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Links Round Up: Week Ending 23 February 2013

Welcome to this week's installment of our 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.

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This week's round-up includes: transitioning, the safety of super plus tampons, "explaining" women, disability and online dating, and the end of menstruation.

  1. 10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Started My Transition by Annika Penelope at Huffington Post (Keywords: gender, trans*, transition, beauty, trans misogyny)
    Exactly two years ago, I sat apprehensively in the reception area of the public health clinic in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood, waiting for my name to be called. If all went according to plan, I would leave that evening with my first prescriptions for estradiol and spironolactone -- day 1 on hormones.

  2. ARe super plus tampons safe? by Dr. Jen Gunter (Keywords: menstruation, tampons, toxic shock syndrome)
    A clustering of cases associated with menstruation in the 1970′s prompted TSS to be classified as a reportable disease. Initial studies identified an association between tampons and mentrual-TSS, specifically Rely tampons. Rely was unique in that it contained carboxymethycellose which, coupled with the unique cup like design, made it REALLY absorbent.

  3. If you are going to ‘explain’ women, it helps to talk to us first by Caitlin Constantine at Fit and Feminist (Keywords: gender stereotypes, fitness, "mansplaining")
    When I was younger, I used to take this as proof that I was one of those exceptional females, that I was somehow special because I did not conform to what I was told women were supposed to be like, but as I’ve grown up and met dozens – if not hundreds – of women who are also not at all what women are supposed to be like, I have learned that it is not that I am exceptional, but that the ideas of what women are “supposed to be like” are bullshit.

  4. OKCupid? Disability And Online Dating by Leah Jane Grantham at The Jewish Week (Keywords: online dating, autism, ableism)
    Until I have to talk about my autism, and usually have to deal with being given a series of non-replies, polite excuses, creepy fetishization, or outright rejections. It’s the common experience of those of us who choose to be open and honest about our disabilities, and after a while, the rejections are expected, but still not pleasant to deal with.

  5. The end: Period. at Exile from Hysteria (Keywords: menstruation, hysterectomy, endometriosis, pain)
    For the last 29 years, almost like clockwork, I received my period.

    Like an unwanted gift, we politely made room for each other. Over time a deep respect developed.

    Today, we began our monthly ritual for the last time.

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