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This week's round-up includes: The Association of Black Women Historians responds to "The Help"; the first postpartum depression clinic opens in the US; after US occupation, doctors note a jump in Iraqi C-sections; one woman's experience of relationship violence, independence, and capability; Neo-Nazi extremists tricked by Trojan T-shirts; on asexual marriage; Racialicious roundtables on interracial dating; a study on circumcision and sex; a study finds no correlation between tampons/cups and IUD expulsion; talking about food in fat acceptance spaces; reflections on social responsibility after the London riots; a victim of sterilization addresses a reparations board; a study suggests HBC doesn't cause weight gain; a school forces a student to apologize to her rapist before expelling her.
- An Open Statement to the Fans of The Help at the Association of Black Women Historians (via Racialicious) (Keywords: US, reading recommendations, )
During the 1960s, the era covered in The Help, legal segregation and economic inequalities limited black women's employment opportunities. Up to 90 per cent of working black women in the South labored as domestic servants in white homes. The Help's representation of these women is a disappointing resurrection of Mammy—a mythical stereotype of black women who were compelled, either by slavery or segregation, to serve white families. Portrayed as asexual, loyal, and contented caretakers of whites, the caricature of Mammy allowed mainstream America to ignore the systemic racism that bound black women to back-breaking, low paying jobs where employers routinely exploited them. The popularity of this most recent iteration is troubling because it reveals a contemporary nostalgia for the days when a black woman could only hope to clean the White House rather than reside in it.
- Postpartum Depression Clinic The First Of Its Kind at NPR (Keywords: US, post-partum depression, mental health, violence, suicide)
On Monday, [August 15th] a University of North Carolina hospital in Chapel Hill will open the country's first free-standing perinatal psychiatry unit. It's hoped the new clinic and those that follow may prevent Bruno's experience from happening to other mothers.
- Rise in Iraqi C-sections worries doctors at Boston.com (AP) (Keywords: Iraq, birth, cesarean sections, privatization)
Cesarean sections have jumped in Iraq in recent years — accounting for 79 percent of births at private hospitals — worrying health officials who say doctors are pushing women into unnecessary surgeries with potentially serious consequences in order to make more money.See also: Oregon hospitals banning elective cesarean sections via a Facebook contributor
- “I Can Handle It”: On Relationship Violence, Independence, and Capability at Feministe (Keywords: US, intimate partner violence, PTSD, feminism, autonomy)
I was in many ways incapable of helping myself—which, even years later, pains me to say. But there it is: The fog of abuse ensured that my emotions, instincts, and principles were muted; every ounce of energy I had went into my relationship and keeping up the general appearance of sanity.
- Right-Wing Extremists Tricked by Trojan Shirts at Spiegel (via ONTD_political) (Keywords: Germany, neo-Nazi, marketing)
Once the rightist rockers washed their new shirts, they were dismayed to find an entirely different message: "If your T-shirt can do it, so can you. We'll help to free you from right-wing extremism." The offer, complete with contact information, came from a group called Exit Deutschland, which helps people get out of the neo-Nazi scene.
- ‘We’re married, we just don’t have sex’ at The Guardian (Keywords: UK, asexuality, marriage)
People wonder why asexuals bother to get together, but Amanda and I have been happily married for nine months now and we're both still virgins. Some people even think asexuality doesn't exist. It's so underrepresented, I can understand why people are skeptical. I was too, even though I was perfectly used to thinking of myself in this way. For years I just thought I was the only person in the world who felt like this.
- Racialicious is holding panels on interracial dating. So far, a variety of Asian and Black perspectives have been discussed. (Keywords: US, race, dating) (Adrienne K at Native Appropriations is looking for some Native men for a panel. If you are a Native man or know one who'd be interested, contact her.)
- Male circumcision and sexual function in men and women: a survey-based, cross-sectional study in Denmark at Oxford Journals (via mangofandango (Keywords: Denmark, circumcision, sex, study)
Circumcision was associated with frequent orgasm difficulties in Danish men and with a range of frequent sexual difficulties in women, notably orgasm difficulties, dyspareunia and a sense of incomplete sexual needs fulfilment. Thorough examination of these matters in areas where male circumcision is more common is warranted.
- Menstrual products don't increase IUD expulsion at Family Practice News (Thanks to a contributor) (Keywords: US, study, cups, tampons, IUDs)
In the study, the overall rate of IUD expulsion within 2 months of insertion was low (3.5%), and was statistically no higher for women who used tampons or cups than it was for their counterparts who used pads.
- Food, Glorious Food; Talking About Food From A HAES Perspective In FA Spaces at The Rotund (Keywords: health at every size, fat acceptance, food, calories)
We live in a really damn judgemental society – I’m sure you’ve noticed. And the idea of body autonomy, from a fat acceptance view point, is really about getting away from that judgment – it’s about standing up and really enforcing the idea that bodies aren’t public property. And so, for me, to think about HAES and FA while I contemplate food is to think about food in terms of ME, without making generalizing statements. It’s kind of a radical shift in thought. We’re conditioned, in large part by the diet industry and food science in general, to think about food in terms of its components – its vitamins and minerals and all that.
- I'm no island at Fleet Street Fox (via cloudsinvenice ) (Keywords: UK, riots, social responsibility)
The fact is that in a society we all affect one another, like pebbles on a riverbed. One moves and those around it do too, making the water flow differently and creating ripples felt a lot further away. From my back garden I can see the homes of hundreds of people, most of whom I've never spoken to but whose behaviour can affect my life in very powerful ways. ... Whatever the causes of the riots, we are all a part of them as much as we are the victims.
- North Carolina Woman on Eugenics Program: ‘I Was Never Feebleminded!’ at Colorlines (Keywords: US, eugenics, race, class, video with transcript)
ELAINE RIDDICK: I had to have a child at the age of fourteen. When I had my son, they went into me at the same time that they gave me a Cesarean birth and took my child and when they did that, they sterilized me. [To the panel:] What do you think I'm worth? What do you think I'm worth?
- Baby Fat: Do birth control pills make women gain weight? at Slate (via jennifer0246) (Keywords: hormonal birth control, weight, study)
As it turns out, there's never been convincing evidence that the pill in any of its forms provokes weight gain. Another recent review paper found little evidence of weight gain among users of progestin-only pills, and a similar study from 2008 likewise failed to find any connection between weight gain and pills that contain progestin and estrogen.
- Lawsuit filed against Republic School District over rape claim at News-Leader (via mangofandango ) (Keywords: US, rape, triggering, victim-blaming, rape culture, disability)
A lawsuit filed against the Republic School District alleges school officials failed to protect a middle school girl from a male classmate who harassed her, sexually assaulted her, and raped her.More at Boingboing (Goes into greater detail, read with caution)
What have you been reading this week?