Interesting posts, weekend of 2/21/10

02/21/2010 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I watched two 1980s sci-fi teen comedies almost back to back – Weird Science and Real Genius. I missed out on them growing up. They’re supposed to be classics of the 80s so I was eager going in… Weird Science was a disappointment, it was over-the-top to cartoonish levels (without being animated itself, unfortunately,) and heavily sexist & objectifying. Literally objectifying; the main characters build a woman out of a doll, she considers herself their property – though in the end she is free I guess. Real Genius was the superior movie, I thoroughly enjoyed that. It was still over the top, but to a lesser degree, and it was better.

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. Did you see Brie’s guest post this week? 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.
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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.

There’s an interesting postcard and followup message at PostSecret this week… can you find it?

Last week I posted something to go into Dave Hinsburger’s Sex & Disability blog carnival; this is is personal contribution with other commenters pointing to their own work.
Interview: Sex & Disability – something that could have been included in Dave Hinsburger’s post.
‘So how do you have sex?’ and other stupid comments – coming out as queer and disabled – This also would have fit right in (Via Womanist Musings.)
There’s also a new blog about sexology & disability, Crip Confessions - something relevant to my interests in light of our continuing series on Sex is not a Natural Act & Other Essays. There’s only 3 entries so far so I cannot tell yet what direction this is going to go in, but I’m hoping it goes in a helpful direction…

[Trigger warnings apply to the following:] One of the major topics going around the feminist blogosphere deals with a British survey which revealed attitudes towards rape – the results suggest that the dominant attitude is still one of victim-blaming rather than perpetrator-blaming. British Survey Suggests That Women Are To Blame For Rape from Renee, The Blame Game from Happy Bodies, Thoughts On Why Women Hold Some Rape Victims Responsible from Marcella, Dodged Bullets from the SarahMC. Snowdrop Explodes has set up a petition urging a review sex education in the UK in order to counter some of these dangerous attitudes – Petition for review of sex education in Britain.

Another major topic on the feminist Blogsphere is the fallout from the Amanda Palmer Evelyn Evelyn performance art/music stunt. There are a lot of blog posts about this topic & so I’m linking to the Linkspam community’s posts – One, Two, Three, Four. [Note - links contained therein may be triggering.] I had no idea who Amanda Palmer was before hearing about this but having read about her latest work… I think I was more contented not knowing about her style of art, which I have no doubt would have been encouraged by my own “Quirky” high school art teachers.

Speaking of education, there’s also this disgusting action taken by a school in PA, where laptops were potentially used to spy on students, one student in particular who, it is reported, was spied on at home. I Love Big Principal, and Things I just don’t understand. Looking back at my own high school experience I have no doubt that my own school would have used any means necessary to spy on their own students, and if the district could have afforded laptops for students, the staff would have been allover it.

40 Days for Anti-Choice Harassment – for Lent, anti-choicers are rallying for more harassment outside of abortion clinics and recruiting newcomers. Also, What’s the Weather Going to Be Like on Saturday? – About being a clinic escort.

Should Condom Companies Adjust Sizes To Fit Male Egos? – At first I didn’t believe this Frisky article that said it’s been recommended by the Kinsey Institute that condoms be re-sized to be “Large” by default and anything larger than average be considered “extra large,” etc, in order to boost condom use. But then I double checked and it turns out that  yep, the a researcher affiliated with the Kinsey Institute really did suggest just that. Wow.

For Cereal, Jessica at Jezebel? PTSD after obstetric assault is “hysterical?” – [Trigger warning] – the article in question here is a little old but it demonstrates attitudes towards assault during childbirth and the aftereffects. The more recent article is from Salon.com, How childbirth caused my PTSD [Trigger warning.]

Emo Prince Hates Vaginas – RPattz does not understand sexual objectification.

Tiger Beatdown Entertainment Presents: MOMMY ISSUES, A Comedy in Two Bros - a hypothetical movie plot summary. THIS COULD BE REAL.

Just in time for the Winter Olympics, the non-followup to Caster Semenya’s racing eligibility. From the IAAF to the IOC: another (not so) fine mess – The “Debate” still isn’t settled.

Fighting Denied Claims Requires Perseverance – (Via my autoimmune life) about getting insurance claims reimbursed after denials.

I’m sure there’s more…

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