Interesting posts, weekend of 7/25/10

07/25/2010 at 2:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Dear internet, oh my god can you believe that it’s almost August already? Where did my summer go? It’s been so hot out, mostly I’ve been staying indoors where it’s air conditioned and cool. Seen a few movies, went for a swim last week, played some puzzle video games, so that’s good summertime fun. I’m missing Comic-Con though :/ I need to stay up-to-date with these conventions, somehow I always miss out on all the fun.

The boyfriend has suggested that I add more pictures to the blog. What do you think? It might break up the massive walls of text my posts usually turn into. But I don’t know what fun and interesting pictures I could add… So I went to the grocery store and bought some goodies with silly/innuendo sounding names, because such things amuse me. The packaging might make for some interesting photos when I’m ready to break out the digital camera again.

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. We will be featuring a guest post this week.
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.
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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.

Patterns / Questions of My Own – People asking questions about a relationship in which low libido & VVS are an issue, but what questions are not being asked? Whose pleasure is centered in these questions?

Fibromyalgia Is Not Caused By Men – (Via FWD) Something I thought some of the readers here may be able to relate to, especially if you live with fibromyalgia. How very interesting that some experts push the notion that fibromyalgia is caused by the stress of dealing with men. Where have I heard that argument before… that sounds strangely familiar to me… HMMMM. Indeed.

Call for Submissions: Women’s Descriptions of Their Orgasms – This could make for an intriguing set of essays. The rules don’t say what kind of orgasm it has to be.
Here’s another call for submissions, this one from Tasha Fierce – CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Occupied Bodies: Women of Color Speak on Self-Image – Deadline October 15, 2010

Ain’t No Shame – Media including Perez Hilton are jumping allover teenage actress Taylor Momsen for openly talking about masturbation. Whereas when American Pie came out all those years ago no one batted an eye at the prospect of young men masturbating.

Cosmocking: August ’10! – Wtf is a “Trouser snout?”

On Sex & Compromise – Interesting, yes, but useful, No. I have not come to terms with the enthusiastic consent model of sex or with scheduling sex as a compromise in a relationship. How the hell do you do enthuiastic consent when in pain? Does not meeting the enthusiastic consent model preclude sex in that case?
I found this post, Eugene Volokh on “One True Inherent Purpose” to be more useful, though it’s not directly related to enthusiastic consent, it’s just neat. It talks about the supposed biological function of how your’re expected to do sex.

Some good news for HIV prevention – “Some” being the operative word; it will not be as effective as condoms are, but an antiviral gel does offer some protection from HIV infection. I’m curious to know what all the ingredients (besides the antiretroviral substance) are in the gel because I’m the kind of person who worries about irritation AND HIV prevention at the same time. The gel also provides some protection against genital herpes.
Another one from femonomics –  Congress Introduces Legislation to Protect Public Health – if passed, the government would have more authority to regulate what goes into cosmetic products. Makeup isn’t necessarily safe even if it’s on the shelf.

Dead Firefighter’s Family Sues His Widow Because She is Trans – [Trigger warning] A trans woman, Nikki Araguz, lost her firefighter husband while he was working. The couple lived in the state of Texas, and her late husband’s family has been fighting her claims to benefits. In Texas, there is legal precedent to deny Nikki life insurance benefits on the basis of her trans status; additionally courts have frozen her assets. The conflict does not end there, however, as Nikki’s past and relationship have been called into question and scandalously publicized, which puts her at increased danger for violence.
Another one from The Curvature – Age Old Victim-Blaming Myths Win Court Case for Girls Gone Wild – [Trigger warning] A young woman was present at a bar where Girls Gone Wild was being filmed. She was sexually assaulted and this was caught (and used) on tape. On the basis that she was there and she had danced, the court found in favor of GGW.

My Story – via the F-Word blog – a domestic worker recounts the abuse and restrictions she labored under while employed in Singapore.
Taking on a mainstream 9-to-5 job after sex work isn’t always risk free either. Straight work has risks, too, and problems and violations encountered on the job aren’t always well addressed. Prohibitionists’ comparing sex work and straight work: they are dead wrong. [Trigger warning]

In US politics and social justice, one of the big stories going around is the resignation of USDA employee Shirley Sherrod. Sherrod was put under pressure when a heavily edited video of her giving a speech at a NAACP function was released. The speech seemed to include her talking about how she refused to help a white farmer out, which was her job at the time. (Sherrod is black.) Out of context, the speech segments looked bad but it turns out in context she was talking about racism and poverty, and she’s maintained friendship with the farmer’s family since then. The US government didn’t find out about the editing by Andrew Breitbart until after she’s already left her job and now the government is looking to pick up the pieces. Here’s some links related to that story. I’m shocked… from Shakesville, Gawker: Shirley Sherrod should not have been forced to resign, White House “embarasses itself” from femonomics, and another Shakesville post, President Obama calls Shirley Sherrod

Another bit of US news going around the feminist blogosphere takes us to San Diego’s Comic Con 2k10, where would-be real life troll Fred Phelps and co. were planing on picketing the event… and got chased out of town by counter-protester superhero cosplayers. Pictures and video here – Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church – Some of the pictures may be triggering due to language. I like the Bender sign/costume :3 Man I wish I’d been able to go to Comic Con, I never get to do anything fun!

Notes from a bitch…on unemployment and motivation… – About Congress foot-dragging extending unemployment benefits while the US is still mid-recession. We’re not out of the woods yet, people. I saw a chart with unemployment statistics and some states are still in the double-digits. I remember seeing Michigan was particularity hard hit.

Two More Accusations Against Gore Surface – [Trigger warning] Tabloid magazine the Enquirer claims to have information about more sexual assault accusations against Al Gore. Being a tabloid magazine, the story is being met with considerable doubt.

Victory for Constance McMillen! – Itawamba School District, which cancelled their prom and then set a fake one to send open lesbian Constance McMillen and some disabled students to, has agreed “To have a judgment entered against them.”

Sexual Harassment of Fundraisers by Donors is Very Difficult to Report, Deal With – [Trigger warning] An experience some employees for organizations go through with big donors, not willingly and with little recourse.

I’m sure there’s more…

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  1. I am so excited for the pictures of suggestively-named products.

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