Welcome to yet another Weekly Reader, where I share timely news and views that you can peruse. This week’s issue will feature both recent news and October centered articles. As always, if you have something you’d like to share, drop a link in the comments!
This Is Everything That’s Wrong with Breast Cancer Awareness Ads (from I Had Cancer): “We instantly lose our sexuality when doctors are poking, prodding, scanning and injecting our breasts. We lose modesty and become robots in this wicked game. The moment you hear those words, “I am sorry you have cancer,” you are trying to save yourself from death. The doctors make appointments to have your breasts removed -amputated if you will – and you want us to think that is sexy? What the hell? We are removing, disfiguring and altering our breasts, not ‘saving’ them.”
8 Myths and Atrocities About Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day (from Indiana Country Media): “On the second Monday of October each year, Native Americans cringe at the thought of honoring Christopher Columbus, a man who committed atrocities against Indigenous Peoples.
Columbus Day was conceived by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Fraternal organization, in the 1930s because they wanted a Catholic hero. After President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the day into law as a federal holiday in 1937, the rest has been history.”
These Cancer Patients Wanted to Get Rid of Their Breasts for Good. Their Doctors Had Other Ideas. (from Cosmopolitan): “To state what should be obvious, you do not have to have boobs to be a woman. But experts say there are long-held beliefs around femininity and sexuality that are in direct conflict with the request to go flat. The surgical world is very paternalistic, says Clara Lee, M.D., an associate professor of plastic surgery at Ohio State University. “Many surgeons don’t know how to deal with a woman who’s deeply engaged in her own decision making.””
An 18-Year-Old Said She Was Raped While In Police Custody. The Officers Say She Consented. (from BuzzFeed News–Caution! This could be upsetting to some readers! Tread lightly!): “There were two of them, both plainclothes detectives over 6 feet tall and powerfully built, flashing their badges and asking questions. There was weed in the front cupholder, and soon the detectives ordered the three occupants out of the car. As Anna later recalled, the detectives handcuffed her and told her friends, both young men, they were free to go. Then, she said they led her — a slender woman just over 5 feet tall — into the back of the unmarked police van with tinted windows.”
I was 35 when I discovered I’m on the autism spectrum. Here’s how it changed my life. (from Vox): “By the time I reached college in the late 1990s, a new term had become a buzzword: Asperger’s syndrome. I wondered if that was what I had. It explained so much — the obsessive memorizing of TV show trivia, the absolute discomfort at bars, clubs, and parties, the way I’d tune out most classes or social situations.
Again, I was assured by my parents and friends who knew people with autism — that wasn’t me. I had empathy! And I was doing well in school, I just needed to relax a little.”
Breast cancer screening controversy: What you need to know (from the Los Angeles Times): “A new study published in the journal “Cancer” sheds new light on these disparate guidelines with hard numbers. The study by Dr. Elizabeth Arleo and her colleagues found that yearly mammograms between the ages of 40 and 84 would cut breast cancer deaths by 40% , compared to a 31% mortality reduction with the new ACS guidelines.”
No, I Will Not Debate You (from Longreads): “Every day, people on the internet ask why I won’t “debate” some self-actualizing gig-economy fascist or other, as if formal, public debate were the only way to steer public conversation. If you won’t debate, the argument goes, you’re an enemy of free speech. You’re basically no better than a Nazi, and certainly far worse than any of the actual Nazis muttering about not being allowed to preach racism from prestigious pulpits. Well-meaning liberals insist that “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” anti-fascists disagree, the far right orders more popcorn, and round and round we go on the haunted carousel of western liberal thought until we’re all queasy.”
I Know Why Evangelical Women Support Brett Kavanaugh. I Was Raised To Do The Same. (from the Huffington Post): “Sometimes the metaphor used in sermon illustrations was a chewed piece of gum. The pastor would chew a piece of gum and then pass it around the room, asking if anyone else wanted to chew it after him. Sometimes it was a piece of tape that had lost its stickiness. Sometimes it was a torn-up piece of construction paper. The sermon illustrations differed, but the message was always the same. With these images seared into my mind, I cut off contact with my crush after that night.”
Wearing a Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness? Here’s How Awareness Ribbons Became a Thing (from Time): “Shortly after, reportedly inspired by those other awareness ribbons, Charlotte Haley, a 68-year-old housewife in Simi Valley, Calif., created a peach-colored ribbon that she hoped could raise awareness about breast cancer, the disease that her grandmother, sister and daughter had. At the local supermarket, she handed them out in packets of five attached to a postcard that read: “The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is $1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.” By May 1992, The New York Times had already dubbed that year “The Year of the Ribbon.””
Breast cancer is political. Tie that up in your pink ribbon (from the Los Angeles Times): “These protections and benefits are now at risk under a presidential administration hellbent on repealing the Affordable Care Act or weakening it through one policy change after another until it collapses. Thousands of women and men undergoing treatment for breast cancer (and millions more who have it on record as a preexisting condition) are vulnerable. I’m scared, and so are the other patients — some as young as 20 — in my support groups. We know exactly what is at stake in the November midterm. We also know that Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, with its onslaught of pink ribbons, is a distraction from our real needs.”
What It Was Like At C-SPAN As Women Flooded The Network With Stories Of Sexual Abuse (from the Huffington Post): “Whether or not anyone notices. C-SPAN fields calls from regular Americans every day, so much so that John Oliver and Co. once dubbed Scully “The Most Patient Man In America.” Jokes or not, Scully said listening helps him truly feel the pulse of the nation in a way others might not be able to.”
THIS IS WHY EVANGELICALS DON’T BELIEVE IN SEXUAL ASSAULT (from Dame Magazine): “For decades, white evangelicals have been instructed to wait for sex until their wedding day, when they will marry an appropriately Christian member of the opposite sex and then have vanilla, heterosexual exclusive sex with that person for the rest of their lives. Young Christians, especially women, are taught that having sex with multiple partners will ruin them for their spouse.”
Kavanaugh and Ford: Three Christian Stories of Silencing Victims (from TransParent Expedition via Patheos): “The church and society have failed victims and continue to do so. One story took place in the 80’s, the same decade as Ford’s incident. The second was in the early 90’s. Finally, the third story is in this decade. I hope you will see what I see in these stories. If they come forward, nothing happens. If they stay silent, nothing happens.”
And that does it for this week. Swing by again where I’ll have even more items of interest for you to read and/or bookmark. Until then, happy reading!