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Links round-up: Week ending January 21, 2012

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: pregnancy with a physical disability, female masturbation techniques, a perspective on asexuality, sometimes I worry that Boston is making me racist, stop telling women how not to get raped, a Jewish high schooler's reflections on MLK Day, on "pretty privilege"

  1. Pregnancy with a physical disability: One psychologist's journey at American Psychological Association (Keywords: US, pregnancy, disability, medical system, psychology)
    Women with disabilities may experience unique challenges and rewards. When I found out I was pregnant, I was overjoyed, but also apprehensive. I am a congenital triple amputee who uses a power wheelchair for mobility. I was less concerned about the effects of my disability, and more concerned about the attitudes of others toward my pregnancy. As a rehabilitation psychologist, I am well aware that women with disabilities face barriers to reproductive health and that social biases exist which portray women with disabilities as asexual, infertile, and incapable as mothers.

  2. Técnicas de masturbación femenina (Female masturbation techniques) at Youtube (Keywords: Spanish, no transcript, masturbation, NSFW)
    This Spanish-language video uses anantomically-correct model to illustrate various techniques for masturbation for people FAAB

  3. What is it like to be asexual? at BBC (Keywords: UK, asexuality, relationships)
    "Well if you're straight have you tried having sex with somebody you know of the same sex as you? How do you know you wouldn't enjoy that? You just know that if you're not interested in it, you're not interested in it, regardless of having tried it or not."

  4. Sometimes I Worry That Boston is Making Me Racist at xojane (Keywords: US, racism, segregation )
    It's much easier to confront and unlearn the racism in my own head when I'm constantly surrounded by diversity. Boston is not a great place for that. ... I mean that the city itself is a racist space: Boston is arguably the most strictly segregated place I’ve ever known. According to the 2010 census, Boston ranks as the 11th most segregated US city between black folks and white folks, fifth in segregation between Asian folks and white folks, and fourth in segregation between Latino folks and white folks.

  5. Stop telling people how not to get raped at Ebony (Keywords: US, sexual assault, men, education, race)
    New rule for 2012: No more ad campaigns and public service announcements targeted at women to teach them how to avoid rape. It’s not effective, it’s offensive, and it’s also a lie. Telling women that they can behave in a certain way to avoid rape creates a false sense of security and it isn’t the most effective way to lower the horrible statistics which show that 1 in 5 women will become victims of a completed or attempted rape in their lifetime. The numbers for African American women are even higher at nearly 1 in 4.

  6. A Jewish American high school student wins MLK Jr. writing award for this brave essay at Normal Finkelsteina (Keywords: US, Judiasm, racism, power, privilege)
    I can obviously never know what it must have been like to be an African-American in the 1950s. I do feel, however, as though I know exactly what it must have been like to be white during that time, to live under an aura of moral invincibility, to hold unchallengeable beliefs, and to contrive illusions of superiority to avoid having to face simple everyday truths. That illusion was nice while it lasted, but I decided to pass it up. I have never been happier.

  7. Post the Forty-Second or On Pretty Privilege at A Trip to the Morg (Keywords: US, racism, pretty, trans*, the Other, bodies)
    I think one of the most radical things we can do, as oppressed peoples, is reclaim our bodies as our own and reject those normative standards of beauty. We need to see our bodies, our lives, as beautiful. We need to not only be ok with our bodies but also celebrate them for their difference, their gorgeousness. We need to look in the mirror and be able to masturbate to our own image. We need to see our wild, natural hair and our thick thighs and see them as the epitome of splendor. We need to be able to dance in the street and shout that we are fucking hot!

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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