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Links round-up: Week ending 31 March 2012

Welcome to our weekly links round-up. This is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers-- discussion always welcome! 

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: "The best birth control in the world"; A German trans girl may be institutionalized in an attempt to "cure" her; Alexis Rivera, transgender rights advocate, dies; California considers asking college applicants' sexualities; Mattel to manufacture bald Barbie doll; Puberty before age 10: A New ‘Normal’?; How condoms are made

  1. The Best Birth Control In The World Is For [People with Penises] at Techcitement (Keywords: binary language, birth control)
    If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative health effects whatsoever, and 100 percent effectiveness. The funny thing is, something like that currently exists.

  2. Alex is in a psychiatric at Taz (Keywords: Germany, trans*, parenting, medicalization, psychiatric system survival)
    Summary: A an eleven-year-old German girl may be removed from her mother's care and instiutionalized following a German court's decision that the girl's trans* identity was "induced" by her mother and can therefore be undone through institutionalization. (This article is Google translated from German.)
    More info: German courts rule that an eleven year old German transgender girl can legally be institutionalized.
    There's a petition here

  3. Alexis Rivera, Transgender Rights Advocate, Dies In California at Huffington Post (Keywords: US, trans*, HIV)
    California's transgender community is mourning the loss of one of its most accomplished and revered leaders this week.
    A number of media outlets are reporting that Alexis Rivera, 34, died March 28 of complications related to HIV in San Francisco. Officials for the Transgender Law Center, where Rivera had worked as a policy advocate since 2007, wrote in an email statement:

  4. California state colleges weigh asking students about sexual orientation at L.A. Times (Keywords: US, college, queer)
    The voluntary poll would come in response to a law that seeks to gauge the size of LGBT populations and whether they are being adequately served. But some question how the data would be used.

  5. Mattel to manufacture bald Barbie doll at CBS (Keywords: Barbie, dolls, alopecia, cancer, baldness)
    Mattel company spokesman Alan Hilowitz told HealthPop that the company will produce a friend of Barbie that will have wigs, hats, scarves and other accessories to give children "a traditional fashion play experience." The kids will have the option to remove the wigs and head coverings.

  6. Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’? at New York Times (Keywords: "precocious puberty," parenting, environmental factors)
    For many parents of early-developing girls, “normal” is a crazy-making word, especially when uttered by a doctor; it implies that the patient, or patient’s mother, should quit being neurotic and accept that not much can be done. ... To endocrinologists, girls who go through puberty early fall into two camps: girls with diagnosable disorders like central precocious puberty, and girls who simply develop on the early side of the normal curve. But the line between the groups is blurring.

  7. How condoms are made: a tour of the Trojan condom factory at YouTube (Keywords: condoms, no transcript)
    Summary: A tour of a Trojan condom factory, showing how condoms are made and quality-tested.

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  (I can't fit all the awesome links people send, but I'll try to post any that I don't include to FacebookTumblr, or Twitter.) You can also just take matters into your own hands and post in the comments!
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