Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.
- Let's Get a Few Things Straight, Shall We?
- But It Was Only A Fantasy: North Carolina Opinion Reveals Troubling Exception to the State’s Rape Shield Rule
- I Get Discussed in Forums
- Polanski's victim asks to be left alone
- Mary Wollstonecraft wept
- Sometimes It's Too Late To Say You Aren't A Rape Apologist
- The conversion of a pro-choice warrior
- Feminist Spoons
- Screaming, Or Not
- Apology forces trans law change – starobserver.com.au
- The (not so) Little Things: Rules for My Unborn Son – How (not) to Teach Masculinity
– “Don’t get me wrong: I do not, for a second, want to deny or downplay Claudia McClean’s experience here. It shows just how fucked up this heteronormative binary bullshit is. But it’s a problem with the heteronormative binary bullshit, to which some doctors can and do subscribe, too, not a problem with the fact that trans people exist! There’s a difference! And trans people are more aware of said bullshit, and what it means to transgress it, than cis people could ever be!”
– “The North Carolina law is an explicit expression of distrust of women accusing men of rape. However, women’s rape fantasies (a controversial subject in itself) are not necessarily–or even usually–linked to real-world desires to be raped. The law contributes directly to the “no means yes” stereotype that encourages male aggression and female passivity. It seems particularly outrageous to imagine that women are unable to distinguish these fantasies from reality in such numbers that the issue required legislation. The North Carolina law is unusually invasive because the fantasy provision also allows evidence of sexual history if it pertains to sexual confabulation and fantasy. The existence of the statute implies an authoritative stance on a supposed female predisposition to confuse fantasies of rape with the real thing.”
– “I share this mess for this reason: Every day, feminist women—some of them fat, some of them survivors of sexual assault—start blogs. This is what they will face. Because of that, every day, feminist women close blogs.
I will never, ever, argue that women (or men) should tolerate abuse to keep blogging. All of us must do what we need to keep ourselves safe, first and foremost. Always do what is best for you, and if that means locking the door on an internet space and throwing away the key, do it and don’t regret it and don’t feel weak. Taking care of yourself is evidence of strength, and no one should tell you otherwise.”
– “If you haven’t been raped and sodomized, if you haven’t been called a hooker by Gore Vidal, don’t say you know how she feels. I don’t. That’s why I haven’t named her. And that’s why I’m sick to death of reading editorials saying that this isn’t about her. It’s exactly about her. It’s not about every other rape case in the world, or the system, or some potential slippery slope. It’s about letting the victim have a vote, about allowing someone who has been powerless set the terms herself. It’s about her.”
– “if you have to have surgery and injections to enable your otherwise healthy feet to sustain a day in silly shoes, then perhaps that’s just going a step too far”
– “Her definition of what it means to be a boy is nonsense. Boy does not equal being a drunk sexual predator unless adults are teaching boys that’s what they need to be in order to become men. If this is happening then these boys and men need to be avoided until they reject the garbage being fed to them by people like Holmquist.”
– “Then there is the issue of her claim of pressure to increase the number of abortions performed at the clinic as a way of raking in more dough. That allegation contradicts Planned Parenthood’s guiding mission, which is pregnancy prevention — but more important, it contradicts the fact of the organization’s business: Only 3 percent of all health services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortion. Of course, Johnson knows this as well as anybody. In fact, she cited this very statistic in one of her radio interviews in September.”
– “I have it when there is a feminist action going on which I am not well enough to get to. I think of little else the whole time I should be there, I berate myself and feel thoroughly miserable. It then doesn’t help when it is implied at a later date that those who did not attend were not committed enough, didn’t care enough, aren’t good enough.”
– Shaker Zan sharews her story of pre-emptive silencing – how her conditioning to “not make a fuss” meant that she didn’t scream when surrounded by 3 strange men in a strange country, ans what that means for all of us.
– “The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been forced to drop its policy prohibiting transgender people from obtaining a passport in their lived-sex to travel abroad for gender re-alignment surgery.”
– Stephanie notes how twisted it is that a father thinks he needs to explicitly teach his son “don’t be a rapist” and how it is ultimately an example of swimming in rape culture without acknowledging it.