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Links Round Up: Week Ending 14 July 2013

Hi and welcome to our latest edition of the Links Round Up! We're back!

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: "feminine" looks and men's fashion, forced sterilization of inmates, sex after rape, and athletes and breasts.

  1. Are 'feminine' looks the future of men’s fashion? by Maya Singer at the BBC (Keywords: gender presentation, fashion, femininity, masculinity)
    The most forceful expression of this theme came from up-and-coming brand JW Anderson. The five-year-old label comprises collections for men and women, and designer Jonathan Anderson likes to overlap the look of the two. Last season, for instance, Anderson showed pairs of ruffled shorts for men much like the ones in his Spring ’13 womenswear collection. And this time, Anderson’s dominant silhouette was a lean tunic paired with fluid, elongated trousers, another shape he’d begun to articulate in his previous womenswear show. But the look that got eyebrows arching and tongues wagging was Anderson’s male halter top: backless, semi-sheer and floral patterned, the look was unavoidably effeminate. “Atrocious,” sneered The Daily Mail.



  2. California Female Inmates Sterilized; Doctor Said It Was More Cost Effective Than Welfare by Shannon Argueta at Addicting Info (Keywords: reproductive justice, bodily autonomy, consent, prison, sterilization, classism, welfare)
    A horrifying picture of modern-day eugenics is emerging in California, the state that was once known as the country’s most prolific sterilizer, with as many 20,000 people losing their ability to procreate between 1909 to 1964. They were so well-known for their practice of preventing the ‘inferior’ from breeding that historians say Nazi Germany contacted the state’s eugenics leaders in the 1930s. You know they must have been doing something terribly, terribly wrong if Hitler was seeking their advice.



  3. 12 Things No One Told Me About Sex After Rape by CJ Hale at Thought Catalog (Keywords: sex, rape, consent, victim blaming, PTSD)
    Nobody tells you that you’ll feel guilty the first time you have a crush on a guy after your rape. Aren’t you supposed to hate men now? I mean, ugh, penises are evil and one ruined your life. You shouldn’t even be thinking about boys. That’s what got you in trouble in the first place. (Oh, hey rape culture, how’d you get here?)



  4. You can only hope to contain them by Amanda Hess at ESPN The Magazine (Keywords: gender, athletes, breasts)
    The episode was the latest skirmish in a long-standing war over the place of the mammary in the pectoral-dominated world of sports. Breasts are an impressive network of milk glands, ducts and sacs, all suspended from the clavicle in twin masses held together by fibrous connective tissue. But a mounting body of evidence suggests that they pose a serious challenge in nearly all corners of competition. Gymnasts push themselves to the brink of starvation to avoid developing them. All sorts of pro athletes have ponied up thousands of dollars to surgically reduce them. For the modern athlete, the question isn't whether breasts get in the way -- it's a question of how to compete around them.



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