Interesting posts, I can’t deal with this edition

03/13/2011 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Dear internet, I no longer know what country I’m living in.
I no longer know what planet I’m living on.

There is too much shit going on in my home country (the USA) and around the world that I do not have the energy to process it all. It’s everything; politics, laws, reproductive rights, environmental disasters, protests – and government crackdowns on protests. Then there’s the little news bits that I feel somewhat ashamed about not discarding in light of life-threatening events – the usual sexuality & sexual dysfunction news & spins, the celebrity gossip & spin, video game culture news & spin, etc. For every piece of news I can provide you with, I’m going to miss 10+ other important happenings.

I miss slow news days.

Friendly reminder: I am looking for Guest Posters. Did you see this week’s guest post by Elaine F. Bayless?
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.
In an attempt to preemptively fight spam and rude comments, this blog’s email is private. Please leave a comment on this post if you want to write something. I’ll screen comments so you can remain anonymous if you want. That way I’ll have your email and we can collaborate.
Have something you’ve been working on? Send it my way.
Comments made by new e-mail addresses here are auto-screened before going live, so if you want to stay anon use an e-mail address that you haven’t used here before.

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. An incomplete collection of posts I found interesting over the month. 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.

On March 11 there was a 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan, followed by strong aftershocks and a tsunami. Thousands are dead or missing; many more have evacuated or have lost their homes entirely. Then some of the nuclear power plants started malfunctioning. I keep seeing comparisons to Chernobyl & I’m seeing the word “Meltdown” used in headlines however I am unable to confirm whether or not such a catastrophic event has actually occurred. My understanding is that Japanese officials are treating the situation as though a meltdown occurred in order to use maximum precautions. I was alive when the Chernobyl disaster occurred but I was too young to have a conscious memory of the event. It’s been around 10 years since I took a chemistry class and as such I am struggling with a crash course in understanding the historical comparison to today’s news.

And this earthquake comes only about a month after the Christchurch, New Zealand one, which is still causing problems.

Anti-Gadaffi government protests continue in Libya. When Egyptian women went to publicly rally on March 8 (International Women’s Day,) they were harassed. Saudi Arabia’s Day of Rage didn’t work out so well. [Trigger warning for rape, transphobia and rape culture:] Teens and young men raped an 11-year old girl in Cleveland, Texas – and the news reports gave quite a lot of coverage to the local sentiment, which is that the victim is anything but. Also, some news has drawn attention to the racial tensions in the area.

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, with the support of Republican representatives, passed a bill which effectively disbands collective bargaining rights for public employees not involved in fire safety or law enforcement. Although Walker had said that the law was supposed to be tied in with government spending, what happened is the lawmakers actually split that original bill up into two smaller ones. Since the collective bargaining part was separate from the budget bill, the government did not require a quorum (which would usually mean having then-absent Democratic representatives present.) Now keep in mind this is after Walker, via enforcement officials, passed a bunch of other anti-protest shit that basically shut down the Capitol building to anyone Walker didn’t like. It’s possible to make a compelling case that the public worker anti-union bill is part of a larger attack on women, or that it’s a Republican attack on Democrat political organization.
[Trigger warning for disablism:] New Hampshire representative Martin Hardy actively wants people he calls “Defectives” to be sent off to Siberia to die. Nevermind the fact that you do not need to live in the Russian frozen tundra to freeze (or overheat) to death already.
Meanwhile the state of Michigan’s House & Senate passed this bill which allows the governor to appoint officials to take over public entities. I think this is more extreme than the current version of when local governments delegate public services (like water & waste management) to private entities.

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I keep thinking that the USA is looking more and more like the government in the Final Fantasy 7 game, where it’s political and corporate, also nepotism, to hell with the people & the vote. It was supposed to be just a game! You weren’t supposed to haunt me 14 years later!

Sexuality & dysfunction-related news:

In response to the US House of Representatives voting to de-fund Title X & Planned Parenthood (a measure which failed in the Senate, BTW – fight’s not over yet though,) US Uncut made this video. There’s no transcript yet so it’s basically music + a montage featuring a bunch of young people holding up paper signs that read, “I have sex,” “I don’t have sex, but I plan to,” or “I have friends who have sex.” And everyone says what’s on the card & is all smiling and laughing & pointing out that lots of young people have sex & need reproductive & sexual health support.

Announcing a Support Group for Disabled Folks – it is a sexuality support group for folks with disabilities of all sorts, and it’s in Berkeley, California. Organized by this Soma Evolution.
Call for Participants: Research on Women’s Sexual Desire in LTRs – Interesting because I have recently seen the so-called “Seven-” or “Three-year itch” tossed around. Hmm, I wonder where they get their funding from, hmm oh really, that’s certainly interesting… (I think we may need to go back and look at some of Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion’s funding sources later…)
Sex Ed for Cancer Survivors is Often Missing – About the difficulties of addressing & caregiver’s awkwardness re: sexual problems during and after cancer treatments.

