80 percent of commercially insured patients don’t pay anything at all, and they have given away hundreds of thousands of EpiPens for free. But more than 3.5 million prescriptions were written last year, and some consumers are paying hundreds of dollars, depending on their insurance coverage.

Now the issue is attracting political attention. Today, Hillary Clinton called the price hikes outrageous, and senators from both parties are calling for hearings and explanations from the company.

Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota joins us now.

Senator Klobuchar, everyone has known someone, as we were talking about earlier, knows someone who is carrying one of these EpiPens. But you have got very direct personal experience.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-Minn): Yes, John.

My daughter, Abigail, when she was just 4 or 5 years old, we gave her a cashew. We were in the middle of the North Woods, and she could hardly breathe. And I literally remember every mile of that nearly hour-long drive to the hospital, not knowing if she would make it.

And that started our journey with allergies. She still carries an EpiPen today. When she was growing up, we all had to learn how to stick it into her thigh. And that’s how it is for so many parents and so many patients that carry those today.

So, to go from $100 to $600, a 400 to 500 percent price increase, to go from 9 percent profit margin in 2008 to 55 percent in 2014, which this company did, to me, this is an outrage. And it really is not an isolated incident. We’re seeing other companies do this as well, pharmaceutical companies, with lifesaving drugs every day.

JOHN YANG: We should say that we invited Mylan to join us here today. They said they couldn’t make anyone available today.

They did issue a statement. They talked about the changes they have made in the product over the years, but they also pointed to the insurance companies, the changing nature of the insurance companies, with the growth of high-deductible plans.

They said: “This current and ongoing shift has presented new challenges for consumers, and now they are bearing more of the cost.”

What’s your response? What’s your reaction to that?

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: OK.

Well, first of all, they probably have made some improvements, but there is no way those improvements are at a 500 percent margin on that — the original product. How could they be 500 percent more than the product itself in terms of the value? That makes no sense to me.

Secondly, when it comes to the fact that they have been selling these things at this high price, and they blame insurance companies and government and everyone else, their profit margin is the one that’s gone up. They’re the ones that made more money.

And the fact that you have these high-deductible plan, it just means consumers are starting to see what they have charged for years. Before, it was buried. Before, the taxpayers were paying it, because the companies were paying it or the government was paying it. And that doesn’t at all take away from the fact that you can get their exact same product for hundreds of dollars less in Canada.

They are making money off the backs of people with allergies, and particularly families with kids with allergies that really have to buy not just two of these, but four of them, six of them a year because they have to have some at school, they have to have some in their bags, they have to have some at grandma’s. Things get lost.

And this is not the product they should have chosen to make these dramatic price increases in.

JOHN YANG: Something you just said, you said that this same product is being said in Canada for how much?

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Hundreds of dollars less. Of course, it varies.

I have had a lot of people write in to my Facebook page that they can get it online from a Canadian pharmacy in Australia for $180. And one of the bills I have with John McCain, which we’re really trying to push through, would be to allow competitive prices, competitive products, reimportation of products from Canada.

JOHN YANG: You’re the ranking Democrat on the Antitrust Committee of the Judiciary Committee. You have called for hearings. You have called for the FTC to look into this. What else can you do? What can you do as — in Congress?

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Well, I just keep talking about it and going to my colleagues and saying, this is getting to the point now where we have to have a vote on this. We have to pass something.

And I’m going to continue to do that. I think having regular people call in to their members of Congress is going to make a big difference here. Any of these bills would be helpful, but I think the most helpful, as we go into a new year and a new administration, would be negotiations under Medicare Part D for the problem as a whole, where you have seen, you know, 100 percent increase in four of the top 10 drugs in just the last few years.

And negotiations under Medicare Part D would harness the power of all of America’s seniors. Those prices go down, and then it helps with other insurance plans as well.

JOHN YANG: Senator, I have to ask you, one fact that’s getting a lot of attention is that the CEO of this company is the daughter of one of your Democratic colleagues, the daughter of Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia. Is this an issue or something you would talk to Senator Manchin about?

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Well, no, Senator Manchin has always kept an arm’s length with me when dealing with any issues with this company.

So I haven’t seen this as something where he’s been somehow carrying the water for his daughter or improperly involved. So, I want to make that clear.

