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Links Round Up: Week Ending 20 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 vpteam@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: marriage, consent, and rape culture; how to be an ally; "pranking" women with kisses; post-partum bodies; reproductive health and insurance; transmisogyny in women's sexuality-oriented spaces; and our most recent MMMMonday post on contraceptive choices.

  1. No, marriage does not imply consent by Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon (Keywords: marriage, consent, sexual assault, rape culture)
    TVirgin Island Sen. Alicia “Chucky” Hansen says that she is “not a ‘no’ person.” And that, she explained this week, is why she has a hard time understanding how a person could possibly be raped by a spouse.



  2. Allies Who Are Not Allies by Patrick RichardsFink at
    Eponymous Fliponymous
    (Keywords: social justice, allies, activism, microaggressions)
    So there was a guy walking across the intersection, and he asked if I needed help. I said, yes, please, we need to push the car around the corner and about half a block to a parking lot where I could figure out what I was going to do. He said “Sure, I’ll help.”
    He started trying to flag down cars. I said “What are you doing?” He said “I’ll see if someone has a cell phone so they can call you a tow truck.”

    “I have a cell phone,” I said. “I can’t afford a tow truck. I just need to get me and my car out of this intersection.”



  3. Creepy Guys Prank Women by Kissing Them on the Mouth. Women Giggle. Everyone Loses. by Aisha Harris at Slate (Keywords: assault, harassment, kissing, consent, gender roles, rape culture)
    Then there’s the even sillier “Greeting People With a Kiss,” in which—you guessed it—Hales and Edge walk up to strangers and attempt to kiss them. Pretty much every response features their victims, mostly young women, laughing nervously as they try to avoid a meeting of the lips. It’s awkward, not funny. As a prank, it’s pretty lame. But as an example of male creepiness and some women’s inability to respond forcefully to such invasions of personal space, it succeeds on nearly every level.



  4. 4th Trimester Bodies Project Fights 'Unrealistic Expectations' For New Moms (PHOTOS) by Emma Mustich at Huffington Post (Keywords: childbirth, body image, motherhood, beauty standards, art, photography -- images with non-sexualized partial nudity)
    I see beautiful, inspiring, real women on a daily basis who struggle with their body image because they don’t feel they measure up with who the media tells them to be. I feel like this is even more poignant in mothers who often feel like their bodies have been ruined when they should instead be respected for creating, sustaining and nourishing life. So much more needs to be done in our society to embrace body positivity and normalize breastfeeding. ... So, I started with my story and it has exploded into a beautiful thing from there.



  5. Almost 13 Million Women of Reproductive Age Were Uninsured in 2012 at the Guttmacher Institute (Keywords: United States, health insurance, family planning)
    Almost 13 million women aged 15–44, accounting for one in five (20.8%) women of reproductive age, were uninsured in 2012, according to a Guttmacher analysis of new U.S. Census Bureau data. Moreover, in that same year, almost four out of every 10 (39.1%) reproductive-age women living below the poverty line lacked insurance coverage. These bleak statistics not only underscore the urgent and ongoing need for safety-net programs such as the Title X national family planning program, they also demonstrate the significant potential gains to be made as the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of public and private insurance coverage gets underway on January 1, 2014.



  6. if trans women aren’t welcome, neither am I by Andrea Zanin at Sex Geek (Keywords: transmisogyny, feminism, sex, BDSM, language)
    The question of whether or not to include trans women in women’s sexuality-based events is old and tiresome, but it still comes up with some regularity. I recently responded to a discussion on this topic and I realized that it might be useful to post my thoughts here, as I don’t know that I’ve ever done so in full.

    I see a few main underlying assumptions come up in these discussions, and I’d like to counter them.



  7. MMMMonday! A poll on pregnancy prevention by barrelofrain at VP (Keywords: contraception, polls)
    What is your primary method of pregnancy prevention?




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