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Links Round Up: Week Ending 9 February 2013

Yay, it's Links Round Up time again!

(In other news, when I've had my coffee, I am fond of exclamation points!)

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.

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This week's round-up includes: how white LGBTQ folk can be more inclusive of people of color, a study refuting the idea that men and women are psychologically distinct, the price to stop risky sex, outcomes in birth centers, and weight stigma among health care providers.

  1. How White LGBTQ People Can Be More Inclusive of People of Color by Jarune Uwujaren at Everyday Feminism (Keywords: race, LGBTQ, inclusion)
    I’m talking about the “little” things, like the fetishization of black men by gay white men, the stigmatization of Asian men by gay men of other races, mainstream LGBTQ campaigns with little racial awareness, and racial “preferences” that can be innocuous, but at times reflect an underlying prejudice.



  2. Study debunks notion that men and women are psychologically distinct by Eric W. Dolan at The Raw Story (Keywords: sex, gender, gender roles)
    “Although gender differences on average are not under dispute, the idea of consistently and inflexibly gender-typed individuals is,” Bobbi J. Carothers of Washington University in St. Louis and Harry T. Reis of the University of Rochester explained in their study. “That is, there are not two distinct genders, but instead there are linear gradations of variables associated with sex, such as masculinity or intimacy, all of which are continuous."



  3. $288 The Price to Stop Risky Sex? at Science Blog (Keywords: safer sex, STIs, sex work, LGBTQ)
    Studies have found that conditional cash transfer programs, in which governments pay citizens if they consistently practice societally beneficial behaviors, have improved pediatric health care and education in Mexico, increased HIV testing in Malawi, and reduced sexually transmitted infections in Tanzania. Public health researchers therefore investigated whether the idea could be applied to HIV risk behaviors among gay men and male sex workers in Mexico City. A new study reports not only that some members of those populations would change behavior for conditional cash payments, but the exact prices they would accept.



  4. New Study Shows Excellent Outcomes in Birth Centers by Rachel at Our Bodies, Ourselves Blog (Keywords: childbirth, birth centers, newborn and maternal health)
    Of the non-hospital births documented in 2009, 27.6 percent (just over 12,000 births) took place in freestanding birth centers – an option for women interested in giving birth with trained professionals outside of hospital obstetrics units. At birth centers, midwives generally provided prenatal, birth and postpartum care.

    Now, there’s a large new study showing that birth centers are a safe option for both mothers and babies, reaffirming safety findings from previous research.



  5. The Repercussions of Weight Bullying by Pamela Vireday at The Well-Rounded Mama (Keywords: health care providers, fat bias, bullying, weight loss)
    Specifically, "the weight talk" and pressure to lose weight, often without regard to why you're really at the doctor in the first place, and usually without even asking about your habits first (because you're only going to lie about them, right?).

    Jess pointed out that when a routine health check-up becomes an exercise in shame, it tends to have a chilling effect on future doctor visits.




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