Interesting posts, weekend of 8/1/10

08/01/2010 at 4:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Dear internet, no pictures to upload yet, still haven’t broken out the digital camera. I’ve been working hard lately, I can’t believe it’s August. I could use another vacation already. Last night I watched a DVD of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland 2010 and it was half-good… beautiful character and set design, pity so much of it was computer-generated. I’m starting to miss classic puppetry and costumes in movies. The computer stuff doesn’t carry the weight of reality. Alice in Wonderland had was a decent story, certainly ripe for a feminist analysis – so why was it so… boring?

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. Did you all get a chance to see Simone’s guest post this week? If you enjoyed her guest post, you might also like this entry, Sex Does Not Mean Intercourse, Part 2768, on her blog.
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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Can’t get enough of feminism and sexual dysfunction on the internet? You may want to think about following the Twitter feed, which is more accurately described as my Twitter feed since no one else manages it. Some of my daily mundane and/or angry thoughts sneak in there but I try to include trendy topics as well as a healthy dose of sexual dysfunction related news when I find it.

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

Fighting With The Insurance Company – What it’s like when you try to get your insurance claims for sexual health problems reimbursed with a certain insurance company! Fun times… good god it’s miserable, it takes forever, no one ever gives you a straight answer, the telephone reps always give you the wrong address & contact information,sometimes someone will say a supervisor will call you back but they don’t. They don’t. Oh my god I the worst encounters with the most un-professional, deliberately obnoxious, rude telephone rep I have ever had in my life with this company. Like oh my god if I ever talked on the phone like that to a client I would soooo be fired 10x over. And then after you finally get the right information and enough time has passed to get your insurance claim process the next random phone rep will tell you it was sent to the wrong address and it will be another 30 days before the claim can be processed with the right… department or something I don’t even know. And then they finally process the claim and the answer is always “No!” Then you gotta go through it allover again! I cannot believe utter malice of insurance companies, I swear they operate in 100% premeditated bad faith. This one operates in bad faith. I cannot believe, I swear.

An Introduction to Massage – One of my surprisingly useful tools in addressing pelvic floor dysfunction and in a different context, an intimate act that can be incorporated into sex lives.

So You Want to Be a Sex Educator – Interesting because I still have basically zero real-world credibility for anything I’ve talked about so far :/ I really need to get some. Goddammit I’m going to have to go back to school just so I can get a Ph.D. just so that people will take me srsly. Or maybe there’s another way?
On the other hand! Why Yes, Virginia, You Can Be Barred From Getting A Degree If You Won’t Do The Work – A student of counseling did not provide counseling services to a gay client. For violating the American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, she was expelled from the school and is seeking representation in court from the Alliance Defense Fund. Check out one of the comments in this thread – it’s got links to show that there is a concentrated effort in the US to allow discrimination to take place under the guise of morality.

Popularizing Research in the Conventional Media – Useful post about how research findings are brought to the public through journalism. This is relevant to what we so often talk about on this blog because critics of female sexual dysfunction in general will point out flaws in popularization pieces and the research that journalists relied on. Also touches upon the fact that academia is not necessarily a panacea for independent research.

It’s been a busy week in the feminist blogosphere, and not all of that busy work is good work. The Feministe/Jezebel blogosphere blow-out is an unavoidable topic. The blog Feministe has called upon some guest bloggers for the summer, and Mai’a’s posts about children and motherhood have been generating a lot of discussion. It ain’t all pretty, you may not want to read the comments sections at all. Some responses I mostly liked were written by Karnythia and Renee.

RMJ at Deeply Problematic posted Disability Blog Carnival #68 with the theme, evidence.

Some updates in sexual assault cases, trigger warnings apply. Roman Polanski: Still a rapist – Another woman has come forward who claims that Polanski raped her three years before the case for which Polanski was convicted (and fled the USA.) Portland Authorities Announce No Charges To Be Filed Against Al Gore – A massage therapist went to Portland police to file charges against former Vice President Al Gore. The district attorney offices does not have enough evidence to put a case together. This does not necessarily mean that the assault didn’t happen, but it show how difficult it is to go to police and seek redress through the legal system.

The Impossibility Of Disclosure Obligations – This post about how hard it is to figure out how much to disclose to potential sex partners and when follows on the heels of another Feministe discussion, Rape by deception. Thomas’s post looks at issues of disclosure effecting trans women in particular.

Federal Judge Puts Hold on Controversial Part of AZ Immigration Law – This hold up is no doubt going to be appealed.

Today in Not News: The Afghanistan War Blows – In US political news, WikiLeaks published upwards of 90k pages of classified war documents revealing that the war in Afghanistan is not going as well as we have been led to believe, which isn’t good to begin with.

If CNN Won’t Do It, I Guess I Will: Transcripts of CNN’s ADA Coverage – July 26 was the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ironically CNN did not provide transcripts for its coverage of this landmark date.

