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Sunday News Round-Up: Three Videos, One Post Edition

July 18, 2010

A few things that caught my eye this week:

Heather at Scarleteen is inviting people to participate in a new series in which people of two generations discuss their experiences, such as of teen motherhood, being trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, HIV positive, or asexual, abortion, surviving rape and sexual abuse, and other topics listed here. See the post and send her an email if you’re interested in participating.

Amy at Science and Sensibility recommends Trish Greenhalgh’s book, How to a Read a Paper, and I definitely second that recommendation. Great, clear stuff on understanding study design and interpretation.

The New York Times Magazine has a great piece, The New Abortion Providers, on barriers physicians face in providing abortion and integrating it into mainstream medical care. Christine has a post commenting on this at Our Bodies Our Blog, and later this week I will have a review there of a related book on the topic.

Via PZ Myers at Pharyngula, I saw this hilarious (hilarious in that depressing way) take on the model Disney provides for young women, from the Second City Network:

Last week, NPR has a story on the practice of shackling incarcerated women during labor and delivery. It points out that only 10 states have laws against this practice, despite recommendations from professional medical organizations against the practice and the exceeding rarity of escape attempts by very pregnant women.

This terrible excuse for a person – Ron Ramsey – is running for Governor in Tennessee. He actually says (right around 4:43 in the video): “You could even argue whether being a Muslim is actually a religion or is it a nationality, way of life or cult, whatever you want to call it.” Needless to say, I will not be voting for Ramsey. I would encourage others not to vote for him, either.

Ramsey’s remarks are related to a bunch of similarly terrible excuses for people who are protesting the building of a mosque in Murfreesboro, TN.

Renee at Womanist Musings has a post talking about abortion and adoption, that people often try to talk women out of abortion by telling them they will regret it, but that there is very little talk about adoption-related regret – “It’s interesting that in this society — that supposedly respects and honours mothers, that once again their voices are muted to push an ideological position. ” Someone has already recommended the book, The Girls Who Went Away, in the comments. Wake Up Little Susie is another book on a similar theme.

The MedlinePlus consumer health information site from the National Library of Medicine has a new look. Siobhan reviews some of the changes. There is lots and lots of non-English-language health info for patients at this site.

Finally, found via Speak to Power, a Scottish public service ad explaining that nobody “asks for it” (even with their clothing choices) with regard to rape.

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 18, 2010 3:12 pm

    Have to say that all of this is quite interesting.. Unsure on how to put my feelings into words on this as of yet.

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