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Links Round-Up: Week ending March 3

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: Trans teens turn to YouTube, on the B-word, questioning established trans* narratives, Punjab and Haryana Parliaments declare that people have the right to decide for themselves if they want abortions, New York sex workers push to outlaw condoms as legal evidence of sex work.

  1. Trans teens turn to YouTube at Salon (Keywords: Internet, US, trans*, touching)
    But they also do something much more important. Jazmine says her goal is to “to help the next generation of gender binary nonconforming people be themselves and be free.” Her monthly videos of her Lupron shots prep other trans girls for what’s in store with the treatment — the size of the needle, the burning sensation. She posts videos that detail the progress (like less facial hair) and side effects (acne, weight gain, testicles “shrivel[ing] up”) that she’s experiencing throughout the process.

  2. Bitch: The Parts of Speech at Alyce Miller (Keywords: US, "bitch," misogyny)
    For me the word "bitch" unlocks a door in a man's head. Once you're a "bitch," you deserve what you get. Once you're a bitch, the quotation marks are gone. It's not something someone else has said, it's who you are. And once you're no longer you, you're fair game. You're the generic target at the shooting range. You've become every woman who's ever made this man feel small.

  3. Transgender (Mis)Education at Huffington Post (Keywords: US, trans*, non-binary, gender, queer, "trans enough")
    Something didn't feel right for me anymore, and I couldn't put my finger on it. According to every resource I turned to -- whether it be Tyra Banks' interviews with trans* people, or reading resources by and for transgender individuals -- I was not binary enough in my gender to be transgender. I didn't know from the time I was born, never felt trapped in my body, and would never describe my identity as a trans* person as a "birth defect" like Chaz Bono describes his.

  4. She, the decision maker at The Hindu (Keywords: India, abortion, political)
    In a significant decision, the Punjab and Haryana High Court last week ruled that the right to abort a pregnancy in a marriage rests with the wife and not husband.

  5. State Bill Would Bar Condoms as Prostitution Evidence at New York Times (via genderbitch (Keywords: US, sex work, safer sex, stigma, law)
    When she worked the streets, Yvette Gonzales said, she frequently saw other prostitutes working without condoms. But they were not having unprotected sex at the request of their customers.
    Often, Ms. Gonzales said, the police would confiscate condoms when making a prostitution arrest so they could be used as evidence. And as soon as the prostitutes were released from jail, she said, they would go right back to work without protection; or refrain from carrying condoms at all, for fear of being arrested.

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 also_warriors@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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