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This week's round-up includes: AIDs prevention and stigma, training myself to wear shorts, on rape prevention, and being cat-called by a five-year-old.
- Why I Am a Truvada Whore by Christopher Glazek at Popnography (Keywords: HIV/AIDS, prevention, medication, queer men, safer sex, slut shaming)
Zeboski’s problem was not that he felt targeted by the article—it was that he thought that everyone deserved protection from HIV, not just people who had coupled with someone HIV-positive. Zeboski didn’t have much tolerance for slut-shaming—he had endured quite enough as a Catholic school student growing up in Sacramento, where abstinence-only sex education was the order of the day. He saw a similar spirit behind the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s vigorous and well-funded PrEP defamation campaign, which was on on vivid display earlier this year when Michael Weinstein, AHF’s president and co-founder, told Buzzfeed Truvada was a “party drug” and that its strongest advocates “have all been associated with bareback porn.”
- Training Myself To Wear Shorts by Stephanie d’Orsay at I Train Therefore I Eat (Keywords: legs, shorts, body image, body shaming, street harassment)
I have always hated shorts. At my smallest, at my leanest, at my largest: shorts have always been my worst enemy. Because of my body type, I carry more weight around my thighs, hips, and butt, no matter what size I am, so it’s always been an area of high scrutiny for me — not an area I’ve wanted to highlight. It’s rare to find pictures of me in shorts, even working out I prefer leggings and crops. There is something about having fabric stop mid-thigh that has always terrified me, has always made me feel as though my legs are about ten sizes bigger than they actually are.
- All Of The Things Women Are Supposed To Do To Prevent Rape by Tara Culp-Ressler at ThinkProgress (Keywords: rape, victim blaming, alcohol, violence, slut shaming, gendered language)
Earlier this week, Washington Post columnist George Will provoked a backlash after he published a column suggesting that the focus on campus sexual assault has ensured that victimhood is now “a coveted status that confers privileges.” More college women are reporting rape because they want that status, Will argued. Sexual assault survivors were quick to mobilize around the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege to point out that becoming a rape victim doesn’t actually come with any special perks, and isn’t something anyone would choose for fun.
- Other people’s children: on being cat-called by a five year old by Kate at Disrupting Dinner Parties (Keywords: children, gender roles, power, street harassment, body shaming, verbal abuse)
I was walking down the street hand in hand with my sweetie on one of the first truly warm days of spring. We were on our way back from buying produce, a bag of vegetables weighing down my shoulder, talking about what we might cook. As we approached my house, two five-year-old boys playing on the sidewalk called out to us.
“Nice tits!” one yelled from his scooter, the one with the handlebars almost as tall as his head.
My teeth clenched.
“Nice ass!” his playmate called out.
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