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Links Round Up: Week Ending 28 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: comparing rape to mugging, historical parenting advice, beauty and self-worth, on daughters being "princesses," an intersectionality infographic, and media representations of women over forty.

  1. Can we please stop comparing rape to mugging? at Can Be Bitter (Keywords: rape, mugging, rape culture, victim blaming)
    I know that these comparisons are coming from a good place, and initially I even gave them my valuable “like” (for nothing is as valuable as the can be bitter seal of approval, obvs). But upon reflection, not only is the “rape = mugging” metaphor inaccurate, but it might even stand to further harm victims of rape.

  2. 'Don't Think of Ugly People': How Parenting Advice Has Changed by Therese Oneill (Keywords: parenting, 19th century, advice books, pregnancy)
    In 1878, in The Physical Life of Woman, Dr. George H Napheys cites a published study by child care expert Dr. Henry Kennedy. The study presented evidence that, if you truly wanted your child to maintain health, the baby's sleeping position most always be with the head pointing due north. "There are known to be great electrical currents always coursing in one direction around the globe. In the opinion of Dr. Kennedy there is no doubt that our nervous systems are in some mysterious way connected with this universal agent, as it may be called, electricity."

  3. Beauty is not the Most Important Thing by Melissa Duge Spiers at Vitamin W (Keywords: beauty standards, self worth, body image, disordered eating)
    But I’m going to throw my hat into the ring anyway on the latest movement to redefine beauty, to make it more inclusive, to tell every woman she’s beautiful (yes, Dove, that’s you…and so many more). I hate it. I absolutely detest it. Why? Because even the most well-intentioned, politically correct, supportive, inclusive statements and movements can still be boiled down to this: beauty is all important.

  4. 'My Daughter Is Not A Princess': An Essay From The 'Listen To Your Mother' Reading Series by Vikki Reich at The Huffington Post (Keywords: parenting, queer parents, gender roles, fashion)

  5. This is the bestest briefing on intersectionality ever- with added description by Miriam Dobson (description by stavvers) at Another angry woman (Keywords: privilege, oppression, intersectionality)

    1. A drawing of a triangle with a smiley face. The triangle is two shades of blue striped. A speech bubble comes from his mouth saying “Hi”. It is captioned “This is Bob”.

    2. Caption: “Bob is a stripey blue triangle AND SHOULD BE PROUD.” Bob has a speech bubble saying “YAY ME”.

  6. The Case of the Disappearing Women Over 40: Anti-Aging and Symbolic Annihilation at Beauty Redefined (Keywords: beauty standards, aging, media representations, women over forty, disordered eating, cosmetic surgery)
    Men in all forms of media are featured well into their 70s while women tend to start becoming invisible in media right around age 40. Academics even have a name for this egregious level of under-representation: symbolic annihilation. Unfortunately, the effects of that annihilation on women’s body image, feelings of self-worth and bank accounts aren’t so symbolic.

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