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Links Round Up: Weeks Ending 30 June 2013

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

As a quick note, due to some offline issues in the lives of some members of the maintainer team, there was unexpectedly no LRU for last week. Nor will there be a LRU on July 7. For both of these, I apologize. However, you're more than welcome to email me with contributions -- at frolicnaked@vaginapagina.com -- for when the Links Round Up returns on July 14. 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: sexual assault, stigma, and place; slut shaming and the TSA; NSA surveillance and the male gaze; a new take on how babies are made; and Planned Parenthood and rapid HIV testing.

  1. Something I Never Wanted to Say by Cassie Rodenberg (Keywords: sexual assault, victim blaming, classism, violence, misogynist slurs)
    I made up a story afterwards for people that had to see me, largely because I didn’t want anyone to know. I could hear the voices going on about safety, how foolish I am to ever be walking in the South Bronx alone, despite my working there and wanting to enjoy the neighborhood. How, I, as a woman, need to be vigilant, that people there are dangerous.



  2. LAX TSA officer shames my 15-year-old daughter for her outfit by Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing (Keywords: teens, clothing, fashion, travel, TSA, shaming)
    I'm including the above photo of the outfit my daughter was wearing when the TSA officer shamed her. It doesn't matter what she was wearing, though, because it's none of his business to tell girls what they should or should not wear. His creepy thoughts are his own problem, and he shouldn't use his position of authority as an excuse to humiliate a girl and blame her for his sick attitude.



  3. I'll Be Watching You: NSA Surveillance and the Male Gaze by Autumn at The Beheld (Keywords: National Security Agency, surveillance, privacy, gender, male gaze)
    If you spend a lifetime housing your internal surveyor, you might not be terribly surprised when you find that there are external surveyors you hadn’t considered. Not that women walk through our days consciously considering that men might be looking at us. In fact, that’s part of the point: Being seen becomes such a default part of the way you operate that it ceases to be something you need to be actively aware of.



  4. Canadian author explains how babies are made without sex or gender by Carmen Chai at Global News (Keywords: sex education, children's books, human reproduction, gender)
    In the new children’s book, What Makes a Baby, a Canadian sex educator walks kids as young as four years old through where babies come from. What sets this book apart from its predecessors is that it doesn’t refer to moms and dads, nor does it mention gender – there are no blue, tuxedo-donning sperm or pink, girly eggs.



  5. Over 90 Percent of What Planned Parenthood Does, Part 14: Rapid HIV Testing by Anna C. at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona Blog (Keywords: sexually transmitted infections, STI testing, HIV, rapid HIV testing, Planned Parenthood)
    For some people, periodic HIV testing is part of their regular health care, while others might be experiencing a scare after a high-risk encounter (for example, having unprotected vaginal or anal intercourse or sharing IV equipment with someone whose HIV status you don’t know). No matter what boat you’re in, waiting a week or more to get your results from a standard HIV test might be nerve-wracking. If that sounds like you, then a rapid HIV test — which can give you results in just 40 minutes or less — might be just what the doctor ordered.



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