Interesting posts, weekend of 12/13/09

12/13/2009 at 6:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I can’t seem to find the Holiday Spirit this year. I feel like the holidays are happening around me & I’m just watching from the outside. Oh I decorated a Christmas tree, yes, and I ordered gifts for those dear to me, but I just feel… detached. I’m not sad, but not excited either.

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. Come on people, these posts don’t just write themselves.
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.
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Also, a Happy Hanukkah to Jewish readers.

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.

[Trigger warnings] – The Transphobe Who Can Ruin Your Day – this week started out with transphobia from Julie Bindel (she has a history of making transphobic comments in the past, among other things.) Unfortunately, there was more transphobia later on in the week, posted originally at the Bilerico Project, which is supposed to be a group blog for LGBTQ folks and their allies. The post, “No” to the notion of transgender was so bad, it had to be removed, but only after other bloggers & responders like C.L. Minou and Lisa & commenters at QT spoke out against it. There was another clearly transphobic event this week, a lawsuit was filed against a McDonald’s for refusing to hire a transgender worker. The manager of this particular store also went out of his way to leave a horrible voice mail for the prospective employee.

The hymen has been renamed to Vaginal Corona, so everyone start calling it that instead. This name reminds me more of the sun than the beer of a similar name. I suppose this is all moot to me though since don’t have a hymen or vaginal corona anymore post-surgery. Or if I do, I sure don’t notice it. The PDF booklet files related to this topic are of some use too so check them out.

[Trigger warnings] – Not too long ago, you may have seen some advertisments from Method, calling on increased awareness of what chemicals go into cleaning products… and this message was put forth by means of depictions of sexual harassment & assault. Melissa of Shakesville (and others) called Method out. There were two horrifying responses to this call-out. A writer at the blog AdRants lashed back against the backlash against rape culture. Then, AdAge magazine published an editorial which also minimized the importance of understanding sexism & sexual assault triggers in advertising. As Melissa explains, this sort of attitude is why changing the tv channel isn’t enough. Wow these marketers are really dedicated to not listening to their own target audience. Need some help understanding what rape culture is? Try this week’s Today in Rape Culture.

The price of prescriptions – After Cancer posts links to charts & graphs about how much it costs for health care.
There’s another post with helpful charts & graphs this week, Climate change and neo-colonialism.
A video & analysis of charts re: climate change: Stunning Statistics.
Not exactly charts & graphs, but in light of the fact that Houston, Texas has elected an openly lesbian mayor, some maps re: the 2008 presidental election, results of which run not just along state lines but urban/rural area lines. Yep, that’s Houston, Texas, y’all

Uganda Drops Death Penalty, Life in Prison from Bill – [Trigger warning] – But Uganda still has a long ways to go with regard to an anti-homosexuality law.

Regrets? I’ve Had a Few… – I like this – a new take on those “Top 100 books YOU MUST READ” lists. Instead, we have here a list of Books I Regret Reading. I love it :3 Lol, look how many best sellers are on the list. Lol, look how high up Holden Caufield is ranked.

First Timer’s Kit – It’s a product review. For sex toys.
Another product review: Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future – This sounds like an interesting book, especially the chapters on sexism after the 60s, but it also sounds like it would be a hard book to read. I wasn’t able to finish The Feminine Mystique because it pissed me off too much. It’s not a bad book it’s just that the descriptions of what was happening made me angry to think about.
Another book reivew: Book Review: Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Has Undermined America by Barbara Ehrenreich – I am still a negative person because I still can’t stand positive-think-your-way-out-of-anything philosphy. Also not fond of positive-think-your-way-to-riches.

Cosmocking: January ’10! – I love these posts. Holly picks apart the newest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine.

Barack Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize – Unfortunately, as Renee puts it, And thus begins his justification for enlarging the war in Afghanistan, while promoting the American right to police the globe as it sees fit.  No where in this speech did it mention the history of atrocities that America is responsible for.  He found time to praise Regan and Nixon, both of whom engaged in actions that were illegal and horrific.  As I read over the speech in its entirety, I once again found myself asking this is the man that represents peace?  His speech was all about justifying war.” Meanwhile, my own mother heard the speech and told me she started crying when she heard it. What.

Silver Lining of the Recession…Not So Much – There were some hopes (If they can be called that,) towards the beginning of the recession of ’08/’09/’10 that as jobs turned over there may be more women employed in higher-up positions. It didn’t work out that way. For all the job turnover, the top rungs of the ladders still look about the same.

Unga Bunga! White Sale Gooood! – What the eff?! Eye-catching title & eye-catching picture at the post, which is actually about evolutionary psychologists using … evolutionary psychology to explain shopping trends in terms of biology. What.

Two from Violet Blue: best sex books of 2009! – delivers what it promises, as chosen by VB. The list leans towards erotica but there is some non-fiction in there as well. And behind the leweb talk: 24 hours later – VB had to go through IT Support Hell to get her presentation on the future of sex & technology started at a tech conference. Once she did she gave a talk that touched upon many topics. She has taken the time to link to resources on the topics covered. Interestingly, she does not seem to fear the dreaded Orgasmatron the same way mainstream media does when it’s talked about re: use of by women with orgasm problems. But I am not so sure that the reality of living with unlimited, instantaneous orgasms is all its cracked up to be… be careful what you wish for.

Attention, Ladies! A Man is Here to Help! – About That Guy who comes into feminist spaces to educate the wimminfolk on how to talk to mens and what we should talk about and what’s important and let’s all give That Guy a cookie for showing up and sharing his opinion with the feminists. Oo, let’s not.

Psychiatry’s civil war – QT looks at the controversy surrounding the upcoming DSM-V revision, from a transexual perspective. The article linked to & the editorials accompanying it raise some hard questions.

December 17: Intl Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – Mark your calendars if you’ll be in the Manhatten area around Dec. 17 (although you can still support this event from afar if you will be away from the area.) Audacia Ray says it is, “a day on which sex workers and their allies gather at vigils around the world to mourn our dead and bring attention to the continued acts of violence and injustice faced by sex workers. It’s a tough event, but a necessary one – because sex workers are so stigmatized, they are often disrespected in both life and death. Our community must come together to memorialize those who have been taken from us, and support each other in the ongoing fight for justice and rights.”

Ask Professor Foxy: How Do I Tell New Partners About Past Trauma? – [Tirgger warning] – a reader writes in to Professor Foxy about how to disclose a past history of trauma.

I’m sure there’s more…


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