Interesting posts, weekend of 11/22

11/22/2009 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Dear internet, we’re back in business, and (mostly) caught up with my RSS feeder. That can only mean one thing: It’s time for the weekly blog-link roundup. Some of the links I put here are older, but I’m including them anyway because not all of my readers here keep up with the same sources I do.

Before we start catching up with feminist/sex/sexual dysfunction news, I’d like to reiterate a friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. I want to hear more perspectives on the themes dealt with here at Feminists with FSD. Because I am dealing with such a sensitive topic, I don’t think I should go around actively recruiting new posters, since if I went onto someone else’s blog and said something like, “Hey u wanna write a post about your sex life and/or feminism on a public forum?!” that would probably be very invasive.
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, I still haven’t posted my blog email. 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. Please be careful when leaving comments on this post if you wish to remain anonymous though; if you’ve left a comment here previously, it will auto-go-through (It’s just a setting of WordPress.) Use a different e-mail address and your comment will remain screened so no one will know you left one except for me. Of course if you’re just using your internet identity anyway and aren’t too worried about being anon then just use the e-mail you used before and I’ll know it’s you. If you left a comment here before I mean.

Now then let’s proceed. Posts I found interesting (and was able to keep up with) since 11/1. Share links if’n you got’em.

From the WTF files –
Time Travelling God Particles – You have got to be f’ing kidding me. This is what they’re calling “Science” these days?
Marketing Wii to girls – You have got to be f’ing kidding me…
The “odd” news category is so “clever” when it comes to “women” – I’ve noticed this problem with Yahoo! News too; so much “Odd” news is actually “Horrifying” upon closer inspection, especially when it comes to women.

Sex and the Simpsons: Marge’s Playboy cover – Well I suppose that’s one grim way of looking at it, but, I’m interpreting this cover more as animation going mainstream, and growing up with a new generation (mine,) instead of being tossed aside as purely a children’s entertainment.

Doe “lady stupid” exist? – Thoughts that come forth from watching Idiocracy, which yes even I have seen.
I believe the counterpart you are looking for may be found in “Chick flicks.” They’re not necessarily “Stupid” though, just often insufferable. For example I tried to watch Mean Girls this weekend and I started getting a nosebleed. Not really but it was over-the-top.

Reclamation: thoughts from a fat hairy uppity lame bitch – lots of different points of view on reclaiming problematic words & turning them around into something positive.

The Appropriateness of Appropriation – I much prefer this nuanced point of view over the never-appropriate standpoint I often run into.

[Greta Christina] 101 Positions That Won’t Spice Up Your Sex Life – Greta Christina critiques typical sex advice books, including one by Marty Klein – he’s one of the authors who contributed to Let me Count the Ways, which I reviewed here!

Breast Cancer as Loss of Sensation – FigLeaf points to an oft-overlooked facet of women’s breasts. They’re for nourishing babies, yes, but they’re also sexual, and it can be hard to face losing that facet when you have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Chris Surette: A Valuable Addition To Your Women’s Studies Classroom – Chris Surette is a college student who wrote an article for his newspaper that was so bad, he’s being charged with harassment by the school. But he took a women’s studies class! So that makes it ok! Right? No.
But who is the real Chris Surette anyway? Could he be, the Worst Person in the World? Well, maybe not but he’s up there along with other dewds like him.

Feeling and Passionate (by Phila) – Phila analyzes the way the authors of SuperFreakonomics respond to two different critiques, one by a woman and one by a man. Hmm…

Carrie Prejean Masturbating is  No No – She’s made headlines for her homophobic remarks before, but now she’s making headlines for… being slut-shamed, actually. Which still isn’t cool.

In the realm of women’s health care, we have a few items – Bearing Babies, Bearing Risk – or, How the Stupid Stupak Amendment Hurts Women’s Health – SunGold looks at the Stupak amendment & in so doing, provides links to more resources about it.
Just Say No To Being A Woman – Pete Sessions of Texas compares being a woman to being a smoker and that’s why it’s okay to penalize women by making them pay higher insurance premiums. What?
Is taxing plastic surgery sexist? – One proposed way to raise money towards health care reform in the US is by taking cosmetic surgery. I think this is not only sexist (since it’s going to target women more than men,) but potentially dangerous. I myself had my vulvar vestibulectomy performed in a plastic surgery outpatient center, and Botox – usually a cosmetic anti-wrinkle treatment – is a potential treatment for women with vaginismus & vulvodynia. It’s already hard enough to get insurance to cover Botox for pelvic pain to begin with, (The companies say “You don’t need to make your vagina look pretty!” the patient says, “That’s not what it’s for!” but it’s an off-label use so no one knows this,) this proposal could wind up costing women in pain even more!

