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This week's links round-up includes misogyny and redirecting defensive energy; states increasing access to postpartum contraception; and dating while mentally ill.
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This week's links round-up includes: STEM, race, and gender; new research on babies and birth; new research on Cesarean deliveries; mandatory abstinence education and religious rights; and how to compliment women without objectifying them.



Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpthe Vulvapedia for basic questions.

Superstars, thank you so much for giving us feedback on the maintainer-curated content. This is just a quick update to let you know that we're putting MMMMonday posts on hiatus for the summer, due to various life circumstances among the VP team. We'll keep you posted on when to look forward to them again!

Meanwhile, if you'd like more VP-related reading material, check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Thanks!
-alex
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Hi all,

apologies for the radio silence on my part here - I'm more actively ill than usual, in ways that make getting content posted here in a timely fashion is harder than my normal.

However, over on LJ this week we have a poll about maintainer-generated content in VP: if you like the MMMMondays and the link round-ups, please do say (whether that's in comments here, comments there, or the poll itself) - and indeed if it's not a big deal to you, please let us know that as well!

Apologies again for my absence.
-alex
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Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the mmmmonday tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [profile] vp_bulletins for local announcements; [community profile] contact_vp for questions and feedback on the way VP is run; the Vulvapedia for basic questions; and don't forget about our sibling community over on Dreamwidth!



It's getting sweaty in a lot of parts of the world! Do you worry about body odor? How do you cope with it? Let's talk about it, both in the sense of actually using remedies to help with sweat and odor, and in the sense of coping mentally, despite society telling you you must smell like a flower at all times!




***Don't forget that we're looking for guest posters for future MMMMonday posts! Check out our recent Summer Call for Submissions Part 1 and Part 2!***
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This week's round-up includes misogyny at the movies, filming surgical abortion, race and US maternal mortality, conflating sexual assault and bad manners, sexual assault under the guise of "trying something new," and being turned into a fat meme.



It's MMMMonday! Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpthe Vulvapedia for basic questions.

A couple of weeks ago, we asked a simple "question of the day" as our MMMMonday post, just to get people talking. A bunch of you participated, so we're trying it again!

When did you last make a new friend/acquaintance/connection with someone? You are welcome to talk about anything from the last time you formed a new close friendship or friend group, to the professor you really like, to the last time you had a surprisingly pleasant random conversation - whatever appeals to you! See you in the commments. :)

Conversation on LJ!
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Let's see... I've been terribly remiss: apologies. To the tune of six weeks -- wow, I hadn't realised things had been quite that rough over here. IN ANY CASE, onward!
  • The links round-up for the week ending the 21st of March contains explaining genitals and gender to children; employers, birth control, and the Affordable Care Act; gender-exclusive children's books; and deciding whether to parent.
  • For the week ending the 28th of March, we've got the idea of a "weight problem," young adult heroines and body descriptions, and normalizing obesity.
  • For the week ending the 25th of April, contents include women in combat, 10 things you can't buy with food stamps, a film about beauty standards and its social media campaign, normalizing sexual violence, and the difference between trans* women and drag queens.
  • ... and finally, for this week ending the 4th of May, we have discussion of how patriarchy hurts everyone, police and the investigation of rape, on being unapologetically ugly, and feminism in the yoga studio.




It's MMMMonday! Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

MMMMondays over the past few weeks have been: Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpfor questions and feedback on the way VP is run, and the Vulvapedia for basic questions.

Yesterday, Post Secret put up this postcard:



We thought it was pretty great, and it's often not the message you hear about virginity and how people feel about their first sexual experiences. How does it make you feel to read it, and how does it mesh with your own experiences?

Note: the Post Secret site can be triggering, so if you're not familiar with it, visit with care.

Also at VP@LJ
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This week's round-up includes 100 LGBTQ black women you should know, a couple of posts on trigger warnings, a contraceptive that protects against HIV, and neuroscience and strap-ons.



It's MMMMonday! Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpfor questions and feedback on the way VP is run, and the Vulvapedia for basic questions.





This past Saturday, March 8th, was the 106th annual International Women's Day.

It's important to celebrate all the ways that women have made progress and taken stands for justice in the past year ... read more! )


Are there any women in particular you celebrated this year? What other ways can you think of to inspire change?
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The links round-up for the week ending 28/02/2014 includes running blood tests with only a drop of blood, an interview with a trans yoga teacher, and exploring sex in a fat body.



It's MMMMonday! Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpfor questions and feedback on the way VP is run, and the Vulvapedia for basic questions.


Longtime VPers may already have a basic -- or extensive -- understanding of what endometriosis is. (If not, Endometriosis.org has some good background information.) And some may also be aware that we're at the beginning of Endometriosis Awareness Week or Endometriosis Awareness Month, depending on location.

During this time, there are often a lot of "endo 101"-type posts -- which are certainly fine and helpful in their own right, but which don't always get at the substance of what it's like living with endo. This year, we'd like to start a conversation about some of the subtler ways endometriosis impacts people's lives.



Cut for length and discussion relating to chronic pain. )


Even with all we did talk about here, we realize there are a lot of facets of endometriosis that we didn't begin to touch on. In the same vein, not all of our experiences are going to be shared by everyone with endo. Endometriosis can manifest in a fair variety of symptoms, and how people react to those symptoms can be quite individual. We did, however, want to start a conversation about endo that goes beyond just a "What is it?" baseline.

So, VPers, what's been your experience with endometriosis -- whether you have it personally, whether you're close to someone who has it, or whether your primary experience of it comes from communities like VP?
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The links round-up for the week ending 21/02/2014 includes uterus transplants, an endometriosis breakthrough, fat girls and rape culture, a beginner's guide on problematic language, and talking about weight and women.



It's MMMMonday! Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [community profile] contact_vpfor questions and feedback on the way VP is run, and the Vulvapedia for basic questions.


Buzzfeed put up a list of books for parenting daughters last week. These are not general parenting books - instead they focus on understanding and addressing some of the special concerns and issues that often arise for girls. The VP team discussed the list a bit, and mentioned some favorites that were on the list and some that weren't. That got us thinking - what are *your* favorite resources for raising daughters, or understanding the special challenges that often come with being a girl? Actually, not just girls - recommendations are welcome for resources about children of any gender! We're thinking about books (or websites, or LJ or Facebook communities, or what-have-you) that address gender stuff, feminist parenting concerns, and that sort of thing. Please share in the comments!
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Each Monday, we bring you special, maintainer-curated content intended to enrich your VP experience. Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the mmmmonday tag.

Also, a quick reminder about the other places you can find VP: [profile] vp_bulletins for local announcements; [community profile] contact_vp for questions and feedback on the way VP is run; & the Vulvapedia for basic questions!

Holidays can make for awkward moments with your family. Did you "get caught" having sex at grandma's? Did the dog bring your diva cup out to play with while you were eating a holiday meal? Or maybe one of your uncles makes a sexist joke every year, and you have to decide whether or not to bite your tongue. Commiserate with your fellow superstars in the comments below!