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Links Round Up: Week Ending 29 December 2012

Welcome to the last Links Round Up of 2012!

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.

To submit articles for next week's round-up, e-mail frolicnaked@vaginapagina.com. If you have additional articles you'd like folks to know about this week, feel free to comment directly to this post.

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This week's round-up includes: childhood bullying, childhood body shaming, menstruation in India, sexual assault in the media in 2012, female genital cutting.

  1. When kids get bullied for health problems: advice for parents by Deborah Kotz at Bostom.com (Keywords: kids, bullying, schools, parenting, food allergies, weight)
    “The attention being paid to bullying is still very new,” said Dr. Mark Schuster, chief of general pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital who wrote an editorial that accompanied the studies. “These studies are disappointing but not surprising; they indicate we still have a lot of work to do.”

  2. MORE THAN A FAT KID LOVES CAKE at Fatties United! (Keywords: food, eating, weight stigma, shaming)
    Last Sunday, Whaliam and I were out for breakfast and I saw a fat kid at the counter with an older man who seemed to be the kid’s father. The kid was eating a piece of toast with some jam on it, and the father said something to the kid. The change in the kid just hit me right in the heart. I can’t describe it, but to me it seemed like the kid was no longer enjoying his toast – he still ate it, but the whole mood had changed, and some very painful feelings came back to me.

  3. The Taboo of Menstruation by Rose George at The New York Times (Keywords: India, menstruation, sanitation, cultural bias )
    This is the Menstrual Hygiene Management Lab, where girls and women can come to learn how to safely make and maintain cloth sanitary napkins (use clean cloth; dry it in the sun; iron it to remove moisture) as well as for something even more revolutionary: to talk frankly about periods.

  4. 2012: the year when it became okay to blame victims of sexual assault by Laura Bates at The Independent (Keywords: sexual assault, victim blaming, rape culture)
    Considering this year’s rash of high-profile incidents, Ms Diamandopoulos says: “As we succeed in raising the issues of rape and abuse directed at women and girls, we are meeting a backlash of sexism.”

  5. Grandmothers Taking the Lead Against Female Genital Mutilation
 by Soumaila T. Diarra at Inter Press Service (Keywords: Senegal, female genital cutting, feminism)
    The Grandmother Project, an international non-governmental organisation which promotes community dialogue about cultural issues, has helped organise regular meetings in thirty-odd villages around Vélingara, to enable people to discuss questions relating to local traditions and values, particularly “koyan” – the rite of passage associated with FGM.

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