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Links round-up: Week ending August 27th

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. If you'd like to see an article included, send me an e-mail at recidivist@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!

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: prisoners left in the path of Hurricane Irene; navigating bathrooms as a queer person; the importance of privileged groups educating themselves; people with disabilities doing it for themselves; HCPs in the US perform pap smears more often than recommended; puberty onset increasing for boys, too; resistant strains of gonorrhea developing;  Medicare may pay for STI testing; on the soda and food stamps debate; doctors on painful sex; domestic violence and bystander culture; how BSDM communities respond to rape; "the point of clothes"

  1. Locked Up and Left Behind: Hurricane Irene and the Prisoners on New York’s Rikers Island at Solitary Watch (Keywords: US, prison, mental health, rights)
    Rikers Island, which lies in the waters between Queens and the Bronx, is not highlighted at all, meaning it is not to be evacuated under any circumstances. According to the New York City Department of Corrections’ own website, more than three-quarters of Rikers Island’s 400 acres are built on landfill–which is generally thought to be more vulnerable to natural disasters. Its ten jails have a capacity of close to 17,000 inmates, and normally house at least 12,000, including juveniles and large numbers of prisoners with mental illness–not to mention pre-trial detainees who have yet to be convicted of any crime. There are also hundreds of corrections officers at work on the island.
    See also: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina: Prison Emergency Preparedness as a Constitutional Imperative at Digital Commons via s.e. smith

  2. Bathroom encounters of the binary kind at Xtra! (Keywords: Canada, bathrooms, cissexualism, trans*, queer, gendered violence)
    I wondered how many times public change rooms have been or become an unclimbable obstacle for transgendered, transitioning, genderqueer or gender-non-conforming people. What are the health impacts of these spaces not being as accessible to us as they are for others?
    The dictionary definition of the word “public” is interesting: “of, pertaining to, or affecting a population or a community as a whole, open to all persons, pertaining or devoted to the welfare or well-being of the community, of or pertaining to all humankind” being a few of the most relevant definitions.
    I think if we are to continue calling gendered bathrooms and change rooms public spaces, then we have a lot of work ahead of us.

  3. ‘Why I Don’t Want to Talk About Race’ at Good Men Project (Keywords: US, race relations, privilege, power)
    Black people can’t talk to white people about race anymore. There’s really nothing left to say. There are libraries full of books, interviews, essays, lectures, and symposia. If people want to learn about their own country and its history, it is not incumbent on black people to talk to them about it. It is not our responsibility to educate them about it. Plus whenever white people want to talk about race, they never want to talk about themselves. There needs to be discussion among people who think of themselves as white. They need to unpack that language, that history, that social position and see what it really offers them, and what it takes away from them. As James Baldwin said, “As long as you think that you are white, there is no hope for you.”

  4. Utopian Daydream at Love NOS (Keywords: disability)
    So here’s my idea: disabled people living together as each other’s support staff. Get a group together, and see if everyone giving what they can means everyone gets what they need. [...] We lend and borrow spoons. We fill in the gaps. Would we still feel “broken” if the pieces all fit together?

  5. Doctors screen for cervical cancer more often than recommended at Modern Medicine (Keywords: US, pap smears, pelvic exams, guidelines)
    Many doctors screen women for cervical cancer every year rather than waiting the recommended 3 years after a normal test result, a recent study finds. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, annual screening offers no real advantage over less-frequent tests.

  6. Early physical maturity can be dangerous for boys at Modern Medicine (Keywords: Germany, MAAB, essentialism)
    the age of sexual maturity has been decreasing by about 2.5 months each decade at least since the middle of the 18th century. But Joshua Goldstein, the institute’s director, said that even though it is widely accepted that girls are maturing earlier and earlier, only recently have researchers been able to actually document that trend for boys.

  7. Incurable gonorrhea may be next superbug at MSNBC via a Twitter contributor (Keywords: UK, gonorrhea, STIs)
    In recent years, as [gonorrhea] has evolved, medications once proven to kill the bacteria have become less effective except one, a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins. Now some strains of gonorrhea are showing signs of being resistant to even that, Ison told those at a scientific meeting last week in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  8. Medicare may pay for STD screenings for seniors at Miami Herald (Keywords: US, elders, Medicare, STIs )
    Medicare may soon be paying for sexually transmitted disease screening for the elderly. Though the final decision won’t be made until November, the federal healthcare agency that covers about 40 million seniors will announce a draft recommendation Wednesday.

  9. You shouldn’t be able to buy soda with food stamps at SOURCE (Keywords: US, hunger, poverty, fat, stigma)
    Meanwhile, Sarah Kliff in The Washington Post went through the available data to conclude that a ban on use of food stamps to buy soda would be unlikely to meaningfully reduce obesity anyway. However, as she observed, 1) the USDA has never allowed it to be tried, so we can't say with any finality, and 2) New York City has built an entire campaign around reducing soda consumption so perhaps as a part of a larger effort, it could make a difference.

  10. Doctors debate dyspareunia, part 1, DDD part 2", and DDD part 3 at Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction via frolicnaked (Keywords: US, pain, sex, vulvar vestibulitis, literature review)
    Part of the reason chronic pelvic pain patients get bounced around so much is that, behind the scenes, doctors themselves are still debating how best to handle sexual and genital pain. Are we dealing with a chronic pain syndrome akin to something like back or neck pain? Or are we dealing with something purely sexual? A gynecologist may feel inadequately prepared to deal with long-term genital pain that doesn’t resolve following standard operating procedures. But when the pain takes place mostly during, or most acutely, during sexual activity, a pain specialist may think the problem is purely sexual – and some pain specialists may feel uncomfortable addressing unwanted pain during sex. Sexual dysfunction as we in the US know it is a relatively new and highly controversial area of study.

  11. Domestic violence and our bystander culture at Altmuslimah (Keywords: US, intimate partner violence, descriptions of violence, murder, abuse, accountability)
    Perhaps the most overlooked institutional failure, however, is our bystander culture, which accepts silence towards gender-based violence. As is often seen in cases of domestic violence or sexual assault, there is a general fixation on the victim’s character and judgment. For example, a woman is often considered weak if she stays in an abusive situation or blamed for ‘encouraging’ a perpetrator to rape her in cases of sexual assault because of her choice of clothing or demeanor.

  12. BSDM and Rape: What Now? at Charlie Glickman (Keywords: BSDM, rape, accountability)
    About a month ago, Kitty Stryker wrote a piece for the Good Vibrations Magazine, I Never Called it Rape: Addressing Abuse in BDSM Communities, in which she opened up a really important topic. It’s one that’s been
    simmering for a while and now that it’s come up in such a public way, there’s been a lot of different responses. There’s been the predictableset of comments, both on the Good Vibrations Magazine and on Fetlife (a social networking site for the BDSM crowd).

  13. The point of clothes at Dances with Fat (Keywords: clothes, fashion, fat)
    “Part of the /point/ of clothing, when thoughtfully chosen, is to enhance/disguise/manipulate the appearance of our body shape.” I saw this quote a couple of days ago in a comment on something I had written and it irked me, including and especially the emphasis on the word “point” as if I were an idiot for missing it and the inclusion of the word “thoughtfully” to indicate that those of us who would dress for any other reason are thoughtless.

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