Interesting posts, weekend of 3/13/10

03/13/2010 at 7:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Dear internet, I had nothing of value to contribute this week. I wasn’t feeling very well – first menstrual cramps, then stomachaches, then a cold… plus a feeling of general malaise, which has been a long-term feeling these last few weeks. Still, I’m getting back on track for regular posting again – I felt the creative juices flowing after a bit of a dry spell. I started like 4 draft posts in one day, I’m on a roll. It’ll be awhile yet before the new drafts will be done, but they’re getting there.

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.
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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.

A major topic of the week is that, March 8 was International Women’s Day. There were a lot of posts about it around the feminist blogosphere that day; Gender Across Borders has the most comprehensive roundup.
In an interesting coincidence, we have An Oscar Win for International Women’s Day – Kathryn Bigelow is the first woman director to win an Oscar award for Best Director. That means she’s also the first woman director to win the Oscar for Best Picture, Hurt Locker.
This didn’t generate as much attention, but March 10 was also the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.

New report highlights serious wealth gap for women of color – Also short & sweet, delivers what it promises – a few quick highlights from a new report showing, a serious wealth gap between single white & nonwhite women.
Nonwhite women are more at risk of not receiving adequate healthcare, Black, Hispanic, Poor people wait longer for breast cancer treatment, experience more recurrences.

Some posts about sex & sexuality, especially orgasm (These posts are actually work-safe in the sense that there’s no naked pictures, but the content may still not be appropriate to read @ work):
Infographic: Female Orgasm by the Numbers – graphic showing statistics about female orgasm.
Followed up with, Why is there a Clitoral vs. Vaginal Orgasm Controversy? – Think of it this way, “The bottom line is that an orgasm is a chemical experience processed by your brain and brought on by physical stimulation. Anything can be stimulated but most people experience orgasm primarily through genital stimulation.” So there’s not necessarily one or two body parts that are the only ones to bring on an orgasm. Some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. Which I recall hearing about in Anne Sprinke’s book, which I very much enjoyed. I also remember seeing support for this awhile back on VaginaPagina’s Twitter feed.
More follow up: The Myth of Orgasm Types“In reality, the only true type of orgasm is the hypothalamic orgasm. That little section in our brains releases a delicious orgasmic chemical cocktail in our brains with enough pleasurable stimulation.” (But if you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you might recall that, sometimes, stimulation need not necessarily be sexual or pleasurable in and of itself to produce orgasm.)
No Orgasms For You, Old Ladies – Echidne analyzes a misleading report about sex in old age for men vs. women – and it really is a vs situation in the reports talking about the study. Don’t be fooled by the reports, it’s not so bad as it sounds.

There were some blog responses to an anti-pornography article which appeared in the Washington Post this week (the following posts are NSFW:)
porn is actually good for you: a happy, gratuitous post – More of an adult-link roundup.
BPPA has a much more in-depth analysis @  The Latest from the “Liberal” Media.

A couple of posts from Shakesville:
Angie Jackson on CNN – Angie Jackson, the woman who live-tweeted and YouTube’d her abortion in progress (was was threatened for it) was interviewed on CNN. There was an unexpected (to me) reaction to Jackson’s openness: Former Planned Parenthood ED calls for women’s silence around abortion – seriously???
Salad vs. Big Mac – Graphic showing why bad-for-you food is a better bargain for your wallet than good-for-you food.
On Rep. Massa - [Trigger warning] Democratic representative Eric Massa goes back and forth on whether or not he sexually harassed staff a staff member.
Congratulations, Sinjoyla Townsend and Angelisa Young! – About the first couple to marry under Washington D.C.’s new laws.

Consuming pop culture while feminist: Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Oh hey are we still talking about the Little Mermaid story through feminist lens? Something about, a teenage girl meets prince, puts herself through a major physical transformation in exchange for a terrible price in order to establish relationship with prince, and in the Disney cartoon version gets rescued, lives happily ever after, but in the original story it doesn’t work out very well… something about her legs feeling like they were dancing on knives with every step in the original version… are we still talking about that? Cuz if we’re still talking about Little Mermaid, hey gang can I play too? (You can probably guess where I’m going to go with the Little Mermaid story – oh yeah that’ll fit right in on this blog, that’s one of the draft posts that’s been tweaked for months.)
Then there was also from Feministing, Consuming pop culture while trans: Disney’s The Little Mermaid - this analysis takes a trans woman’s perspective on the Disney version of the Little Mermaid story.  Well now that certainly is a refreshing way of looking at it.

Cosmocking: April ’10! - The monthly critique of Cosmo magazine @ the Pervocracy.
Also from Holly: I support vajazzling and I vote! – A refreshing voice of dissent from the usual blame’n’shame’game re: doing anything to the vulva. In this case, applying decorative sparkly crystals to the mons after shaving or waxing.

In reproductive rights news:
NY Subway Ad Campaign Tells Women “Abortion Changes You” - an analysis of anti-abortion advertisements on NY subways.
Trying to conceive with the aid of IVF treatment? Even that is facing restrictions and government invasiveness! Kansas is Killing Me – Not trying to get IVF treatment? Doesn’t matter; these changes could still apply to you in principle.

Crazy Bromains 2: This Time It’s Personal. – NapalmNancy called out a sexist advertisement and was then herself angrily called out by the head of the company making the product in question – domain names.

Goldberg Gets it Backwards: Free Women Don’t Make Men Civilization, Owning Women Makes Men Uncivilized – Short & sweet, delivers what it promises.

In Earthquake’s Aftermath, Haiti Experiences Rise in Sexual Violence – [Trigger warning] – Violence against already-vulnerable women increases after disasters, and the Haiti earthquake is no exception.

Prom (oting) Homophobia – rather than allow an openly lesbian student attend prom in a tuxedo with her date, a high school in Missippi has completely nixed the whole shebang. The ACLU is involved in the case at this point.

I’m sure there’s more….

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  1. It’s worth noting that some women can actually “think off” — that is, have orgasms based on very little physical stimulation, or stimulation of the “wrong kind” (eg masochistic women can sometimes orgasm from pain), or even no stimulation at all. This is rare, and I’ve never experienced it myself, but I’ve spoken to women who claim they can do it, and I’ve heard that it’s been demonstrated in laboratory conditions (though I can’t offer citations myself).


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