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Links Round Up: Week Ending 8 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: race and employment, hate mail at Native Appropriations, new technology in pregnancy and STI prevention, domestic violence in the NFL, Planet Fitness and shaming advertisements, and how "pregnancy brain" is portrayed on TV.

  1. By Any Means Necessary? Unemployed Black Women Pretends to Be White, Job Prospects Dramatically Increase by Britni Danielle at Clutch (Keywords: US, race, employment, discrimination)
    After being unemployed for two years, Yolanda Spivey decided to attempt an experiment. An insurance professional, Spivey created a separate Monster.com resume and profile—which used her education and professional experience—with one big difference, she called herself Bianca White and claimed she was a white woman.



  2. Ignorant and Malignant: The Hate Mail Cometh by Adrienne at Native Appropriations (Keywords: Native Americans, hate mail, misogyny)
    Now, I get a lot of love-mail, which always makes my day--stories of how you've used the blog to educate classmates, family members, and friends, how you've engaged with these issues in deep and meaningful ways, your stories of connecting with the struggle and my experiences--I love them. But I also get a lot of hate mail. A lot. So I thought it was high time I shared some with you all.



  3. Electrically spun fabric offers dual defense against pregnancy, HIV by Hannah Hickey at the University of Washington (Keywords: US, science, technology, STIs, HIV, contraception)
    A University of Washington team has developed a versatile platform to simultaneously offer contraception and prevent HIV. Electrically spun cloth with nanometer-sized fibers can dissolve to release drugs, providing a platform for cheap, discrete and reversible protection.



  4. What more does the NFL need to prove they must take a stand on domestic violence? by Dr. Jen Gunter (Keywords: NFL, domestic violence, murder, misogyny)
    Earlier this year NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated he was committed to addressing domestic violence, but changes have yet to be seen. The current system of fines and suspensions is as effective as closing the barn door after the horse has bolted and amounts to nothing worse than a slap on the wrist.



  5. Planet Fitness’ ‘judgment-free zone’ doesn’t extend to muscular women by Caitlin Constantine at Fit and Feminist (Keywords: Planet Fitness, gender norms, body policing, transmisogyny)
    Planet Fitness has been trying to carve out a niche for itself as a gym where so-called normal people can exercise in a “judgment-free zone” but ironically they can’t quite seem to accomplish that goal without coming across as judgmental assholes themselves.



  6. "Pregnancy Brain" in Sitcoms by Lady T at Bitch Flicks (Keywords: pregnancy, television, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, ableism)
    Regardless of how true pregnancy brain is or isn't, or how different women react to the changes in their bodies, sitcom writers have taken this idea and run with it. Last year, Lily Aldrin experienced an episode's worth of pregnancy brain on How I Met Your Mother, and this year, Gloria Delgado-Pritchett struggled with her own pregnancy brain problems on Modern Family.






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