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This week's round-up includes: holidays and "women's work;" reflections on the Trans Day of Remembrance; anti-rape panties and culture; the next Steubenville sexual assault investigation; children, athletics, and weight.
- Holidays Are Nothing But Women’s Work! by Gretchen at Girls Can't What? (Keywords: Christmas, holidays, domestic labor, women's roles)
You can call me the Grinch or Scrooge if you will, but I do not enjoy the hoopla that surrounds most holidays.
Getting together with family and having fun – yes. Planning, preparing and spending countless hours baking and decorating – big, fat no.
So now as an adult, I started thinking… Holidays aren’t really holidays for most women. They are more like unpaid workdays where overtime is required and yet none of the workers complain.
- Quiet Reflections: Why I Chose Silence on Trans Day of Remembrance by Janet at Critical Writings bu Janet Mock</em> (Keywords: trans*, privilege, death, remembrance)
Folk in the crowd continually remarked on how “special” it was that the three of us were so visible, together, in that space. I was grateful for their gratitude, but their comments struck an unsettling chord within me. To me, it was not “special” because that sort of gathering of trans women and folk of color reflects my everyday. What appeared “special” to me, even before I entered that space, was that that sort of gathering is not present in most people’s daily lives. Often times the only time our culture recognizes or shifts their focus on trans women of color, specifically, is in relation to violence, trauma and death.
- Anti-Rape Panties and Bulletproof Jackets: Are We in Combat Zones? by Michelle at Balancing Jane (Keywords: sexual assault, violence, rape culture, victim blaming)
By making this analogy between bodies and property, the proponents of these anti-rape measures are able to make feminist detractors out to be ridiculous and careless. It's not your fault if your house gets broken into, but why would you just leave the door unlocked? It's not your fault if your car gets stolen, but really shouldn't you just take the 30 seconds to put a club on the steering wheel?
- Steubenville Grand Jury Investigation: Four More School Employees Indicted at the Huffington Post> (Keywords: rape, rape culture, victim blaming)
Four more people have been indicted in the Steubenville rape case for crimes ranging from obstruction of justice to making false statements to public officials, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Monday at a press conference.
Superintendent Michael McVey, 50, was charged with a felony count of tampering with evidence, two felony counts of obstruction of justice, a misdemeanor count of falsification and a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business.
- Your Kid is Not in the Wrong Weight Class at Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty (Keywords: parenting, sports, weight loss, body shaming)
But still, even in recreational competition, the mentality of “lighter is better” is pervasive. This is not completely unjustified, since there are benefits to being taller and having more reach, as well as having the power that tends to go along with size. But I’m among those who are somewhat skeptical that it matters so much at the non-super-elite levels. And anyway, that’s not the point.
Also, in case you missed it, VP is looking for new SSM candidates.
Thoughts on any of these stories (minus the SSM candidate announcement; questions and such about that are best directed to that post)? 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?