Weekly News Round-Up
Melissa at Shakesville has a great post on why the way some young girls have reacted to the Rihanna/Chris Brown situation shouldn’t be a surprise.
Kate at Shapely Prose points out the evil in learning that body dissatisfaction increases girls’ suicide risk and jumping to the conclusion then that this is “cost of obesity” instead of a huge problem with how we treat people’s bodies.
NPR covers an appalling story of abuse of institutionalized, mentally disabled people in one Texas institution.
End Poverty 2015 has the following chat event details (visit the site for advance registration and question submission):
On March 25, 2009 at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time, Annie Raja, General Secretary of the National Federation of Indian Women, and Dr. Jemima A. Dennis-Antwi, the International Confederation of Midwives’ Regional Midwifery Adviser for Anglophone Africa, will share firsthand experiences from the front lines of the fight against maternal mortality, in a live chat moderated by Kimberly Seals Allers, Editorial Director of Women’s eNews’ Black Maternal Health series, which is generously funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Seals Allers is also founder of Mochamanual.com.
From the National Library of Medicine, a basic tutorial on medical terminology.
Zuska at ScienceBlogs on careers in science, women, and motherhood, with excellent commentary on why the problems women face in science are not just about their presumed reproductive potential: “The swelling chorus makes it seem almost as if the problem of women in science is a problem women carry around with them in their bodies, and inflict on science, rather than something going on outside and around and enacted upon those bodies.”
PhDork at the Pursuit of Harpyness is begging you women to sit on the toilet. I would add that if you can’t bring yourself to sit, please, PLEASE clean up after yourself. That includes the pee drops and/or stupid toilet paper you left all over the seat.
The New York Times has a story, A Slippery Place in the U.S. Work Force, which focuses on the economy, job market, and conditions in the town where I was raised, Morristown, TN, with a special emphasis on the immigrants who call it home.
I haven’t actually listened to it yet, but NPR on Friday had a piece on the economy and family planning.
I’m wondering how I only just stumbled across the blog with the title “Future Feminist Librarian-Activist.”
I’m psyched about Michelle Obama’s White House vegetable garden, but looking at the garden plan, I have to ask – where are the tomatoes? How can you have a vegetable garden without tomatoes? And with all those marigolds? According to The Swamp, there will indeed be tomatoes, and the First Lady talked to children at the groundbreaking about three sisters gardening. Relatedly, if you’re getting into gardening for the first time, check out the educational resources from your local extension office.