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Links Round Up: Week Ending 6 September 2013

Hi all! Welcome to the latest edition of our Links Round Up.

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: doctors, money, and C-sections; fistula; sexual harassment at work and school; the culture of sexual violence; selfies and slut shaming; hormonal birth control, patriarchy, and judging others' choices; on dresses and gender.

  1. Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections by Shankar Vedantam at NPR (Keywords: childbirth, health care system, money, C-section)
    Obstetricians in many medical settings are paid more for C-sections. In a new working published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, health care economists and calculated that doctors might make a few hundred dollars more for a C-section compared to a vaginal delivery, and a hospital might make a few thousand dollars more.

  2. We Need to Talk about: Fistula by Jess Eagle at House of Flout (Keywords: childbirth, fistula, incontinence, health care, stigma)
    The obstruction that leads to the fistula–the baby getting caught in the birth canal–cuts off blood flow between the birth canal and other organs, and the separating tissue begins to die, resulting in a hole between the bladder and the vagina and/or the rectum and the vagina. This leads to permanent incontinence afterward, since urine and feces now leak into and then out of the vagina.

  3. Teaching Naked, Part 1 by GracieABD at Tenure, She Wrote (Keywords: university, education, sexual harassment)
    For the most part, students were surprisingly honest when responding to questions 3 and 4, showing they understood their responsibility in their progress, or lack thereof. Somewhere towards the end of the ~160 evaluations, I came across one that answered question #2 with: “Teach naked.” I can’t tell you what the rest of this evaluation said; this is the only part I remember. I was so angry, and embarrassed, and exasperated, and hopeless, all at once. I worked so hard. I am so knowledgeable. I take such care to present myself professionally. I care deeply about my students’ learning outcomes, particularly with respect to learning critical thinking skills. But none of that matters. I clearly will never be more than a thing to look at.

  4. This is the Culture of Sexual Violence by Cheryl Lemus at Nursing Clio (Keywords: rape, childhood sexual abuse, suicide, victim blaming, rape culture)
    There are two family pictures in a box of photographs that are the only few I have of my father and me. My mother always told me my father doted on me and I was definitely becoming “daddy’s little girl.” Yet, the images of a seemingly happy family are overshadowed by the knowledge that at the time these two pictures were taken, my father had or was raping his stepdaughter: my teenage sister.

  5. Concerned Mom: Slutty Girls' Selfies Are Tempting My Perfect Sons by Katie J.M. Baker at Jezebel (Keywords: teens, photos, social media, slut shaming)
    Kimberly Hall, Director of Women’s Ministry at a Presbyterian Church in Texas, has a message for teenage girls who take bedtime selfies in their pajamas: stop luring her teenage sons into sin. Why would you devil harlots want to control the Hall boys' minds? Are you whores and witches? She outlines her urgent plea in a blog post that includes half-naked photos of her saintly sons flexing their muscles at the beach. It's not meant to be ironic.

  6. Birth Control: Have It Your Way by Debbie at Body Impolitic (Keywords: hormonal birth control, books, capitalism, patriarchy)
    Holly Grigg-Spall, for whom birth control pills were A Bad Idea, has written a book called Sweetening the Pill: or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, in which she apparently argues that birth control pills (and other varieties of hormonal birth control, such as contraceptive implants) are a capitalist/patriarchal plot....

    When she says “Women do not choose … hormonal contraceptives because these things are necessary or convenient for them or because they consciously need or want to,” Grigg-Spall is saying that women as a group do not know what’s good for us, that those of us who don’t see things her way are misguided tools of the capitalist system, the medical establishment, and misogynist culture.

  7. My Son Wears Dresses; Get Over It by Matt Duron at The Atlantic (Keywords: children, clothing, gender identity, gender presentation, stigma, parenting)
    I've been a police officer for more than 15 years. I've been a detective and now I’m a senior officer who trains the new recruits out on the street. Before that I was a firefighter. Before that I played football in college after playing baseball and football in high school, and lettering my sophomore year. I like beer, classic trucks, punk music, riding my motorcycle and catching the game with my buddies. I’m a stereotypical “guy’s guy” and hyper-masculine to a lot of people, I guess. Which may be why it surprises them when they find out that my son wears dresses. And heels, and makeup. It surprises them even more when they learn that I’m cool with it. And at this point, I wouldn't want him to change. Because, if my son liked boy stuff and dressed like a boy, he wouldn't be my boy, he’d be like a stranger.

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