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Links Round Up: Week Ending 1 December 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: the nuts and bolts of masturbation, being pressured to explain medical conditions, gender creative kids, pediatricians and the morning after pill, the Fat Naked Art Project, and daughters and dressing.

  1. nuts and bolts of masturbation by Emily Nagoski at the dirty normal (Keywords: masturbation, people with clitorises, sexual health, emotional health)
    Loving your own body, having the emotional wherewithal to relax into sexual arousal, is an act of social transformation.



  2. #398: I’m tired of explaining my medical condition and food choices to “helpful” folks. by JenniferP at Captain Awkward (Keywords: medical condition, diabetes, food, food policing)
    You’re not that person’s doctor? You’re not their nutritionist? You’re not the parent of a young child talking to that child? You’re not running a proposed dish or a restaurant by a dining companion? Then NOTHING you have to say about what they are eating is important.



  3. Gender Diverse Parenting: Creating Space For Kids by Elizabeth Meyer, Ph.D., at Psychology Today (Keywords: Canada, children, parenting, gender roles, gender expression, gender norms, trans* children)
    She advocates for thinking about gender as a provisional assignment. What this means is that in young children, the sex assigned at birth can “hold a blank space to be filled in later” and that we all need to acknowledge “the tentative nature of the assignment.”



  4. Prescribe morning-after pills in advance, say pediatricians by Sharon Begley at Reuters (Keywords: US, American Academy of Pediatrics, teens, sex, birth control, emergency contraception)
    Wading into the incendiary subject of birth control for young teenagers, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday called on the nation's pediatricians to counsel all of their adolescent patients about emergency contraception and make advance prescriptions for it available to girls under 17.



  5. The Fat Naked Art Project by Heather at Fat Girl Posing (Keywords: art, body image, fat, nudity, photography -- post contains nude images)
    I did this project because I'm enamored with fat art. I love seeing bodies just like mine in a way that's not meant to shame or belittle or mock- where it's displayed for the sheer beauty of it.



  6. “But Mom, you said looks don’t matter…” by Katja at The Feeding Doctor (Keywords: beauty standards, body image, daughters, parenting)
    In my own home, with my daughter, I’ve let her go with uncombed hair for days, wear the same shirt three days in a row, and even wear uneven goofy ponytails to school picture day, because most of the time I do believe that how she looks is just not important.





Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?
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