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This week's round-up includes: language and mental illness, sex education for children and adults, LinkedIn and sex work, substituting "sex" for "rape," and "kangaroo care" for premature babies.
- "She forgot to take her medication today!" by allama at the old jaw jaw (Keywords: mental health, medication, language, stigma)
"She forgot to take her medication today!" is one of those marginally irritating stock phrases that people use without thinking it through. It's used as a lazy joke for any mistake or failing or mildly eccentric behaviour, and honestly? Most days I wouldn't even give a shit. I might register a vague flash of annoyance and observe that the speaker really needs some new material.
Today, though: ha.
- be the sex educator... by emily nagoski at the dirty normal (Keywords: sex education, children, bodies, consent)
"Yes. Yes. Children should learn about sexuality the same way they learn about nutrition and hygiene and families and being kind.
But they don’t, and the reason they don’t is because the grownups are mired in a dangerous combination of lack of knowledge and abject fear.
How can we teach our children what we don’t understand ourselves?
- Frisky business? LinkedIn evicts little-known 'red-light district' by Helen A.S. Popkin at NBC News (Keywords: sex work, professional networking, LinkedIn, discrimination)
As LinkedIn’s rules now clarify, even legal prostitution violates the user agreement.
- No, You Cannot Substitute ‘Sex’ For ‘Rape’ by Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress (Keywords: rape, language, rape culture)
Using the terms “rape” and “sexual assault” to describe acts of non-consensual sexual violence is an incredibly important journalistic distinction — particularly in light of our society’s pervasive victim-blaming rape culture that often obscures the gravity of those crimes. Across the country, victims of sexual assault are being told that they’re not telling the truth, or they’re the ones at fault for the crimes perpetrated against them, because they somehow “asked for it.” Pretending that “rape” is interchangeable with “sex” is a subtle method of furthering this attitude — especially because rape is about power, not necessarily about sex.
- In praise of Kangaroo Care for premature babies by Dr. Jen Gunter (Keywords: childbirth, parenting, premature babies, skin-to-skin contact)
Kangaroo care (KC) is the practice of skin-to-skin contact with a premature baby and parent. In low and middle-income countries, where there are fewer medical resources, Kangaroo Care has been shown to reduce mortality among premature babies and shorten the length of hospital stay.
Kangaroo Care is also very beneficial in high-income countries even in the midst of extremely high-tech care.
Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, what have you been reading (or writing!) this week?