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Links round-up: Week ending November 19th, 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: CA schools must teach more queer and disabled history, Muslim and Catholic women build communities where saying "no" is normal, talking to kids about bodily autonomy,the Americanization of mental illness, trolling and rape threats on the internet, transgender woman protests cissexist DMV policies.

  1. [California] Schools must teach more gay, disabled history at Sign on San Diego (Keywords: US, education, disability, queer)
    It’s part of a first-in-the-nation law that has drawn fierce protest, particularly among those committed to the belief that parents "not teachers or lawmakers" should be the ones deciding how to approach children about the still-delicate subjects revolving around gay figures and history.

  2. No sex on campus? at Washington Post (Keywords: US, college, Islam, Catholism, )
    But this hook-up season, there is an increasing phenomenon of unlikely bedfellows opting out: Catholic and Muslim women. These women of faith are increasingly allied in searching for a different way to live out their college tenure than from dorm room to dorm room. And they are finding that despite theological differences that run deep, shared perspectives about modesty, chastity, and dignity run deeper.

  3. Everything Was Fine Until It Wasn’t: What Happend at the Doctor at Pigtail Pals via mangofandango (Keywords: US, parenting, talking to kids about their bodies, respect, sexual abuse)
    We have talked to her about "tummy voices" and how to listen to her intuition. We have raised her to be aware and confident and not to be fearful. She knows she can ask me or my husband questions, or come to us if something occurs and that she won’t get in trouble. She has been taught this. She knows the rules of her body.

  4. The Americanization of Mental Illness at New York Times (Keywords: US, world, mental illness, eating disorders, stigma, schizophrenia)
    For more than a generation now, we in the West have aggressively spread our modern knowledge of mental illness around the world. We have done this in the name of science, believing that our approaches reveal the biological basis of psychic suffering and dispel prescientific myths and harmful stigma. There is now good evidence to suggest that in the process of teaching the rest of the world to think like us, we’ve been exporting our Western "symptom repertoire" as well. That is, we’ve been changing not only the treatments but also the expression of mental illness in other cultures. Indeed, a handful of mental-health disorders-- depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and anorexia among them-- now appear to be spreading across cultures with the speed of contagious diseases. These symptom clusters are becoming the lingua franca of human suffering, replacing indigenous forms of mental illness.

  5. Women bloggers call for a stop to 'hateful' trolling by misogynist men at The Guardian (Keywords: UK, Internet, trolling, misogyny, rape threats)
    "The implication that a woman must be sexually appealing to be taken seriously as a thinker did not start with the internet: it's a charge that has been used to shame and dismiss women's ideas since long before Mary Wollstonecraft was called "a hyena in petticoats". The net, however, makes it easier for boys in lonely bedrooms to become bullies."

  6. Andrea Jones, Tennessee Transgender Woman, Goes Topless In DMV Protest at Huffingtin Post (Keywords: US, identification/documentation, gender, trans* )
    "If I was a male, I had the right to, when I stepped out the door, take off my shirt," Jones, who has had a partial sex change, explained. "It's not right for the state to ask me to be both male and female. A choice needs to be made. They cannot hold me to both standards."

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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