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Links Round Up: Week Ending 22 December 2012

Happy solstice, other winter holidays, and apocalypse survival, superstars!

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 legislation in the Philippines, menstruation research and proposals, the US tax code and white supremacy, disablism in conversations about gun violence, and learning about epididymitis.

  1. Bill to Expand Birth Control Is Approved in Philippines by Floyd Whaley at The New York Times (Keywords: Philippines, birth control, legislation, religion, poverty)
    Birth control is legal and widely available in the Philippines for people who can afford it, particularly those living in cities. But condoms, birth control pills and other methods can be difficult to find in rural areas, and their cost puts them out of reach for the very poor.

  2. Call for Submissions: Society for Menstrual Cycle Research 20th Biennial Conference at the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research (Keywords: menstruation, activism)
    We invite physicians, nurses, psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, women’s and gender studies scholars, communications studies scholars, artists, literary and cultural critics, health educators, and menstrual activists to submit proposals.

  3. We Can’t Fix Our Economy Without Confronting White Supremacy by Imara Jones at Corlines (Keywords: US, economy, tax code, class, race)
    White supremacy is a low-level assumption about characteristics that white people allegedly have which transforms inequality between them and everyone else into something natural. It often masks itself as fairness and goes unquestioned as a result. Using this definition, our current tax code is a work of white supremacy.

  4. On Not Being Adam Lanza: Why Dialogue on Mental Health Must Include People with Mental Illness by CD at Culturally Disoriented (Keywords: mental health, gun violence, disablism, Sandy Hook Elementary)
    Acting like violence is the product of mental illness – and ONLY the product of mental illness – is incredibly problematic. And saying that mental health access will solve gun violence is also incredible problematic. Both imply that mentally ill people are violent, dangerous and uncontrollable.

  5. Over 90 Percent of What Planned Parenthood Does, Part 11: Diagnosing and Treating Epididymitis by Anna at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Blog (Keywords: Planned Parenthood, sexual health, penises)
    The epididymis is a tube that is connected to the testicle, and is where sperm are stored before ejaculation. The epididymis is 12 to 15 feet long, but is coiled tightly enough to fit inside the scrotum alongside the testes!

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