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Links Round Up: Week Ending 16 February 2013

Yay, it's Links Round Up time again!

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: the history of the birth control pill, talking about stillbirth, same-sex parenting, fat bias in public, and a regional history of menstruation.

  1. How White LGBTQ People Can Be More Inclusive of People of ColorThe History of the Birth Control Pill, Part 2: Barbasco and the Roots of Hormonal Contraception by Anna at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Blog (Keywords: birth control pill, progestin, Mexico, history)
    At the time, the scientific community was abuzz with discoveries being made about hormones. They held tremendous potential for research, but scientists couldn’t figure out how to isolate large quantities of them for study. Up for a challenge, Marker set out to find a way to synthesize one hormone, called progesterone, in abundance. He hypothesized that plants from the genus Dioscorea, which includes yams and agaves, would be cheap sources of steroid hormones.



  2. Breaking the Silence of Stillbirth by Sarah Muthler at The New York Times' Motherlode Blog (Keywords: parenting, childbirth, stillbirth, death, grief)
    I learned that about 26,000 pregnancies end in stillbirth in the United States each year, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. That’s about 1 in 160 pregnancies. More than one-third of these deaths are never explained. To compare, SIDS takes the lives of 2,500 babies each year in the United States.



  3. The Question You Should Never Ask a Lesbian Mom by Judy Gold at Huffington Post (Keywords: parenting, LGBTQ, heterocentrism, gender roles)
    The nurse phoned New York-Presbyterian Hospital to make the arrangements while we stood at her desk. At one point during her conversation, she seemed a bit uncomfortable and kept looking up at me while saying into the phone, "Sure... well... uh-huh... OK...." A moment later she covered the phone with her hand and asked me, "Um, who's the real mother?"



  4. Woman Photographs Herself Receiving Strange Looks in Public by Michael Zhang at PetaPixel (Keywords: body image, fat bias, photography)
    Memphis-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero has long been aware of strangers making fun of her behind her back due to her size. So aware, in fact, that she has turned the whole concept into a full-blown photography project. Titled Wait Watchers, the series consists of Morris-Cafiero’s self-portraits in public in which strangers can be seen in the background giving her strange looks and/or laughing.



  5. The history of menstruation by Helen King at Wonders & Marvels (Keywords: history, menstruation, ancient Greece, Eurocentrism)
    One of the questions I couldn’t answer there was ‘What did women actually do about the bleeding?’ Did women in the past lose less blood, so that just bleeding on to their clothes was an option? Or did they use pads, and if so how did they make them and how were they attached – to the body or to the clothes?




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