1:17 pm - 05/12/2012

Links round-up: Week ending 12 May 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: Racial PTSD; hot sex without a hard-on; in 2011, NYPD made more stops of young Black men than total young Black men in NY; a break down of gay rights, state by state; fighting anti-Black racism as an Asian man; sexual assault in BSDM communities; Marriage Equality and Symbiotic Evolution

  1. Is There Such a Thing as Racial PTSD? at Clutch Magazine (Keywords: US, racism, trauma)
    A recent study out of Penn State University has found that chronic exposure to racial discrimination is analogous to the pressure troops can feel in combat and war. Researchers found that many African-Americans who’ve been faced with racism struggle with debilitating stress similar to soldiers returning home from war.

  2. Hot Sex without a Hard On at Early2Bed (Keywords: sex, penis, toys, erection)
    It seems like at least once every day I work at the shop, someone sheepishly asks me for a cream or a pill to help their dick get hard or stay that way longer. Recently, there has been much attention paid to the false and harmful myths about the way female sexuality is “supposed to be,” but men are also negatively impacted by sexual stereotypes. According to these equally ridiculous myths, men are supposed to want sex early and often and be ever equipped with giant rock hard cocks that never falter or cum “too soon.” Well, we think that’s bullshit. Men and their partners can enjoy sex whether or not there is a cock involved and whether or not that cock is hard.

  3. In 2011, NYPD Made More Stops Of Young Black Men Than The Total Number Of Young Black Men In New York at Think Progress (Keywords: US, racism, racial profiling, stop and frisk)
    the NYCLU report seemed to bear out charges of racial profiling in stop-and-frisk situations. In precincts where blacks and Latinos are least represented among the population (14 percent or less), blacks and Latinos were nonetheless the target of 70 percent of stops. Perhaps most staggeringly, the the Wall Street Journal highlighted that the number of stops of black men between the ages of 14 and 24 (168,126 ) exceeded the total city population of black men in that age range (158,406).

  4. Gay rights in the US, state by state at Gaurdian (Keywords: US, same-sex marriage, hospital visits)
    Gay rights laws in America have evolved to allow — but in some cases ban — rights for gay, lesbian and transgender people on a range of issues, including marriage, hospital visitation, adoption, housing, employment and school bullying. The handling of gay rights issues vary by state and follow trends by region

  5. Why I, an Asian Man, Fight Anti-Black Racism at Dominion of New York (Keywords: US, racism, white supremacy)
    I’m sure I do suffer from internalized racism, but I don’t think that racism is defined only in terms of black and white. I also don’t think white supremacy is a simple vertical hierarchy with whites on top, black people on the bottom, and the rest of us in the middle.
    So why do I expend so much effort on lifting up the oppression of black people? Because anti-black racism is the fulcrum of white supremacy.

  6. There’s A War On Part 6: Anti-Sunshine League at Yes Means Yes (Keywords: sexual assault, consent, BSDM, kink)
    The sixth in a series of articles about confronting rape culture in BSDM communities. Potentially triggering, so read with care, but also very good.

  7. Marriage Equality and Symbiotic Evolution at JaySmooth's YouTube (Keywords: )
    So as of yesterday, for the first time in American history, the President of the United States has said that he supports same-sex marraige, and I have to say, speaking as an American citizen, that, really, took a long-ass time.

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 13th-May-2012 04:23 am (UTC)
This is from longer than a week ago, but I wrote Scared to Ask about invisible disability and workplace accommodations for this year's Blogging Against Disablism Day.

I'm also starting a new asana/anatomy series on yoga for the hips (which is a good complement to some of the previous pelvic floor posts I've done), right now looking at hip flexor anatomy.

And I ranted about swimsuits and boobs -- particularly about how advertising angles that claim "something for every body!" are so very often laughably wrong.
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