4:37 pm - 05/04/2014

Links Round Up: Week Ending 4 May 2014

Hi and welcome to the latest installment of our Links Round Up. For folks who don't know, the LRU is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers and is intended to broaden the kinds of conversations we have here.

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This week's round-up includes: how patriarchy hurts everyone, police and the investigation of rape, on being unapologetically ugly, and feminism in the yoga studio.

  1. Patriarchy hurts everybody. at I Was a High School Feminist (Keywords: patriarchy, gender roles, gender binary, rape culture)
    For every girl who’s told she can’t be a firefighter or doctor, a boy is told he can’t be a kindergarten teacher or nurse. For every woman who’s made to feel like less of a woman for wanting to work instead of stay home with her children, a man is made to feel like less of a man for wanting to stay home with his children instead of being the “breadwinner”. For every girl who’s told to “be a lady,” a boy is told to “man up”.


  2. Stonewalling Rape: Police Can Investigate, But Will They? by Thomas at the Yes Means Yes Blog (Keywords: rape, rape culture, victim blaming, rape apology, police misconduct)
    For a lot of people in a lot of social positions, contact with the cops is not likely to go well. That’s just the reality we have to live with, and anyone who doesn’t see that is neck-deep in their own privilege. That explains why, for example, people of color, or sex workers, or trans people might decide the cops are more likely to be a danger to them than to help them, and that’s not specific to rape. But there is another reason even the most privileged folks may not want to go to the police about a rape. When the rape doesn’t fit the stranger-rape or overt-force storylines that make for the least difficult prosecutions (and sometimes even when it does), there is reason to believe that there may be no real investigation at all.


  3. Unapologetically Uglky by Kath at Fat Heffalump (Keywords: body image, harassment, beauty standards, body shaming)
    I feel absolutely no obligation to be aesthetically pleasing to others. Oh don’t get me wrong, it is always nice when someone refers to me as beautiful, but I don’t feel it defines me or adds any value to me as a person. Now admittedly, mostly women are expected to be beautiful, or at least aspire to beauty. Women are often seen as prizes or trophies measured by their beauty. I want more from my life than being aesthetically pleasing.


  4. Why Feminism Belongs in the Yoga Studio by Kimberly Dark at Decolonizing Yoga (Keywords: yoga, feminism, choices, victim blaming)
    Everything in your life is the product of decisions you have made, ways of being you have chosen. If you want a different life, make different choices



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