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Links Round Up for Week Ending in 1 September 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: the question of "having it all," access to health care and abortion rate, victims of police violence seeking justice, a university requirement to pass a sexual assault quiz, and online abuse.

  1. "Having it All?" The Wrong Question for Most Women at AlterNet (Keywords: gender and workplace, socioeconomic class, parenting)
    These women are not thinking about “having it all,” they’re worried about losing it all —their jobs, their children’s health, their families’ financial stability—because of the regular conflicts that arise between being a good employee and a responsible parent.



  2. Increased Access to Health Care May Decrease Abortions at The Atlantic (Keywords: health care, health insurance, family planning, abortion, contraception)
    The number of abortions in Massachusetts has decreased despite predictions that health-care reform would have the opposite effect. Can the health insurance expansions part of Obamacare do the same nationally?



  3. Victims of police violence take to the streets for justice at Waging Nonviolence (Keywords: race, racism, police violence, protests, death)
    According to a report from the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM), this year a black person has died on average every 40 hours at the hands of a police officer or — though to a lesser extent — a security guard or vigilante. In 1892, when lynchings reached their peak in the United States, a black person was strung up on average every 54 hours.



  4. University of Montana Now Requires All Students to Pass a Rape and Sexual Assault Quiz at Jezebel (Keywords: sexual assault, college, United States, rape culture)
    "One of the things that we wanted to do was be very proactive and to really create an environment where [a string of assaults on campus] cannot easily happen again," Wozniak told Inside Higher Ed. "And so part of that was educating every single student about information that we felt was imperative to their safety."



  5. Online Abuse: It's Not Just "Words on the Internet" at Fat Heffalump (Keywords: Internet, trolling, verbal abuse, threats, misogyny)
    I think that the term “trolling” has a connotation of some silly, juvenile teenager leaving comments on the internet to stir up trouble or be annoying. It minimises the very real, very damaging abuse that many people, particularly women, suffer from complete strangers.




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