Meet the Predators – [Trigger warning] – Melissa examines a post made by Yes Means Yes contributor about who really commits rape – and under what circumstances they may actually admit to this.
Rape is now a girl’s “Secret Sex Shame”, says Brisbane Times – [Trigger warning] – The media glossing over the fact that unwanted sex is actually rape.

The newest Twilight movie is out.  I have a horrible confession to make: I may or may not have been involved in the carving of a Twilight-themed Pumpkin for Halloween 2009. We can neither confirm nor deny these allegations at this time. Some Twilight related posts:
People read these books and then think about them – Presentations of violence and gender in the Twilight novels
The Edward Cullen Underpants Conundrum – Robert Pattinson is being objectified for the Twilight movie promotions almost as much as women in general are objectified, what a twist. Also, Frozen Dildoes.
Could “New Moon” be a feminist Triumph? – not because of the plot or problems therein per se, but becuase of the women involved in making it such a phenomenon – including the audience.

11/20 was Transgender Day of Rememberance.
Chally posted a link roundup to TDOR related posts – TDOR 2009
This post is a little older, but explains transphobia even within feminist circles. Let’s Get a Few Things Straight, Shall We?
“Gender is between your ears, not between your legs.”
– an interview with Chaz Bono.

BBC website advice on porn – a latecomer to the roundup posted yesterday; I very much enjoyed this analysis of porn as discussed on a BBC website.

I know there’s more…


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  1. I’m a feminist with vulvodynia. I’m not sure what I’d have to say in a guest post, but perhaps we could chat about what might be a good topic?

  2. Great to see you back, K. I just saw a recent Alternet piece on vulvodynia, which seemed to me like a pretty balanced analysis (for a change) – not sensationalistic, not confusing vulvodynia with other female sexual problems, not blind to the economics of complicated gyn issues. I’d be curious what you think. It’s here if you’re interested.

    • I don’t have any major hang-ups with the article itself. Okay there’s one misspelling of the word vulva written as “Vuvla,” but typos happen, & it looks like the author tried to do some homework.

      I think I should think about seeing Dr. Ledger since he sounds like he’s cheaper than my other specialist. But even he says why it’s so hard to find doctors that treat this sort of thing. It’s expensive to them, too. That is why I do not understand it when I hear people say things like “Big Pharma/Big Medicine wants you to have FSD because that’s how they make money.” In my experience, it’s really not a profitable area… The doctors don’t take insurance because they can’t afford to. Takes too long for reimbursement from penny-pinching insurance companies. But that screens out a lot of lower income patients. And the ordinary local doctors who aren’t specialists, don’t like spending a lot of time with you if you have chronic problems because it eats into their schedules, reducing patient turnover rates & making the day less profitable overall.

      The article itself is a pretty accurate view of what it’s really like to live with vulvodynia. It’s really expensive, and there is still no cure. Even I had some of the treatments the women in that article had – the surgery, the physical therapy, the acupuncture, and yeah I’m better. A lot better than I was. Sometimes I almost forget I have it. But I know this is something I’ll probably be living with forever. It’s distressing to hear that new gyno students aren’t interested in vulvodynia. I need more specialists in more locations. The current specialists are going to retire eventually…

      One interesting thing I should like to investigate further at another date is, who is interviewed in articles like this. Sometimes in articles about vulvodynia in particular I’ll see certain doctor names re-appear & I recognize them from being exposed to them so much. But then I don’t see other doctors & therapists names who usually have something to say when the matter is orgasm/arousal problems.

      The article itself doesn’t have a lot of the problems that some of the other ones I’ve been responding to have…
      But then I made the mistake of scrolling down and reading the comments and now I’m like “Oh, God.” There’s a few good ones and a lot of horrible ones.

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