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Sunday Monday News Round-Up – Way Overdue Edition

December 13, 2010

Some items that have caught my interest recently – I haven’t done one of these in a long time because of work and life and other ponderings about the best current use of the blog, but here are some news items, issues, and commentary of potential interest to readers, on women’s health, feminism, and miscellaneous topics:

The CDC provides Consider Cholera: Information for U.S. Healthcare Professionals for clinicians who are asked to be on the lookout for U.S. cases, with info on diagnosis, treatment, and reporting.

Aunt B has an excellent commentary in Self-Avowed Feminist, Gail Kerr, Has some Opinions about Emily Evans on the message sent when one female newspaper columnist attempts to trash a female councilperson using language like “shrill” and “class know-it-all.” The setting is Nashville, but the meaning conveyed is likely to be clear to smart women everywhere who are used to this kind of “know your role” gender-oriented criticism.

I haven’t read the study yet myself, but Robin Marty of RHRC points to a recent paper that apparently indicates that ultrasound may not be necessary for some medical abortions.

Midwife Connection (blog of the ACNM) explains some myths and facts about kegels.

For the first time, a woman (deliberately) gave birth inside an MRI machine. The still images look pretty much like I expected they would. Sounds uncomfortable.

FWD/Forward has a call for submissions to a blog carnival on asexuality and the autism spectrum.

FWD/Forward also has a “An open letter to abled people who like to glare at people who use disabled parking spaces.”

Jill at Feministe is talking about reproductive justice and the law, specifically a recent study of reproductive rights courses in American law schools.

From the New York Times, “Push for Stricter Abortion Limits Is Expected in House.”

New STI treatment guidelines from the CDC are coming out soon (Dec 17).

Loretta Ross of SisterSong has a great piece in On The Issues, “Fighting the Black Anti-Abortion Campaign: Trusting Black Women.”

Mother Jones asks whether efforts to prevent federal funding of abortion (already pretty much well taken care of! despite what anti-healthcare, anti-choice propaganda might have you believe!) might also affect private insurance coverage of the procedure.

The CDC released new guidelines on lead exposure during pregnancy; the AAFP sums it up and links to the PDF.

Melissa at Redefine Girly is taking on sexism in Christmas toy ads.

Lesley at Fatshionista writes about fat stereotypes on Glee.

Meanwhile, I really wanted to like Good magazine, but was turned off this week after an OhNoesTehFAT!!! infographic this week that focused on a fat=death! message, which was only one aspect of recent research upon which the piece was based. They didn’t bother to mention increased mortality in the underweight, I’m assuming because that part of the findings doesn’t fit the popular narrative, and isn’t so readily illustrated to fit that narrative. Good chose to illustrate degrees of overweight using plates with increasing amounts of food, as though simple eating too much is the only issue here. Granted, there is probably more concern about overweight than underweight in the U.S., but the presentation just struck me as simplistic and intended more to confirm existing prejudices than to inform.

And, as always, I have more regular posts over at Our Bodies Our Blog; recent topics include “Bridalplasty,” a new report on the Hyde amendment, public comment periods on birth-related things, and reactions to the Princeton abortion conference.

That’s all for now!

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