Interesting posts, weekend of 1/30/10

01/30/2010 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Dear internet, I am still feeling used and under-appreciated this for the second week in a row due to family stuff, but perhaps a bit less so… When I talked about this with my boyfriend, he sent me an “I appreciate you!” gift so I feel a bit better now. At least someone appreciates me! And that is just one of the many reasons that I love him and want to have 100 babies with him. Well, maybe just 12 babies… okay, one. Hopefully. Maybe. It’s too early. We’ll see.

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. I want to hear more perspectives on the themes dealt with here at Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction. Because I am dealing with such a sensitive topic, I don’t think I can actively recruit new posters, since if I went onto someone else’s blog and said something like, “Hey u wanna write a post about your sexual health and/or feminism on a public forum?!” that would probably be very invasive. For this reason, Guest Posters requesting to remain anonymous will also be taken seriously.
At this time, criteria for inclusion is, “If you think you would fit in here, you probably would.” This may be subject to change but for now we’ll try that & see how it goes.
In an attempt to preemptively fight spam and rude comments, this blog’s email is private. Please leave a comment on this post if you want to write something. I’ll screen comments so you can remain anonymous if you want. That way I’ll have your email and we can collaborate.
Have something you’ve been working on? Send it my way.
Comments made by new e-mail addresses here are auto-screened before going live, so if you want to stay anon use an e-mail address that you haven’t used here before.

Now then, on with the weekly blog link roundup. Posts I found interesting for one reason or another over the last week. Share links if’n you got’em.

Submit Your Input to Inform the New Edition of Our Bodies, OurselvesIf you have any feedback for the new edition of OBOS, send it in! I have already communicated some of my feedback to MomTFH, who was working on the chapter that coincidentally talks about vulvodynia (but it didn’t contain a word about vaginismus! Or lichens sclerosus. And there’s some new resource & reference books that could be added to the appendix in the back… So hopefully those changes will make it in.)

There’s a number of themed blog carnivals getting ready to go live within the next few weeks. Want to contribute something? Chally’s going to be hosting one in a couple of days, so stay tuned… She’s got the scoop on a bunch of other ones, too. Notably, if you’ve got something relevant, get ready for the next Disability carnival, which will have a theme of relationships, ready to go juuuust a bit after Valentine’s Day. Carnival of Feminists needs hosts for upcoming roundups. And via Kowalski’s comment at FWD, there’s going to be a Sex & Disability carnival on February 14. I think I want to get in on that.

Two posts about adoption – well, the second post is sorta about adoption anyway. Adoptees of color speak out against international adoption of Haitian children – There’s a real, big risk that adopting children from areas of disaster will be fraught with serious consequences & manipulation. (Note: Comments are a mess on this one.) Update on the Tebow ad – During the Superbowl, CBS is going to air a pro-life ad placed by Focus on the Family, which is a reversal of their previous policy. (It’s noteworthy here that CBS has since rejected an ad placed by a gay dating site. Hmmm…) There’s some issues with the Tebows’ family story though – abortion is illegal in the Philippines (and as a result of this, thousands of women die each year – making it illegal doesn’t stop abortion, it just makes it unsafe.) Mrs. Tebow also happens to run an orphanage in the Philippines. Hmmmm……..

Penetrating Your Vagina for the First Time – [NSFW] I’m posting this with the caveat that Betty Dodson’s blog is, quite frequently, a mess of creepyness  and despite its marketing, surprisingly not-feminist sentiment. This one particular post isn’t completely irredeemable, but the rest of the blog has problems, if you ask me.
Take, for example, this hot mess - Strange Sex & Sex Addiction – [NSFW] VirginMonoblogger watched a TLC special called Strange Sex, which talked about four different sexual disorders, including PGAD. (There is a video available on TLC’s website, I think you need to register with TLC’s site to view it.) Now VirginMonoblogger thinks she wants to experience PGAD (Persistent genital arousal disorder, also goes by names like persistent sexual arousal syndrome and restless genital syndrome.) Dude, didn’t we already talk about PGAD over here, twice, at Feminists with FSD a few weeks ago? I left a comment at the Dodson & Ross blog with some informative links will hopefully set the record straight.

Sometimes I forget – Why Holly is sex-positive. Also from The Pervocracy, 6452 - Holly writes about a law proposed in Washington State that would crack down on deceptive practices by crisis pregnancy centers. (Not to be confused with clinics like Planned Parenthood.)

