Interesting posts, weekend of 2/6/11

02/06/2011 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I’ve been feeling like lying low for awhile in terms of cranking out new content here. This time, it isn’t because I am busy or because I’m having too much fun. It’s because I was starting to feel burnout start to eat away at my core. So rather than get burned and stop blogging together, I withdrew into myself. Unexpectedly, it wasn’t even sexual dysfunction related news that got me feeling overwhelmed either; I’ve been keeping an eye out for more FSD news (crappy and good articles) but that front has been relatively quiet lately… Just more of the same and the occasional troll. No, what had me feeling overwhelmed was just general political & feminist news happenings. I’ll share with you all today some of what has had me feeling powerless – some, but not all of it, for reasons that include my need to feel relatively safe.

Before we begin the weekly blog link roundup though, I’d just like to say – this week, Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction had its 50,000th page view.
HOLY SHIT. 50,000 page views??? This calls for an irreverent picture!

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[Image Description: Little kid Corey from the terrible video game movie, The Wizard, staring slack-jawed at an old arcade game box. From Canada.com; I am pretty sure their TOS will forgive me fair non-commercial use of this picture.]

“You scored 50,000 on Double Dragon?!” We sure did. And it only took us… what, 2 & 1/2 years…! Ugh, I know some blogs get that many hits in 6 months. But this isn’t exactly a team blog, and I have work to do besides blogging. So I suppose it’s reasonable that it would take us awhile longer to get that far. But we still have a long way to go… (and I really need to work on my cis-sexism :/ ) We haven’t quite broken 200 posts yet but we’re getting there. Won’t you stick around and contribute to help us get there & beyond?
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.
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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One of the posts that pushed us over the 50,000 page view edge was this recent guest post from Rhiannon, who was our very first guest poster all the way back in 2009. Did you all get a chance to see her new follow up post?

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. But I am still having problems with it on my mobile device.

Now then, on with the blog link roundup that’s starting to become an irregular feature around here. Posts I found interesting over the few weeks. Share links if’n you got’em. Remember, if I left anything out, it’s not because a topic was unimportant – it’s because I am a one person with a finite time on my hands. (Some notable omissions this week are a deliberate effort to stay under troll radar.)

So in the United States following last year’s elections, the House of Representatives has more Republican party members than Democrats. What’s some of the recent, important legislation that (mostly) Republicans and conservatives are pushing for? Is it something to stimulate the economy? Something to see to it that unemployed people will not be unemployed much longer and in the mean time have enough food and receive decent healthcare? No! There are like a bunch of things going on that make me feel 100% comfortable calling many congressfolks in the government proud members of the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club.
House Repeals Healthcare Reform – Now this is just the House of Representatives; the Senate did not follow suit. So national health care reform passed by President Obama is still under attack. Also, there was this: Federal Judge Rules Key Provisions of Healthcare Unconstitutional. Now this judge sounds like he agonized about having to declare the entire law unconstitutional, based on the fact that the law makes it so citizens need to buy health insurance. The thing is, if you will recall, this was a concession made to appease big health insurance companies. So you might be wondering, what does this have to do with being part of the He-Man Woman Hater’s Club? Well for one thing, health care & insurance is still a feminist issue, and one which has a strong impact on women. Today’s Health Care Battle in Congress Directly Affects Women’s Health. Here’s an example of how the availability of health care impacts women with vulvodynia in particular. Number 50,000,001:

“I am a statistic. I’m am one of the millions of Americans who is unemployed. But that’s not the only category I fall into. I am also uninsured. I am unemployed and I am uninsured. And I am scared. I’m scared that I won’t find another job and that we won’t have enough money to pay the bills. I’m scared every time my husband leaves for work that he will get in an accident and we won’t be able to cover the care he needs. And mostly, I’m scared that once my medications run out, I won’t be able to afford to buy them, and my vulvodynia will get worse.”