Anti-porn is pro-censorship, even if they say they’re not – Violet Blue’s “Our Porn, Ourselves” FaceBook page has been deleted, supposedly for violation of FB’s terms of services – in spite of the fact that there wasn’t actually any pornographic material on the page. It was more of a digital social gathering to talk about being pro-porn. (This link is work-safe.)

Homophobia apparently just the same as objecting to homophobia – Oh my god,

Not having a privileged status means, of course, one must accept occasionally being the butt of jokes.

Oh my god, this quote, oh my god. Well now that pretty much sums up why there’s a need for social justice.

The cellular telephone assault on fiction – That certainly is an observation in modern fiction mm-hmm. Also a chronic problem in animated programs.

Some Disturbing Statistics – Re-printing a Yahoo! Finance article which is just as well because I can’t read Yahoo! News articles anymore due to the comments sections.

Passages Malibu: Detox as Vacation, maybe – Daisy Deadhead goes over why this program is probably a scam.
You know as a total aside note here I’m thinking aloud to myself it’s like… why… do we (generally) recognize addictions like… alcohol addiction and gambling addiction… but there’s still resistance to recognize sex addiction. Hmmmm…

Edit – Actually on second thought I’ll include this one too because this could be me some day… Comments – Thinking about using words correctly or incorrectly when writing blog posts.

I’m sure there’s more…



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  1. Thanks for the link love!


  2. Thanks for the link. 🙂

  3. One thing I’ve been thinking about doing is putting together some kind of patient-run project or database about how various insurance companies deal with claims for women’s sexual health issues– which ones to avoid, which ones (if any) are good, what kind of troubles you can expect to encounter and success stories about getting insurance to cover your treatments. This could also go along with reviews of various doctors, specialists and clinics– which are good and which to avoid. (I’m pretty sure readers of this blog could put together a pretty extensive list, anyway, of what doctors to NOT see under any conditions.)

    I wonder if it would be possible, someday, to get some kind of patient advocacy group thrown together. The reason it occurred to me is because I’ve seen repeated instances of people’s health care, particularly disabled and elderly patients, being hugely affected by having advocates– in some cases, people who would have been turned out of ERs for potentially life-threatening conditions if they hadn’t had advocates with them, people who refused to let the doctors or staff get away with giving a patient shoddy care or turning them down on a petty pretext. And while trying to get an insurance company to cover sexual health treatment doesn’t generally involve life-threatening situations, having advocates can still make a difference at any level of health care. I’ve benefitted from having one even for non-sexual things because I often find it difficult to communicate with doctors, especially when meeting them for the first time, and tend to get severe anxiety over certain kinds of exams and procedures.

    The other thing I’ve noticed is that while a lot of informational websites about FSD have lists of doctors, those kinds of websites tend to be run and maintained by professionals rather than by patients. I think a patient-run database is needed. Another thing that bothered me was that some websites would only let you see their lists of specialists if you paid a fee to join their organization, which is just plain economic discrimination– what if someone can’t afford that extra couple of dollars? What if someone is on Medicare and needs to find out if there are any sexual health specialists it would cover?

    And I should probably add that all the above is a US-centric view, because it’s the only health care system I’ve ever had experience with. But I’ve read about several instances of advocacy work making a concrete difference for individual people even in countries with universal health coverage– having it, unfortunately, still isn’t a guarantee that a medical system will value the lives of people with disabilities.

    • That’s a neat idea. It sounds like it would be like CureTogether, in that it’s patient led & designed – only instead of talking about treatments, it talks about getting reimbursed for treatments.

      Some of the members-only support groups list patient reviews of doctors, but they’re restricted to members only and updated only very sporadically, basically only whenever someone feels like adding to it (if they can find the list.) There used to be a vulvodynia website that listed good and bad doctors according to e-mailed responses, and it was publicly viewable… but it’s gone now. I had it bookmarked and then one day it vanished into the void. So there’s a gap in information that was needed.

      With insurance though… I don’t think I’ve seen reviews of insurance companies, even for general stuff. I’ve seen individual rants and raves scattered around and personal accounts here & there. There’s some tips for dealing with insurance in the Vulvodynia Survival Guide. But as a patient-led database – that’s new to me. And it would be helpful for getting feedback on which companies to be more aggressive with – I definitely had very mixed experiences so far.
      And that doesn’t just effect the patients, either! The insurance companies reimburse doctors, too. My physical therapist was delayed a few times when she was supposed to get reimbursed for treating me. It wasn’t anything on my end, it was the company foot-dragging. Some doctors don’t even accept insurance because of all those delays, which just restricts who can afford to go see them.

      I don’t think I can do it right now myself. But at the same time I am loathe to put it on a back burner because it’s a good idea.
      I bet there’s a way to do it… it wouldn’t have to be built from scratch; there’s similar websites that it could be based on, maybe existing website maintainers would be willing to offer feedback even.

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