Welcome to Feminists with FSD, a blog written by, for, and from the perspective of feminists with female sexual dysfunction.
This project began as after this blogger, (K) a self-identifying feminist with vulvodynia, became fed up with the available information about FSD from a feminist perspective! There are relatively few discussions about this topic on the internet, despite the fact that up to 43% of women experience some form of FSD during their lifetime according to the American Medical Association – and that’s just in the US! I found that what little material there is, while well-meaning, is all too often misinformed or jumps to distressing (or even outright wrong) conclusions.
This blog’s mission statement is: To provide women with FSD, and their partners, a voice on the internet where we can discuss how feminism influences our views of sex, and how our sexuality influence our views of feminism.
Edit 2/27/11 – Also, what’s on my mind lately is, “If your definition of ‘Sex positive’ does not include sexual dysfunction, then your definition isn’t positive enough.” Think about it!
Feminists with FSD usually updates about once a week with new content, and once a week with a blog link roundup.
There will be times where I will go down tangents related to either feminism OR FSD, or something completely unrelated.
Personal experience biases one’s views. I will not be able to speak for all women or all those with FSD. One of my goals is to carve out a path for others to follow & branch off, so that more women will feel empowered to talk more openly about their experiences online. Feminists with FSD occasionally features guest posters. If you think you would like to make a guest post, please leave a comment on one of the weekly blog link roundups and we can collaborate.
As of 2010, the blog is getting bigger and I have decided to institute a comment policy. I haven’t had any major comment blow-ups yet, and I’d prefer to keep it that way if possible.
Keep in mind that because everyone who stumbles across this blog has lived different experiences, it isn’t fair to assume that we all come from the same background. (Check your privilege.) Why, some readers with chronic pelvic pain may not even identify as feminist at all! (If that’s the case, then I certainly hope I have nonetheless provided a new & interesting perspective for you and that you found something you needed.)
While visiting Feminists with FSD, I ask that you refrain from leaving comments that contain oppressive language. That means avoiding -ist and -phobic terms & colloquialisms. Some examples of -ist language to avoid includes misogynist, ageist, disablist, racist, and classist. Some examples of -phobic language to avoid includes: homophobia, fatphobia, whorephobia, and transphobia. Please also refrain from ad-hominem personal attacks, and let’s try to stay on-topic. It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: Flagrant abuses of the comment feature (including spamming, sockpuppeting, threats, etc.) are of course out of the question.
If for some reason you find yourself called out for using potentially problematic language and you do not understand what’s going on, I suggest you to take some time to review Derailing for Dummies. If Derailing for Dummies is down, you’ll find an archive of it at Bird of Paradox. If you’re still struggling to understand why, on a feminist blog, someone has pointed out that something you said has problems, then I suggest you browse around FF101 for awhile.
Ultimately final decisions on comment moderation come down to, “My blog, my rules, my judgment, my arbitrary decisions.” I’ll try to be cool about it if you be cool about it too. If you find this policy feels too much like censorship, then you are free to roam the rest of the big wide internet.
This blog will likely start out with a strong emphasis on female sexual pain disorders, simply because that is what I am most familiar with. Of course stories about arousal & orgasm difficulties are welcome and requested.
Because of this blog’s specific focus, in-depth discussions about treatment options will be best served on other sites. You will find links to various helpful resources on the right side bar as I find them.
The discussions & information on this site are not medical in nature and should not be substituted for medical advice from a trained professional. This site is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any problems.
My e-mail address is private. There is a good reason for this. If you want to get in touch with me, leave a comment on one of the blog entries or on this page. Comments from new visitors are auto-screened by default. Alternatively I’m also on Twitter.
Thank you, and good luck on your own journey.