Interesting posts, late weekend of 8/29

08/30/2010 at 9:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I have this person in my life I refer to as “The Whirlwind.” I was working on something when The Whirlwind whirled into my life earlier this week and started messing with all my stuff. Or personal time, rather. This whirlwind is very insistent & demands attention and if I do not do as the whirlwind says then this whirlwind will just cause more drama. Acquiescing to the whirlwind’s demands, petty yet time-consuming as they may be, is the path of least resistance. But once that got out of the way I went shopping and did that thing where you actually save more money than you spend so it’s just like making money! Not really, but I did get some pretty new clothes that I needed. Then some other stuff happened that was boring but sort of important on a personal level and now here I am.

Here’s the last entry I have in our no-longer continuing series of pictures of stuff with goofy packaging that I purchased at a grocery store. My little picture experiment didn’t go over badly, but it didn’t get a warm reception either so I probably won’t continue with it. I guess I’ll just have to find more relevant pictures to break up the walls of text on this blog. Anyway, presented for your amusement: Hemp granola bars!

[Description: A box of granola bars, prominently featuring a granola bar and what can only be a marijuana leaf just behind it.]

That is a weed leaf on the box! You can buy this at a grocery store! Granola with weed leaves on the box! (But not necessarily IN the box…)
Because the granola bars contain hemp seeds. I seem to recall hemp being a trendy material in the 1990s… “Can you smoke your shirt?” something like that. I seem to recall the answer being “No.”
A taste test revealed that these granola bars are actually quite tasty! There’s a lot of sunflowers and raisins & stuff in there and actually it’s petty good. I was surprised. Would eat again.
(You won’t get high off eating these… it doesn’t work that way.)

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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.

Good Vibrations House Calls: Fainting During Orgasm – If you find yourself or your partner fainting during an orgasm, it may not be because you’re just that good… there may be a serious medical issue going on that merits a checkup.
Good Vibrations House Calls: What’s the Best Harness? – Useful because it mentions that some harnesses may predispose their wearers to UTIs due to friction, and may be uncomfortable to sensitive folks otherwise. But there’s other options available which may be more comfortable or which may make a decent substitute.

Agony Aunts And Bogus Ph.Ds – A Critical Look At Sexperts – Part 2 – Some follow up to an earlier post about the questionable credentials of some so-called experts on sex & relationships.
Speaking of bogus experts, Male and female ability differences down to socialisation, not genetics – Think that sex differences between men & women is mostly due to nature rather than nature? Think again – according to this article, almost all of the ability differences can be attributed to socialization and culture. This article cites some of the authors in the Good Vibes article as perpetuating the belief that the widespread differences are hard wired!

Friday Fun Fact, 20 August 2010 – compounds found in red wine may have a slight positive impact on women’s libidos. Unfortunately this finding is moot on me because I Don’t Drink.

Here’s a whole-to-me blog found via SexAbility. It’s called, LOVE ON WHEELS and it’s about love, sex and disability, especially when such disability requires use of a wheelchair.

Liberal ableism – Really good post. Strongly recommended. You can be a liberal – and that includes liberal journalists, liberal academics, liberal therapists, liberal bloggers, etc! – and still engage in ableism! You are not so pure of heart yourself.
Here’s something that some liberal types who do continue to engage in disableism should take a look at – Things That Make My Life Easier, An Invitation (Part 3 of 3), especially for these lines:

There is no shame in doing things differently. There is no shame in taking a different route to reach the same end point. There is no shame in reaching a different end point, even! If it works for you, if it makes your life easier, that is what matters. Not your conformity to expected methods of doing things, but the fact that it accomplishes your starting goal or gets you closer to accomplishing it.

There is no shame in that. There is no moral value attached to a method of doing something. It’s a method, that’s all. Just a method. One method. Not the only option.

Speaking of being progressive yet not-so-progressive, here’s something that may address why you’re not so pure of heart as you think you are. In fairness, I’m not so pure of heart either. Why I use that word that I use: Kyriarchy, kyriarchal, and why not patriarchy – A good primer on what Kyriarchy is. This is more complicated than patriarchy, enough so that it’s something even I’m still struggling with. Kyriarchy is like patriarchy’s big badass grandma. I think of it as the secret surprise final boss that’s pulling all the strings in some JRPGS. Remember Final Fantasy III DS? Of course you do… The final final boss just kind of appears out of left field, turns out that boss was pulling the strings all along. And unfortunately even you and I are caught in its web. Can you see the fibers? They’re so thin and widespread even I can’t always pinpoint them.

Got two disability blog carnivals for you. The Disability blog carnival at Brilliant Mind, Broken Body, with the theme of “Distance.” You still have some time to submit to the upcoming one to be hosted by Astrid, with the theme of “Identity.” Hmm…
This isn’t exactly a carnival but it’s a good set of links about race and class, appropriately named… Some links on race and class.

The Motherhood Discounting – About the disparity in womens pay (esp. mothers) vs men & non-mothers. There is still a belief that women are choosing to be paid less in the name of raising children, but this does not recognize the high cost of raising children in terms of time and gender roles (usually women do most of the childrearing.)
Letters From The Anthill – This one is also about work, in more general terms. About how US workers are getting the shaft with regards to the benefit of time off (it’s not a requirement and if you ask for too much your boss could very well laugh and say “Get the hell out, there’s a line of other folks waiting for your position.”)

I’ve Got Your More Responsible Pain Management, Right Here – Little late on this one, but it’s a good one, about acupuncture and pain management options and how such options are promoted, especially for veterans.

In Woman’s Day Magazine: How To Get A Raise At Work? Clean Your Vagina – The ad itself is safe for work but the rest of Violet Blue’s blog is NSFW so heads up on that. This is a real advertisement. Why is this a real advertisement. This is an advertisement that recommends that if you are asking for a raise you should douche and make sure your vagina smells fresh and clean. What the fuck. That’s the #1 item on the list! I swear god, who the hell approved this ad. Who thought up this ad? Hearkens back to those old-time ads for Lysol vaginally.

Have You Heard of Bayard Rustin? – He was involved in the civil rights movement, but no, I had not heard of him…. quite possibly because he was gay.

Marginalized folks shouldn’t always have to be “the bigger persons” – Another strongly recommended post this week. About offering offenders the opportunity to save face when they say or do something genuinely offensive; why are we expected to offer such an opportunity? Relevant especially in light of the Laura Schlessinger radio personality on-air fuckup.

I’m sure there’s more…

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