2:53 pm - 03/17/2012

Links round-up: Week ending March 17, 2012

Welcome to our new weekly links round-up. This is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers.
As a reminder, in lieu of trigger warnings, I use keywords describing the themes of the piece. Please skim these before deciding to read the excerpt or click through for the full article. Outside sources are not safe spaces, and mainstream source's comments should almost always be avoided. The links I highlight don't necessarily reflect VP's views, or even my own, for that matter. 

This week's round-up includes: Petition: Prosecute the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin; St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-Americans and the Changing Boundaries of Whiteness; a response to white fat activism from People of Color in the fat justice movement; free pizza with that vasectomy; Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods; Despite High Incidence of Rape, Native Women Denied Right to Plan B; Transgender Traveler, A girl and her room; Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker; eating red meat is probably no more likely to kill you than anything else.

  1. Petition: Prosecute the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at change.org (Keywords: US, police, racism, murder)
    Petition asking the city of Sanford, FL to charge George Zimmerman with a crime following his admitted killing of Trayvon Martin
  2. See also: Trayvon Martin Case: 911 Audio Released Of Teen Allegedly Shot By Neighborhood Watch Captain (AUDIO) (trigger warning)


  3. St. Patrick’s Day, Irish-Americans and the Changing Boundaries of Whiteness at Racism Review (Keywords: US, Irish, whiteness)
    Like many immigrant groups in the United States, the Irish were characterized as racial Others when they first arrived in the first half of the 19th century. The Irish had suffered profound injustice in the U.K. at the hands of the British, widely seen as “white negroes.” The potato famine that created starvation conditions that cost the lives of millions of Irish and forced the out-migration of millions of surviving ones, was less a natural disaster and more a complex set of social conditions created by British landowners (much like Hurricane Katrina). Forced to flee from their native Ireland and the oppressive British landowners, many Irish came to the U.S.


  4. a response to white fat activism from People of Color in the fat justice movement at No Lose (Keywords: US, fat activism, size acceptance, people of color, whiteness)
    We continue to see fat activism growing and our community expanding, and while this brings great joy, it also becomes more and more apparent that we are not doing the work to prevent our community from being divided along race and socio-economic lines. We are not having the hard conversation needed to build the truly solid foundation of inclusivity and diversity that we rest much of our argument of anti-oppression upon. This is particularly important since both government programs and the diet industry have been specifically singling out and targeting people of color in recent campaigns. From Michelle Obama's selection of Beyonce Knowles as the face of her national campaign against obese children to the disproportionate number of children of color represented in the state of Georgia's "Strong4Life" campaign, the face of the "obesity epidemic" in public policy has largely become people of color. Similarly, the diet industry has focused several of its most recent national advertising campaigns around African American celebrity icons, including the selection of Janet Jackson as a representative of Nutria System, and Charles Barkley and Jennifer Hudson as spokespeople for Weight Watchers.


  5. Ouch potato: Free pizza with that vasectomy at Cape Cod Times (via Gawker) (Keywords: US, vasectomy, birth control)
    How about a free pizza with that vasectomy? That's the unusual deal being offered by Urology Associates of Cape Cod as a lighthearted way to raise awareness about the procedure and drum up business.


  6. Peru Passes Monumental Ten Year Ban on Genetically Engineered Foods at Occupy Monsanto via Leslie Feinberg (Keywords: Peru, food, agriculture)
    In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.



  7. Despite High Incidence of Rape, Native Women Denied Right to Plan B at SOURCE (Keywords: Native, rape, Plan B/emergency contraception)
    the Indian Health Service (IHS), the primary source of medical care for women throughout Indian country, does not consistently make Plan B available to its clientele, even though they are among the most likely group of women to be raped in this country. According to the NAWHERC report, more than one in three Native American women will be raped in their lifetime. Of Native American girls who have been sexually active, 92 percent reported having been forced against their will to have sexual intercourse on a date.



  8. Transgender Traveler at TSA (Keywords: US, TSA, air travel, trans*, gender)
    TSA recognizes the concerns members of the transgender community may have with undergoing the security screening process at our Nation’s airports and is committed to conducting screening in a dignified and respectful manner. These travel tips will explain the various screening processes and technologies travelers may encounter at security checkpoints.


