Interesting posts, weekend of 4/10/10

04/10/2010 at 7:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I’m interested in improving my writing skills. Although I have received high grades and even academic awards regarding my style, and have seen some comments ’round the tubes that suggest to me that my writing is okay, I still feel insecure about it from time to time. What is a good resource for improving one’s writing skills? It’s Elements of Style, right? Do I need Elements of Style if I already own (but haven’t started reading) Writing with Style?

Also, I have updated the About page to reflect a comments policy. I haven’t had any big problems with comments so far, so this is not in response to anyone or anything. I’d just like to continue to not have any huge problems with comments. There’s also a brief mention of guest posters on the About page now. The References page, unfortunately, is still way out of date & needing attention sooner or later. I’m procrastinating on that one because I find the job of correcting it overwhelming.

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. Did you all get a chance to read Flora’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.
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.
A quick note: I’ve been told that if you’re using FireFox in private browsing mode, it may appear as though a comment left here went through. But for now the way I have the comment moderation set up is that new e-mail addresses here don’t auto go through until I have a chance to look at and approve it. So I think you need to exit private browsing mode & you’ll see your comment is in moderation.

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

It’s NOT about Your Diet – I do not necessarily agree with or endorse Abigail’s approach to dealing with chronic pelvic pain, however, I liked this post. She tried the whole restrictive diet thing and it didn’t work for her! No sense tormenting yourself with waiting for something if it’s not right for you and it’s interfering with your enjoyment of other things.

Sex addiction (By Suzie) – I’m enjoying this post on sex addiction more than many of the other flat-out denials I’ve run into. It doesn’t really look at sex addiction so much as reactions to it.

The Pain is real even though you can’t see it – Renee lives with chronic pain, and this is a post about it. There’s many facets to living with chronic pain and Renee touched upon several of them – in the media, some of these facets like difficulty food preparation and physical contact (limited spoons) and how other people perceive you, these facets don’t get much coverage.

This is what war looks like: leaked footage of Iraquis and Reuters employees being massacred – [Trigger warning] This is a big story this week, but I’ve seen some news sources taking different approaches to it… What we have here is a disturbing video of a massacre by the US army was released by the website WikiLeaks. Blogger los anjalis at CureTogether has some thoughts on the video too.

Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and the Confederacy Commemoration Month – He didn’t even mention slavery.

Ungodly – [Trigger warning] The Catholic church sexual abuse cover-up continues. This post talks about the abuse that took place in one remote Alaskan community after a known abuser was dumped there.

Let’s Get Another Ladyfriend On The Supreme Court This Time Around – Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court is retiring. The harpies suggest that Obama appoint a woman to replace him. Several possible nominees, men and women, are listed.

Fighting Ableism Fights Sexual Assault – [Trigger warnings] Part of an ongoing series as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This one looks at disability and sexual assault, as people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable because they may be dependent on their caregivers.

Code red on feminist woo – A response to the Laura Eldridge post from Bitch magazine last week. Hey, wait a second… So, why is it okay to criticize & sensationalize sexual dysfunction medication like Viagra medication by writing articles with titles like “Dying for sex: The FDA approved Viagra quickly – perhaps to quickly,” by Brownlee & Schultz in 1999 (Tiefer, location 2506,) but Eldritch’s likewise controversial claims on HBC are swiftly skewered? Is it because of Social Construction? Is it because HBC is older? I don’t know.

Okay, This Is Ridiculous – A critique of a poorly-written article that claimed if 90% of US women breastfed, lots of lives and cash would be saved. Well there’s just a few problems with that… like guilt-tripping the women who don’t breastfeed for whatever reason.

Constance McMillen: I was sent to a fake prom – Some follow up to the Constance McMillen prom controversy. You may recall that her school claimed it canceled the prom in response to her request to attend with her girlfriend, and wear a tuxedo. Instead, two proms were set up, one unofficial-official which the rest of the student body was invited to and a fake-official prom that only seven students attended. Two students with developmental disabilities were also sent to the fake prom. How bigoted is Itawamba County?

Cosmocking: UK Cosmo! – Globetrekking Holly picks apart Cosmopolitan in Europe! Oh wait – wait there’s not much to pick apart here. What? Cosmo isn’t so bad in the UK.

Guest Post by Sin Nombre: Story Time – An example of what transphobia in action looks like.

Oral Sex is Sex: Since Pleasant Associations Aren’t Reminder Enough, Jayme Waxman Takes a Different Approach – The definitive answer.

Against martyrdom – Against sacrificing yourself in marriage. This concerns Laura Munson, whom I read about many months ago & remember – her husband approached her wanting a divorce and she refused. Yes, Amanda linked to the original piece. Marcotte isn’t impressed by Munson’s self-martyrdom approach, sacrificing herself, and even her husband, to save a marriage.

The Derailing for Dummies site is down. Bird of Paradox has reconstructed it for reference & archival purposes: Derailing for Dummies mirror.

I wasn’t going to link to these Tiger Beatdown posts at first, but they got more interesting as time passed, much like a fine wine or so I’m told since I have no appreciation for alcohol. It all started with some comments left over at SEXIST BEATDOWN: The Male As Male In All His Complexity Edition, (regarding men’s studies not to be confused with male studies class,) followed up by a dissection of said comments (and then even more followed) at WHY TIGER BEATDOWN HAS JOKES ON IT: Turns Out Some Motherfucker Had To Ask Me, then the most recent post in BonerGate 2k10 is Thank You For Subscribing to the Newsletter for the We Don’t Care About Freddie’s Boners Foundation, which doubles as a pledge drive if you enjoyed Sady’s handling of the situation.

I’m sure there’s more…

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