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Links Round Up: Week Ending 16 June 2013

Hi and welcome to our latest edition of the Links Round Up! Happy Father's Day to all who are celebrating!

For folks who don't 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: reflections on femme identity and policing, gender and taking up space, domestic abuse and loss of employment, semen allergies, and a video about condom use.

  1. Straight, fat, and femme: reflections on femme identity and policing by Laura at Tutus and Tiny Hats (Keywords: gender presentation, femme, sexual orientation, body size, class)
    Femme is, for me, a form of resistance. It’s about being over-the-top in a society that would rather I be invisible. It’s about doing femininity on my own terms–not the impossible terms that the beauty industrial complex and the weight cycling industry want to sell me.



  2. Our Society Urges Girls To Take Up And Boys To Take Up More, And It Needs To Stop by Soraya Chemaly at Role/Reboot (Keywords: gender roles, gender binary, bodies, body image, disordered eating)
    To this day, when I sit—in a chair, on a bus, a train, at a desk—I hear my primary school headmistress explain that ladies never cross their legs at the knees. The thought of sitting, arms stretched out on either side on the top lip of the back of, say, a park bench is laughable to me, it’s so physically alien. Usually, in public space, I fold myself up and try, by habit, to make room for others. This is fairly typical for girls and women. On the other hand, many men are very comfortable taking up as much space as possible, indeed actively splaying themselves casually, in public. This physical ease in public space starts early and isn’t just a function of rambunctiousness.



  3. California Teacher Fired For Being A Victim Of Domestic Abuse by Zack Beauchamp at ThinkProgress (Keywords: domestic abuse, victim blaming, employment, worker protections)
    Though a recent federal study of gendered violence found that over a third of American women experience intimate partner violence over the course of their lives, the fear Charlesworth describes deters reporting of these crimes with depressing frequency. According to one survey of the relevant data, “because of the stigma associated with intimate partner violence, the fact that it is an illegal activity, and the very real fear of potential retribution from a violent partner, respondents perpetrating or being victimized are less likely to answer questions about intimate partner violence than those who are not.” What goes for answering survey questions goes double for reporting a crime.



  4. Semen allergy could affect up to 12 per cent of women - expert at The New Zealand Herald (Keywords: semen, allergies, sex)
    An immune reaction was noted with the seminal fluid, but no reaction occurred with the isolated sperm.

    This demonstrated the allergy is caused by a component in the seminal fluid - most likely a glycoprotein from the prostate - as opposed to the actual sperm cells.

    This means that someone who is allergic to one person's semen will be allergic to all semen - changing partners will not help them to escape the allergy.



  5. How to Put On a Sock by Sanford Johnson at YouTube (Keywords: sex education, condom use, teens, abstinence only education)
    Mississippi's new sex education law prevents teachers from showing teens how to use condoms. However, they CAN show kids how to protect their feet through correct and consistent sock use.






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