Beloved friends, we’ve made it to another Saturday! You know what that means: time for the DDP editors to give you a little peek at the many articles we send back and forth to each other (with discussion and snark, which you are welcome to replicate in the comments section) throughout the week.
As always, we highly encourage you to link to your own blogs/vlogs, as well as linking to any interesting articleswe might have missed this week, in the comments.
- I bet you can guess which editor wrote this: “This new Youtube series, “Sexplanations,” is BASICALLY THE BEST THING EVER. Funny, matter-of-fact, body-positive, sex-positive, accessible, with great production values. I want this to be shown in every high school. Actually in every middle school. And also to the vast majority of adults. Also I want Lindsey to be my big sister. Also I want ice cream? But that’s unrelated and just kind of a constant state.
(Spoiler: it was Bridie.)
- California prisons illegally sterilized, like, 150 women, with the coercion continuing as recently as 2010. You know, just in case you thought this kind of racist, sexist bullshit was a thing of the past. Remember, reproductive rights are about more than just abortion.
We are stuck in a hierarchy of traditional reproductive rights activism, which has historically placed abortion as its primary concern, and other issues, like forced sterilization, far below. Unfortunately, this has everything to do with what types of violence against women spark the most outrage and, ultimately, what kinds of women matter more than others.