Welcome to our weekly links round-up. The LRU is a compilation of items from the past week that may be of interest to VPers and is intended to broaden the kinds of conversations we have here. To submit articles to the round-up, e-mail email@example.com
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This week's round-up includes: Whitewashing in advertisements; Men rule coverage of women's news; loving your (difficult) body; Undocumented Apparel: a twist on AA ads; obese women face job discrimintion; Inuit communities continue to face widespread hunger
- The Right Look: Lightening Dark Skin for Beauty, Money, and Cancer at Jensen Jaudice (Keywords: )
Until today I’d assumed “whitewashing” (the practice of bleaching one’s skin to alter its color to a lighter and thus more appealing tone) had all but died in most parts of the modern world.
Holy fuck was I wrong.
- Men Rule Media Coverage of Women’s News at The Daily Beast (Keywords: US, gender, media)
In media reports on women’s issues—abortion, birth control, Planned Parenthood—men are quoted around five times more than women, a new study shows.
- Loving Your Body at Big Fat Blog (Keywords: fat, bodies, eating disorders, disability, dysphoria)
But it homogenizes bodily experience and feeling - basically it dictates the One True Way people are “supposed” to feel about their bodies. And that skeeves me. Because there are lots of reasons people have complicated relationships with their bodies - from trans identity to disability to body dysmorphia in general and so on.
I also think that for someone just coming off dieting or an eating disorder, loving the body is far too tall of an order. I found loving my body to be unfathomable at first and not something I could force. Feeling love for the body can be incredibly challenging, and really is not necessary in my experience.
- Undocumented Artist Gives American Apparel’s Farmer Ad a Political Twist at Colorlines (Keywords: US, immigration, American Apparel, advertising, art)
“I used to say ‘I want to be a voice for the voiceless,’” he says. “But that’s problematic because people have a voice! We just choose not to hear.”
[One ad shows a brown woman in a purple skirt suit holding a child wearing a blie and white dress. She says: ""you backpacked across Europe and they called you adventurous. I crossed a border to save my daughter's life and they call me a criminal." Esperanza is a courageous and responsible mother. Claudia is her daughter, who is now 24 years old.
- Obese women face job discrimination at Times of India (Keywords: Australia, fat, employment)
Women who are obese are more likely to be discriminated against when applying for jobs and receive lower starting salaries than their non-overweight colleagues, according to a new study.
- Inuit organize widespread protest over hunger, food cost at CTV News (Keywords: Canada, Native, hunger, food insecurity, ecnomics )
A head of cabbage for $20. Fifteen bucks for a small bag of apples.Bonus context via girljanitor on Tumblr.
A case of ginger ale: $82.
Fed up and frustrated by sky-high food prices and concerned over widespread hunger in their communities, thousands of Inuit have spent weeks posting pictures and price tags from their local grocery stores to a Facebook site called Feed My Family.
What have you been reading (or writing!) this week?