Sunday News Round-Up, Vacation Wind-Down Edition
(Medical Librarian Geek Alert!) There’s new MeSH! I may do a separate post later on terms related to women’s and sexual health and/or neat things for searching. Things that immediately catch my eye for being miscellaneously cool are ageism, breakfast, brown recluse spider, crowdsourcing, drug overdose, Fukushima nuclear accident, genocide, homophobia, literature based discovery, metal-on-metal joint prostheses, patient medication knowledge, public health surveillance, racism, and sexism. And, yeah, we’re gonna have to talk about “transgendered persons.” And send NCBI more emails. Which they love.
Via Colorlines, D.C. Launches First Ever Transgender Respect Ad Campaign
By Jodi Jacobson at RH Reality Check, Virginia Board of Health Succumbs to Threats From Cuccinelli, Passes Medically-Unnecessary Restrictions, on abortion TRAP laws intended to close clinics and reduce access.
I haven’t seen it yet, but caught a link to this film, Two Spirits, that aired on Independent Lens, and apparently explores various Native American perspectives on gender.
I don’t read Daily Kos, but I somehow stumbled across this post which highlighted more in white male Republican ignorance about abortion. In a video for Al Jazeera’s U.S.-focused Fault Lines, an interviewer asks Ohio Republican state Rep. Jim Buchy, who reportedly co-sponsored abortion-restricting “heartbeat” legislation, “What do you think makes a woman want to have an abortion?”
Although discussion of the restrictions starts earlier, the specific question and Buchy’s response start at 12:43. He actually chuckles at first at the idea of putting himself in those shoes, laughing, while insisting, “I’m not a woman…I’m thinkin’, if I’m a woman…” He concedes that economics are an issue, before confessing, “It’s a question I’ve never even thought about.”
So here’s a man who has co-sponsored legislation that could ban abortions at a point in pregnancy at which many women don’t even know they’re pregnant yet, effectively barring them from having abortions. And he’s never even actually thought about why they might need or want to have them. That’s just awesome.
Jaclyn Friedman has some strong thoughts about Naomi Wolf’s new book, “Vagina.” I haven’t read it yet, but what Jaclyn says makes me think I shouldn’t bother:
Despite the title, this is a book explicitly and exclusively about straight vaginas. Lesbians and bisexual women? They’re a mystery to her, beyond the scope of the book. Women of color are rarely referenced, appearing mostly as victims, goddesses, or Josephine Baker. Women who don’t have vaginas, and people with vaginas who aren’t women? Never heard of ’em.
Amy Poehler gives advice on loving your body (transcript included), which is awesome. I didn’t really like the turn at the end that’s basically “and don’t worry, somebody will love you!” I get the sentiment, but you should make peace with your own body even if you deeply hate other people and plan to live out your days in a cat-filled shack. I’m just saying.
Relatedly, Renee at Womanist Musings talks about Kate Middleton and body policing.
Oh, Missouri. What are we going to do with you? Are you jealous that nobody thinks of you when they think of the South, is that it?
Do you all listen to Science Friday? It’s pretty awesome. That is all.
My posts at the Our Bodies Ourselves blog include Task Force Update: Routine Ovarian Cancer Screening Not Recommended for Most Women, a conference announcement for medical students interested in reproductive choice and health, and an observation of the first ever Global Female Condom Day. Don’t forget to check out the Our Bodies Our Votes campaign while you’re there!
Yet another librarian/feminist crossover situation: Nashville’s Mayor Karl Dean announced the first citywide read selection, and its The Handmaid’s Tale. No, I’m completely serious. Like Aunt B, I’m caught somewhere between applause and wondering if our Mayor actually knows what the books is about.
Reading notes: Vacation reads finished included A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (entertaining, with lots of references to a library and manuscripts in this one, but I’m still not thrilled about the treatment of the lead character and the “romance”), The Wind Done Gone by local Alice Randall (picked up at East Side Story), A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris (in the Aurora Teagarden series, which I won’t read any more of – I like Harris’s supernatural and Lily Bard stories much better).
Because I’m a reading grazer, I also looked at bits of Risk, Reproduction and Narratives of Experience (out of our university press, and which I intend to give a complete serious read in the near future), Engendering Genre: the Works of Margaret Atwood by Reingard Nischik, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank, and Sister Outsider by Audre Lord. I failed to finish The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood, which I started before vacation – of all of the above, it’s the one I have the most doubt about eventually finishing.
And that’s it for this Sunday, because I am gonna go catch up on Boardwalk Empire.