Sunday News Round-Up, Monday Style
Lauredhel just went and threw water in the hot skillet of oil that is the breastfeeding vs. formula feeding debate online. She has some demands for “those who think that society has ‘gone too far’ in supporting breastfeeding, that mothers who formula feed are demonised and breastfeeding mothers aren’t.”
You may have heard radio bits from StoryCorps, the public radio project that travels the country collecting stories from folks. There is a new related project, StoryCorps OutLoud, “project to record and preserve the voices of LGBTQ individuals across the nation.”
Thoughts are being solicited for a second Women Deliver conference in 2010.
Via Shakesville, people who misinterpret/misrepresent the medical literature are still pushing the repeatedly debunked abortion/breast cancer myth. [I’ve also shared a few of my clumsiest moments in a separate comment thread over there. Don’t ask me why.]
Heather Corinna of Scarleteen has a piece at RH Reality Check, How to (Un)pack for a Real Conversation About Abortion.
The New York Times on birth videos on YouTube, and the people who like to watch them. Eugene Declerq says:
“A hundred and fifty years ago women viewed birth on a pretty regular basis — they saw their sisters or neighbors giving birth,” he said, adding that it wasn’t until the late 19th century that birthing moved out of living rooms and bedrooms and into hospitals. “But now, with YouTube, we’ve come back around and women have this opportunity to view births again.”
Note, of course, that
“The majority of childbirth videos on YouTube are home births, recorded inside living rooms, bedrooms or bathtubs. In the United States, many hospitals and doctors forbid patients to record births because of liability concerns, so few American hospital birth videos appear on YouTube.”
Huge pet peeve of mine. And, yeah, it’s in the Fashion & Style section. (found via Unnecesarean.com)
Dispatches from Libraryland:
-From where libraries and Twitter and sports fans collide: @liltree mentioned she would be doing a “twitterview” with former Lady Vol and current Sparks player Candace Parker. Because I’m a dork, I DM’ed liltree a suggestion to ask Parker about her ALA library card sign-up month promotion, and liltree kindly obliged. @Candace_Parker responded that “@liltree I loved going to the library as a kid and I thought it was impt I do that to bring awareness to the many things the library offers.” Whee! Thanks to @liltree for putting my question through.
-I was pleased to see how many commenters in this thread at Shakesville suggested the original poster check the local library (for language learning resources).
-Via LibraryJournal, your guide to the best zombie literature and films.
–More bad behavior from Elsevier.