Interesting posts, weekend of catching up

01/16/2011 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Dear internet, it certainly has been awhile since we last explored interesting posts in the news and the feminist blogosphere together. I’ve just been so busy with adjusting to my new life… plus, I finally admit it – I was having too much fun. There’s been some problems too but I’m attempting to address the shortcomings as best I can.

One of the interferences with blogging lately is that someone finally showed me Minecraft and how to play it and I’ve been having a ball with that for a few weeks. I gave up on some of my worlds and started over 4 or 5 times but now I feel like I know what I’m doing… …plus I set the difficulty to Peaceful for awhile. I was getting frustrated with the Creepers sneaking up on me and stopping me from moving around freely. I’ve got a nice shelter setup now – the only problem with it is it doesn’t look like a castle or a fancy mansion. It looks like a goddamn office building. How boring! And I keep meaning to reset the game back to normal difficulty now that I have good stuff but I’m actually having more fun walking around and digging without having to worry about monsters.

I also watched some Let’s Play videos of the entire Mother (Earthbound in the USA) video game series. (#1 and #3 were translated into English in ROM form, they’re not available in the US by legitimate means.) Watched the LP’s because I don’t think I’ll ever have the time or patience to play through them myself at this point. The games look all cute & stuff, little weird with the space aliens and all… then you get deeper into the games and it gets really fucking disturbing. Like, deeply psychologically disturbing, especially towards the end of the games. All 3 of them. I think #3 disturbs me the most of all.

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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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. However I’ve been having some problems using the Twitter on my mobile device lately. I can’t RT stuff for some reason. Annoying. So I don’t know what I’m going to do with that.

Since I’ve been away from blogging for so long and especially away from the weekly blog link roundup, my RSS feeder is hopelessly clogged beyond catching up and there’s no way I’ll be able to present a comprehensive picture of what’s been going on in the news and feminist blogosphere. Hope you’ve been keeping up. There were posts about consent and Wikileaks. There were posts about violence and social justice. There were some posts about sexual dysfunction (with predictable results. I mean that in a negative way. Try, (or don’t try if you’re not in a good position to get back to a comfortable state of mind!) for example, yet another post related to Orgasm Inc. that was over on the Jezebel recently. You know, for a movie that’s supposed to be doing good things, it sure does bring out the worst in people, mhmm.) And so on. Let’s see what I’ve gotten to so far. As always, anything I left off this list wasn’t left off due to a lack of importance. It was left off because I am a one person who cannot keep up with everything at once. Post links if’n you got’em.

A two part series: Good Vibrations House Calls: Vulva Cancer, the Clitoris, and Pleasure – A reader wrote in to Good Vibrations to ask whether it would be possible to still have an orgasm following surgery for vulvar cancer. The surgery included the removal of the reader’s clitoris. Carol Queen offers some possible routes to sexual pleasure post-surgery. There’s also a chapter about this in a book I have, but it doesn’t talk about sexual pleasure so much as it does about what medical professionals can do to in relation to cancer-related sexual pain. And then here’s part 2: Good Vibrations House Calls: Vulva Cancer, the Clitoris, and Pleasure (Part 2) which addresses ways to experience sexual pleasure when genital contact is difficult.

Call for Participants: Ultrasound Study of Women’s Pelvic Floors – This is going on NOW! I would be a very interested in seeing the results of this study, seeing as I am one with a messed up pelvic floor.

Sensual Prenatal Massage – Sounds interesting, particularly the perineal massage. You don’t have to be pregnant to benefit from perineal massage. At least I don’t have to be.

I Will Survive (Thoughts on Survivors Giving Birth) – Reflections on childbirth after sexual assault. Via Mom’s TFH.

The group blog FWD, Feminists with Disabilities, for a Way Forward, has closed, though the archives will remain up indefinitely. Many of the regular and guest contributors maintain their own off-site blogs and so you can keep up with individual bloggers. Check out the blogroll for some authors (but remember that there’s many disability bloggers who are not listed on the blogroll too.) One interesting post that came up recently was a critique of Big Pharma ads. What I found most interesting is that two of the Big Pharma medication advertisements dissected were for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction. Do you know what happened in the comments? No one denied that sexual dysfunction is an actual thing. How about that! Contributors were able to analyze Big Pharma ads without completely denying the existence of the condition that the medications advertised are supposed to treat! Shocking!!! Not really shocking at all. Refreshing, though. Sadly refreshing…

Offended? Cool by me. – The pharmaceutical company, Teva, which is the biggest manufacturer of generic drugs, put together a messed up advertisement for birth control that co-oped asexuality. Now keep in mind this is the same pharmaceutical company that recently hosted a big fake birthday party in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Pill. Hmmmm… Hmmmmmmmm… *eye twitch*

Study Finds 10% of Teens Who Say They’ve Never Had Intercourse Test Positive for STDs – There are a number of blog posts about this study, which has some problems going on in and outside of it – how was sex defined, (Excluded activity other than PIV intercourse) what are folks saying about the research, what are folks saying about the study participants (Variations of “Can teens be trusted to tell the truth?”) when did such STIs take place, etc.

Different versions of virginity – Now this one comes on the heels of the pornographic website airing model filming model Nicki Blue’s first sexual intercourse experience, which is also an interesting topic because of how it was first marketed & then they had to go back & change it cuz it was all exploitative.

