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Links Round Up: Week Ending 17 January 2014

After a brief hiatus, welcome back to the latest installment 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: how to be a good roommate to someone living with HIV/AIDS; a Barbie' plastic surgery game for kids; breast feeding in the Sistine Chapel; and what you should know about CeCe MacDonald.

  1. How to be a Good Roommate to Someone Living with HIV/AIDS by PartyBottom at The *Sexy* Transmisogyny Blog (HIV/AIDS, housing, socioeconomic status, sex, mental health, ableist language)
    When I mentioned writing this article before to a friend, they were like, “Being a good housemate to someone living with HIV/AIDS? That sounds like a no-brainer. Just like, don’t be weird about stuff.” Were it that simple! Often, people with HIV/AIDS have special housing needs that you might not realize at first glance, so PartyBottom is here to tell you all about ‘em.


  2. 'Barbie' plastic surgery game for kids sparks backlash by Jennifer Dunning at CBC News Community Blog (Keywords: children, games, body image, plastic surgery, fat shaming)
    In the game, called Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version, the players are informed that "this poor girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful."


  3. Breastfeed babies if you want, pope tells mothers in Sistine Chapel by Philip Pullella at Yahoo News (Keywords: breastfeeding, Catholic Church, Pope Francis)
    "If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here," he said, speaking in the same room where he was elected on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years.

    Francis said in an interview last month that mothers should not feel uncomfortable breastfeeding during his ceremonies.


  4. MMMMonday! What You Should Know About CeCe MacDonald here at VP (Keywords: transmisogyny, racism, violence, hate crimes)
    CeCe McDonald is scheduled to be released from prison today! If you don't know who CeCe is or why this is a big deal, Bust Magazine has written a piece that's a good, informative overview, and we wanted to share it with you today. For a little context: MacDonald is a black trans woman who was arrested after being attacked, because one of her attackers impaled himself on the knife she held up in self-defense. Her case was an example of the way trans women of color are often mistreated and under served by the justice system.



Also, VP is having a giveaway through our Facebook page. Go check it out if you missed the earlier announcement. :)

Finally, feel free to share your thoughts on any of these stories -- along with what you've been reading or writing this week.
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