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December 2014



What I’m Reading – December 14, 2014

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Feminism + Ableism

– ““I didn’t know that talking about the violence that women with disabilities experience detracted from whatever the ‘real issue’ is,” Woodward says. “Do women with disabilities not count as women? Are we not part of your population?” #YesAllWomen, but Not Really: How Feminism Leaves the Disabled Behind (h/t @socwomen)

Trans Rights

“The fight for justice for the transgender community is largely invisible to our fellow citizens, despite the rampant systematic discrimination of trans people – those whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.” I am a transgender woman and the government is denying my civil rights (h/t @ggreenwald)

Rape Culture

– “I choose to believe Jackie. I lose nothing by doing so, even if I’m later proven wrong – but at least I will still be able to sleep at night for having stood by a young woman who may have been through an awful trauma.” Who is Jackie? Rolling Stone’s rape story is about a person – and I believe her (via @JessicaValenti)

– “But there is no way to retract the damage that has been done to this young woman or to the countless survivors who will now agonize even more over whether to come forward.” How Rolling Stone Gave A Gift To Rape Apologists (h/t @CamilleDeMere)


– “Regarding his perspective on the grand jury, Rodney Lee stated, “They all treated us like we were dumb, like we didn’t know nothing … I mean, what was the point of us even being there if they weren’t going to listen to us?” Key eyewitnesses in Eric Garner’s death state that the grand jury was biased and uninterested (via @shaunking)

– “An analysis by Villanova researchers of data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health indicated that black girls with the darkest skin tones were three times more likely to be suspended than black girls with the lightest skin.” Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue (h/t @JamilSmith)


– “In the case of Buffalo United, the auditors found that the school board had little idea about exactly how the company – a large management firm called National Heritage Academies – was spending the school’s money. The school’s board still had to approve overall budgets, but it appeared to accept the company’s numbers with few questions. The signoff was “essentially meaningless,” the auditors wrote.” When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only (h/t @marcela_elisa)


– “Contrary to the CIA’s assertions, there is no clinical indication to use rectal rehydration and feeding over oral or intravenous administration of fluids and nutrients,” said Dr. Vincent Iacopino, PHR’s senior medical advisor. “This is a form of sexual assault masquerading as medical treatment.” CIA Torture Report Highlights Unnecessary Medical Procedure (h/t @onekade)

– “But many media organizations have not applied this binding definition to the brutalities described in the Senate Intelligence Committee report. Some have argued that by using euphemistic terms instead of calling torture “torture,” the media minimizes its horrifying realities.” Here Are All The Things The Media Calls Torture Instead Of ‘Torture’ (via @ThinkProgress)


– “Placing the suicidal subject within the realm of the clinically pathological provides a story that makes sense of my attempted self-manslaughter. Yet, for reasons unclear and probably historical, the problem of intent lingers. It’s not a question I seek out, but one that haunts me: Did I mean to do it?” Of Suicide (h/t @chrislhayes)


– “The announcement frustrated LGBT advocates who said the unilateral ban on blood donations unfairly stigmatizes gay men. Now advocates are looking to bypass the FDA advisory panel by pressuring upper tiers of the Obama Administration.” FDA Panel Won’t Meet To Reconsider Ban On Gay Men Donating Blood (h/t @ParkerMolloy)

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