3:30 pm - 03/25/2012

Links round-up: Week ending March 23, 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: Racism in fat acceptance movements; the white savior industrial complex and Kony 2012; trans Miss Universe contestant disqualified; Trayvon Martin and the deadly legacy of vigilantism; Shaima Alawadi's murder and white terrorism; why women in the US don't run for office as often as men; addressing death in childbirth.
  1. Dear fat white people at The Rotund (Keywords: fat acceptance, racism, 101)
    If fat acceptance is a safe haven for racism in the name of solidarity and keeping the movement together, then I gotta tell you the truth: we’re doing it wrong. And not just a little wrong. If we are building a fat acceptance that supports racism then we are doing social justice fundamentally wrong on so many levels I cannot even.
    (If you didn't follow this link last week, here it is again: a response to white fat activism from People of Color in the fat justice movement)


  2. The White Savior Industrial Complex at The Atlantic (Keywords: US, Uganda, Kony 2012, imperialism)
    And we also agree on something else: that there is an internal ethical urge that demands that each of us serve justice as much as he or she can. But beyond the immediate attention that he rightly pays hungry mouths, child soldiers, or raped civilians, there are more complex and more widespread problems. There are serious problems of governance, of infrastructure, of democracy, and of law and order. These problems are neither simple in themselves nor are they reducible to slogans. Such problems are both intricate and intensely local.

    How, for example, could a well-meaning American "help" a place like Uganda today? It begins, I believe, with some humility with regards to the people in those places. It begins with some respect for the agency of the people of Uganda in their own lives.


  3. Miss Universe disqualifies transgender finalist at CTV News (Keywords: Canada, trans*, beauty pagent)
    Her inclusion was applauded by many online but drew scorn from some who argued beauty pageants should be for "naturally born" women only -- language widely considered to be prejudiced and derogatory in the transgender community.


  4. Trayvon Martin and the Deadly Legacy of Vigilantism at Colorlines (Keywords: US, Trayvon Martin, lynching, racism)
    For many observers, Zimmerman’s vigilantism exists in a long and deadly history for black Americans in the United States, one that dates at least as far back as the country’s lynching epidemic of the early 20th century. Over 4,700 lynchings occurred in the United States between 1887 and 1968, and the vast majority of them—an estimated 3,446—were black. Many of the victims were black men accused of raping white women and were often burned and maimed in front of large mobs of white onlookers.


  5. Killing of Iraqi Woman in San Diego Draws Global Condemnation Online at New York Times (Keywords: US, Islamophobia, Shaima Alawadi)
    The death in San Diego on Saturday of an Iraqi immigrant, the victim of what appeared to be a hate crime, provoked a wave of outraged comments from bloggers who compared the killing to the shooting of an unarmed Florida teenager last month. The woman, Shaima Alawadi, died three days after her daughter discovered her body in a pool of blood inside their home along with a note that said, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.”


  6. Twenty years on, ‘Year of the Woman’ fades at Washington Post (Keywords: US, politics)
    “Both Clinton and Palin’s campaigns also provided many potential candidates with a window into how women are treated when they run for office. And what women of both political parties saw likely confirmed some of their worst fears about the electoral arena,” wrote professors Jennifer L. Lawless of American University and Richard L. Fox of Loyola Marymount University. In January, they published a study on the under-representation of women in U.S. politics, where they analyzed the different attitudes of men and women toward the endeavor.


  7. While I laboured, 639 women died at WAtoday (Keywords: Australia, death in childbirth)
    The sickening reality is that, in the 16 hours from when I started labour to when I gave birth, an estimated 639 women around the world died as a result of complications relating to pregnancy or childbirth. Worse still, most of those deaths - and the thousands since - could have been prevented.



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 26th-Mar-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
I posted more facts for Endometriosis Awareness Month, including how the "staging" classification system works, as well as how often endo is missed or underestimated during surgery.

For Anti-Street Harassment Week, I wrote Overreacting about other people dismissing responses to harassment. [Notes for harassment and victim blaming on this one.]

And ideas about being active versus passive, victimhood and blame, and restoring bodies in Letting Things Happen.

knittinggoddess 27th-Mar-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I just now found this article about male contraceptive options in the works, and it has a link to an online survey as well as other ways to encourage contraceptives for penis owners.
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