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Links round-up: Week ending October 29, 2011

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: Girl Scouts of Colorado will accept trans girls; sexualized Native dress as a Halloween costume; asexual visibility; girls named "Unwanted" take on new titles; Black farmers reach billion-dollar settlement; HPV vaccine recommended for male-assigned kids; fandom and its hatred of Black women characters; teaching feminism in high school; Amber Cole and teaching boys sexual accountability; mammography might not be a good screening tool; possible changes to British succession rules; Domestic Violence Awareness Month blog carnival

  1. Bobby Montoya, 7-Year-Old Transgender Child, Turned Away From Girl Scouts, Later Accepted (VIDEO) at Huffington POst (Keywords: US, gender, Girl Scouts, parenting, misgendering/transphobia/cissexism, don't read the comments)
    (Girl Scouts of Colorado says in the video:) "Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization and we accept all girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade as members," the statement says. "If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout."

  2. Open Letter to the PocaHotties and Indian Warriors this Halloween at Native Appropriations (Keywords: US, Native, First Nations, Halloween, cultural appropriation, racism)
    I already know how our conversation would go. I'll ask you to please not dress up as a bastardized version of my culture for Halloween, and you'll reply that it's "just for fun" and I should "get over it." You'll tell me that you "weren't doing it to be offensive" and that "everyone knows real Native Americans don't dress like this." You'll say that you have a "right" to dress up as "whatever you damn well please." You'll remind me about how you're "Irish" and the "Irish we're oppressed too." Or you'll say you're "German", and you "don't get offended by people in Lederhosen."

  3. Life Among The One Percent at Tiger Beatdown (Keywords: US, asexuality, community, Asexuality Visibility Day, trans*)
    Despite efforts to increase asexual visibility, the asexual community sits very much outside other communities active in the social justice and activism communities, and many of us who are asexual tend not to address that particular aspect of our identities if we are active in the social justice community. Every time I talk about asexuality, asexual people creep out of the woodwork, reminding me of how many of us there are, here, and how silent we are about ourselves.

  4. Satara renames its ‘unwanted’ girls at The Hindu (Keywords: India, girl children, names )
    Owing to a "tradition" that reflects gender bias, several parents in the region have named their third or fourth daughter Nakoshi, in the hope that the next child will be a boy. In a recent survey, district health officials realised that this was a rampant practice in Satara. In a bid to undo the damage, and spread awareness about protecting the girl child, the district administration organised a public event to rename and honour the girls.

  5. BREAKING GOOD NEWS: Black Farmers' $1.25 Billion Settlement Approved at Daily Kos (Keywords: US, race, farming, discrimination)
    Tens of thousands of American farmers who suffered racial discrimination by the U.S. Agriculture Department in the 1980s and '90s may start getting compensation from a $1.25 billion settlement, a federal judge has ruled.

  6. Panel Endorses HPV Vaccine for Boys of 11 at New York Times (via tehfanglyfish</lj>) (Keywords: US, HPV, vaccine)
    The committee recommended that boys ages 11 and 12 should be vaccinated. It also recommended vaccination of males ages 13 through 21 who had not already had all three shots. Vaccinations may be given to boys as young as 9 and to men between the ages of 22 and 26.
  7. Fandom and its hatred of Black women characters at Racialicious (Keywords: Internet, fandom, race, Black women, )
    When I see fandom reacting to fictional Black women this way, I wonder what they’re saying about real Black women while our backs are turned.

  8. Teaching Feminism in High School: Moving from Theory to Action at Feminist Teacher (Keywords: US, high school, feminism, education, race, intersectionality, )
    My job as a feminist high school teacher is to close the women’s and gender studies gap for young people. To stop bullying, stop raping, stop perpetuating racism and sexism, and instead start making social change, I believe in bringing a gender, racial, and economic justice lens to education at all levels. Feminism does this work.

  9. Because Amber Cole is Just a Kid and Boys Learn to Be Boys at Racialicious (Keywords: US, sexual assault, rape culture, victim blaming, raising boys)
    So if the boys don’t know what is wrong, or why what they did was wrong, they will never know. Because we don’t talk to boys in that way. We want them to muddle through on their own, we allow them to consume messages that say the path to proving your masculinity lies in dominance, in the subjugation of women for sexual means. Because that’s all this really is. A boy, thinking he could be seen as cool, if he could get this girl to do this thing while his friends watched. A girl, thinking she could win this boy, by doing this thing, not realizing this wasn’t a game she could ever win.

  10. Screening Mammogram Saves Few Lives at Med Page Today (via a contributor) (Keywords: US, mammography, breast cancer)
    Their probability modeling study suggested that only 3% to 13% of women with breast cancer detected by screening in their 50s avoid a breast cancer death because of mammography.
  11. Succession ruling means a daughter of William and Kate can be queen at LA Times (Keywords: Great Britain, monarchy, succession, women, Catholics)
    Leaders of the 16 countries that recognize the British monarch as their head of state agreed Friday that a firstborn daughter ought to be able to ascend the throne even if she has younger brothers. The proposed change to the rules of royal succession that have prevailed for centuries will now make its way through the legal process of all 16 countries, among them Australia, Canada and a number of small island nations (Britain included).

  12. Domestic Violence Awareness Month Blog Carnival at Anytime Yoga (via frolicnaked</lj>) (Keywords: domestic violence, family violence, intimate partner violence, blog carnival)
    Why We’re Writing: 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.

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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