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This week's round-up includes: women in combat, 10 things you can't buy with food stamps, a film about beauty standards and its social media campaign, normalizing sexual violence, and the difference between trans* women and drag queens.
- The Things She Carried by Cara Hoffman at The New York Times (Keywords: war, women in combat, death, PTSD, sexual assault)
The injury wasn’t new, and neither was the insult. Rebecca, a combat veteran of two tours of duty, had been waiting at the V.A. hospital for close to an hour when the office manager asked if she was there to pick up her husband.
- 10 Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps by Sue Kerr at The Huffington Post (Keywords: food, self care, socioeconomic status, stigma, LGBT issues)
A February report from the Williams Institute revealed that in the last year, 2.4 million LGBT adults (29 percent) experienced a time when they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family. This is known as being food-insecure -- or hungry.
- A Film About The Marketing Of Unattainable Beauty Ideals Needs Our Help by Elena Rossini at Women You Should Know (Keywords: film making, beauty standards, social media, women in film)
As I waited for answers from film festivals, I had a long conference call with an experienced film producer. I was seeking advice regarding distribution strategies. Basically, the producer told me that my film “was a gem” but no good festival would accept it, because I didn’t have the right connections. I needed a well-known producer, production company and/or grants from prominent foundations. Otherwise, The Illusionists would have no chance of getting into any reputable festivals.
- Study: Many young girls view sexual violence as ‘normal stuff’ by Amanda Sakuma at MSNBC.com (Keywords: sex, teenagers, young adults, violence, sexual assault, rape.)
After analyzing interviews conducted with 100 young people between the ages 3 and 17, Marquette University sociologist Heather Hlavka discovered that girls don’t stand by each other’s side when they report sexual violence. Instead, Hlavka found, girls avoided reporting instances of harassment or violence because they feared backlash from peers and of assuming the label of “whore” or “slut.”
- Trans* Women Are Not Drag Queens by Maddie McClouskey at Everyday Feminism (Keywords: LGBTQIA, trans* issues, gender presentation, drag queens)
[I]t dawned on me: Many people do not know the difference between trans* women and drag queens!
There seems to be an assumption that all people assigned male at birth who grow up to wear clothing from the women’s section identify the same way.
And that couldn’t be further from the truth.
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