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Links Round-Up: Week ending 28 April 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: Missouri and Tennessee contemplate "don't say gay" bills; FDA approves new ED drug; study finds people overestimate effectiveness of birth control; students protesting education cuts form Freedom Schools; problems with VAWA; another scientist claims to have found the G-spot. But is it that simple?; Hipster racism and "white noise supremacy"

  1. 'Don't say gay' bills advancing in two states at MSNBC (Keywords: US, education, sex ed, queerness)
    in Missouri, House Republicans are advancing a bill that would also prohibit discussions relating to sexual orientation "other than in scientific instruction concerning human reproduction." ... Meanwhile in Tennessee, the House advanced a bill last week that would restrict the state's elementary and middle schools from "providing any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality."

  2. FDA Approves Stendra For Erectile Dysfunction at Dig Triad (Keywords: US, erectile disfunction, medication)
    A medication that could be a faster-working alternative to Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs got approval from the Food and Drug Administration Friday.

  3. Women overestimate effectiveness of Pill, condoms at Reuters (Keywords: US, birth control, condoms, IUDs )
    Researchers found that of more than 4,100 women who were seeking birth control, about 45 percent overestimated the effectiveness of the Pill and condoms.
    They also had too much faith in hormonal birth control patches, vaginal rings and injections, according to findings reported in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    This article draws from a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology:
    Overall, 86% of subjects knew that the annual risk of pregnancy is >10% if no contraception is used. More than 45% of women overestimate the effectiveness of depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate, pills, the patch, the ring, and condoms. After adjustment for age, education, and contraceptive history, the data showed that women who chose the intrauterine device (adjusted relative risk, 6.9; 95% confidence interval, 5.6–8.5) or implant (adjusted relative risk, 5.9; 95% confidence interval, 4.7–7.3) were significantly more likely to identify the effectiveness of their method accurately compared with women who chose either the pill, patch, or ring.

  4. Detroit Walkout: High School Students Suspended For Leaving School [Protesting] Start Freedom School at Huffington Post (Keywords: US, education, Freedom School, civil rights)
    Students suspended for walking out of class at Detroit's Western International High School earlier this week to protest school closures and demand a better education, are holding a "freedom school" Friday in Clark Park, across the street from their official school building.

  5. Video: Melissa Harris Perry Show panel on the Violence Against Women Act at MSNBC (Keywords: US, reservations, rape, murder)
    Video: Melissa Harris Perry Show panel on the Violence Against Women Act and the problems with charging reservation police with the protection of Native women.
    Jacqueline Pata: "We have no jurisdiction over non-Natives who choose to live in our community."
    And: Violence Against Women Act passes Senate after heated rhetoric

  6. Doctor says he's found the actual G spot at LA Times (Keywords: US, Poland, gynecology, sex)
    Others, however, are crying foul. Ostrzenski's report not only fails to support his grand claim of a "new discovery" but falls prey to the all-too-common urge to simplify women's sexuality, said Beverly Whipple, the Rutgers University sexologist who popularized the name "G spot" as coauthor of a 1982 book on the subject.

    Laying out a bundle of poorly defined tissues and calling them the G spot likens women's powers of sexual pleasure to the "on-off switch" that better describes men's sexuality, Whipple said. In suggesting he has found and characterized the exact structure that boosts the intensity of orgasm in women, Ostrzenski ignores research that suggests there is no single magical "spot" that does all that, she added.

    "No, there is not an 'it'!" she said. "It is not one entity."

  7. Understanding Hipster Racism: Lester Bangs’ 1979 “White Noise Supremacists” at Colorlines (Keywords: US, "ironic racism," sociology)
    But why is hipster racism, bigotry as an edgy joke for white people (and other people), so persistent? For answers, ThinkProgress’ Alyssa Rosenberg points us toward an 1979 Village Voice article by influential music critic Lester Bangs, titled “The White Noise Supremacists” [PDF] — and it’s sickeningly familiar. Bangs was an integral part of the late ’70s / early ’80s CBGB’s scene in New York City, a scene which has been posthumously hailed as a high point for racial harmony in which punk, rap, reggae, and new wave all came together. Bangs describes it less charitably as a place where white punks rebelled against everything, and quickly forgot why they’d gotten started. The result? What he refers to as “racist chic,” the employing of swastikas and epithets to get a rise out of some authority or other, and the resulting deeply homogeneous scene that offers no trouble to the actual-racist CEOs of the record industry.

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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