Links for 09-26-2011

And it’s time for the first link round up!

Today, you should go and read Ivan Coyote’s post on being gender non-conforming and using public bathrooms.

You should also head over to XX Factor and read Amanda Marcotte’s debunking of the media reporting on a study claiming that bossy women have less sex.

Your weekly dose of depressing is brough to you by the National Women’s Law Center. They graphed the census data, showing that the poverty rate for women grew from 13.9 percent in 2009 to 14.5 percent in 2010. It’s even higher for women of color.

As for your dose of stupid, it is brought by Canada : Toronto’s Globe and Mail published a piece detailing how some Canadian M.D.s are considering denying fertility treatment for obese women. While some clinics already do deny fertility treatment to women who are over a certain BMI, the newest thing is that the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, which recommends practice standards for the country’s fertility doctors, is considering a ban.

Now, in fun things :

This week is Banned Books Week. Head over, and upload a video of you reading your favourite banned book !

Second City. Birth Control Ninja. White tailed penis demons. Check it out.

Also, SlutwalkNYC is coming up this week end for those of you that are in New York and are interested in coming. It’s on Saturday, Oct.1, starting at 11 am – full schedule here. Slutwalk Minneapolis is also on the same day.

And again, do email feministe@gmail.com if there ‘s anything you’d like to see included in these round ups !

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4 Responses

  1. matlun
    matlun September 27, 2011 at 7:17 am |

    Amanda Marcotte did not so much debunk the study as the media reporting of the study.

    From the article

    Which isn’t to say that I object to this original research study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins. […] Exploiting their hard work for cheap anti-feminist thrills is disgraceful.

    Media misrepresenting scientific studies to be able to produce sensationalist articles is sadly nothing new.

  2. Bridget
    Bridget September 27, 2011 at 9:15 am |

    Regarding the article about denying fertility treatments to obese women…I wonder if the breathing tube issue that was brought up has ever actually happened, or if it is just something they’re guessing about and/or using as an excuse?

  3. Becky
    Becky September 27, 2011 at 10:07 am |

    As far as the fertility treatments – the ban wouldn’t be on all fertility treatments, just on IVF. The concern being that the conscious sedation used during the egg harvesting relaxes the muscles in the throat which is more of a breathing concern for women with a lot of fat around the throat. Please note that I’m not defending it – as an obese Canadian woman who wants to have children I find it terrifying – just wanted to add some clarity because I’ve found the reporting very unclear.

  4. Rachel
    Rachel September 27, 2011 at 11:36 am |

    Just a reminder that Slutwalk Minneapolis is on October 1st as well!

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