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Weekly News Round-Up, 10/4 Good Buddy

October 4, 2009

If you’re a fellow Nashville resident, Courtney Martin, author of “Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters” (and blogger at Feministing) will be in town speaking at Vanderbilt on 10/7 at 7pm in the Langford Auditorium on the medical center campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Via Christine, my co-blogger at Our Bodies Our Blog, I found AlterNet’s 40 Books About Sexuality That You Have to Read. C has also been covering a lot of health reform news, so don’t forget to check the OBOS blog.

Via RH Reality Check, a hotline has been set up in Illinois by the The Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project to help young women understand the judicial bypass avenue of that state’s abortion parental notification law. The number is 1-877-44-BYPASS, and it’s available 9am-9pm, Monday-Saturday.

Kate Harding of Shapely Prose has been writing a lot about Polanski, and the responses she’s gotten to her commentary on the case, saying

“All I’ve done is say that Roman Polanski raped a child, fled before he could be sentenced for it, and thus, by any reasonable standard, deserves to be punished…And it turns out a whole lot of people were waiting to hear someone say just that, straight-up, unencumbered by a bunch of bullshit about the importance of his work, his artistic genius, his age, whether his victim looked 13 or not, the judicial misconduct that marred his case or, most gallingly, the ‘punishment’ he’s already ‘suffered’ by spending more than 30 years in ‘exile.'”

“There is something about being in the presence of an expectant mom that causes otherwise rational people to say and do inexplicably inane things.” – At Resolutions to Transform the Fashion and Beauty Industries, in a post on a pregnancy-related storyline on The Office.

Jill at The Unnecesarean writes of a woman seeking a VBAC and threatened with a court ordered c-section.

A commentary on “crisis pregnancy centers” at

The EPA is apparently going to review 6 chemicals, including bisphenol A, or BPA. More on this at Scientific American.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins was on the Colbert Report last week.

Dispatches from Libraryland:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 4, 2009 6:29 pm

    Kate Harding’s original post was brilliant and, at the same time, very simple. I’m glad she linked to the Yes Means Yes blog in her follow-up post. Yes, THIS IS WHAT RAPE CULTURE LOOKS LIKE.


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