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Links Round Up: Week Ending in 17 November 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.

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This week's round-up includes: family planning clinics, body policing and choosing not to engage, anorexia, the UN and contraception, saying "no," and lessons from Tuskegee.

  1. SPECIALIZED FAMILY PLANNING CLINICS ARE A CRITICAL SOURCE OF CARE FOR MANY WOMEN by Rebecca Wind at the Guttmacher Institute (Keywords: US, family planning, health care, low income)
    Among women surveyed at family planning clinics nationwide, 41% reported that these clinics were their only source of health care in the past year, while 59% had made a visit to another provider but still chose a family planning clinic for contraceptive care.

  2. It’s Not a Civil Debate by Ragen Chastain at Dances With Fat (Keywords: size acceptance, weight stigma, bullying)
    There is no way to have a civil debate about whether I have the right to exist. Nobody has the right to require fat people to debate them for our lives.

  3. It's arrogant to say anorexia is a personal choice rather than a mental illness by Rhiannon and Holly at New Statesman (Keywords: anorexia, mental illness, disordered eating -- also contains nude image at source)
    She paints the sufferer of anorexia as a narcissistic martyr of the modern age, obsessed with her image, privileged enough to impose an illness upon herself, sitting "screaming about a spoonful of peas" while other people just get on with the practicalities. Needless to say, sufferers and former sufferers of the disease, as well as their loved ones, didn’t take kindly to this reductive and convenient analysis.

  4. United Nations Declares Access To Contraception A ‘Universal Human Right’ by Amanda Peterson Beadle at ThinkProgress (Keywords: United Nations, contraception, family planning, human rights)
    The report effectively declares that legal, cultural and financial barriers to accessing contraception and other family planning measures are an infringement of women’s rights.

  5. “Women just need to learn to say no.” by Miriam at Brute Reason (Keywords: consent, sexual assault, victim blaming, rape culture)
    Every time people talk about coercive sex–you know, the kind where someone manipulates someone into having sex with them as opposed to physically forcing them–the concern trolls come out in droves.

  6. “I Didn’t Want to Believe It”: Lessons from Tuskegee 40 Years Later by Matt at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Blog (Keywords: human experiments, medical ethics, race, syphilis, health care)
    Although ethical guidelines now prevent the kind of research that took place in Tuskegee, problems of unequal treatment linger in the medical establishment.

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