x_los: (Alice)
"People seem to imagine that talking about sex means talking in the dorkiest possible way, and I honestly don't know why.  Personally, I've never seen the romance in no-talking sex.  I know it's supposed to be all "swept off your feet by the heat of the moment" and shit, but in practice it always seems more clumsy and oafish, like trying to convey the concept of "Deleuze's Plane of Immanence" in Pictionary.  With your feet.  There's shit you can't just convey, you know?  Even in long-standing relationships, it's pretty goddamn hard to say "I want to gently pull your hair while we fuck and whisper sweet dirty things in your ear" with raised eyebrows and meaningful looks."


Ahahah fucking Deluze.

(from http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-12-10T12:27:00-05:00&max-results=20)
x_los: (Not My Real Dad)
* What do we think of Pintrest? Is it just tumblr?
* A way to make Old Bay seasoning
* A recipe blog I like the look of
(this, the pork chops, the no bake mint, reeces and oreo truffles, chicken divan, cookie dough brownies, copycat olive garden breadsticks, cookies and cream cookies...)
* Not sure I know enough about GM foods/Monsanto to responsibly sign this. I mean it sounds bad, but do I REALLY grok the situation?
* I don't even LIKE wine much and I want this
12:09 AM
* Have watched the first and most of the second eps (Netflix cuts off mid second ep--weird, will email them about this) of Scarlet Pimpernell. Better than the really trying books, but overall, unimpressed. Turning Blakeney into always a bit of a sexy jackass is cooler, but it diminished the power of his living an elaborate and demeaning lie. In improving the character, it actually takes away from his coolness. On the other hand, more realistic, because for how long WOULD he have had to keep up this pretense? Longer, one supposes, and beginning before the actual revolution that occasions it. People would notice if he suddenly lost 70 IQ points, and comment.

Weirdly while Grant being a dick is fun, his 'oh my god I forgive you/should have trusted you' turn is... really flat and unbelievable. I do not believe this character loves this woman, which is weird because their smoldering love/hate worked well and was compelling. Grant is doing a REALLY different performance from his Doctor (you wouldn't necessarily think it would be), with a much stranger accent (English/period/Bertie Wooster/sneery?), but someone please direct this man. It doesn't work, saying he's capable of immensely affected poise, if that's like, ALL he's capable of--it becomes not a skill, but a somewhat sociopathic personality. Grant's wit and charm is cold and off-putting because other than shouting the name of whoever he intends to rescue more loudly when in danger, he never seems emotionally involved. Where he should be scared, he is, perhaps understandably, placid. Where he should be moved by love or concern, in-script--nothing. He's got civility over disgust and smarmy!civility. Fairly sure he's actually a good actor. Also throughout Ep 1, REG has a terrible nose pimple I just want someone to pop.

Marg. remains as useless as she was in the novel. She cannot go ten min without being captured and is a complete liability. Also at some point Marg's acting goes to hell and she's relegated to looking at him with soupy adoration--Lady Grantham, you're better than this!

Also I see what they were doing with this scarlet coat with gold pimpernels, but um. No fucking wonder people figure out it's Him.
RIGHT THERE.
THAT GUY.
Bad camouflage AND obvious symbolism.

We ended on a crap pun, so I guess that's something. I may watch ep 1 of series 2: Now My Wife is Dead, and see what the fuck they do with that.
x_los: (Default)
* Interesting 'what the fuck should I make for dinner?' style overview of the Obama administration: http://whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com/

* Every year, the reach of my massive Holiday cooking undertakings exceeds my grasp, and I am left with some things undone, half finished--the sad ghosts of my ambitions and good intentions. AND ISN'T THAT WHAT CHRISTMAS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT? 

In completely unrelated news, here's a never-decorated not-exactly-to-scale-model gingerbread replica of my row-house, complete with chimney, set-in door and window box, which I had to put out like this and am now throwing away. Wittgenstein's Gingerbread House. I drew the pieces on paste board with a ruler based off a modified Joy of Cooking template, cut them out, made the industrial! sturdy! gingerbread, rolled it out, put the pieces on, cut them out with a knife, baked them, and piped royal icing (sloppily, because I'm not at all used to working with nasty ass but construction friendly English Royal Icing/piping bags) to connect the pieces and mend the broken back roof. I made more to decorate... sigh. 









x_los: (Alice)
Per FB: "What's your stance on defriending people for cluttering your feed w/ douchey NeoCon status updates? One-strike policy? Last week realized I didn't NEED to give irksome older family members a regular platform for whining about how it's the unemployed's fault for being so darn unemployed during a massive recession, yuk yuk, and it was REVELATORY, but worry that am now drunk w/ power..."