  9. A Girl and her Room at Rania Matar (Keywords: US, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, art, photography)
    Portraits of teenage girls in their bedrooms


  10. Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker at Wall Street Journal (Keywords: music, entertainment, Adele)
    Why does Adele's 'Someone Like You' make everyone cry? Science has found the formula



  11. Red Meat and Mortality-- This one's for you at Fat Nutritionist (Keywords: Canada, red meat, science, math)
    This study didn’t prove that red meat was bad, because it didn’t prove anything at all — except that predominantly white health professionals die less often than the average person, and that while the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health can easily drum up media attention, they are not easily embarrassed.


What have you been reading (or writing!) this week?

If you'd like to see an article included in next week's round-up, send me an e-mail at also_warriors@vaginapagina.com . Non-US and positive links are especially appreciated. (I can't fit all the awesome links people send, but I'll try to post any that I don't include to Facebook, Tumblr, or Twitter.) You can also just take matters into your own hands and post in the comments!
frolicnaked 17th-Mar-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Yay, links!

I've mostly been posting endo facts for Endometriosis Awareness Month. This week, there are some on adhesions, prevalence, diagnosis before laparoscopy, and diagnostic delay.
frolicnaked 18th-Mar-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
PS -- I am also loving this analysis of the red meat study, the same one as discussed at Fat Nutritionist.
archangelbeth 17th-Mar-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
But... Unless I misremember, "Someone Like You" /doesn't/ make me cry... *goes to read article*
also_warriors 18th-Mar-2012 04:40 am (UTC)
Are-- are you sure? It taps into something primal!
mangofandango 18th-Mar-2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
Haha! You know, my friend said something about how she thought practically every woman on earth could identify deeply with that song, and then she thought about it for a minute and said..."well, except maybe you, I guess." Heh. Yup. I like it well enough, but perhaps am not fully in tune with its Primal Nature. ;)

Post-script: when Santana sings it on Glee, I get shivers. I GUESS THEY GOT ME THERE.
frolicnaked 18th-Mar-2012 03:49 pm (UTC)
'Sokay. "Someone Like You" doesn't do it for me, either. I've always lumped it into my mental category of songs that make me think, "Are you sure you don't just want to make a clean break and move on?"
archangelbeth 18th-Mar-2012 09:35 pm (UTC)
Nope. Leaves me totally meh and going, "Grow up and get over it." I'm more emotionally engaged by the Creepy Stalker Song "Every Breath You Take." Or, oddly, Dido's "White Flag," which is pretty much the same theme as "Someone Like You." ( http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dido/whiteflag.html ) Possibly because I know fandom "shipping" so the thing makes me giggle inside as well. >_>

Now, the last verse of http://www.talis.net/songs/stillcatchthetide ? THAT nails me. (http://seananmcguire.com/music/sfh/tide.mp3 is the first chunk...)

atalanta0jess 18th-Mar-2012 01:02 am (UTC)
Wow, some of the girls in their rooms are really interesting. I was shocked by the huge numbers of representations of femininity. (I'm sure there's a better way to say that, but I dunno what it is.) All the pictures and make up and such. Holy cow.
frolicnaked 18th-Mar-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
I know, right? I'm trying to figure out how much of it is a choice on the part of the subjects and how much is a choice on the part of the photographer. Well, I mean, I'm sure that in every case, those things really were in the room beforehand -- but in every case, the photographer made a choice for the focus of the shot.

I mean, it seems reasonable that in some cases -- ones where fashion photos cover the walls, for instance -- that representation of femininity may well be the dominant feature of the room. But in others -- I'm remembering a closer-up shot of a vanity covered with cosmetics -- well, it seems like there was a focus on a much smaller part of the room -- and I wonder why.
atalanta0jess 18th-Mar-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
The fashion photo one...made me so sad. How might a young woman feel about herself, surrounded by all of that?
mangofandango 18th-Mar-2012 12:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I had some Feelings when I saw that one, too. :/
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