Dealing with different levels of desire: women they’re looking at you. Only you.
Sites aimed at rape prevention should do a better job of checking their facts if they really want to help women and other potential rape victims: parroting long-debunked factoids does more harm than good.
This is a repost: originally published in 2008. Over the last week it’s suddenly started getting first dozens and now hundreds of views per day. Since the original post’s comments were closed long ago, please comment here if you have something to say.
This is a Summer Slowdown Guest Post (thanks QoT!) – a repost of a blog post from earlier this year.
Clearly the media meme of the month is “won’t someone think of the children, and the imaginary innocence we ascribe to them in order to justify our lack of openness about basic anatomy because it’s ~icky~?”
15 interesting things.
There was a bit of a controversy on Sunday when The Daily Telegraph, which is apparently still passing for a newspaper, put up a story called “PM Julia Gillard and Senator Pansy Wong – a reluctant embrace of an emotive issue; gay marriage”. Here’s the story in question. Let’s be very kind and move past the coding as gay of… Read more →
It’s Time: new ad from Get Up.
Do fat dads lead to fat kids?
Image credit. Remember this? A breastfeeding portrait of pornographer and feminist performance artist, Madison Young that led another pornographer to accuse her of exploiting and sexualising her baby? Well, Tracy Clark-Flory has just interviewed Madison Young over at Salon on the whole controversy. Why is the issue of sex and motherhood such a potent subject? People obviously have a lot… Read more →
I wanted them to know that there are still people who think well of them compared to the demonstrators outside many of their clinics right now as part of the “40 Days For Life” international anti-abortion campaign.
If you’re drunk and get raped, you’ve got no one to blame but yourself, says NSW Police Commissioner.
The sentiment that whatever we wear and wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no is what got me Slutwalking earlier this year. Those campaigning to “reclaim” the word “slut”? I didn’t totally hate the idea, but it wasn’t one that particularly inspired me, because I’m skeptical regarding reclamation of marginalising slurs in concept and feel it’s of limited utility compared to actively challenging prejudices more radically.
Remember how I wrote a post about the experiences of filming an ad advocating marriage equality the other day? Well, it’s out now from the good people at the I Do campaign. It features Mim, her family, and me, if you can spot us!
On the subject of gendered insults (in this case, the use of specific terms to signal acceptable behavior):
Mim, her daughter, her mother, and I spent a very, very, very long afternoon filming a new ad advocating same-sex marriage with Australian Marriage Equality and GetUp!. Let me tell you all about it. The organisers had kept the specifics well under wraps, only telling us to wear jeans and red or white shirts, and that we would be filming… Read more →