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This week's round-up includes: when humans first figured out that sex makes babies, the father of a rape victim reveals her name, rape cover up at Notre Dame, padded sports bras and nipple phobia, and an interview with the co-producer of a fat burlesque troupe.
- How Did Humans Figure Out That Sex Makes Babies? by J. Bryan Lowder at Slate (Keywords: human evolution, sex, reproduction)
When and how did humankind figure out that sex is what causes babies? It’s not exactly the most obvious correlation: Sex doesn’t always lead to babies, and there’s a long lead time between the act and the consequences—weeks before there are even symptoms, usually. So roughly where do we think we were as a species when it clicked?
- India gang rape victim's father: I want the world to know my daughter's name is Jyoti Singh by Nada Farhoud and Jalees Andrabi at Mirror News (Keywords: rape, violence, murder, family)
“She cried a lot, she was in a lot of pain. And as soon as she saw her mother and brothers she cried again.
“But after that she was a courageous girl, even trying to console us and give us hope that everything will be all right.”
- Notre Dame Football Players Rape Cover-up – What’s in the News and What Isn’t by Diana Zuckerman at Fem2.0 (Keywords: football, sexual assault, Notre Dame, victim blaming)
Thanks to extensive media coverage, almost everyone in the country knows that Notre Dame lost their championship football game to Alabama. But despite last year’s coverage on CBS, MSNBC and the Washington Post, few Americans are aware of Notre Dame’s cover-up of rapes by Notre Dame football players. Why is the football team’s championship game so newsworthy, and their rape cover-up so, well, successfully covered up?
- Padded sports bras and nipple phobia by Sam B. at Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty (Keywords: bras, sports, breasts, nipples, bias)
So let me be very specific here, what I loathe isn’t the existence of padded sports bras, it’s their ubiquity. It’s their domination of the sports bra market. Try finding a non padded sports bra in my size.
- Q: What’s big, naked, and shakes all over? at Corpulent (Keywords: burlesque, body image, fat, activism)
"I think the fat ladies getting nekkid aspect is actually really important. Dominant culture tends to desexualise fat bodies – it tells us we’re ugly and undesirable. So when we get on stage and perform in ways that are overtly sexual, we’re claiming that for ourselves, and for anyone in the audience who wants it. And importantly, we’re claiming it in a way that’s about our agency and creativity as performers and as people."
Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?