This Week: Anti-Abortion Billboards, Men & HPV, & more

For Your Women’s History Month: Loretta Ross on the Origin of ‘Women of Color’
Racialicious: “And I think it’s a setback when we disintegrate as people of color around primitive ethnic claiming. Yes, we are Asian American, Native American, whatever, but the point is, when you choose to work with other people who are minoritized by oppression, you’ve lifted yourself out of that basic identity into another political being and another political space.”

Black Workers Central to National Union Battle
ColorLines: “More than one in five black workers are employed in public administration, as are 23.3 percent of black women in the workforce. That compares to just under 17 percent of all white workers.”

The Disposable Woman
New York Times: “It’s these sorts of explicit and implicit value judgments that underscore our contempt for women who are assumed to be trading on their sexuality. A woman’s active embrace of the fame monster or participation in the sex industry, we seem to say, means that she compromises her right not to be assaulted, let alone humiliated, insulted or degraded; it’s part of the deal.”

A Bad Year for White Whine: College Scholarships and the Cult of Caucasian Victimhood
Tim Wise: “Whether it’s affirmative action, or immigration, or so-called welfare programs presumably soaking up all the tax dollars, whites have, for forty years, made a habit of looking to those darker than ourselves to explain why our lives have turned out less satisfying than we otherwise might have liked.”

Georgia Anti-Abortion Billboard Turns Up in Los Angeles, Too
ColorLines: “Both the Lamar Advertising and the Bomberger campaigns are part of a new tactic for the anti-choice movement: Convince black people that reproductive rights are somehow a genocide against black babies, one presumably orchestrated by white liberal elites.”

HPV Affects Half of US Men
Huffington Post: “Finally, today’s study is sure to provoke discussion about whether an HPV vaccine like Gardasil should be routinely recommended by public health officials for males as it is for females.”

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