But, at the same time, pharma as a whole, there is absolutely no doubt they have been against all these bills I just mentioned, many of which are bipartisan. And so it is time to get votes on these bills and to move forward, as well as have an investigation into this individual case with EpiPen.

JOHN YANG: Senator Klobuchar, thanks so much for joining us.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: It was good to be on. Thanks for covering this important issue.

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News Wrap: In Afghanistan, roadside bomb causes first U.S. combat death since January

A U.S. soldier keeps watch at a security tower at their base in
         Helmand, Afghanistan September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani  - RTS5LO0

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JUDY WOODRUFF:  The president toured flood damage in Louisiana today after historic storms more than a week ago inundated 20 parishes and left 13 people dead.

President Obama surveyed the damage from streets that just a few days ago were underwater.  It’s one sign of a gradual return to normal, but stacked up on the side of the streets were the remnants of just how bad, and historic, the floods had been.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  People’s lives have been upended by this flood.  This is not just about property damage.  This is about people’s roots.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  The president was in East Baton Rouge to meet with officials, first-responders and just some of the thousands who were flooded out of their homes.  More than 115,000 people have signed up for federal disaster assistance so far.

Today, Mr. Obama pledged more help is coming.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: What I want the people of Louisiana to know is, is that you’re not alone on this.  Even after the TV cameras leave, the whole country is going to continue to support you and help you until we get folks back in their homes and lives are rebuilt.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  He said the federal government has already allocated $127 million for flood victims.  The flooding was the worst disaster in the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in 2012.

Days of torrential rain dumped more than two-and-a-half feet of water in some parts.  Now, more than a week later, the water is receding, but in its wake, it is estimated that more than 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed.

CARL STEWART, Flood Victim: Heartbreaking, you know, not just for me, but to see.  It looks like a bomb went off.

CARL STEWART: I kind of got shook up.

QUESTION:  Your whole life is…

CARL STEWART: It’s just ruined.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Officials in East Baton Rouge say it could take up to three months just to clear debris from the streets; 7,000 people are still living in temporary shelters.

And some political criticism continued over the timing of the president’s visit.  He had been on vacation on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted today: “President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing.  Too little, too late.”

Trump, along with running mate Mike Pence, toured the flood zone last Friday.

Earlier, Louisiana’s Governor John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, had asked Mr. Obama to delay a visit to avoid tying up local authorities.  Today, he welcomed the president.  The governor had said after Trump’s visit that it was helpful in attracting national attention.

JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news:  An American soldier died in Afghanistan, after his patrol triggered a roadside bomb.  Another U.S. service member and six Afghan soldiers were wounded.  The explosion occurred in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand Province.  Fighting has intensified there in recent weeks, now that the Taliban has reclaimed about 80 percent of the province.  It’s the first U.S. combat death in that country since January.

There are staggering new numbers on the flow of unaccompanied children making the risky journey to the U.S. from Central America.  A new report from the United Nations’ children’s agency, UNICEF, estimates about 26,000 unattended children were apprehended at the U.S. border between January and June of this year.  Most fled from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to escape brutal gang violence and poverty.

Five new homegrown Zika cases were confirmed in Florida today.  They include the first one on Florida’s Gulf Coast in Pinellas County near Tampa, nearly 300 miles away from the other infection zones in Miami.  Florida’s surgeon general conceded they still don’t know precisely where that individual contracted the virus, since they had not traveled internationally.

DR. CELESTE PHILIP, Surgeon General, Florida:  The Department of Health here under Dr. Cho and his team will speak with that person, get a good history.  They’re already testing family members.  They will be looking at co-workers as well to better understand where transmission may have occurred.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  State officials stopped short of labeling it a new area of active local transmission.

There are new revelations today about Hillary Clinton’s activities at the State Department.  An Associated Press review found more than half of the nongovernment figures who met with her while she was secretary gave money to the Clinton Foundation.  Combined, those people contributed as much as $156 million to her family charity.

The Nigerian military today said that it believes airstrikes have killed a number of top Boko Haram militants, including the group’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.  But there was no independent confirmation.  And his death has been falsely reported at least three other times.  The announcement came as Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Abuja for talks with Nigeria’s president on strategies to defeat Boko Haram.

JOHN KERRY, Secretary of State:  Your country has taken back most of the territory that the terrorists had once captured.  But we also know that beating Boko Haram on the battlefield is only the beginning of what we need to do.

