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Links Round-Up: Week ending 19 May 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. Sorry for the late post!

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: Disabled protesters in Bolivia protest welfare cuts; Janet Mock launches #GirlsLikeUs campaign; the American Able shows every day bodies in advertising; new website about sexuality by and for women with disabilities; class-action suit moving forward on NYPD's "Stop and Frisk"; XKCD on ignorance and knowledge.

  1. Disabled protesters clash with police in Bolivia at The Guardian (Keywords: Bolivia, disability, welfare, access, police, protest)
    Scores of disabled people on crutches and in wheelchairs fought police in La Paz, Bolivia's capital, over demands for better welfare support, injuring several and fuelling anger against the state.

  2. Janet Mock Launches #GirlsLikeUs Campaign to Empower Trans Women of Color at QWOC.org (Keywords: trans women, women of color, prison industrial complex, racism, love)
    But Mock does not accept society’s rejection of trans women, emphatically stating in the same post that “I will never depart from my core belief that CeCe and Paige and thousands of other girls like us matter.” Her message, in her blog post and in her speech, is that the lives of girls like herself have inherent value that cannot be taken away, whether girls like her are harassed, imprisoned, or killed.

  3. Write CeCe at Support Cece (Keywords: US, woman of color, trans woman, hate crime, violence, racism, letter-writing, activism)
    Please send a letter to CeCe while she is in jail. Let her know she has a huge amount of community support and that we are all here for her.

    Public Safety Facility
    Chrishaun Reed McDonald #2012000296
    401 South 4th Avenue
    Suite 100
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    If you haven't heard of this case, This Is What Happened to CeCe

  4. American Able (Keywords: Canada, media, ads, disability)
    "American Able" intends to, through spoof, reveal the ways in which women with disabilities are made invisible in advertising and mass media. I chose American Apparel not just for their notable style, but also for their claims that many of their models are just ‘every day’ women who are employees, friends and fans of the company. However, these women fit particular body types. Their campaigns are highly sexualized and feature women who are generally thin, and who appear to be able-bodied. Women with disabilities go unrepresented, not only in American Apparel advertising, but also in most of popular culture. Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’ In a society where sexuality is created and performed over and over within popular culture, the invisibility of women with disabilities in many ways denies their sexuality, particularly within a public context.

  5. Sexuality and Disability.org (Keywords: sex, sexuality, disability)
    Welcome to www.sexualityanddisability.org, a website that starts with the premise that women who are disabled are sexual beings - just like any other woman.

    sexualityanddisability.org is constructed as a bunch of questions a woman with a disability might have - about her body, about the mechanics and dynamics of having sex, about the complexities of being in an intimate relationship or having children, about unvoiced fears or experiences of encountering abuse in some form.

  6. Class-Action Suit Challenges NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Program at Colorlines (Keywords: US, Stop and Frisk, racism, lawsuit)
    A federal judge on Wednesday granted class-action status to a lawsuit challenging the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) stop-and-frisk practices as unconstitutional and racially discriminatory. The ruling allows all persons unlawfully stopped and frisked since January 2005 to be plaintiffs in the lawsuit that could change the police department’s policies.
    (Did you see this article in the LRU last week?: In 2011, NYPD Made More Stops Of Young Black Men Than The Total Number Of Young Black Men In New York )

  7. Comic at XKCD (Keywords: ignorance, knowledge, learning, fun!)

    Image description: A simple two-panel comic. 
    Panel 1: I try not to make fun of people for admitting they don't know things. 
    Because for each thing "Everyone knows" by the time they're adults, every day there are, on average, 10,000 people in the US hearing about it for the first time.
    Fraction who have heard of it at birth=0%
    Faction who have heard of it by 30 about 100%
    US birth rate about 4 million per year
    Number hearing about it for the first time about 10,000 per day

    Panel 2: If I make fun of people, I train them not to tell me when they have those moments. And I miss out on the fun. 
    A character with dark hair and bangs asks: "diet Coke and Mentos thing? What's that?
    A character with no hair responds: Oh man, we're going to the grocery store!
    Dark hair: why?
    Bald: You're one of today's lucky 10,000.

    Image hover text: saying "What kind of idiot doesn't know about the Yellowstone supervolcano?" is much less fun than telling someone about the Yellowstone supervolcano for the first time.
    End description.

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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