Recommended Reading for Wednesday, 21 April
Warning: Offsite links are not safe spaces. Articles and comments in the links may contain ableist, sexist, and other -ist language and ideas of varying intensity. Opinions expressed in the articles may not reflect the opinions held by the compiler of the post and links are provided as topics of interest and exploration only. I attempt to provide extra warnings for material like extreme violence/rape; however, your triggers/issues may vary, so please read with care.
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The Winston-Salem Journal: Against Their Will: North Carolina’s Sterilization Program
They were wives and daughters. Sisters. Unwed mothers. Children. Even a 10-year-old boy. Some were blind or mentally retarded. Toward the end they were mostly black and poor. North Carolina sterilized them all, more than 7,600 people.
For more than 40 years North Carolina ran one of the nation’s largest and most aggressive sterilization programs. It expanded after World War II, even as most other states pulled back in light of the horrors of Hitler’s Germany.
Contrary to common belief, many of the thousands marked for sterilization were ordinary citizens, many of them young women guilty of nothing worse than engaging in premarital sex.
This is an amazing multipart series which unfortunately they decided to make inaccessible via Flash/frames. For those who can access it, it is well worth a read.
pocochina at The Raging Prosecutrix: It’s just like Christmas! Another round of feminist generational sniping!
Both articles flagrantly miss the most important point which can be gleaned from the article – CRAPPY GODDAMN REPORTING, which is a part of the knee-jerk non-liberalism of the media in general and anti-feminist backlash reporting to be specific, which ends up compounding the issue the reporter was pretending to highlight – and instead focus on that ever-popular group which just has it so fucking good in the world, older women. Both posts include a blatant call for the middle-aged women running organizations to step aside, solely because they are older, and therefore completely incapable of relating to or respecting younger women.
Jessica Yee guest posting at Feministe: Making the connections: Sexual Violence in Native Communities
The other important reason I can’t ignore the incidence of violence is because as an Indigenous person I come from a culture and a people who believe that EVERYTHING is related – and we take that teaching seriously. So moreover I can’t say, “well sexual health and violence is over here, but you know the environment department is over there” because if I continue to do that, SOMEONE is always going to lose out and as a young person I have a responsibility to the upcoming generations to make sure we don’t do that.
An update on the case Annaham mentioned last week: Los Angeles Times: Disabled mother of triplets, Abbie Dorn, visitation rights
Lisa Helfend Meyer, Abbie Dorn’s attorney, argued that Paul and Susan Cohen, Abbie’s parents and conservators, have a right to make decisions on her behalf; stripping them of that ability leaves Abbie without anyone to speak for her.
Other court cases have upheld conservators’ rights to determine medical care for people who have been declared incompetent, including terminating feeding tubes, an action that hastens death.
“If a conservator can do that, then why shouldn’t a conservator make a decision to pursue visitation?” Meyer asked. “It’s a fundamental right. Abbie is alive. She is entitled to pursue visitation. If she is denied the opportunity, she is denied equal protection under the law.”
Irina Nelson at The Scottish Sun: Blind fury (got to love the headline, right?)
Sally Clay, 30, claims she was told by two doormen in Dundee that her special cane was “too dangerous”.
But when plucky Sally read the riot act she says they then told her and her friends the Underground club’s insurance “did not cover blind people”.
Anthony Lane at the Colorado Springs Independent: Pueblo doctor sees no rest for the needed in Haiti
So the situation is dire, with the rainy season starting and hurricane season still to come. And yet Smith, 55, is already starting to see a replay of the cycle he has observed in nearly 10 years of doing medical work in Haiti.
“You get a lot of attention,” he says, “then it kind of dies down to those of us who got hooked for more of a long-term relationship.”