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Weekly News Round-Up

June 14, 2009

Some things to read from the past week:

Lynda Waddington at RH Reality Check on rural access to obstetric care.

An update from GLAAD on the Rob & Arnie radio situation. I haven’t heard it yet, but apparently they invited some appropriate guests onto the show, had a real discussion, and offered a better and self-critical apology for their previous hateful language.

Amplify is lobbying CVS to unlock the condoms!

Octagalore on why speaking out against misogyny should have absolutely nothing to do with one’s politics.

i can’t remember if I pointed to this or just quietly added it to the blogroll, so here’s First, Do No Harm: Real Stories of Fat Prejudice in Health Care. Med students, it would be good for you to read some of these stories.

Um, somehow I didn’t hear about this in Nashville, although in retrospect I find that there was some coverage, so that’s my fault. Cara at the Curvature explains that the police in this story, of women held against their will and sold for sex rape, went ahead and charged the captive women with marijuana possession. That just about makes me want to vomit.

bfp at flip flopping joy has details on how you can “Help bring single mamis to the Allied Media Conference.” Every time I read about the AMC, I feel like – “This is a conference done right. And doing good.” – and I want to go and be inspired and feel full. Go find out how you can help somebody else do just that.

Via bfp, I ended up over at guerilla mama medicine reading a post about doula certifications (including why the author believes they’re not needed), and that led to outlaw midwives, which uses phrases like “revolutionary communities of love.” There’s a manifesta, and I’m still processing it. There hasn’t been anything new in a while, it seems, but I’ll check back.

Somewhere in there I also stumbled over a link to the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, whose mission is “to offer safe, respectful, free-of-judgment spaces for girls and young women impacted by the sex trade and street economies to recognize their goals, dreams and desires. We are run by girls and women with life experience in the sex trade and street economies. We are a youth leadership organization grounded in harm reduction and social justice organizing by and for girls and young women (ages 12-23) impacted by the sex trade and street economies.”

Via my overflowing feedreader, I found a link to Ultra Violet, a site for Indian feminists. I haven’t spent much time there, but wanted to pass it along.

Occupational health concerns in the porn film industry, on HIV risk and exposure.

Jamie Murnane at After Ellen asks Why are Nipples so Offensive? It includes shots from a photographic project which features topless women with their nipples digitally removed. And thus it became the first time I ever typed Nipples Non Grata into a Google search toolbar.

Jennifer Block at pushed birth links to selected birth videos on YouTube. The photo accompanying the post is itself worth a click through. Block also notes that birth videos now tend to largely be shot at home births, as so many hospitals simply refusing to allow filming, which is a pet peeve of mine.

Heather at Scarleteen has a great post, How to (Un)pack for a Real Discussion About Abortion, with discussion of common language problems/tactics and myths/truths about abortion.

I can’t remember if I linked to this before, but I just saw it again. Daisy’s Ageism in Blogdonia, part 230856.

fillyjonk at Shapely Prose is talking about clothing sizes and the need for designers to make clothing that fits women of all shapes and sizes.

Dispatches from Libraryland:

  • I’m bringin’ sexy reference back – I really want someone to fill out the lyrics to this comic and make a video.

  • McSweeney’s: Dispatches from a Public Librarian: The Librarian: A Twitter Story.
  • On a more serious note, the Medical Library Association and the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries issued a joint statement [PDF] on journal publishing ethics, in light of recent events with JAMA, Elsevier, and the like. While acknowledging both that the issue deserves more in-depth discussion and the headaches of issuing a compelling joint statement with anybody, I’m kind of underwhelmed. It essentially says, “Look over there at what some other people have done.” It includes no real consequences from either the organizations or the membership (who control lots and lots of publication-buying dollars) for bad behavior.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2009 7:50 pm

    Thanks, Rachel!

    • June 15, 2009 7:10 am

      You’re welcome – I really liked your post, found myself nodding along with it.

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