Interesting posts, weekend of 12/6/0912/06/2009 at 7:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Tags: blogging, Feminism, news
Dear internet, my skin has been so itchy in the last two weeks. It’s not just my vulvar tissue either, it’s my whole body. Arms, legs, head, neck, face, back, everything. And I’m already using a soap and laundry detergent for sensitive skin. I don’t think my skin is dry, it’s not peeling flaking, red or rashy, it’s just itchy. I don’t know what I can do about that since I’m using hygiene products that my body usually likes. What changed? The weather, I guess. Cold out now.
We had our first Guest Poster here at Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction this week. I am always looking for more Guest Posters. Rhiannon was willing to disclose some personal information for her guest post, however if you would like to be a Guest Poster and want to remain anonymous, I’ll understand.
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 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, 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.
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Now then, on with the weekly blog-link roundup. It’s been a busy week on the tubes.
Accepting pain. – I don’t understand this lack-of-tension-in-the-face-of-pain phenomenon either.
Duchess Camilla Bowles Does Not Want Beyonce or Lady Gaga On Her Video Phone – I like this line best: “There can be do doubt that this video was created to satisfy the male sexual gaze but to deny their right to make it, asserts that women don’t have a right to be sexual or display their bodies at will. Whether or not we agree with how their sexuality manifests itself is irrelevant in a culture which continues to attempt to discipline women into chastity. The good girl keeps her legs closed, until her husband demands his daily access meme is still alive and well.” It also features pictures of shirtless actors to further makea point.
What’s In a Name? Trouble. – I love myths & legends & what’s neat is that I already knew the origins of all 3 mythological women named in this post. The comments are interesting too, touching upon other mythological women. Also from fBomb and lighthearted: Utena, Feminism, and the Vision of All Possible Worlds – I have DVDs of that anime series I haven’t watched yet.
Posts about porn: Figleaf’s “Does He Like It, Baby, Does He Like It?” Is Porn Ever Bad For Men’s Sex Lives? – Watching it might make you less in-tune with what your sex partner really wants, because you’ll think they want something else. and Violet Blue’s actually, most commercial porn is dangerous because it might bore you to death. – She points to a study that suggests that maybe it’s not as dangerous as it’s made out to be.. alas, the sample size of the study wasn’t big.Violet Blue also appeared On Oprah this week to talk about porn.
The Maguindanao Massacre – [Trigger warning] Chally summarizes the November 23 massacre in the Philippines.
Pam Spaulding put up two posts pointing to two different conservatives who are writing about why they can no longer identify with the US political right wing: Don’t pass out – Little Green Footballs post: Why I Parted Ways With the Right and Andrew Sullivan joins LGF’s Charles Johnson in kissing off the current ‘conservative’ movement – I think these posts would be particularly interesting to my own partner, who wants to be fiscal conservative and yet cannot reconcile his own political beliefs with the destructive politics associated with conservativism.
A Left-Handed Commencement Address – Excerpts from a commencement address given by Ursula K. LeGuin. She is definitely a feminist and a GOOD author, if you haven’t her science fiction & fantasy, you are missing out. (Warning on the EarthSea novels: These are without a doubt among the most frightening depictions of death & darkness I have ever seen.) Speaking of authors, The She-Devil Speaks – My mom has this book, The Life & Times of a She-Devil on her bookshelf & I was wondering what it was… I may not read it though, since Becky says, “These days, however, it seems that the 78-year old Weldon is turning into that formerly radical but increasingly loony aunt you’re afraid to invite to dinner for fear she’ll embarrass you in front of your friends (see also: Greer, Germaine).” This is followed by some quotes by Weldon herself and… Oo… I see what you mean… maybe I’ll pass…
December 1 was World AIDS Day, and we have two posts of interest (among many): World AIDS Day at Shakesville, featuring a speech by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Today is World AIDS Day, featuring a proclaimation from President Barack Obama.
