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Links round-up: Week ending October 22, 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/cultural appropriation and Halloween costumes; disability and health care access; racism and hospital births; the movement to end female genital cutting in Senegal; the Black Panther Party's free clothing program; self-love, community, and disability; study finds that same-gender attraction is common, even among straight-identified women; sensationalizing HBC studies; making labels pink doesn't actually help cure breast cancer


  1. The Racialicious Halloween Round-up (2009) at Racialicious (Keywords: US, race, Halloween, cultural appropriation, links)
    As you can see, Halloween is an exhausting time for us wee anti-racist critics. When everyone else gets to dress up and have a good time, we wind up at home, either sifting through online images of people dressed up as racists – and growing more bitter and gnarled by the minute – or we try to pretend that it is not Halloween. Usually by drinking.


  2. Bonus link: This awesome poster campain from Ohio University

  3. On Disclosure, and Listening at Girl Janitor (Keywords: autism, health care sexism, disability)
    What I am saying is that people who think they know about autism, especially medical authorities, have been more detrimental to my life than people who know almost nothing. Perhaps it is only that laypeople consider it impolitic to inquire about ones’ toilet training or lack thereof that has saved me from general ridicule? When it comes to disclosing my disability status, I feel much safer talking to the general public than a person supposedly educated in matters of the brain and body.



  4. “Because history left unaddressed becomes the present” at Leaving Midwifery (Keywords: US, birth, racism, classism, health care)
    However, the key element that’s been left out of the telling is the role of racism. For birth to move to the hospital, women had to believe the smear campaign on a personal level, and that personal level was racism and anti-immigrant sentiment. The U.S. at the turn of the last century was in the middle of a wave of new immigration in the north, cities filling up with “ethnic” immigrants who were considered dirty, impure, other, and certainly not White. Reconstruction had done nothing to address the persistent racial tension and discrimination. But our population was becoming more and more diverse, and it was not comfortable.



  5. Senegal Curbs a Bloody Rite for Girls and Women at New York Times (Keywords: Senegal, genital cutting, "female genital mutilation", culture)
    But here in Senegal, Tostan, a group whose name means “breakthrough” in Wolof, Senegal’s dominant language, has had a major impact with an education program that seeks to build consensus, African-style, on the dangers of the practice, while being careful not to denounce it as barbaric as Western activists have been prone to do. Senegal’s Parliament officially banned the practice over a decade ago, and the government has been very supportive of Tostan’s efforts.



  6. On the Black Panther Party’s Free Clothing Program: Q&A with Alondra Nelson at Threadbeared (Keywords: US, Black Panther Party, poverty, clothing, fashion, health interview)
    Black Panthers’ had a broad and politicized understanding of well-being that I describe as “social health.” Social health was their vision of the good society. The Party drew a connection between the physical health of individuals and social conditions in the U.S. They believed that achieving healthy bodies and communities required a just and equitable society.



  7. Architecting Your Space As An Act Of Love at Wheelchair Dancer (Keywords: self-love, self-care, disability)
    I don't want to write another post about loving the difference that is my body. I don't want to write another post about disability as physical variation and as such a neutral part of humanity. I don't want to write another post about the joys of impairment and the pleasures of disabled physicality, sexuality and life. Granted, there aren't yet enough of these posts. Please. Write and read them wherever you can. Today, however, I cannot put these words on my screen. I am exhausted by this kind of project of self work.
    We. Are. Here. Still. Again. Trying to figure out how to love our bodies. How to resist what the world does to us. How can we love ourselves? So this time, I want to think differently about how we love.



  8. More Than Half of Women Attracted to Other Women at The Advocate (Keywords: US, study, same-sex attraction, same-gender-loving, sexuality)
    The study evaluated 484 college students with a range of sexual orientations, according to Elizabeth Morgan, a Boise State psychology professor. Among the participants, 45% report that they had kissed a woman, and half said they fantasize about other women.
    "Women are encouraged to be emotionally close to each other," Morgan said in the Daily Mail (U.K.). "That provides an opportunity for intimacy and romantic feelings to develop."



  9. The Pill and Relationship Satisfaction, aka the power of interpretation at Scientific American (Keywords: US, study, research, HBC, media)
    I sometimes think I could write an entirely different blog, devoted entirely to oral contraceptives. I don’t know that it would make any difference, but there is just SO much misinformation out there. Similarly, I sometimes feel I could devote an entire blog to debunking over-interpreted science. The two blogs would frequently overlap.



  10. The Problem with Pink at Ms. Magazine (Keywords: US, breast cancer, ads, pink, study)
    Unfortunately, as a new paper [PDF] in the Journal of Marketing Research suggests, the association of breast cancer with the super-girly color pink hurts more than helps with actual breast cancer prevention behavior.
    Stefano Puntoni and his colleagues found that when women were exposed to gender cues such as the color pink, they were less likely than women who had not been primed with a gender cue to think that they might someday get breast cancer and to say that they’d be willing to donate to the cause. Pink, in other words, decreased both their willingness to fund research and the seriousness with which women took the disease.





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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