Sunday News Round-Up: Easing Back in Edition
Shameless self-promotion section: have a post of your own from this week you want to share on women’s health, or reproductive rights? Post a link in the comments. Be aware that comments are moderated, and I’m not letting through all links – for example, CPC/anti-abortion sites that contain medical falsehoods. This is just something new I’m trying, but I’m not making a place for lies or hate.
First up, a group that could use your help:
Women with a Vision is a New Orleans organization with this mission:
To improve the lives of marginalized women, their families, and communities by addressing the social conditions that hinder their health and well-being. We accomplish this through relentless advocacy, health education, supportive services, and community-based participatory research.
The group recently suffered from a break-in and probably arson, which destroyed the space as well as important materials for their work, including all of their health education materials. Here’s information from the group on how to help, and what your donations would replace.
Some recent posts over at Our Bodies Our Blog:
- Some Vaginal Meshes for Prolapse Coming Off the Market; FDA Expresses Safety Concerns About These Devices;
- Hormone Therapy and Chronic Disease Prevention (basically, yeah, probably don’t do that);
- Media Coverage of Health News (with a resource for fisking half-baked medical news coverage)
- Breast Cancer Action Webinar: Inequities in Breast Cancer (quick overview notes and a link to the archived webinar);
- Public Comments Sought in Response to CDC’s Infertility Action Plan (comments are open until June 15th).
There was a bit in the New York Times about how the theoretical concern that emergency contraception might block implantation of a fertilized egg is likely unfounded and a growing body of research suggests that it doesn’t happen.
Trace at Newscoma has been on a roll, and she got a good fired up going about Republican Jay Townsend’s remark, “Let’s hurl some acid at those female democratic Senators…”
She also makes sure we know that our Senators from Tennessee – Alexander and Corker – voted no on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which focused on ensuring equal pay for equal work for women. Here’s the complete roll call vote – around the country, Democrats voted yes, Republicans voted no.
Lucy Ferriss shares her story at the New York Times of finding herself with an unwanted pregnancy and initially seeking an herbal way to induce a miscarriage rather than going directly to an abortion clinic. Although she doesn’t examine it at all, the role of stigma around abortion in causing her to try to avoid taking as much responsibility for ending her pregnancy is pretty apparent. I’d like more women to share their abortion stories, but I’d also like to know that women can share their abortion stories without being forced into a narrative of shame and regret – as one commenter notes, “Not all women who have terminated an unwanted pregnancy feel grief or regret.”
Anti-Choice Extremists Terrorize Doctors in Georgia – RH Reality Check has video on the topic from the Rachel Maddow show (might be easier than going directly to the site to find the clip).
Places where the women’s health, repro rights, and feminism interests and the librarianship overlap:
In an instance of interest convergence, Jenna at Lower East Side Librarian notes finding no Library of Congress subject heading for pubic hair.
I literally have >400 items on my to-read list, but one I just added and hope to get to soon is from the workplace’s university press. Risk, Reproduction and Narratives of Experience is edited by Lauren Fordyce and Aminata Maraesa, and the various chapter titles – like ““They Don’t Know Anything”: How Medical Authority Constructs Perceptions of Reproductive Risk among Low-Income Mothers in Mexico,” and “Birth and Blame: Guatemalan Midwivesand Reproductive Risk” – are interesting enough that I haven’t decided where to dive in.
Kimberly Barker, talking about near field communication in an MLA Tech Trends (that’s “geekery in medical librarianship) panel in Seattle last month, mentioned forced sterilization in the United States. It was pretty great to have that bomb dropped in a roomful of techy librarians. Here’s an example from North Carolina if you want to start learning about this piece of our history.
Ellen Oh writes at Racialicious about the lack of racial diversity in young adult literature.