In December, the House of Representatives also blocked legislation that would have supported the prevention of child marriages outside of the US. (The Senate had passed the bill.) What changed the House’s mind? A couple of hours before the vote, this memo went around to pro-life representatives, saying something about how the law would support abortion or something. Abortion isn’t even mentioned in The International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act!
Then, this other bill, HR3, would have redefined rape for the purposes of who gets to have an abortion covered by federal funds – forcible rape only, whatever that vague language even means officially – though feminist analysis has some pretty good insight as to how it would have created a false hierarchy of rape. [Trigger warnings apply:] Redefining Rape: More Important Than Jobs – now there’s several layers of wrong with this bill, it’s both about abortion funding and rape, and Sady Doyle was on top of it with a activism campaign, #DearJohn. This worked to remove the “Forcible rape” language from the bill but it’s still seriously fucked up and so we’re not done with it yet.
But wait there’s more – Chip, chip, chip… multiple bills that hack away at reproductive rights.
Whew. Are you starting to see the big picture now? Does anybody else smell some a double-standard what with the, fearmongering about Death Panels & fear of Big Government health care dipping into what procedures you are and aren’t allowed to get, but then like, folks (mostly Republicans) involved in Big Government do exactly that? I, I don’t get it; we can’t allow government to provide health care to millions of people because then government will bureaucratize health care and nobody wants that oh by the way here’s a bill that makes it a lot harder to get certain medical procedures done and it just so happens that those procedures impact women more than men. What? I am not seeing the link between all this reproductive coercion bullshit and cutting the deficit.

Now here’s something that you may’ve heard about, a truly seedy abortion clinic. On second thought about Kermit Gosnell – Kermit Gosnell ran a truly disgusting abortion clinic in Pennsylvania and he got busted after one of his patients died; some babies born live may have also been murdered. This is by no means a standard of what abortion providers are like, this is an exception to the rule – especially since Gosnell & co. weren’t even supposed to be providing abortion in the first place. So why would you go there? Because there was no where else to go.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood (which does provide abortions in sanitary conditions as well as general sexual health care,) has come under attack by one of those fake video sting campaigns. Standing with Planned Parenthood. This is like the 4th fake video sting that I know of, if you go back to the ACORN thing, Shirley Sherrod’s heavily edited speech and James O’Keefe’s attempted entrapment of a news reporter. As was the case before, what’s been released is heavily edited & designed to make Planned Parenthood look bad. One of twelve targeted facilities did not follow protocol in cases of suspected abuse & the employee who messed up has been disciplined.
Meanwhile! One Maggie Gallagher, founder of the homophobic National Organization for Marriage (The organization that put out that “Gathering storm” ad a few years ago,) has made some odd statements trying to link abortion to anal sex. Um. I guess because they are both dirty, painful and terrible, you see (not really.)
Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin will no longer be providing abortion services in its clinic, due to the dangers caused by protesters outside.
Also, just in case you’re hanging around a forum and get sucked into an abortion debate (it’s happened to me) and somebody goes all, “Women get abortions in secret and don’t tell the father and I’d want to know about it!” Here’s a resource you can use to say, most women do share with their partners when they will be seeking abortion, most partners support the decision. A notable exception is when there’s domestic violence involved. Partners of Women Who Have Abortions Are in the Loop.

Some nice posts on asexuality. Not social justice from where I’m standing from Chally about how sexual social justice is incomplete if you exclude asexual folks, especially when sexual folks appropriate asexuality to illustrate stuff that’s wrong & bad from truly anti-sex folks. Then on Goodvibes there was two posts, Asexuality is Not Antisexuality: Sex-Positivity in a Negative World and then Sex-Positivity and Asexuality: Bringing Them Together. There’s also this post by swankivy, who identifies as asexual: Sexual Attraction vs. Romantic Attraction.
I’d like to believe that Feminists with FSD is ahead of the curve for reaching out to and including works by asexual folks on a mostly sexual blog but really if you want to talk about being ahead of the curve then you should probably go visit some asexual blogs which have been around for longer than this sexual dysfunction blog.

