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This week's topics: Class and technology, the London riots, one mother on racialized violence in the UK, nipples and arousal, survey on Latina lesbians, coping with schizophrenia, call for submissions for DUDE magazine, forming a baby's palate and taste memories, making space accessible and MCE, the need for maternity docs in the UK and midwives in Canada, race/gender/mental illness in pop culture, Islam/feminism/beauty and choice, "ethnic make-overs", sexualization of children models, It gets better for Native youth
Notes from the Urban/Rural Divide: Technology at This Ain't Livin' (Keywords: US, disability, urban/rural, class)
There’s a reason that rural areas lag behind technologically, and it is not because we are necessarily unsophisticated, although lack of knowledge can play a role. It is also because we are financially limited. The same financial limitations that make it hard for us to get broadband access into rural areas play a role in the distribution of other technologies. We lack the funds to implement technology, to upgrade our infrastructure to support it, and we may lack the technicians with the skills needed to put it in and maintain it, even if we do have the money.
What's Happening in the London Riots? at Mother Jones (Keywords: England, riots, class, police, violence)
Media reports and opinionators point to three main causes: racial tensions, high youth unemployment rates, and a desire to loot and profit in the midst of chaos.
When no one cares about another dead Black boy at Race-Talk (via Racialicious) (Keywords: England, black, racism, police, violence)
Doreen has asserted that she was not a political person before her son’s murder. It was only after she began to question the police handling of his case that her attitude changed. High on that list was that the police seemed unwilling, or unable, to see that her son’s murder was a racist incident.
Nipples 'Light Up' Brain the Way Genitals Do at Live Science (via Times of India) (Keywords: US, orgasm, sex, arousal, cissexism)
For many women, nipples are erogenous zones. A new study may explain why: The sensation from the nipples travels to the same part of the brain as sensations from the vagina, clitoris and cervix.
Latina lesbians face discrimination: study at Sun Times (Chicago) (Keywords: US, Latina, queer, racism, homohatred )
About 48 percent said they feel that there is a lot of racism in the Caucasian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered community. ... They fare no better in the Latino community: 25 percent agreed that they feel discriminated against because of their sexual orientation in places servicing the Hispanic community and 54 percent of women revealed that they feel that most Latinos are not accepting of LBTQ women.
Learning to Cope With a Mind’s Taunting Voices at The New York Times (Keywords: US, disability, mental health)
In recent years, researchers have begun talking about mental health care in the same way addiction specialists speak of recovery — the lifelong journey of self-treatment and discipline that guides substance abuse programs. The idea remains controversial: managing a severe mental illness is more complicated than simply avoiding certain behaviors. The journey has more mazes, fewer road signs.
Call for submissions: DUDE 2 at DUDE magazine (via fuckyeahftmsofcolor) (Keywords: Australia, New Zealand, international, zine, submissions, ftm, trans*, queer, bodies)
Is the trans movement celebrating body type diversity in positive ways? Does it further impose mainstream pressures on our body image? How can we celebrate all body types in healthy and constructive ways? And how do we do this without adding to the fetishisation of the sex and gender diverse community?
We want to hear what your thoughts are on body image. What do we need to share with each other? What assumptions are often made and why?
Baby's Palate And Food Memories Shaped Before Birth at NPR (via barrelofrain) (Keywords: pregnancy, food)
Want your child to love veggies? Start early. Very early. Research shows that what a woman eats during pregnancy not only nourishes her baby in the womb, but may shape food preferences later in life
Making Space Accessible is an Act of Love for Our Communities at Creating Collective Access (via ) (Keywords: accessibility, disability, MCE, allergies)
When I think about access, I think about love. I think that crip solidarity, and solidarity between crips and non(yet) crips is a powerful act of love and I got your back. It’s in big things, but it’s also in the little things we do moment by moment to ensure that we all- in all our individual bodies- get to be present fiercely as we make change.
Call for more maternity doctors at BBC (Keywords: UK, pregnancy, gynecologists, health)
The NHS needs more specialist maternity doctors to prevent mothers dying due to "substandard care", experts have said.And:
Demand for midwives jumps: Province being urged to fund more training spaces to ease crunch at Times Colonist (Keywords: Canada, midwives, birth)
In the 13 years since midwives have been funded by the B.C. government, the holistic practitioners are in such demand for pregnancy care and delivery that there’s no guarantee B.C. mothers will be able to use their services.
