links for 2010-09-13

  • Booty Pops are mentioned in this piece. Just letting you know… –AP

    "More voluptuous figures, fuller lips and darker skin, features traditionally associated with women of African, Latin and Asian cultures, are 'in.' Over the past decade, an appreciation for ethnic beauty has been on the rise, and these natural features are becoming popular among Caucasian women who desire to look more 'exotic.'"

  • "While the 'Great Recession' impacts all of America, Black America is suffering from new economic trauma just as it emerges from the shadows of institutionalized racism that stunted its growth for generations. And while White America races to support entrepreneurial innovators and seed high-growth companies, Black America has been caught flat-footed and is in danger of being left behind in the dust of innovation-propelled technology — relegated to the role of consumers who transfer much of today's Black earned wealth to the high tech entrepreneurs of tomorrow."
  • "Detroit had one of the worst black male graduation rates for any city: 27 percent. But the graduation rate for young white men was even worse, at 19 percent.

    Jackson says those numbers prove that a lack of resources affects everyone — not just one racial group.

    "'What makes it a race and ethnicity issue is that more black males are in poorly resourced schools and have less access to the types of resources needed to learn,' Jackson says."

  • "Women writers in India have not had it easy. Freedom of expression has come, in dribbles, after long struggles. In many quarters, it still requires a great deal of gumption to write about the body, sex and sexuality. More than 200 writers have demanded the expulsion of both Rai and the editor of Naya Gyanoday. About 100 have boycotted Bharatiya Jnanpith and its awards. Both Rai and Bharatiya Jnanpith's director have been sent a criminal notice by a district court for intentionally defaming women writers. What this will lead to is uncertain but the incident throws up vital questions about women's freedom, education and power."
  • "About 20,000 Koreans have been temporarily reunited since the two Koreas held their first summit meeting in 2000. The last such reunions were a year ago, and thousands of older South Koreans wait for a chance to meet relatives not seen for 60 years.

    "The scenes of teary people hugging long-lost parents and children have previously helped sway South Korean opinion in favor of engaging the North. Meanwhile, North Korea has used the reunions to win economic concessions from the South."

  • "A new nationwide report aimed at preventing suicide in the American Indian and Alaska Native youth communities is hitting home here in Alaska.

    "The report is called to 'Live To See The Great Day That Dawns.'"

    "'It is like an answer to prayer, because you know that suicide always drug along that taboo that you shouldn't talk about it,' said Barbara Franks of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium."

  • "The survey indicates 17 percent of African-Americans do not trust hospitals and the lack of trust was positively correlated with not donating blood. The lack of trust in hospitals was also linked to not wanting to participate in research and a lack of knowledge about the blood supply.

    "African-Americans who said they trusted hospitals had more knowledge of the blood supply — less fear of donation — and were more likely to respond to blood needs of the community, Shaz says."

  • First problem with this post–no credit to woman who brought this idea to progressivesphere in first place: Sudy. –AP

    "Kyriarchy has the potential to settle the age-old argument about "privileged" feminism once and for all. Perhaps that's why it's so frightening to those that balk at the term, and will dismiss this as yet another example of woman-eating-woman. It may feel counterintuitive, but recognising your own privilege doesn't make the struggle for gender equality any less credible: it makes it more so, by allowing feminists to see that advantages – such as being born to a semi-prosperous family or being well-educated – don't necessarily protect against, say, rape."