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Links Round-Up: Week ending 21 July 2012

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 also_warriors@vaginapagina.com

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: Biker gangs chanel their tough image into making child abuse survivors feel safer; Don't look past my disabled body - love it; Colorblind ideology is a form of racism; Germany enacts a circumcision ban; a trans neuroscientist talks about gendered perceptions of scientific acumen

  1. Bikers Against Child Abuse make abuse victims feel safe at The Republic, AZ Central (Keywords: US, abuse, childhood abuse, bikers, violence, tearjerker, longer read)
    a biker's power and intimidating image can even the playing field for a little kid who has been hurt. If the man who hurt this little girl calls or drives by, or even if she is just scared, another nightmare, the bikers will ride over and stand guard all night.

    If she is afraid to go to school, they will take her and watch until she's safely inside.

    And if she has to testify against her abuser in court, they will go, too, walking with her to the witness stand and taking over the first row of seats. Pipes will tell her, "Look at us, not him." And when she's done, they will circle her again and walk her out.

    "When we tell a child they don't have to be afraid, they believe us,"

  2. Don't look past my disabled body - love it at Sydney Morning Herald (Keywords: Australia, disability, sex, sexuality, visibility)
    The notion of “looking past” disability to somehow see “the real person” is one I have come to find deeply offensive. I spent my teenage years thinking that I needed to find someone who could ignore my physical body and see my “attributes” - my intelligence and humour, my mad knitting skillz. I thought that the only logical way for someone to find me attractive would be for them to ignore what I look like. It didn't occur to me until years later that my body is also an attribute.
    I realised that I didn’t want that kind of relationship. I didn’t want someone to ignore my body. I wanted someone who’d look directly at it and love it, wonky bits and all.

  3. Colorblind ideology is a form of racism at Psychology Today (Keywords: US, racism, colorblindness, visiblity )
    Many Americans view colorblindness as helpful to people of color by asserting that race does not matter (Tarca, 2005). But in America, most underrepresented minorities will explain that race does matter, as it affects opportunities, perceptions, income, and so much more. When race-related problems arise, colorblindness tends to individualize conflicts and shortcomings, rather than examining the larger picture with cultural differences, stereotypes, and values placed into context. Instead of resulting from an enlightened (albeit well-meaning) position, colorblindness comes from a lack of awareness of racial privilege conferred by Whiteness (Tarca, 2005). White people can guiltlessly subscribe to colorblindness because they are usually unaware of how race affects people of color and American society as a whole.

  4. German circumcision ban: Is it a parent's right to choose? at BBC (Keywords: Germany, circumcision, controversial, religion, parenting)
    A ban on circumcision in Germany has shocked the nation's Jews and Muslims. The right of parents to make decisions for their children is now under the spotlight

  5. He, Once a She, Offers Own View On Science Spat at Wall Street Journal (Keywords: US, gender, binaries, science, sexism, cissexism)
    As a neuroscientist, Prof. Barres is also skeptical of the claim that differences between male and female brains might explain the preponderance of men in math and science. For one thing, he says, the studies don't adequately address whether those differences are innate and thus present from birth, or reflect the different experiences that men and women have. Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, who defends the Summers Hypothesis, acknowledges that the existence of gender differences in values, preferences and aptitudes "does not mean that they are innate."
    *This (six-year old) article includes some cissexism, uses a trans person's assigned name and pronouns in a few places, and gets some terminology wrong, but is still an interesting read

What have you been reading (or writing!) this week?
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