We're All Mad Here: Race, Gender, and Mental Illness in Pop Culture at Bitch Magazine (Keywords: disability, mental health, pop culture)
Think about what mental illness, or craziness, lunacy, insanity, mean to you, and how you know a character is mentally ill without being specifically told. The character behaves irrationally. Is perhaps violent. Doesn't respect personal space. Think, too, about how some of the very epithets we use to disparage mental illness are gendered; women who do not behave as expected are “crazy bitches.” An angry woman is “hysterical.” Think about how some of these behaviors can arise in legitimate protest against oppressive social structures; anger, for example, is a very legitimate response to sexism.
Beauty, Islamic Feminism, and Choice at The Beheld (via frolicnaked) (Keywords: Islam, feminism, hijab, self-definition, beauty)
When Autumn invited me to guest post, I thought of two things: (1) whether it is possible to discuss beauty and self-presentation among Muslim feminists without resorting to the tired subject of hi'jab, and (2) overt ways in which modern Islamic feminists present their Islamic feminism. In fact, the rightful authority of woman over her own appearance is connected to the divergence of men who attempt to claim this authority for themselves.
InStyle Makeover: Rita Hayworth's Ethnic Makeover Was "Worth It" at Glossed Over (via mangooffandango) (Keywords: US, media, magazines, covering, passing, race, beauty)
Celebrities change their appearances for all kinds of reasons, but praising a racially motivated, excrutiatingly painful cosmetic procedure as “worth it” is, at best, insensitive. (And at worst? I really don’t want to break out the “r” word.) Did Hayworth look better than Cansino did? That’s subjective. But there are some ugly, ugly implications attached to glorifying a makeover designed to hide Hayworth’s heritage.
Une Fille Perdue: Lost Girls of Sexualization at Pigtail Pals (via [Unknown LJ tag]) (Keywords: US, France, sexualization of children, media, magazines, fashion)
She is losing her childhood, and the cultural acceptance of this actually consumes so many little girls and parts of their girlhood it has become a national health crisis. The issue isn’t just about Thylane, the girl you see above, or even her mother who was only upset over the expense of a necklace the child wore and begrudgingly shut down the child’s facebook and tumblr pages. The issue here is ALL girls. There seems to be a rush for our daughters to grow up, to become little women. Sexy little women. Their natural born right to be a child is being interrupted by apathetic adults.
It Gets Better: National Native American AIDS Prevention Center at YouTube (via Racialicious) (Keywords: Americas, Native, queer, It gets better)
NOTE: I couldn't find a transcript for this, so I made one. English is my only language so I was not able to transcribe everything.
[Video description: Black screen with white writing: To Honor and Support LGBTQ Native Youth:
"It gets better" for Natives.]
[Video description: As each person appears for the first time, a small caption with their name pops up.]
ELTON: Yá'át'ééh. Hello.
Don: Hello. I grew up in rural Oklahoma.
Tony: I would say that when I was in high school, I was probably considered a pretty well-known person. I don't know if I was necessarily friends with everyone that I thought I was...
ROBERT: I didn't even know the word 'homosexual,' really, or 'gay,'-- and neither did any of my friends.
ASHLIANA: And I am, technically, transgender, or in Haiwai'ian, [if you prefer?] the term is mahu, mahuwahine. I came out when I was sixteen years old and I have lived my life as mahu for over twenty years. At first, my life was a struggle. It was really hard, I had a hard time to live with that, with my friends, and just being in society.
ALÉ: I remember growing up as a kid, I was dressing up in my mom's clothes and I always wanted to be a little girl, I never wanted to be a little boy. And my mom found me and she got so upset with me, it seemed like it was the end of the world all of the sudden. I felt like I had done something really, really bad and I didn't understand why and she told-- she went screaming through the house "mijo un maricón"-- "my son is a faggot." And I felt so ashamed, that I could hurt my family like that, bring shame to my family.
ROBERT: Yes, I got bullied. I got made fun of. There were days when I did not want to go to school and it didn't make a difference-- yes, I got straight As and I was in all the clubs. I was in student counsel and I had a lot of friends you know, I guess you could probably consider me a popular kid. But all of that went out the window the minute someone called me a name, the minute someone tried to trip me in the hallway, the minute that someone would say something to one of my siblings about me. And all that I would do to just make myself feel personally powerful just crumpled and I would feel weak and I would feel powerless.
