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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday links

posted by bitchphd
1. Fetching Dr. King's Coffee.

2. Kareem Abdul Jabbar gets it.

3. Teach the Facts:
We are here to support a 21st century sex education curriculum for MCPS students. While continuing to stress the importance of abstinence for teens, we support a new curriculum that will expand upon the old one by providing our students with current knowledge about how to protect themselves, based on the latest science and advice from the medical and scientific communities. Also, based on mainstream science, we support a new curriculum that recognizes that sexual orientation is not a choice, and that homosexuality is not a disease.
They also have a blog.

4. Has Clinton's Campaign Caused a Feminist Reawakening? We can only hope.

5. The Science of High Heels. Don't approve of my admiring Pucci and Prada? Tough toenails.

6. Why shoe-blogging (and other fluff) counts as feminist.
So there's a distinct purpose to feminist/womanist women bloggers publicly telling stories about their lives, talking about the minutiae of womanhood as well as sharing personal anecdotes and experiences that have nothing whatsoever to do with being a woman, except insomuch as it's a woman telling the story. We're filling in all the cultural gaps left by the deficit of women's voices.
Nicely said, Melissa.

7. Men Who Explain Things.
Men explain things to me, and to other women, whether or not they know what they're talking about. Some men. Every woman knows what I mean. It's the presumption that makes it hard, at times, for any woman in any field; that keeps women from speaking up and from being heard when they dare; that crushes young women into silence by indicating, the way harassment on the street does, that this is not their world. It trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men's unsupported overconfidence.

This syndrome is something nearly every woman faces every day, within herself too, a belief in her superfluity, an invitation to silence, one from which a fairly nice career as a writer (with a lot of research and facts correctly deployed) has not entirely freed me.

8. Racism and medical care.
This study, published last summer in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, was the first hard evidence that doctors' clinical decision making is influenced by race, and that those decisions stand to do harm.

Does this mean that doctors are racist? No. In fact, the discrepancy between explicit and implicit biases in the Harvard study suggests the opposite. But it's clear deeper biases exist, and for several reasons.
Not consciously racist, no. But unconsciously racist, yes. Regardless, it's yet more good evidence for why deliberate and conscious attempts to compensate for racial bias--even when people think they don't *have* racial bias--is vitally important.

9. Moreover, The life expectancy of (poor, rural) American women is down for the first time since the 1918 flu epicdemic. You're going to be hearing a lot about how this is because of the "poor choices" poor rural women make--they should eat less, smoke less, blah blah blah. The linked article points out that *stress* is probably a major factor. There's certainly work out there that shows links between stress and obesity and stress and smoking. Not to mention, duh, poverty itself is a risk factor for bad health.

10: This is depressing as fuck: America has 25% of the world's prisoners. Either Americans are a particularly criminal people, or our justice system is fucked. up.

11: Ding sent me this link to an interview with Michael Pfleger about Obama, race, and America. All I have to say is that if there were more priests like that, I'd still be a practicing Catholic.

12: Follow up to the SF Longshoreman's anti-war Mayday plans:
In New York City, the NY Metro Area Postal Workers Union voted for a two minute "period of silence" in support of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU). The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 214 in San Francisco also voted to support the ILWU stoppage with a two minute period of silence. The San Francisco Labor Council issued a resolution of support for the ILWU action and stated that it "encourages other unions to follow ILWU's call for a 'No Peace-No Work Holiday' or other labor actions on May Day, to express their opposition to the US wars and occupations in the Middle East”.

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