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Links Round-up: Week ending September 17th

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 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: standardized sex ed testing; gay sites ignoring the racial impetus behind James Craig Anderson's murder; medical schools don't teach about queer people; Pope formally accused of crimes against humanity; ten rules for fat girls seeking self-love; changes to Australian sex marker rules; Texas schools moving away from abstinence-only education; prominant Black people talk about the most racist thing that ever happened to them; praying in Paris streets outlawed to crack down on mosque over-flow; one woman's decision to stop shaving; LGBT YA books; poor people jailed for not payng child support 


  1. D.C. schools prepare for nation’s first sex-education standardized testing at Washington Post (via becauseiamawoman) (Keywords: US, sex ed, health, education, standardized tests)
    The testing initiative combines two political and cultural flash points in American schools: sex education and standardized testing. Some parents said yesterday that they didn’t object to the idea out of hand but wanted to learn more about the details. One mother expressed concern about more classroom time being consumed by preparation for yet another test. It will be administered in April on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS), along with reading and math (grades 3 through 8 and 10), composition (4, 7, 10), science (grade 5) and biology (grade 10).
  2. James Craig Anderson Was Killed Because he was Black not Because he was Gay at Womanist Musings (Keywords: US, Black, racism, hate crime, gay)
    The moment that it was revealed how and why Anderson died, it should have been an issue for every single social justice blogger, because his life was worth something. It should never have been about what group he did or did not fit into, because looking at any individual is never enough to know exactly what oppressions they have to negotiate on a daily basis. Social justice is supposed to be about intersections, because most people will negotiate multiple site of oppression throughout their lifetimes, but for the GLBT blogs that decided to ignore what happened to Anderson, until it was revealed that he was gay, apparently that is not a truism.
    Bonus link: Hate Crime Victim's Partner Banned from Lawsuit at The Root via #TWiBDocket (Keywords: US, hate crime, race, gay, hate crime)

  3. Medical Schools Not So Great At Teaching About Gay People at Autostraddle (Keywords: US, healthcare, queer)
    The disappointing results of the survey of 150 programs found that on average med schools teach about five hours of LGBT related content, and some even reported teaching absolutely none. The quality of the content of the programs varied widely, and at 58 (out of 176) of those schools it only qualified as “fair.”
  4. Pope accused of crimes against humanity by victims of sex abuse at The Guardian (Keywords: Vatican, sexual abuse, Catholicism, power, rape culture)
    Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests have accused the pope, the Vatican secretary of state and two other high-ranking Holy See officials of crimes against humanity, in a formal complaint to the international criminal court (ICC).
    The submission, lodged at The Hague on Tuesday, accuses the four men not only of failing to prevent or punish perpetrators of rape and sexual violence but also of engaging in the "systematic and widespread" practice of concealing sexual crimes around the world.
  5. Ten Rules for Fat Girls at Dianne Sylvan (Keywords: fat acceptance, self-love, bodies)
    I’ve spent a lot of time and effort removing myself from body disparagement zones and have gotten comfortable with the idea that people can look like anything and it’s all good…but then I accidentally read the comments on someone’s blog, or I see some article that makes my blood boil, and I remember how many people out there live in a state of perpetual self-denial, self-denigration, and self-destruction just because of their fat.
    It is to those fat girls, and to all of us who need a refresher course in body acceptance, that I offer these Ten Rules.
  6. An Australian victory for transgender and intersex people, but misconceptions continue at Global Comment (Keywords: Australia, trans*, intersex, documentation )
    In an important victory for transgender and intersex activists, Australian passports will now be issued in three sexes – male, female, and an indeterminate X. The Australian passport office Thursday issued new regulations concerning the sex and gender diverse community, which have caught the eye of the world with the new “X” marker. Though much of the international media coverage has confused the two, the new regime is made up of two separate options, with two different justifications.
  7. Texas Schools Slowly, Begrudgingly Admit Abstinence-Only Education Isn’t Working at Jezebel (via mangofandango) (Keywords: US, sex ed, abstinence, marriage)
    After years of sexual education that willfully denies the possibility that kids are going to have sex no matter what, some schools in Texas are starting to teach curriculums that information on contraception. This is partly because it isn't as cheap to yell, "Don't do it!" to teens as one might think, and there's less federal money available for abstinence-only programs. But the bigger reason behind the shift is that people are finally facing the fact that abstinence-only programs simply don't work.
  8. The Most Racist Thing That Ever Happened to Me at The Atlantic (via transgender) (Keywords: US, racism, activism, "post-racial", microaggressions )
    Modern racism is a much more subtle, nuanced, slippery beast than its father or grandfather were. It has ways of making itself seem to not exist, which can drive you crazy trying to prove its existence sometimes. You're in Target. Is the security guard following you? You're not sure. You think he is but you can't be certain. Maybe the guard is black, so if you tried to explain it to a white friend they might not understand it as racist, but the guard's boss isn't black. Or maybe he is. Maybe what you're feeling are his ashamed vibes as if he's sending you a silent signal of apology for following you. Or maybe... now you're looking for the Tylenol for migraines when you all you needed was toothpaste.
  9. Praying in Paris streets outlawed at The Telegraph (Keywords: France, Islam, rage)
    Praying in the streets of Paris is against the law starting Friday, after the interior minister warned that police will use force if Muslims, and those of any other faith, disobey the new rule to keep the French capital's public spaces secular. ... "We could go as far as using force if necessary (to impose the ban)"
  10. Why I don't shave my legs at Radical Roles (Keywords: )
    I chose to stop shaving my legs when I awakened to how much pain, anxiety, time and effort I spent on keeping them hairless. In my first Women's Studies course, we were given an assignment to take note of what products we use to beautify ourselves for the day. I suddenly had my attention on what I was doing for the last 10 years subconsciously and realized what pain it brought me, no matter what type of hair removal I tried.
  11. I have numbers! Stats on LGBT Young Adult Books Published in the U.S. at Malinda (Keywords: US, queer, young adult, books)
    On Monday I noted that in light of this post from two authors who were asked by an agent to de-gay their book, I was planning to do some statistics wrangling and see if I could quantify some of what’s happening in LGBT YA publishing. Apparently my latent economics major is raring to go (or else I just really want to procrastinate, which is a distinct possibility), because I spent last night making pie charts.
  12. Unable to pay child support, poor parents land behind bars at MSNBC (Keywords: US, class, parenting, child support, prison)
    While jailing non-paying parents — the vast majority of them men — does lead to payment in many cases, critics say that it unfairly penalizes poor and unemployed parents who have no ability to pay, even though federal law stipulates that they must have “willfully” violated a court order before being incarcerated.

What have you been reading (or writing!) this week?

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