The Complicated Process of Actually Having Intercourse – It doesn’t come easily (no pun intended) for everyone.

Lube Makes Sex Better (Now, we have proof!) – But when you do go to have sex (under the broadest definition,) lubrication will usually make it more comfortable. In which case the challenge for some of us will be finding the right lube.

Condom Size Chart – Something that may help you and/or your partner(s) choose the correct condom size. Unfortunately if you know you’re sensitive to certain materials, you may be out of luck because not all materials are available in all sizes. Which I think totally sucks.

The Feministing Five: Tristan Taormino – She is a feminist pornographer. Those two terms do not necessarily have to contradict each other. I watched one of her pornographic videos this week. It was okay.

A tumblr for you: Sex is not the enemy [NSFW] – photographs of happy naked people having sex. Via Figleaf.

Cosmocking: February ’11! – Holly’s evisceration of Cosmopolitan for the month.

[Trigger warnings] The Julian Assage of Wikileaks fame sexual assault controversy (Not strong enough of a word, really…) continues. Blogger Sady Doyle of Tiger Beatdown called out Michael Moore until he eventually —sort of—- indirectly —- apologized for his rape apologism. (Wow! Okay it’s not an explicit “I’m sorry” but still… he reached out to Doyle personally.) It was a very difficult task & draining task Sady took on.
Feminist author Naomi Wolf, who wrote The Beauty Myth, continues to dismiss the seriousness of rape allegations against Assange and the nature of the allegations. Also that the names of accusers of rape should be published. What? That also sounds like an absolutely terrible idea. This is a big, though not necessarily surprising, disappointment from within a feminist circle.

Amy Chua wrote a book which had excerpts published in the Washington Post, under the title “Why Chinese Mothers are Superior.” It has caused a lot of backlash. Being that I am White, her article does not apply to me directly but it is relevant to someone who is most near & dear to my heart & who found it upsetting if not outright triggering.

Blog for Choice Day is coming up shortly. Before you write about how folks should have the right to choose, I want you to sit down and really ask yourself: Do you really believe what you are writing? Can you actually say with a straight face that you believe in choice if you actively restrict certain choices from being made consensually? The post I’m thinking of is from last year, Do you really trust women? Do you?

Related to issues of reproductive choice, here’s some posts. Black Women Once Again Targeted By Pro Lifers. MTV ran a special called “No Easy Decision” which openly discussed abortion. As a result, Ross Douthat wrote something about how much better it was when adoption was the only legal option even if it was a form of (and sometimes continues to be) reproductive coercion.

[Trigger warnings for violence, ableism] Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at point-blank range at a grocery store in Tuscon, Arizona. Giffords has survived but several people, including a nine year old child, were killed. The shooter has an online presence which has been analyzed and there is open speculation that he may be mentally ill. However even if this is the case that does not erase the sociopolitical environment in which this act of violence took place. For example, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin had a web site with a picture of the USA. There were crosshairs over 20 political districts. Some copies of the picture have been taken down from websites but it’s so, so hard to erase things from the internet & you can still find it. And Giffords has been threatened before, recently, so this isn’t the first time she was in physical danger. But when called out for encouraging this kind of threatening environment, politically, Palin released a statement where she called allegations against her a “Blood libel.” A term which has a long history and a specific meaning.

I’m sure there’s more than this but we’ll have to do more catching up later as there are some tasks I must now attend to.



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  1. Hi. First off: great linkspam!

    However: I don’t have any links to hand, I’ll try and dig some up, but apparently Amy Chua was horribly misrepresented by that article and what she actually had to say was much more nuanced.

  2. Here it is: Mother, superior?: Amy Chua’s book is a memoir not a how to manual as the WSJ implied.

    • That’s sort of a relief and sort of not. It sounds like there’s a couple of things going on here; the WSJ took multiple excerpts & strung them together? And Chua eventually changed her mind (somewhat) about her parenting style.

      It was still upsetting to read even for me. That dear person I talked about – I remember being there when this person’s (who is Asian) parent was using this style of parenting. And I remember this person opening up to me and talking to me on the computer & sending me these big long e-mails when I wasn’t around to talk to. It sounded unbelievable but then one day I saw it happen in front of my face. Dealing with a parent like that left this person with these huge gaping wounds while it was going on & there’s a lot of emotional scarring left. After I read Chua’s exceprt I remembered this one abusive incident that nearly broke my dear friend & there wasn’t anything I could do.

      But it’s a memoir. The way the WSJ showed it, glorified it. I know that magazines and newspapers will take excerpts from books… but I thought that when they do that, it’s just one solid block of text from a book. I hadn’t realized it was a bunch of stuff taken out of context.

  3. Thank you for the link. 🙂
    What’s Minecraft? A mmorpg?

    • Minecraft can be an MMORPG but I’ve been playing around with it in single player mode. It’s a “Sandbox” game which means you make a lot of the stuff in it yourself. There’s no story & no plot that I know of. You’re just this guy who mysteriously appears in a blocky, boxy world & you go around digging for stuff. You keep whatever you dig so that you can build structures like buildings or sculptures. And then there’s a couple of different kinds of monsters running around trying to kill you & make you lose all your stuff.
      There’s a couple of funny videos on and has a demonstration video.

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