HANNABAH: Whatever you feel, and whatever you are going through, and whatever you have had to do to survive, whenever you feel like no one else in the world could care or is on your side, [know] that I am one person who understands.
TONY: If there is anyone out there who is going through a sense of loneliness and a fear of rejection, I would like to share with you that there comes a point in your life where you start to accept yourself, then you see that there are others who will accept you.
ROBERT: They can't see, they are unable to see, they are blinded by their ignorance, their unfamiliarity, maybe even hatred, and they are unable to see the full, beautiful picture that is me and my current identity.
ISADORE: There's a lot of people going through the same thing right now.
DON: All of this here, if you give up, they win.
HANNABAH: I know that you don't know me, but you are still my brother. You are still my sister. You are still my friend. That is how I see it is. That's our tradition. Our tradition is acceptance. Our tradition is brining everyone into the circle and saying "we are all equal." And that's what I'm telling you right now. You are equal. You are not just okay. You are valuable. And... it's okay to be you.
ALÉ: And my dad had on one occasion when I was growing up, told me "those people," and he was talking about gay people, he was talking about transgender people, "they're different. And being different, is not the Indian way. That is something the Europeans brought. There were no gay people, there were no transgender people, in the Americas before the Europeans came, that was one of their diseases that they brought to the Americas." And it made me feel that my being different, my being transgender, was something at odds with my Indigenous identity, with my Indian identity. And it made me feel very ashamed, to the point where I hid it for most of my life.
TONY: The Indian way, the Native way, we always believe that there is a path that the Creator has us on but He keeps us on that path and and gives us an opportunity to always look back and remember where we came from. And that's one thing that I carry with me every day, because if I hadn't have gone through all the stuff I went through when I was younger and figuring out my sexuality and facing the haters who thought because I was gay I wasn't enough of a person, I wouldn't be the strong person that I am today.
ELTON: It is important that we recognize that we as Native American LGBT two-spirit people begin to empower and heal ourselves to be productive citizens of this society, to begin to live those traditional values and understandings of who we are.
ISADORE: You're not alone. So just keep-going and keep fighting and stay strong because I'm here, and that is the reason that I went public was to let people like you know that there's others going through this.
HANNABAH: It WILL get better if you accept yourself, if you love yourself. Be proud of the beautiful Native person that you are. Our people are about acceptance and love. There is nothing-- nothing-- wrong with love.
TONY: When I told my dad that was gay, my dad looked at me and said "it's Hell to be different, but if you're gonna be different, you always hold your head up, never appologize for being yourself."
ALÉ: And I can honestly say that growing up from when I thought my life was over when my mom found out that I was different: it gets better. It gets a lot better.
ASHLIANA: Things do get better, especially for youth struggling with identity and family issues:
(Image description: People featured in the video introduce themselves while a screen comes up that says their name and tribe.)
ISADORE: My name is Isadore Boni and I am from the San Carlos Apache tribe.
ASHLIANA: Aloha, my name is Ashliana Hawelu (Caption: Kanaka Maoii [Native Hawaiian])
DON: My name is Don Little. I'm an Oklahoma Absentee Shawnee Indian and a Seminole Indian.
ELTON: [Introduces himself, Elton Naswood, in Diné (Navajo)]
ROBERT: My name is Robert Foley
ALÉ: My name is Alé (Castro) I am Mexika-Cherokee. I am from Mexico City.
HANNABAH: Yá'át'ééh. [Introduces herself, Hannabah Blue, in Diné (Navajo)]
TONY: My name is Tony [Aaron] Fuller. I'm a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation.
DON: It will get better.
ELTON: It will get better.
ROBERT: I just want you to know that it gets better [Caption: Robert Folley: President and CEO National Native American AIDS Prevention Center]
ALÉ: It gets better.
TONY: It gets better.
HANNABAH: [Speaks Diné.] I want you to know: It gets better.
[Image description: Black screen with white writing: If you or a friend are feeling lost and alone, call the Trevor Help Line 866-488- 7386. They can help. It gets better, from the staff and allies of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
720 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 650-S, Denver, CO 80246
Many thanks to Colorado musician Eric Many Winds for the use of his song "Dawn" from his "Reflections" "A New Life" solo album http://www.manywindsmusic.com]
[End video description]
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