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Links Round Up: Week Ending 2 February 2013

Hi, all, and welcome to our latest 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.

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.

As a reminder, in lieu of trigger warnings, I use keywords describing the themes of the piece. Please skim these before deciding to read the excerpt or click through for the full article. Outside sources are not safe spaces, and mainstream source's comments should almost always be avoided. The links I highlight don't necessarily reflect VP's views, or even my own, for that matter.

This week's round-up includes: the Affordable Care Act and new birth control rules, antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, free breast pumps, menstruation in movies, and calling rape "sex."

  1. Everything You Need To Know About The Administration’s New Birth Control Rules by Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress (Keywords: US, contraception, insurance coverage, Affordable Care Act)
    The Obama administration has released new regulations that help clarify which religious groups and organizations can opt out of providing birth control, as required under the Affordable Care Act, exempting most religiously affiliated groups from the requirement while ensuring that women will continue to receive birth control at no cost.

  2. STD Awareness: An Update on Antibiotic-Resistant Gonorrhea by Anna at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona (Keywords: safer sex, STIs, gonorrhea, antibiotics)
    We douse it with certain drugs, and the bacterium literally spits them back out at us, and it inactivates other drugs by snapping the active molecules in half. Sulfa drugs, penicillins, tetracyclines, fluoroquinolones — they all make a gonococcus heave a bored sigh.

  3. Free Breast Pumps For Everyone! by Michelle at Balancing Jane (Keywords: breastfeeding, breast pumps, health insurance, Affordable Care Act)
    The NPR report focused on how the people buying pumps weren't shopping around, but instead going for the most expensive options because they weren't footing the bill. They also reported that some people who had already purchased their own pump out of pocket were buying a second pump because "Why not?"

  4. Go With the Flow: On-Screen Menstruation and the Crankyfest Film Festival by Leigh Kolb at Bitch Flicks (Keywords: movies, menstruation, film festivals)
    I must admit that I hope they're not all lighthearted and humorous, because the experience--which is humorous at times--can also be painful and full of conflicting emotions, depending on where a woman is in her life. Their goal is for people to stop treating "menstruation" and "periods" like dirty words.

  5. Please Stop Calling Rape Sex by Heather Corinna at Scarleteen (Keywords: sex, sexual assault, rape, consent, language)
    One of the things that tends to be very clear when you are a survivor of sexual abuse and assault and then experience consensual sex -- sex you experience desire for, want and are a real part of, sex that couldn't have been sex had you not been a real part of it -- is how very, very different abuse or assault and sex are.

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