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Links Round Up: Week Ending 2 March 2013

Hey all, and 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: wedge heel sneakers for kids, body image and thighs, everyday sexual assault, and silencing survivors.

  1. Pumps for preschoolers: wedge heels hidden inside girls’ sneakers by Misty Harris at The Vancouver Sun (Keywords: fashion, shoes, beauty standards, gender roles, kids)
    Lending literal meaning to sneakers, a new breed of youth running shoe hides within it a wedge heel that adds two to three inches of height. The well-disguised lifts are seen, by some, as a way of boosting kids’ confidence by way of their stature.

    But with sizes that dip as low as preschool, it’s little wonder the deceptive kicks are under fire, with doctors and parents alike equating them to high heels with training wheels.



  2. How I got over my thighs. by Shannon Barber at Nudemuse (Keywords: body image, fat, weight loss)
    This is a torrid tale of love, hate, squats and belief in the almighty thigh gap.

    Hello, my name is Shannon and I have some big ass thighs.

    My first memory of being made aware that I have big ass thighs was when I was in the sixth grade and my Grandma said (lovingly) as she touched my thigh with her hand and exclaimed, "got thighs for DAYS".



  3. Everyday Sexual Assault by Laura Bates at Everyday Feminism (Keywords: sexual assault, rape culture, victim blaming, harassment)
    But since it launched five months ago, we have received hundreds of reports of women being groped, grabbed, manhandled, slapped, tweaked, pinched, stroked and smacked in public, usually by complete strangers. The area of focus is almost always the breasts, the bottom or the thighs – sensitive, sexual, intimate regions of the body.

    And the tone of the reports usually mirrors my own experience almost exactly in that the victim describes an overwhelming sense of powerlessness, fear, shame and embarrassment.



  4. Silencing Survivors, or, "I Need To Screen Cap More Often" (Content Warning: Rape/Sex Abuse) by Yandie, Goddess of Pickles at Inspiration strikes. In the Kneecaps. (Keywords: rape, childhood sexual abuse, victim blaming, silencing)
    One of the comments on the photograph was from a gentleman who spoke of suffering sexual abuse at the hands of the teacher in said picture. A few other commenters alluded to hearing of this particular teachers proclivities and many on the thread commiserated on the oft-used, especially in previous generations, method of shuffling teachers around to different schools when allegations of abuse came to light.

    The commenter who had experienced the abuse himself notified the rest of the thread that an admin had contacted him and asked him not to post "defamatory" comments in the group. Later, the photo had been deleted and the thread was gone.



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