The Liz Canner film, Orgasm, Inc. continues to make the rounds. If you actually know what sexual dysfunction is like, then you probably want to stay out of the comment sections on reviews. This week’s reviews are brought to you by Comment is Free, and the F-Word UK. I like how Brooks’ article states the obvious; how a device designed to assist women with orgasm difficulties will not help women with desire problems. I don’t think she meant it that way though; I get the feeling that she meant to conflate the two problems into the same exact thing.
There were also reviews for the ubiquitous film on Funky Brown Chick and the Babeland blog. I am definitely noticing common themes in almost all of the reviews. But I am still requesting a guest post to really brace myself for it.
Edit 3/14 – Great Scott, hold the phone – I think we finally found a voice of dissent. Here is the first film review of Orgasm Inc – “Orgasm Inc.:” Libido Meets Pharma at a Theater Near You – I could find that is actually critical of the film – of all places, unexpectedly, it’s over at Women’s Voices for Change. Unexpected.

Ask an Abortion Provider – Now this one is doubly-interesting, because obviously it’s an abortion provider answering questions… she also had an abortion herself… …which she sought after getting pregnant from what sounds like outercourse. Friendly reminder: So long as there is a combination of semen + ova involved, there is still a slight, but non-zero probability, of pregnancy even if you’re not having PIV sex.
National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day – [Trigger warning] – Documents recorded acts of violence against abortion providers.
The War on Reproductive Rights: A Recap – A summary of much of the bullshit going around in reproductive health.

Endometriosis Awareness Week 2011 – About the author’s experience with it & a general overview.
Jeanne is taking a critical look at Yellow-Washing – basically, pink-washing (branding crap as benefiting cancer research when the product being sold is possibly carcinogenic) except for endometriosis. She also remembers what it was like being a teenager with undiagnosed endo.

There’s been some shitty op-ed/blog post/discussion/book promotion pieces going around the ‘tubes lately. Usually targeting women and how everything they do is wrong if they want a committed relationship. Here’s some evisceration to lighten your day: Gentlemen Prefer Grinning AutomatonsRoss Douthat sells sex and young people way too short.

Cosmocking collection! March ’11! April ’11 part 1! April ’11 part 2!

Ask Matt: How Can I Enjoy Sex When I Hate My Body? – Some suggestions & responses to a trans man reader.

Violet Blue saw Feminists with Female Sexual Dysfunction! *Excited gasp nowai!* She included one of the Lady Porn Day posts in one of her roundups because it had a different perspective that’s valuable enough to share! Look, the blog post is included right alongside Miss Maggie Mayhem, the Sexademic and Ms Naughty. Yay!

In vulvovaginal pain news:

There’s some updates on vulvodynia-related research posted on the Vulvar Vestibulitis Support Network blog.
VVSN brings the news that: There’s another new book out about painful sex! Buy it from the NVA’s website, cuz if you spend money that way, then the NVA gets 25% funding! It’s called, When Sex Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain, and it’s also available in e-book format for the Kindle! ~$10!

You want less wrinkles in your vagina? – Pain in the ass bullshit Down There had to go through to get botox treatment. It’s not just for breakfast cosmetics anymore.

When Sex is Painful, Valentine’s Day Doesn’t Look So Sweet – Something many of the readers here can probably relate to. I didn’t have any PIV sex on Valentines Day, either.

I found this blog, Christians with Vulvodynia, which might also be of interest to some readers here. I have no spirituality so all the psalm & praise stuff passes right through me but I still like this blog because it also has Comic Strips by the author and I brake 4 comics. Especially the ones by women.

Also, I notice some of the V-bloggers are still dealing with our virulent, mansplaining, hate-and-shit-sandwich-spewing troll whose IP traces back to the Philippines. His comments are easier to control on the WordPress platform, because WordPress lets you edit comments whenever you see fit – or send them to spam, or just block ’em all. It’s harder to moderate comments on Blogspot, so that’s where I’m seeing him more often lately.
May I suggest, if you are a V-blogger still dealing with troll problems, the Disqus comment platform? Shakesville is a big blog, and the moderators use Disqus to moderate comments. There is a drawback though: You can’t have Blogger comments + Disqus comments on at the same time. I think that if you switch to Disqus, you’ll wind up losing whatever Blogger comments you got so far, so, this might be a very good option for New & startup V-Bloggers who have not yet accumulated a lot of discussion.
Still, even if you are an old hat on your Blogspot place, this might work well if you’ve derived all the useful info you can from your comments section, or if you decide that such a moderation tactic is worth the trade-off. If you or someone you know is V-blogging and is getting harassed by trolls on Blogspot, please, let them know about this comment moderation option.

As always, I’m sure there’s more…

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