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This week's round-up includes: running blood tests with only a drop of blood, an interview with a trans yoga teacher, and exploring sex in a fat body.
- This Woman Invented a Way to Run 30 Lab Tests on Only One Drop of Blood by Caitlin Roper at Wired (Keywords: blood, medical testing, technology, women inventors, health care)
Holmes, now 30, dropped out of Stanford and founded a company called Theranos with her tuition money. Last fall it finally introduced its radical blood-testing service in a Walgreens pharmacy near company headquarters in Palo Alto, California. (The plan is to roll out testing centers nationwide.) Instead of vials of blood—one for every test needed—Theranos requires only a pinprick and a drop of blood. With that they can perform hundreds of tests, from standard cholesterol checks to sophisticated genetic analyses. The results are faster, more accurate, and far cheaper than conventional methods.
- Sparkle Thornton Is A Trans Yogi by Ewan Duarte at Original Plumbing (Keywords: yoga, gender, trans*, mental health)
Being transgender is what makes me feel most vulnerable while teaching, and on a good day it also makes me feel special. I think trans-identified yoga practitioners can be an inspiration to all cisgendered yoga practitioners.
Being an out trans woman to me means my struggle can be seen from the outside. I think a lot of people can relate to this, not just trans people. I haven't had many trans identified and queer identified yoga students yet, but I am wishing for them.
- Jiggle is Hot: Exploring Sex in a Fat Body by Ragen Chastain at Ms. Fit Magazine (Keywords: sex, fat, body image, body policing, mention of specific weight numbers, disordered eating)
I really truly believed that fat women who loved their bodies were magical creatures who had been unscathed by the culture’s prohibitive body expectations. I thought they were like magical unicorns with cryptic gifts. It turned out when I began to read their stories that this was so far from the truth. Women who love themselves despite the culture’s self-hate imperative are very brave and very strong and have had so many of the heart-breaking struggles I had but they’ve chosen to fight back. It turned out that they were actually magical but for totally different reasons than those I’d originally imagined.
Sorry the list is so short this week: I've spent some extra time writing, which left less time for reading. Feel free to add your own links and recommendations in the comments!