Interesting posts, weekend of 7/10/10

07/10/2010 at 3:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Dear internet, I wore a skirt to work this week. This is not so unusual – I’ve been wearing more skirts lately, even to work, the same week. The difference is that all the skirts I had worn to work were at least knee-length or longer. The last skirt I wore this week was shorter – above the knee. This, also, is not so unusual, as many of my co-workers also wear shorter skirts to work. This is acceptable according to the dress code. In fact the same day I wore the short skirt to work, 2 of my co-workers had skirts of equal length on. But for some reason, when *I* wore one, people commented on it. “Ooo look at K lookin’ so good today!” and variations on that theme. Nothing mean … but it’s like, why is this an issue at all. I think I look good every day. Why do you feel the need to point out to me what I am wearing. I put it on this morning. I am fully aware of the fact that it’s not a pair of pants. And you are yourself fully aware that shorts and capris are not an acceptable part of the dress code for my area.
It’s a skirt. It’s hot. It’s been hot for weeks. If I can get away with it I am going to wear a skirt. Why is this an issue. I’m up, I’m dressed, what more do you want?

In other news, I watched both Toy Story 3 and Twilight: Eclipse. Toy Story 3 was alright, but it had one genuinely frightening scene that gave me nightmares. I’m getting nightmares from a G-rated movie over here. Why did Pixar even include that disturbing scene in their film? Twilight was… Twilight. With the Twilight movies, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. Very surprised to see the audience was half older couples without children.

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. 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.
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Now then, on with the weekly blog link roundup. Posts I found interesting over the last weeks. Share links if’n you got’em.

Campaign Tackles Women’s Chronic Pain–But There’s a LONG Way to Go – a detailed look at the Campaign to End Chronic Pain in Women, and about life with chronic conditions… including vulvodynia, which presents difficult questions about sex and sexuality.

What she said: Women are not broken edition – An analysis of responses to Camille Paglia’s miserable editorial on female sexual dysfunction/flibanserin/classism/racism/shitty music/wtf is this? Op-ed piece.

Speaking of Which, HIV and Other STI Rates Are Increasing With Age, Viagra Use – Correlation is not the same as causation though, and FigLeaf addresses some possibly contributing factors in comments. (Such as: stopping use of condoms with age & lack of comprehensive sex education.)

The Sicks. – because of this line,

I can tell you this: if I were afflicted with a physical condition that made me incapable of experiencing most forms of sex, fixing this wouldn’t be “recreational” or silly or gross; it would be a goddamn emergency.

Sex and Menopause, Some New Research – some links and books about sex during and after menopause.

Life After Sex – About sexuality and sexual functioning during and after MTF transition.

Not a Fish, Not Yet A Human – We are still talking about Disney’s The Little Mermaid from a feminist perspective.
Speaking of Disney, did you all see this? Pixar Brave wikia – I was looking up Pixar stuff and it sounds like their 2012 movie, “Brave,” will have a female lead character. This could be veeeery intersting indeed! Sounds like the lead character is still a princess… who wants to be an archer. This could address the criticism that Pixar has gotten for sexism and for not knowing what to do with women characters!
Speaking of sexism in the media, the women of the Daily Show wrote an open letter responding to allegations of sexism in production of the show. Well that’s real good but it needs improvement, since we still don’t get to see these women on screen. I am reminded of the leaders of Fortune 500 companies… these big companies hire women, yes, but overwhelmingly do not confer titles of authority onto women, why?

About the Gulf Oil Spill:
Plastic And Oil… And My Take On Dawn Dish Soap – Lots of discussion and YouTube videos (no transcript) about the oil spill and cleanup there.
Truth is a Casualty of the Gulf Disaster – BP’s involvement or appearance of involvement only when officials are looking.
The Unseen Spill: The Human and Reproductive Health Catastrophe of Toxic “Hot Spots” in the Gulf Region – The spill may have an impact on reproductive health, but the Gulf region has been at risk health-wise for a long time due to so many plants using and dumping toxic chemicals.

Some news in marriage equality:
Hawaii Governor vetoes civil union bill – she says her personal bias isn’t the real reason…
And yet Boston judge rules federal gay marriage ban unconstitutional – The judge ruled that 1996’s DOMA was discriminatory! It’s a big decision but it’s probably going to get appealed to a higher court.

Hollaback’s iPhone application for documenting street harassment should be available in the iTunes store soon. I plan to download it, though I hope I never have to use it. From what I hear, it may be available on some other platforms besides the iPhone down the line as well.

Caster Semenya to Return to Racing – South African athlete Caster Semenya, after months of invasive testing and inquiry, has been cleared to race again ASAP.

Verdict in Oscar Grant Murder Case [Trigger warning] Oscar Grant, a young black man, was shot in the back at a BART station in California, while being detained by white police officer Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle was found guilty of the least possible charge in the case, involuntary manslaughter. The shooting was was filmed by onlookers. Keep in mind that LA prosecutors have not won a conviction in a police murder case in 27 years.

Breaking: “At this time SLDN cannot recommend that LGB service members participate in any survey” – The Pentagon has sent out surveys to about 400,000 of its servicemembers, supposedly to find out how members of the military feel about allowing gays to openly serve. But there’s no guarantee of privacy and if gay and lesbian service members answer, those answers could be used against them later.

Sex and politics collide as Julia Perez takes on Indonesia’s conservatives[NSFW?] Celebrity, singer and actress Julia Perez (Jupe) is also an… activist? She is running for government, the position of deputy district head in Pacitan, Indonesia, where most of the population is Muslim. She has spoken out for better sex education and HIV prevention. Via Violet Blue [NSFW]

I’m a feminist because. – RMJ describes her conflicted relationship with feminism.

How Sexism Hurts Men: “Undateable” – An example of PHMT (patriarchy hurts men, too.)

Google Says the World Was Made, Made Pretty By Men – On June 6, Google’s doodle was that of Mexican surreal artist Frida Kahlo. But this is but one of eight doodles starring historical women.

I’m sure there’s more…



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  1. Hi K,

    I’m a feminist with vulvar pain issues, and I’ve posted about FSD on my own blog. I would love to do a guest post about my experiences.

    In particular, I’d like to write about my efforts to get medical help, and about my encounters with various doctors (some sadistic, some clueless, some wonderful.)

    Please feel free to e-mail me if you’re at all interested.

    Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks for the link! 🙂

    • It was a good post. Nuanced.

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