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Weekly News Round-Up, 8/30/09

August 30, 2009

Lots of stuff at Our Bodies Our Blog, as usual. 😉

Emily Douglas is leaving RH Reality Check for The Nation. If you’ve appreciated her work at RHRC, go wish her a fond farewell.

Rachel Maddow interviewed Dr. LeRoy Carhart, an abortion provider in Nebraska whose clinic is being protested by Operation Rescue this weekend. He appeared wearing a large badge that reads, “Trust Women.”

frau sally benz is staring up a feminist book club (online), Radical Readers & Feminisms for Dummies – visit jump off the bridge to sign up.

Renee at Womanist Musings has a bunch of stuff worth reading in her weekly round-up. I particularly liked Chally at Zero to the Bone’s In Which Homework is Assigned, with commentary on and links to things to read on disability and access.

From Renee’s round-up, I also liked Hopefully This Will Become the Standard at Danny’s Corner, on a nude photo of a “plus size” model in Glamour magazine. She looks lovely, and she has a little tummy pooch – it’s almost shocking to see that, not airbrushed out. The post includes a clip from the Today show interviewing both the model, Lizzi Miller, and the editor-in-chief of Glamour, who says that the reaction to the photo may actually influence their choices (in response to a question about whether they’ll laud this and then just go back to all size 2 models). Lizzi also expresses that she lives a healthy lifestyle, and works out, and this is just what she looks like – in other words, the aforementioned isn’t some magic road to skinny – ah, body acceptance. I can’t help noticing that despite her supposedly inappropriate (yet completely average) size, the model is a very conventionally pretty white and blonde, but, hey, baby steps. Editor-in-chief Cindi Lieve talks more about the photo in a blog post on the magazine’s site, and says “Trust me, Glamour’s listening, and this only strengthens our commitment to celebrating all kinds of beauty.”

via Genderkid, the Question Project, “a photo project exploring the power dynamics inherent in the questions asked of transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender-variant, and/or gender non-conforming people.” Several photos from the project are up at JPG.

At Shapely Prose, Sweet Machine has posted the first in what may become a regular series, Straw Feminist Weekly, this time on the idea that feminists hate babies, being pushed by Katie Roiphe (groan).

Excellent consumer health resource MedlinePlus is now also on Twitter (@medlineplus4you)

Contraception Journal has an editorial on abortion, psychological response, and informed consent. It’s written in an academic way, but is a good summary of why we can and should “validate the concerns of the general public and the feelings women have about their abortion, while simultaneously rejecting the policy solutions that would ban or limit abortion.” (I don’t know if I’d use the word “validate” for the concerns that are unfounded and misrepresented in the overall, but…)

The Association of Child and Maternal Health Programs is accepting presentation submissions for its 2010 meeting for two more weeks.

NPR has a piece on fear and the health care debate.

The New York Times has a piece on Tennessee’s toxic coal ash waste being taken to Alabama for disposal – “Almost every day, a train pulls into a rail yard in rural Alabama, hauling 8,500 tons of a disaster that occurred 350 miles away to a final resting place, the Arrowhead Landfill here in Perry County, which is very poor and almost 70 percent black. ” This type of thing is exactly why I don’t support schemes like emissions trading – where one big polluter pays for the right to keep polluting by buying “credits” from someone else who is polluting less than they could. While it might encourage one location to pollute less, the people who live around the companies that are paying to pollute more are often lacking the resources to just move away from the toxins (and should they have to?) and they and their communities can be negatively affected. For a good starting place for more information on this general topic, see the website of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2009 7:47 pm

    Thank you for the link, Rachel!

    • August 31, 2009 7:57 am

      You’re welcome! It’s an excellent post, and I need to make time to get through all of the assigned reading.

  2. August 31, 2009 9:30 am

    Re: the size 12 model in Glamour–I don’t know what to think with that, exactly. I feel like it’s a classic case of “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house,” but then it’s also hard to ignore the hordes of women who say they felt thrilled to see the photo. My reaction was more lukewarm–I felt manipulated–but I also recognize that though this may be a baby step, its reverberations are very eral.

    • August 31, 2009 10:32 am

      I’m glad you said that; my reaction is similarly mixed. I’m glad to see the photo and for women to be able to see images that may resemble them in a magazine (if they’re, uh, young and blonde and white and “pretty”…), but am skeptical that it will change anything, except to give some women a positive feel about the magazine that they might not have had before.

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