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Links Round Up: Week Ending 14 April 2013

Hi and welcome to our latest edition of the Links Round Up!

Apologies for the unscheduled hiatus on this: It's just that time of the school year again.

For those who may not know, 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: transgender women and HIV, straw feminists, dealing with depression, and post-partum bodies.

  1. Transgender Women 49 Times More Likely To Have HIV, Study Says by Meredith Bennett-Smith at The Huffington Post (Keywords:HIV, trans*, safer sex, sexual health, transmisogyny)
    Transgender women have been largely left out of the HIV narrative, or they have been incorrectly lumped into other categories, such as gay men, or men who have sex with men, Baral told HuffPost. As a result, many transgender women don't participate in studies, even if given a chance.

    "It doesn't seem like it's been a priority for global funding entities to care about the needs of transgender communities," Baral said.

  2. Straw Feminists in the Closet by Kate Beaton at Hark! A Vagrant (Keywords: feminism, gender stereotypes, misogyny -- comic also contains mentions of sexual assault and sexualized violence)
    his time around, this sketch is more of a reaction to people coming up to me and saying they like "the Feminists" cartoons I draw. They're referring to the Strong Female Characters. Color me surprised! The SFC occupy a space in what is often shown to us to be "feminist" in movies and stuff, but that's not what they are.

  3. 21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You’re Depressed. at The DIY Couturier (Keywords: mental health, depression, ableism)
    A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.

  4. On yummy mummies, post baby bodies, and life getting better with age by Sam B. at Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty (Keywords: childbirth, body image, fitness, weight loss, beauty standards)
    It’s true I wanted to lose one lot of baby weight gain before adding more but that seems to be to be a rather low bar compared to the mommy-beautiful standards of today. Now new mothers are told that they are letting themselves go if they aren’t back to their pre-pregnancy weight within six weeks.

    What’s changed?

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