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Links Round Up: Week Ending 15 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: sexual violence among Native Americans, rape apology on the Internet, Amelia Earhart's prenup, teens on The Biggest Loser, consent and a prank Victoria's Secret campaign.

  1. Hey, House GOP—How many Native women will be raped today? by Denise Oliver Velez at the Daily Kos (Keywords: Native Americans, sexual assault, US House of Representatives, Violence Against Women Act)
    But too many of us are still not aware of and fighting for the group of women who are the most likely to be raped, assaulted or murdered.

    This is ugly. It is time we as a nation stop ignoring ugly.




  2. Who needs a Good Rapist Project? by Grace at Are Women Human? (Keywords: sexual assault, rape culture, victim blaming, Good Men Project)
    The argument goes something like this: the idea that rapists are blatantly evil and monstrous is wrong, and an obstacle to preventing sexual violence. Many (most?) perpetrators are “good people who do horrible things.”




  3. Amelia Earhart prenup from the 1930′s lays out a pretty darn modern vision of marriage by Lori at Feministing (Keywords: Amelia Earhart, marriage, prenuptial agreement, gender equality)
    Wondering what a feminist icon living in the earlier half of the 1900′s thought about love and marriage? Look no further than the document above, a letter from Earhart to her future husband George Putnam.




  4. The Biggest Loser Is Coming For Your Kids #stopbiggestloser by Golda Poretsky at Body Love Wellness (Keywords: weight loss, teens, fat shaming, television)
    Finally, The Biggest Loser, NBC’s heinous, fat-hate juggernaut, is adding kids into this mix. Specifically, two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old who are competing, sort of, in Season 14 of Yelling At Fat People The Biggest Loser.




  5. Baltimore Feminists Prank Victoria’s Secret — And Spark an Internet Revolution by Rachel Monroe at Baltimore Fishbowl (Keywords: Victoria's Secret, consent, rape culture)
    Last week, the internet was shocked and pleased to learn that Victoria’s Secret had launched a new line of consent-themed underwear. Instead of a thong reading “SURE THING,” these panties said things like “NO MEANS NO” and “ASK FIRST.”





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