Fucked up books of my childhood – lol 1980s. I could never read the Sweet Valley High books. I tried, but I could never relate. I couldn’t get into the Babysitters Club either. And you know I never read any of the Flowers in the Attic series – in fact the first time I saw the movie adaptation was last year. Belladame’s post gets more complicated following an edit that looks at modern young adult fiction.

Ever Notice How Blame the Victim Narratives Reinforce the Myth of Male Weakness? – [Trigger warning] Figleaf talks about victim blaming in rape, a consequence of which is surprisingly misogynistic.

Rules of Desire: Flitter on “How to Become Invisible in Your Marriage Counseling” - Reason #25 I don’t want sex therapy. Even though this post describes marital therapy but it’s telling to me that the marriage therapist isn’t prepared to talk about sex.

Girls’ favorite cartoon characters get make-overs (not good ones) – These characters were never my favorite. Looking at the revised versions though, my thoughts are that… the character owners are probably trying to reach out to a wider audience – after a certain age, Strawberry Shortcake isn’t socially acceptable anymore, until you get older, and she returns to a “Retro Cool” state. If Shortcake & the others are older and older-looking, it may appeal to a wider age range of children – which is just more commercialization, I know. Dora’s and Rainbow Brite’s new designs are more complicated than the originals, but Strawberry Shortcake’s is simpler which means it will be cheaper to draw/animate. The loss of detail in hand-drawn animation in recent decades is truly tragic. The writing may have improved since the 80s, but the art itself, I think, has suffered. I’ve been seeing the influences of anime sneak into western cartoons for awhile now too – with a few exceptions, the results are not always good… and even anime itself, at least what gets imported over to the US, has felt choppy & generic since the early 2000s.
My point is, I’m not convinced it’s gender roles alone that’s the motivation for the change. The effect though, is worth investigating.

Not My Tax Dollars: More video goodness - don’t want your money to support abortion as health care coverage? Hey, here’s a list of other things other people don’t want to pay for.

The Secret Lives of Married Men — Now With Bingo Cards – C.L. Minou does a takedown on an article fraught with stereotypes about men & marriage.

Research On Link Between Pregnancy Coercion And Relationship Abuse – [Trigger warning] The well-known stereotype story is that women get themselves pregnant on purpose in order to ‘trap’ their partners. People really say this, I used to post on a forum where the most right-wing born-again baptist member constantly spewed this “Fact.” This study looks at a different, important angle – men who deliberately sabotage their partner’s birth control methods. When the woman gets pregnant in these relationships, which are often violent, it’s that much harder to leave.

P.O.’ed – More follow up on Paul Scott’s politics, particularly the transphobic policies he favors so much that he incoporated them into his campaign.

In memoriam: Haitian women’s rights activists – Magalie Marcelin, Myriam Merlet & Anne Marie Coriolan were women’s rights activists who died in the Haitian earthquake. There are links at the end of the posts to women’s rights organizations in Haiti.

Girl Culture and the Race to the Bottom: About that Rant About Women – This is a long post about the dynamics of girls’ friendships & mean girls style frenemies.

RIP Howard ZinnHoward Zinn passed away. He looked at and wrote about history from a different point of view vs what you’re probably used to in high school text books.

SOTUed – US President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union address. I could not hear a damn word of  the SOTU address over my family members shouting at each other.

Breaking: Jury Convicts Scott Roeder of First Degree Murder - Scott Roeder, who murdered Dr. George Tiller in 2009, was found guilty of murder. Given his current age it is unlikely he will ever be released from prison. There was apprehension about this case because the judge was willing to let Roeder argue in favor of a lesser charge – yeah that didn’t work out so well did it.

Erectile Dysfunction – Oldie but goodie from Christian Nymphos, saw it linked from a more recent post. Surprisingly comprehensive & non-judgmental.

Austrailia is back on the pipe – Austrailia has several internet censorship filters in place already (I remember a few years ago, they even censoreda kid’s virtual pet website, because there was a slots game! It was this whole big schpeil about the game leading to gambling and I just – it’s a kid’s virtual pet game website, not a gambling website!) Well Austrailia will now be banning another form of porn – two forms in fact, ones depicting porn participants with small breasts even if they are of the legal age of consent & this can be backed up with documents… and also being banned will be porn depicting female ejaculation. Because female ejaculation is “Abhorrent.”

I’m sure there’s more…

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