links for 20-6-2011

Father’s Day was yesterday! Did you celebrate it with meat? Meat is very manly. Or perhaps you just purchased your father a very manly card, praising his manly familial-providing… ness. But seriously, thank you to all the fathers, mothers, parents, guardians, grandparents, mentors, siblings etc, who make a positive difference in our growth.

I’m sure if you’ve managed to turn on a TV in the past three years you’ve noticed that yogurt is suddenly magic lady food. Well, now Yoplait has recently pulled an ad that the National Eating Disorders Association thought was triggering to those who struggle with disordered eating. If you scroll down to the end of the link, there’s a slideshow of seven other ads NEDA feels are triggering as well.

Oh, poor British Vogue! They are simply so overrun with Asian models THEY LITERALLY CANNOT TELL THEM APART.

A list of 30 things people need to stop believing about Third World Women. Some of my favorites:

4. In popular culture and media, if Third World Women characters don’t wear shiny and bright colours, reality will not crack I assure you.

18. Representation of Third World Women that doesn’t posit the hijab synonymous to oppression will not mess with Global Time.

23. Not all of us have British accents, we don’t speak in archaic prose when addressed. And we do speak even when no one addresses us — apparently this is very shocking for people.

TRIGGER WARNING: A trans woman in Halifax was violently assaulted in her own apartment, and the police are reluctant to call it a hate crime.

Chloe Angyal’s piece on why when we call someone a slut, we are lying about our own safety.

How’s this for a pleasant surprise? REPUBLICAN New York State Senator Roy Macdonald supports gay marriage.

Feminist Teacher is a great resource for any one who considers themselves an educator. Check it out!

There are mixed reactions in Wales over the decision to make the morning after pill free. One Catholic Church official is worried that making emergency contraception available will turn sex into A SPORT. Gasp!

“You’re left with something that is devoid of its intention – a recreational activity, almost.”

Ah yes, recreational sex. Our world’s greatest problem. What if it should lead to a sexual Olympics?! Heavens.

Actually much of the concern revolves around teen pregnancy. Yes, teens get pregnant, and many choose to make a family, in various forms, and face intense stigma, with access to very few resources.

If you don’t already know about the microagressions tumblr check it out. Sometimes I just go there to have a cry/laugh.

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  1. AndersH
    AndersH June 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm |

    I’m a bit hesitant to mention it on account of the weirdness and stupid martyr bit, but since I assume this will be an important talking point for MRAs and others, it might be helpful to be aware of:
    Domestic Abuser Lights Self on Fire, Blames Feminists, Congress, etc.

  2. groggette
    groggette June 21, 2011 at 9:07 am |

    “You’re left with something that is devoid of its intention – a recreational activity, almost.”

    The Horror!!! Although, I do like your idea for a sexual olympics.

    That also reminded me of a quote I found a while back for a blog post I did:

    I think there’s definitely this idea where a woman’s function is to have babies cause your body is made to do it. My body is made to do a lot of things. It’s made to run. That doesn’t mean I go running every day. Nor should I have to.

  3. Paraxeni
    Paraxeni June 21, 2011 at 10:00 am |

    There are mixed reactions in Wales over the decision to make the morning after pill free. One Catholic Church official is worried that making emergency contraception available will turn sex into A SPORT. Gasp!

    *headdesk*

    This has been researched time and again here in the UK. In fact, not that long ago research in Scotland* found that making MAP free, and freely available on demand prior to sex even happening, resulted in the following:

    -it didn’t lead to more PIV sex
    -it didn’t lead to more unprotected PIV sex
    -it didn’t lead to more random PIV sex
    -it did lead to more use of MAP.

    So fuck the Church, and hard, if they can’t lrn2internet. With the way UK Govt. is waging war on the poor, girls and women (and anyone else who can get pregnant) need every chance they can get to make sure they’re not pregnant before they want to be.

    And if it did become a sport? (and by that I mean something done purely for fun and the cardio benefits) IDGAF. As long as it’s between consenting over-16 year olds, as long as it’s as safe as it can be, then great. The govt. has abolished the scheme that was creating free sport schemes for underprivileged areas, and at least sex (and contraception) is free.

    The Church should be far more concerned with what’s hidden under their robes, than what’s under the skirts of girls and women.

    *Anna Glasier , head of Family Planning Scotland – “Past studies, including one involving 18,000 Lothian women, have shown that getting emergency contraception to keep at home increased its use by two or three times – but with no measurable effect on abortion rates.

    Prof Glasier said: “The problem is many women do not realise they have put themselves at risk of pregnancy.

    They may assume that it just won’t happen to them, so even if they have the morning-after pill at home they don’t use it.”

  4. Christina
    Christina June 21, 2011 at 10:26 am |

    If you are having sex and it is not recreational, you are doing it wrong.

  5. LC
    LC June 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm |

    I seem to recall a movie that had a sexual olympics joke – even included judges scoring.

    Also, Roy Macdonald’s very New York explanation for his decision (essentially “F– you, I’m trying to do what is right”) made me happy.

  6. Donald
    Donald June 27, 2011 at 6:48 am |

    Editor: We need to make this Welsh Assembly story interesting.
    Reporter: I could ring the Catholic Church for their opinion.
    Editor: Well if you can’t think of anything better….

    Seriously, Roman Catholics are such a small minority in Wales that their church is reduced to being the dissenting voice when the BBC is looking to provide an alternative view.

    Even in England and Scotland where the RC church has more influence the MAP is uncontroversial. It struggles to get enough support to get a debate on more restrictions on abortion. The main damage they do is in their schools which often provide poor and biased sex education.

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