Bad Sex in Fiction Awards: “A Negative View of Women Leads to Bad Sex Writing, as Well as Bad Sex Generally” – Short post; the title pretty much says it all.
13-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide After Classmates Spread Nude Photos – [Trigger warning] – Cara explores reasons that you probably won’t find in mainstream media, for the suicide of a 13-year old. She was bullied after sending a photo and victim-blamed.
You know how I mentioned in last week’s blog link roundup that Betty Dodson’s blog is not one of my favorites, to put it nicely? Well here are some more reasons why: Would You Give Up Tampons/Pads for a Menstrual Cup? – Oh Good God, NO! What, menstrual cups but no mention of GladRags or resusable menstrual pads? I can’t use those insertible menstrual products! Also, Sex Hurts & Sometimes I Bleed – it’s great that Betty suggests lube & orgasming more frequently but it took a nurse in the comments to point out that when pain’s involved there may be something anatomically, physically going on, so a visit to a doctor may be warranted.
Rapist’s Lies Just Bad Judgment If Rapist Drunk? – [Trigger warning] this victim-blaming Ask Amy column has been making the rounds on the feminist blogosphere. Unfortunately this is yet another example of victim-blaming in the wide world.
Another piece of news that’s been swimming around the feminist blogosphere relates to a probably satirical piece about “Cheetahs” (Cougars = women over 40, pumas = women over 30, and now Cheetahs – even younger.) It’s a shitty piece of satire and it’s been getting torn the F up all week. When Joke Articles Attack: Rise of the Cheetah, NYO Fail, Part the Second: In Which I Discuss Slut-Shaming, Satire And Her Sons, Scaredy Cats: Women’s Reactions to Men Who Are Terrified of Cougars, Pumas, and Now, Evidently, Cheetahs, Sexist Beatdown: Tiger and Cheetah Edition, No woman anywhere should ever be good enough, and probably my favorite blog post of all on this topic – Know Your Female Feline Metaphors – now THIS is more like satire!
Another failed piece of satire: Rape: The Method. by Josh Brorby – [Trigger warning] remember Chris Surette, the guy who’s school newspaper submission was so bad the school charged him for harassment? There’s another one just like him, although this one claims “Satire!” And then has to apologize when it backfires so badly.
Patrick Stewart speaks to Amnesty International about Violence Against Women – [Trigger warning] I had no idea Patrick Stewart lived through that… A YouTube video of Stewart describing what it was like growing up with an abusive father. It’s a pretty powerful speech.
Dr. Carhart targeted by anti-choice activists – First Dr. Tiller, now extreme anti-abortion advocates move on to the next target… of course if he is injured or killed they will deny any direct involvement.
Which Is Worse: Reality TV or the commentary on it? – A questionable TV show on compulsive hoarding leads to likewise questionable posts & commentaries on the same over at Jezebel.
Romance and sexuality in Harry Potter – Born out of a discussion thread at Shakesville, a detailed analysis, with evidence presented, of the not-progressive relationships depicted in the Harry Potter series.
Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Feel good post summaries the plotline of the Twilight: New Moon movie using LolCat macros. One more Twilight, New Moon’s success means women hate sex. Obviously. (Not really.) I see there is a commenter with vulvar pain speaking out there… It is interesting, even to me, and something probably worth blogging about, this, pressure to have sex/not have sex & then this movie comes along where the main characters can’t have sex and… I don’t know yet.
Backlash! – No, it’s not just you, I’ve been noticing more misogynistic advertisments lately too… I know that’s a long term trend, but lately it’s especially so.
Moving towards solidarity – a latecomer to this week’s roundup; Laurie Penny writes about transphobia within the feminist movement.
Also, one last thing – Oldie but goodie, an Ask the Expert column addressing various pelvic pain problems. Unfortunately, it’s not very useful though since a lot of the advice boils down to, “Talk to your doctor.”
I’m sure there’s more…