Interesting posts, weekend of 5/2/10

05/02/2010 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I watched Twilight: New Moon and Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed in the last few days. They’re both okay… neither is as good as the originals. New Moon has so much angst in it. I thought Spider-Man had a lot of angst; I was surprised by how much more angst one movie could contain. Well I enjoyed the shirtless young men running around in New Moon anyway 😉 One thing I will give the Twilight series credit for, it’s pretty to look at. The greens in the background are so saturated. It’s like the opposite of what the Matrix did with blues & reds. A few months ago I wrote up a movie review of Ginger Snaps 1 but I don’t think I’m going to do the same for the sequel. Unleashed was pretty weird, especially in the beginning. I thought it got better after Bridgette and Ghost ran away from the rehab clinic, so it ended better than it started. It still felt more clumsy & careless than the first film though. I caught a few minutes of the 3rd movie in the series, Ginger Snaps Back, on Sci-Fi channel yesterday (or is it Sy-Fy now?) but it looked meh.

Life is still pretty hectic for me so just another heads up on possible irregular posting ahead. Also, attn: The next post I expect to put up will contain some images that are NSFW. I’m going to try to use WordPress’s truncate feature so that you need to click through to view the whole post from the main page, but the whole thing will likely appear in your RSS feeder. Just fyi so you can decide when it’s the best time for you to view the content. To give you a sneak peak of what to expect, the tentative title of the blog post is “Antique prophylactics.” Because I need to post something lite while I regroup. After that we’ll see where it goes from there.

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

The US political climate is still a hostile, dangerous mess, to put it softly. There have been comments, actions and  laws passed that I and many folks find appalling.
In response to some of these acts, a scathing commentary was posted to FaceBook by Tim Wise: Imagine: Protest, Insurgency and the Workings of White Privilege (via Mandolin.)
Last week, Lt. Dan Choi, Petty Officer Autumn Sandeen plus four more military veterans were arrested when they handcuffed themselves to a White House fence in protest of DADT (Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy.) Sandeen wrote an open letter to President Obama describing her experience while in custody, President Obama: A Transgender Veteran Is Not An ‘’Impersonator,’’ ‘’It,’’ Or ‘’Shim’’
The state of Arizona passed a law which will require police officers to check the immigration status of suspected undocumented immigrants. Supposedly race alone is not sufficient to stand up as a probable cause to run a check, but when you read about it and see some of the other steps Arizona is taking – yeah it’s racist alright. To get you started, try Arizona Immigration Law: A Roundup by Cara. Don’t believe the racism charge? Maybe you should check in with Now Republicans Want to Microchip Undocumented Workers. A few days ago, another measure in Arizona went to the governor, this one puts heavy restrictions on education. Arizona’s hateful climate gets uglier. On May 1, in response to these laws, rallies were held nationwide which attracted thousands of participants. There have also been calls for a Boycott! of Arizona, by not supporting businesses in the state, tourism & sports for example.

There’s also been overt racism coming from one Stephanie Grace of the Harvard Law School. She don’t know why she’s getting called out on this? You don’t know how many things are wrong with what you are saying and how that kind of attitude is a sign of the culture at Harvard (and unfortunately outside of academia as well)? Jill and guest blogger Diane Lucas over at Feministe broke it down for her.

May 1 was also Blogging Against Disabilism Day hosted by Diary of a Goldfish. You can see the participants listed here. Don’t know what disablism is? This post answers that question, Blogging Against Disablism Day: What Is Disablism? (The term can be used interchangeably with ablism which is heard more in the US.)

What happens when you don’t like what the doctor orders? – It’s okay to tell a doctor “No” and ask for an explanation when they tell you to do something. (On the other hand I seem to recall reading posts where doctors went over patients’ heads – like, when giving birth (birth rape) or during emergency situations when you’re not able to consent to procedures. It’s okay to say no but sometimes they don’t listen…)
Also from F-Word this week: Abortion: A Polish Perspective – Interesting post about the history of abortion in Poland within the last two decades. The laws have become very restrictive. The number of legal abortions has dropped but illegal (and potentailly more dangerous because of that) abortion continues. Ohio recently passed a similar law, the governor tried to veto it (though only because it made no exceptions for victims of rape & incest)

Reproductive rights within the US are becoming more restricted too, Chip, chip, chip… A law in Florida will require that women receiving an abortion receive (whether they want to or not) an ultrasound, and pay for the experience with their own money. There’s similar legislation in Oklahoma, Oklahoma Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto on Abortion Laws, which will force women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound whether they want it or not and will protect doctors who withhold information about the developing fetus.

Tinker … bill? Disney fairies get a sex change – About children modifying in-game avatars to go around strict gender roles in a Disney video game that for the longest time only allowed female avatars. There’s a male character in the game now though. Via Violet Blue (NSFW)

Rutgers lab studies female orgasm through brain imaging – Rutgers University uses an fMRI to map what happens to the brain during orgasm. The journalist who wrote this article volunteered. (I thought you had to remain still during an MRI? And what a bummer that you can’t bring metal into the machine – that means no vibrators so I guess I would make a very bad volunteer.) There’s some sensationalistic elements to this article though, and skip the comments. Also via Violet Blue (and still NSFW)

I thought this post about BDSM & chronic pain might be of particular interest to readers, it’s NSFW though so heads up. BDSM: Pain Just Isn’t Pain, When You’re Dealing with Chronic Pain – [NSFW] this one also addresses the stigma of BDSM, like, going to the doctor after a consensual scene.

[Untitled post; about braille erotica for the blind] – [NSFW] – The raised, tangible images contained in Tactile Mind don’t get censored in news outlets for some reason, whereas if these were photographs or drawings they probably would be. Why is that? Via FWD.

PTSD and Healing After Sexual Trauma – [Trigger warning] This isn’t an official guide but it’s steps that Lauren found helpful & would suggest.

At What Point Is A Rapist No Longer Responsible For The Harm Caused By Rape? – [Trigger warning] Re-framing the question, “When is a sexual assault victim responsible for helping herself?”

Guest Post: The Evolution of Cosmopolitan Magazine – a very interesting retrospective of the history of Cosmo magazine. Via WM.

I’m sure there’s more…

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