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Links Round Up: Week Ending 21 April 2013

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

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: gender presentation; inclusivity in language; alternative medicine and herpes; teaching kids "vagina," "penis," and "vulva;" and practicing yoga while fat.

  1. The relative nature of gender presentation by Kasey Weird at Valprehension (Keywords: gender roles, gender presentation, masculinity, femininity, gender binary)
    So, is it as simple as simply adding up a person’s qualities and getting to their position on the surface of masculine-feminine sphere, then? The way that the descriptor used for the same person can change so violently by altering one piece of information (their sex) certainly tells us just how important we (society, anyway) consider sex to be as a factor in masculinity or femininity.



  2. Inclusivity in Language by Jessica Luther (Keywords: language, privilege, othering, racism, transmisogyny)
    She ends the post with: “There’s no point in your language being “correct”, if only 12 of your friends can understand it.”

    I don’t even know what to do with arguments against inclusive language. Ignore them, I guess.



  3. Can Herpes Be Cured Naturally? by Anna at the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Blog (Keywords: sexually transmitted infections, herpes, alternative medicine, evidence based medicine)
    For centuries, we have treated herpes in many ways — though not necessarily successfully! In the early 1800s, a British treatment involved placing lint between the tip of the penis and the foreskin. It was claimed that this would cause herpes lesions to heal within 14 days — not coincidentally, this is about how long it takes for them to heal on their own, untreated.



  4. The Case for Teaching Kids 'Vagina,' 'Penis,' and 'Vulva' by Catherine Buni at The Atlantic (Keywords: language, children, sexual health, child sexual abuse)
    Sex-abuse prevention educators want children to understand that "private parts" are private in that they're off limits to others. But they also want students to be comfortable talking about them, in what linguists call "standard" dialect for body parts, rather than euphemisms and colloquialisms



  5. Project Bendypants: Practicing Yoga While Fat by Tiffany at More Cabaret (Keywords: body image, fat bias, yoga)
    Many yoga teachers assume they know a lot about me because I’m fat. A lot. They make assumptions about me and my relation to my body, and not only are those assumptions false, they are offensive.





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