JUDY WOODRUFF:  Boko Haram, which has pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State, has killed thousands of people and abducted some 300 schoolgirls; 218 of them are still missing.

Turkey has formally requested the extradition of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.  A State Department spokesman said the extradition request was unrelated to last month’s attempted coup in Turkey, which the Turkish government has blamed on Gulen and his followers.  Gulen lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.

Traffic deaths across the U.S. are on the rise.  The National Safety Council reported more than 19,000 people have died on the roads from January through June of this year.  That’s up 9 percent over the same period last year, and up 18 percent from two years ago.  It attributed the rise to more people traveling on the nation’s roads due to a stronger economy and lower gas prices.

New estimates out today are forecasting this year’s budget deficit will increase after years of declines.  The Congressional Budget Office projects it will grow by one-third to $590 billion, due to lower-than-expected tax revenues.

On Wall Street, stocks closed higher, led by gains in the technology sector.  The Dow Jones industrial average was up nearly 18 points to close at 18547.  The Nasdaq rose 15, and the S&P 500 added four.

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Why we should be thinking of sexual intimacy in terms of pizza

BERKELEY, CA JAN. 20, 2011 Author Peggy Orenstein, shown at her
         Berkeley home, has a new book––"Cinderella Ate My Daughter". The acclaimed author of the groundbreaking bestseller
         Schoolgirls reveals the dark side of pink and pretty in this wake–up call to parents: the rise of the girlie girl is not that
         innocent. As a new mother, Peggy Orenstein was blindsided by the persistent ultra–feminine messages being sent to a new generation
         of little girls–from "princess–mania" to endless permutations of pink. How many times can you say no when your daughter
         begs for a pint–sized wedding gown, she wondered.  (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally, for one of our “NewsHour” essays.

As students across the country prepare to return to school, Peggy Orenstein, the author of the recent book “Girls & Sex,” shares ideas on how young men and women should rethink intimacy in their relationships.

PEGGY ORENSTEIN, Author, “Girls & Sex”: For several years now, we have been engaged in a national debate about sexual assault on campus.

No question, it’s crucial that young people understand the ground rules for consent. But that’s where the conversation is ending, and when it does, the media and the Internet, that new digital street corner, will educate our kids for us.

If we truly want young people to engage safely, ethically and, yes, pleasurably, it’s time to have frank, honest discussions about what happens after yes.

One thing that’s clear is that we have to broaden our definition of sex beyond intercourse, because, despite the hype, kids are not having intercourse at a younger age, but they are engaging in other behavior. And by ignoring that, by allowing kids to label other acts as not sex, they are not subject to the same rules.

That opens the door to both risky behavior and disrespect. That’s particularly true of oral sex, which teenagers considers less intimate than intercourse, at least if boys are on the receiving end.

The young women I met had a lot of reasons for participating. It made them feel desired. It boosted social status. It could also get them out of an uncomfortable situation.

I heard so many stories of one-sided encounters that I began asking: What if every time you were with a boy, he expected you to get him a glass of water from the kitchen, but he never got you a glass of water?

The girls would laugh and say: I never thought about it that way.

Sex is political, as well as personal, just like the question of who does the dishes in your home or who vacuums the rug. It raises similar issues of personal power, mental health and economic disparity.

Al Vernacchio, a Pennsylvania educator, has suggested that one way to level the playing field is to get rid of it entirely, replacing that infamous baseball metaphor with something else: pizza.

Think about it. You decide with your companion whether you feel like a pie. If you do, you negotiate the toppings. Maybe you like mushrooms and I like pepperoni, so we go halfsies. But if I keep insisting on pepperoni and you keep kosher, you will stop going out to pizza with me.

It’s all about a shared encounter in which everyone is equally invested in their fellow diner’s pleasure. It works regardless of sexual orientation.

Discussing contraception, disease protection and consent with our teenagers is important, but it’s not enough. We need to call out the forces that urge boys to see girls’ limits as a challenge to overcome, that tells girls male pleasure is more important than their own.

Boys need to see models of masculinity that are not grounded in aggression and conquest. Girls need to be taught to articulate their needs, desires and limits and expect those to be respected.

Both sexes need to learn how to balance responsibility with joy, to transform from baseball players to pizza eaters.

JUDY WOODRUFF: You can find our entire collection of essays online at PBS.org/NewsHour/Essays.

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