Sunday News Round-Up, Gloomy Sunday Edition
Some interesting and important resources and stories that have caught my eye over the past week:
A couple of my recent Our Bodies Ourselves posts:
Are Right-to-Know Breast Density Laws Good for Women’s Health?
Rally at the Supreme Court – Breast Cancer Gene Case to be Heard Next Month
Also of interest: FDA Approves Silicone Gel Breast Implant Without Public Meeting
Also Supreme Court-related, gay marriage is up this week. Lots of wonky coverage on SCOTUSblog, if you’re not familiar with that source.
This is just…no. Doctors Turning Away Patients With Disabilities – the DisabilityScoop item summarizes a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Mobility Impairment Reduces Access to Subspecialty Care – only the abstract of that paper is freely available.
Things we are not even remotely surprised by: Shuffleboard? Oh, Maybe Let’s Get High Instead – on more “older” Americans smoking pot.
We the People petition of interest:
Make Consent a Mandatory Part of Sex-Ed in Public Schools
The New York Times did a Q&A with Dr. Laura Erickson-Schroth, who is working on a book “Trans Bodies, Trans Selves” as a guide for trasgender and gender-variant folks.
No one should have to “show their papers” to use the restroom. Tell the Arizona legislature to stop demonizing one of the most vulnerable group in our society, and work to promote their safety instead.
An oldie but goodie: How Not To Be An Asshole: A Guide For Men
If no woman in your life has ever talked to you about how she lives her life with an undercurrent of fear of men, consider the possibility that it may be because she sees you as one of those men she cannot really trust.
Anti-Choice March Madness: The Worst State for Women – Well, that’s a depressing take on March Madness. But it has good, succinct overview on what each of many states (including Tennessee, North Dakota, and Arkansas) is up to on the anti-choice front.
On Palestinian women forced to give birth at checkpoints. This is an issue I’m extremely underinformed to understand or interpret, but here’s a 2007 UNFPA item with info as well: Checkpoints Compound the Risks of Childbirth for Palestinian Women
Sidra Zaidi at RHRealityCheck asks why HIV prophylaxis gets addressed in VAWA, but emergency contraception doesn’t.
ACOG released a statement on robotic surgery for hysterectomy, expressing concern that the robots are expensive and use of robots may not improve patient outcomes. The Academic Ob/gyn has some thoughts in response. Nobody seems to be talking about – regardless of method – whether there are too many hysterectomies being done period, and specifically in women of color.
Nice commentary on bisexuality at the Hairpin (second question and answer):
Being actively, proudly bisexual is a pretty radical way to live. People really get uncomfortable about it. If you date a guy, they’ll want to proclaim you cured; if you date a girl, they’ll say you were gay all along, they knew it. But when you insist on your right to your own identity, your right to self-define even when it disrupts someone else’s ability to fit you into a category, you’ll feel way more powerful and anti-patriarchal and rebellious than you ever have before.
I haven’t read this, but looks interesting: What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal.
Have you all seen the film, This Film is not yet Rated? It’s a look at MPAA rating systems. Some readers might enjoy – it includes both Lawrence Lessig (briefly) and interviews with Kimberly Peirce, director of Boys Don’t Cry.
First the Egg is doing a series, children’s books from feminist readers.
C-section rates vary widely in the U.S., and probably not in a way that is actually based on patient factors.
A couple of useful things from Bringing Health Information to the Community:
Information Sources on Ethics in Disaster Medicine and Public Health
AHRQ Question Builder – a helpful tool to prepare for health visits
At Oberlin Microaggressions, students trying to stir dialogue on the need for need-blind admissions. This is basic. It’s been proven that the more people have exposure to people unlike them, the less prejudiced they are. It should be a given that an institution working toward social change needs to respect the “nothing about us without us” mantra. Oberlin College is a place that has the potential to be a beacon in the night, but also the potential to easily, easily, be nothing but absurdly privileged white kids. Need-blind admissions is one important remedy. Marvin Krislov, do it.
Finally, I’m taking Google Reader replacement suggestions. I kind of hate Google right now. How much could it take to just let Reader putter along as-is? It really discourages me from investing time in using other Google services. Yeah, I’m bitter.