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Links round-up: Week ending October 8th, 2011

Welcome to our weekly links round-up. This is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers.

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: racism at NYC Slutwalk; how to eat; notes on Occupy Wall Street; "too fat to have an abortion"; Sesame Street introduces a food-insecure muppet; praising little girls; anti-femme feminism; (generic) Depo linked to increased HIV transmission; remembering Gloria Anzaldúa; fighting sex slavery in India; Call for submissions: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

  1. I Saw the Sign but Did We Really Need a Sign?: SlutWalk and Racism at Crunk Feminist Collective (Keywords: US, racist slur, white feminism)
    If we thought of the history of feminist movement building as a battle over terms, what we would find is that every major battle over terms and the rights and identities attached to them have always had the same damn problem: the racial politics, like the Black women implicated in them, have been fucked. “Suffrage” didn’t include all women. (Just ask Ida B. Wells how she felt about marching at the back of the 1913 suffrage march.) “Woman” is not a universal experience. (Sojourner Truth anyone?) “[N-----]” is not a catchall term for oppression. (Ask Pearl Cleage) Feminism is not a universal organizing category. (Ask bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Barbara Smith, Fran Beale, and on and on) And “slut” is not the anchor point of a universal movement around female sexuality, no matter how much global resonance it has. (Ask a Hip Hop Generation Feminist).


  2. How to eat, in a nutshell – lesson one: Permission. at Fat Nutritionist (Keywords: Canada, food, eating, eating disorders)
    You are an adult. You are an autonomous human being. You make your own choices with food. I do not care how much you weigh, or whether you have a disease or an allergy – you have unconditional permission to eat anything in any amount.
    There are no laws, legal or moral, to stop you.
    That’s what being an autonomous human being is all about.


  3. SO REAL IT HURTS: Notes on Occupy Wall Street at Racialicous (Keywords: US, Occupy Wall Street, )
    This movement was about to send a document into the world about who and what it was that included a line that erased all power relations and decades of history of oppression. A line that would de-legitimize the movement, this would alienate me and people like me, this would not be able to be something I could get behind. And I was already behind it this movement and somehow I didn’t want to walk away from this. I couldn’t walk away from this.


  4. See also: Call Out to People of Color at Racialicious


  5. Too Fat To Have An Abortion at Jezebel via barrelofrain</lj> (Keywords: US, abortion, fat, don't read the comments)
    She went quiet and I started to shake. She then told me that my BMI was 41 and that the anaethetist at the clinic would only administer anaesthetic to women with BMIs of 40 and under. I wasn't willing to go without the anaesthetic and I know my voice was shaking when I told her that. I coulnd't believe they were telling me I was too fat to have an abortion. I felt sick with anger. How dare they? I have had two surgeries under general anaesthetic in the last 18 months and neither time has either anaethetist said anything about my weight. I wondered how much of a difference one point on the BMI scale could really make to the skill needed to administer an anasethstic? I asked the receptionist what exactly I was meant to do now? She consulted with someone else in the office and then asked if she could call me back in ten minutes. I agreed and hung up the phone.


  6. ‘Sesame Street’ Special on Hunger Introduces New Muppet Character at New York Times (Keywords: US, hunger, poverty)
    For a prime-time special to raise awareness about hunger faced by American families, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces “Sesame Street,” has created a new Muppet character named Lily, a 7-year-old girl representing one of the 17 million American children that the Department of Agriculture estimates are “food insecure,” meaning their access to food is limited or uncertain.


  7. a beautiful body at Our Regularly Scheduled Program (Keywords: US, parenting, gender, bodies, father-daughter relationships, sex abuse trigger)
    A few months ago I wrote about the degree to which girls are praised for their looks, and how infrequently we ask them questions that relate to their interests or hobbies (or directly engage their intellectual curiosity), so when I heard Tim (who is the kind of father that would rather encourage Eleanor’s love of books, or bugs, than eye shadow or handbags) tell Eleanor that she had a beautiful body I wondered where he was going with it.


  8. Get Your Antifemininity Out of My Feminism at This Ain't Livin' (Keywords: US, femme, feminism, clothing, gender, queer)
    But somehow, there has been a shift from ‘women should not have to perform femininity if they do not want to’ to ‘femininity is bad, and people should be punished for behaving in a feminine way.’ Femme women are viewed as less-than and people say things like ‘I can’t take a woman in heels seriously because clearly her commitment to feminism is lacking.’ Several high profile feminist websites have dedicated multiple posts to shaming women who wear heels and suggesting that heel wearers should be drummed out of the movement because they are clearly capitulating to the patriarchy and their footwear is antifeminist.


  9. Contraceptive Used in Africa May Double Risk of H.I.V. at New York Times via a contributor (Keywords: Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, US, Depo-Provera, HIV, HBC)
    The most popular contraceptive for women in eastern and southern Africa, a hormone shot given every three months, appears to double the risk the women will become infected with H.I.V., according to a large study published Monday. And when it is used by H.I.V.-positive women, their male partners are twice as likely to become infected than if the women had used no contraception.


  10. Queer History Month: Remembering Gloria Anzaldúa at Ms. Magazine (Keywords: US, queer, feminist, Chicana, history)
    Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas on September 26, 1942. As an infant, she developed an extremely rare hormonal imbalance, which lead her to start menstruating at only three months old. In her Interviews/Entrevistas, Anzaldúa explained to AnaLouise Keating that
    I had no sexual identity because this whole part of my body was in constant pain all of the time. … I couldn’t play like other kids. I couldn’t open my legs, my mother had to put a little piece of rag there. My breasts started growing when I was about six, so she made me this little girdle. I was totally alienated from this part of my body.


  11. Sunitha Krishnan fights sex slavery at TED (Keywords: India, sex slavery, rape, sexual exploitation, violence against children )
    Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives. (Video with captions)


  12. Blog Carnival: Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Anytime Yoga via frolicnaked (Keywords: the internet, domestic violence, blogging, family violence)
    Because I think there are so many misconceptions about domestic violence — what it is, who’s affected, how easy or difficult it is to leave the situation, how “getting out” is different from “starting to heal,” etc. — it’s so important to put the truth into words and to share it.
    Who Can Write: You, if you have a story to tell about domestic violence, whether it involves you as a child, partner, survivor, observer, or survivor supporter. (If you are currently in crisis, you may want to check out resources like RAINN or the National Domestic Violence Hotline in the US.)
What have you been reading (or writing!) this week?

If you'd like to see an article included in next week's round-up, 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!
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