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Links round-up: Week ending October 15th

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.
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: Notes from the urban/rural divide: your contempt is showing; HBC linked to relationship satisfaction; street harassment turns deadly; easier gender marker changes in California; representing Native presence at Occupy Wall Street; sexy and the gender binary; my gym shorts are not an invitation; learning how to eat: meals as love

  1. Notes From the Urban/Rural Divide: Pardon Me, Your Contempt Is Showing at This Ain't Livin' (Keywords: US, rural, east coast, classism)
    It’s not just that these communities didn’t matter in the eyes of many observers, ‘no damage anywhere important,’ but that they were actively erased, and the commentary from urban areas was often strikingly contemptuous. That image of lawn chairs after the earthquake circulated and everyone had a good laugh over it, underlaid with a sense of smug satisfaction; a natural disaster we could all laugh at, because nothing happened. Meanwhile, people were trying to figure out what to do with condemned homes with no insurance coverage, while their governors refused to declare a disaster to provide access to federal assistance.

  2. Relationship satisfaction linked to oral contraception at BBC (Keywords: UK, birth control, romantic relationships, heterosexual couples, study )
    They found these women were less sexually satisfied or attracted to their partners.
    However, the women were more satisfied with other aspects of the relationship and so less likely to separate, according to the research.

  3. After pickup lines fail, men open fire, hitting 1 woman at SOURCE (Keywords: US, a primer in rape culture, gun violence, street harassment, there are times when we are absolutely nowhere)
    A group of women who spurned the romantic advances of a group of men early Thursday on the Far South Side fled after the men shot at their car and flung bottles at them.

  4. Score! A Transgender People’s Victory in the State of California at Colorlines (Keywords: US, gender, trans*, race)
    In California, where one in four transgender people earn wages below the poverty level and trans folk of color are up to a third poorer than their white counterparts, two important anti-discrimination bills have become law.

  5. Representing the Native Presence in the "Occupy Wall Street" Narrative at Native Appropriations (Keywords: US, Native, Occupy Wall Street, class, colonialism, links)
    I consider myself an activist, an at-times radical, and I clearly feel passionately about advocating for voices unheard and on the margins. But, Occupy Wall Street hasn't appealed to me. There has been a lot of coverage as to why people of color, and Natives in particular, are having mixed emotions about this whole movement--and I agree with a lot of those sentiments. But I even have issues with the language and images being used to represent the Native presence in the movement. I'm not easily pleased, apparently.

  6. Sexy and the Gender Binary at Sociological Images (Keywords: US, sociology, media, magazines, gender)
    The contrast between the meaning of the pose (sexy and feminine) with the fact that he’s male draws attention to how powerfully gendered the pose is. His facial expression highlights the ridiculousness of such a powerful gender binary (women look sexy when they pose like this, men look stupid when they do).

  7. My gym shorts are not an invitation at Fit and Feminist via frolicnaked frolicnaked</lj> (Keywords: US, sexual assault, people exercising in public, harassment, victim blaming, rape culture)
    I find it remarkable that we are in the 21st century and yet the belief that a woman is somehow making herself vulnerable to rape by wearing skimpy clothes persists. It’s a debate I’ve heard for about as long as I’ve been paying attention to feminist politics.

  8. Lesson Two: Meals as Love at Fat Nutritionist (Keywords: Canada, food, eating, eating disorders)
    “Love is the active concern for the life and the growth of that which we love.” Erich Fromm
    And that’s where we come to the damaged relationship between your mind and body. In order to heal this relationship, you need to express self-love in the form of action.

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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