12:40 am - 04/14/2012

Links round-up: Week ending 14 April 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: What happened to Cece McDonald; Helping kids define healthy sexuality; fashion and "respectable" victims; Midwife arrested in Indiana for performing home births; misgendering female athletes; why you shouldn't ignore me when I ask to split the check; new girl's Lego line offensive, some say; Memphis bill would define kissing, holding hands as "gateway" sexual activity; On actually keeping queer queer.

  1. This Is What Happened to CeCe at Feministe (Keywords: US, trans*, transmisogyny, racism, prison-industrial complex, community organizing)
    CeCe and her friends are brave and tough, strong enough to walk around being visible in a world that attacks and criminalizes you if you’re young and African-American, and doubles the assault if you’re young and African-American and trans and femme. ... It’s about the way young women are harassed and assaulted every day in every city. It’s about the way trans women are treated as disposable and the way black youth are criminalized. It’s about the constant social violence by which white supremacy, transphobia and misogyny are maintained.



  2. How Can We Help Kids Define What Is and Isn’t Healthy Sexuality? at ColorLines (Keywords: CSA, sexual assault, rape culture, setting limits)
    Note: This piece may be triggering
    How can adults help children navigate sexual exploration, particularly within a media environment that inundates children with exploitative portraits of girls and women, equates manhood with promiscuity and sexual aggression, and criminalizes boys when they exhibit normal sexual behavior?


  3. Do Hoodies and Sagging Pants Deserve Justice? at Ebony (Keywords: US, Blackness, "respectability," clothing, sagging pants, Trayvon Martin,)
    Questioning the sartorial choices of young Black folks has always been en vogue, but of late it has been taken to epic and even legislative proportions.


  4. Midwife Arrested in Indiana, Released on $10,000 Bail at Jennifer Margulis (Keywords: US, midwife, home birth)
    Keeslar’s arrest was not associated with any bad outcome. But she is the second professional midwife to be arrested in the past two months.
    Keeslar, who has been working as midwife for about eleven years, is not sure what prompted authorities to target her now. But it is clear that while women in Indiana want to have a choice about where and with whom they deliver their babies, many obstetricians in the state openly oppose midwifery and homebirth.


  5. The misgendering of Brittney Griner at Fit and Feminist (Keywords: US, gender, racism, sports )
    Well, guess what? Nature doesn’t give a fuck about your sexual binary. Nature puts us together in a million different ways – actually, about seven billion, give or take a few hundred thousand – and a lot of us are going to walk that imaginary line. There are going to be short, hairless men with high voices and tall women with deep voices and people who are intersexed in a bunch of different ways, and here’s the great thing – it’s all okay. Every single one of us. There’s not a thing wrong with any of us.



  6. Why you shouldn't ignore me when I ask to split the check at Role Reboot (Keywords: US, dating, rape culture)
    “No. Really, it’s kind of you to offer, but we should just split it.”
    It was at this point that he and the waiter exchanged a knowing look, which I’ve come to identify as the “bro code” look. It’s the look that two men give each other when one of them is trying to get a woman into bed with him and he needs the other’s cooperation. I see this look in bars more often than I’m comfortable with—as if the men are negotiating over the price of a cow.
    So my date and the waiter exchange this look, and the waiter ignores the credit card in my outstretched hand, instead accepting my date’s card. My date looks back at me, smiling.
    I blinked. Exactly how many times did I need to say "no" in order for him to hear me and respect that?




  7. A new Lego line for girls is offensive, critics say at LA Times (Keywords: gender, socialization, play, parenting, toys, eating disorders)
    Lego toys have always seemed pleasantly gender-neutral. Perhaps that's why the new Lego Friends line for girls has triggered a fair bit of protest from some health and equal-rights organizations. ... Online petitions have been started to protest the line, which includes a Butterfly Beauty Shop and a Your Fashion Designer Workshop. The International Assn. of Eating Disorder Professionals said the toys were "devoid of imagination and promote overt forms of sexism."



  8. Bill would define holding hands, kissing as "gateway sexual activity" at WMC TV (Keywords: US, sex ed, I just can't)
    According to a 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Study, 61 percent of Memphis City high school students and 27 percent of middle school students have had sex. That's higher than the national average.
    Planned Parenthood said these numbers are why a new sex education bill promoting abstinence is not realistic.



  9. On Actually Keeping Queer Queer: A response to Cherríe Moraga at xQsi Magazine (Keywords: US, Chicana feminism, Cherríe Moraga, trans women, solidarity)
    Cherríe Moraga’s essay, entitled “Still Loving in the (Still) War Years: On Keeping Queer Queer,” is a two-part essay that was first published in 2009. The first part is a brilliantly written critique on the mainstream gay rights movement’s focus on marriage equality. The second part is a misguided and misinformed attack on the trans* community in general and the transmasculine community in particular. Moraga is well known within QTPOC activist circles and the purpose for this response is to facilitate an inter-generational dialogue that is both effective and salient. I want to bring our best to the table by continuing to challenge and critique, while at the same time to honor and recognize those that have come before. In short, I want to change the world and the only way to do that is to work together.





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 15th-Apr-2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
I had a guest author this week: How I Became a Political Activist [note for abortion and sexual abuse of a minor] -- "In 2005, I had a D&C. In line behind me was a young girl in pink pajamas and fuzzy pink socks."

I know a few VPers have been asking about pelvic floor issues lately. I wrote a pelvic floor post on bound angle pose closer to 2 weeks ago, but it might be helpful reading for some folks here.

Also a post on why I write about my health [notes for chronic pain and fat shaming].
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