Something a little bit fun but also NSFWLoveHoney’s design a sex toy contest. What I find noteworthy is that last year’s design was the Sqweel, which is designed to mimic oral sex – it’s not for vaginal insertion. (Or I suppose it could be if you were really creative with it? It looks more like an external toy to me…) So wouldn’t it be funny if someone with a sexual dysfunction designed a winning sex toy? Hmmm…
Something else that will hopefully amuse you and disabuse you of any shitty lessons you may still be bearing: Bad Sex Ed tumblr. (via Babeland blog, probably NSFW.)
Here’s a survey for long-term lesbian couples, via Violet Blue [NSFW]. Lesbian Couples Sex Survey.
A book offering a frank discussion of sex education with a Muslim audience in mind is causing controversy in Pakistan. Fury over doctor’s book on sex education for Muslims (again via NSFW Violet Blue.)

Some strange news regarding who is OK to speak at colleges about sex, first link is NSFW: Tristan Taormino, Ann Coulter, And The Disgrace Of Oregon State University – so feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino was invited to speak about modern sex at Oregon State U, but then after she’d already paid for transportation & all, OSU backed out and was all like, “Don’t come here anymore because we can’t be all using public $ to pay for a pornographer to come here and talk.” Meanwhile, Bristol Palin was offered private $ to come speak at Washington University for Sex Week – she would have been talking about abstinence. But then that appearance was canceled, too – because Bristol wasn’t abstinent. I was going to say something about there being a double-standard but since both schools canceled appearances by speakers who have been in some way involved with sex it’s not really a double-standard at all – the consistent message is something along the lines of, if you are a woman who has been in any way shape or form involved with sex, get out.

A blogging event coming up on February 10: Love Beats Hate: February 10, 2011 Event
Another one, the Blog Carnival of Mental Health: Announcing the February Blog Carnival of Mental Health – You got till Feb. 26.

A little bit of an older post but a good one, Why I ditched the “lady mags”. Note also the plastic shield in front of the Woman’s World magazine, which features a woman of color on the front. Now compare to a recent episode in which a plastic “Family shield” was used to cover a picture of Elton John with husband and child.

If you were a logo designer, how might you design a logo for something relating to a service for women? If you are completely uncreative and unoriginal you’ll probably dip into these tired old “Women-as-squiggly-lines” images. (Either that or you might refer to one of those O’Keefe paintings of flowers as vaginas, which I am so tired of.)

Two instances of barely averted domestic terrorism in the US. This threat comes from home, not from without. Pipe bomb threatens Spokane MLK Day parade, and then later Another attempted terrorist attack to send down the memory hole. Now just in case somebody tries to dismiss these acts of violence with something along the lines of, “Oh well that’s just one person and he’s clearly crazy,” don’t let whoever says that to you off the hook. Why do you speculate as to these guys’ mental state? Let us not forget that people with disabilities, including mental illness, are more likely to be themselves victims of violence. Case in point: Dutch Psychiatric Patients Likely to Be Victims of Violence.
It’s probably no coincidence that a Latina child, Brisenia Flores, was shot in killed in what I would certainly consider to be an act of domestic terrorism.

I’ve been following BoingBoing.net’s coverage of the Egypt protests & counter-protests. The Pursuit of Harpyness blog provided details on the revolution in Tunisia: WTF is Going on in Tunisia: Must-reads.

F*cking tides, how do they work? – Mildly funny but also pathetic.

Toy Story 3: Lessons in Race and Gender – Because I just really like cartoons and analyzing cartoons from social justice & feminist perspectives.

Fat, Ugly or Slutty – [Trigger warning for violence, misogyny] – Think of it as the HollaBack for video games. Women gamers post actual screenshots & messages from creeps in online games. Via the F-Word.

The nice pregnant lady’s guide to not offending polite society* – Bullshit pregnant women have to put up with when talking about being pregnant.

Something that may help some readers here – Scarleteen’s Find-a-Doc service. I actually used this to find some potential doctors in my area!

I’m sure there’s more…

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