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This week's round-up includes: sleep as a feminist issue; 7 LGBT issues that matter more than marriage; domestic violence, physical fitness, and blogging; voter ID laws in Texas; and bullying with words.
- Sleep is a feminist issue by Sam B. at Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty (Keywords: sleep, feminism, gender roles, division of labor, hormones)
According to Kate Harding in Salon, sleep is the next big feminist issue.
From the reading I’ve done about women and sleep, I can see why. If you’re a woman you need more sleep than a man of the same age and chances are you’re getting less (that’s even more true if you share a bed with one of them) and chances are, you’re not happy about it.
- 7 LGBT Issues That Matter More Than Marriage by Holly at BuzzFeed (Keywords: LGBT, violence, racism, socioeconomics, health care)
From the death of DOMA to Macklemore’s “Same Love,” it’s been an exciting few months for the mainstream LGBT movement.
But what you might not know is that LGBT rights are about more than marriage. LGBT justice should be about empowering all queer people everywhere, which probably won’t happen just because people can legally marry people of the same gender.
- What does domestic violence have to do with this blog? Everything by Caitlin Constantine at Fit and Feminist (Keywords: domestic violence, physical fitness, strength, shame)
So it’s kind of a scary thing to admit to having been on the wrong side of things in a violent relationship, because it opens you up to all kinds of judgment about your value as a human being. I understand why a lot of women do not talk openly about their experiences (and I really understand why male survivors are even more reticent). I get it because I struggle with it, even though I also know that one of the most powerful ways to fight shame is to speak openly about the things that we are most ashamed of.
- How Texas’ Voter ID Laws Affect Women at TruthDig (Keywords: United States, voting laws, discrimination, erasure of trans* issues)
It’s no secret voter ID laws were drafted with minorities in mind, but they’re not the only ones who could have their voice suppressed by such legislation. This fall in Texas, many women may also face difficulties exercising their right to vote.
The discriminatory legislation, made possible in the wake of the Supreme Court’s infamous gutting of the Voting Rights Act, demands that citizens provide photo identification that displays their current name.
- Sometimes words actually do hurt me by Skylar Fox at Disrupting Dinner Parties (Keywords: language, bullying, victim blaming, abuse)
I, like many, was a child who was bullied. Constantly and for years. I had it harder than some, not as hard as others. I was never physically attacked (besides the occasional shove here and there), my experience was mostly bullying through insult and exclusion. And while having to deal with that was hard, what made it harder was the fact that no one was capable of supporting me effectively.
Thoughts on any of these stories? Also, please don't hesitate to share anything I -- among other VP readers -- may have missed! What have you been reading or writing this week?