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Links Round Up: Week Ending 20 December 2013

Hi and 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: paid family and medical leave for workers; Canada's only practicing male midwife; body image in Disney's Frozen; and the Supreme Court strikes down Canada's prostitution laws.

  1. FAMILY Act Would Guarantee Paid Family and Medical Leave for All Workers by Emily Crockett at RH Reality Check (Keywords: economy, health care, family and medical leave, United States)
    The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would go considerably further to help families than its two-decade-old predecessor, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which only guarantees unpaid leave and doesn’t cover 40 percent of the workforce. The FAMILY Act would provide all workers—regardless of company size and including part-time, lower-wage, and self-employed workers—two-thirds of their income for up to 12 weeks in the event of serious illness, after childbirth, or to care for a seriously ill relative.



  2. Otis Kryzanauskas, Canada's lone male midwife, is an anomaly by Aleksandra Sagan at CBC News (Keywords: health care, child birth, midwifery, gender roles, employment)
    There are more than 1,000 midwives across Canada's provinces and territories, according to the Canadian Association of Midwives. Only one of them is a man.

    "There's always a little look of shock when I tell people that I'm a midwife," says Otis Kryzanauskas, 26, who has delivered between 300 and 350 babies since he became certified in 2012.



  3. New Disney Heroine’s Eyes Are Bigger Than Her Wrists by Amanda Marcotte at Slate (Keywords: body image, media representations, cartoons, Disney, beauty standards)
    Philip N. Cohen, a sociologist at the University of Maryland at College Park, writes frequently at Sociological Images about the way that physical differences between the sexes are exaggerated to uphold the narrative that men and women are "opposite." His latest post chronicles the way that Disney films magnify gender differences between male and female characters, particularly if they are portrayed on screen as eligible for romantic attention. The apparent need to make the male characters seem so much larger and sturdier than the female characters manifests to a comical level in how male and female wrists are drawn: Female wrists in Disney films are a fraction of the size of male wrists.



  4. Supreme Court strikes down Canada's prostitution laws at CBC News (Keywords: sex work, court decisions, legislation)
    The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the country's anti-prostitution laws in a unanimous decision, and given Parliament one year to come up with new legislation — should it choose to do so.

    In striking down laws prohibiting brothels, living on the avails of prostitution and communicating in public with clients, the top court ruled Friday that the laws were over-broad and "grossly disproportionate."



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?
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