The Backstory:

me: there is no greater peace than defriending a horrible family member with Thatcher quotes on his facebook wall
god I hate my family
Daniel: hahaha
me: Unless you physically gave birth to me, I don't really feel like putting up with your bullshit. And even then: I could do with less bullshit.
Daniel: who is the member
me: one of my mom's bros who friended me AGES ago and I casually went 'well, whatever'
Today he posted a pic of some wallstreet protestor with a sign about student loans--and the kid looked FINE, but had some tattoos and a relatively clean-looking beard.

"NAME REDACTED
This guy was at the Take Back Wall Street Rally... Hey Ewok - you should have thought of this before the tats, face iron and flattering personal grooming habits."

--and I was ABOUT to say "Man, that's so witty. My copious tattoos and facial hair are probably what's keeping me from being employed and paying off mine too! ...wait..." and then I was just like nope, defriending

'hurr hurr, he has a stupid beard, I am republican, hurrrrrrr'
'people without jobs in economic crisis suxsors!!'

Daniel: tattoos are expensive
i don't understand how these people get them
me: idk if *you* wanted to rag on the kid, I'd somehow be fine with that
but this old fart with his home depot job who dropped out of school to get arrested for drug dealing and then assmunched his way into a position in a boom economy and the floated, turd-like, to the top over time through no particular individual talent despite his federal conviction?
he can shut the fuck up about how other people need to dress nice and work hard
all this Thatcher ass clownery is really cute, for a fucker who can't vote in federal elections
I'm 100% sure the kid's neat little beard and tattoos easily covered by long sleeves are The Problem Here
when you can't fucking get hired to do data entry anymore without an expensive degree, and probably have to eat 5 other people to get THAT
jackass
Daniel: hahahhaha
OWNED
convicted felon says what?
me: I was going to just saaay it to his face(book), but then I was like, no, don't out him--just walk away
EVEN IF HE DESERVES IT
'HEY, IF, LIKE THATCHER, YOU BELIEVE THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS SOCIETY--WHAT LOCKED YOU UP AGAIN?'

And today, fresh fuckwittage from a uni friend. As I told Tu today, I SERIOUSLY do not get the point of the "EUGH I AM NOT PART OF THE 99% I HAVE THREE JOBS AND EAT MY FEELINGS!!" backlash!people. Like, do you think that's... good? Why are you... anti-increased bank legislation because of that? What about that state of affairs makes you not want super-rich people to pay your level of taxes? It's not even that I disagree with you (though obviously I do because I'm not unbelievably stupid), it's that I ALSO don't see the rhetoric behind this argument/performative statement. Idek. I see that it's a smug reaction against the perceived 'laziness' of those unemployed and thus able to protest, or an internalized Protestant fear of 'whining' that I think Fromm would argue has always been a form of hierarchical control. What I don't get is how people think the hilariously self-loathing 'I'M NOT PART OF THAT PERCENT YOU SPEAK OF BECAUSE I AM CURRENTLY HEALTHY AND PRIVILEGED ENOUGH THAT I CAN GET AND WORK THREE SHITTY JOBS AND KIND OF SURVIVE!!!" rhetoric connects up to the issues it's ostensible about. Where is Disraeli, that he might cream himself over stupid poor people's eternal panting willingness to take class & wealth stratification up the ass without lube?

In other words sometimes I hate facebook.

ANYWAY, currently listening to:



I like a lot of this album, though I suspect it appeals to something a bit sophomoric in me. Ah well. It's also vaguely D/M fannish, for me, at points? Hm.

And obsessed with this video:



I mean who isn't, but seriously beautifully composed, and just so JOYOUS--it's a case of the music overcoming the lyrics and dripping bright, brassy, unconquerable triumph. It's not about the grinding and riding she suggests, it's about the victorious ascent of her voice, the love, the wonder, the movement, the thunder--and hell, sometimes the lyrics are great. 2:11's assertion of personal power--pitch PERFECT. and I LIKE the dancers/female musicians. The sloppy workout clothes around 2:30, contrasting with the earlier elegant lines and letting the dancers' movements come to the fore: yes! Her captivating expressions, her sparky Houston shout-out, the dancing--I initially didn't love the thrice-repeated 'Countdown'm but in the same way I initially thought 'Bad Romance' weird and jarring and later totally got used to it (meh, Gaga) and appreciated having had to overcome dissonance to like it.
x_los: (TARDIS)
I like feminist pop-culture blog Tiger Beatdown and all, but I'm getting really bored of their Rory-loathing. Granted I haven't watched this series out of sheer broken-hearted hate passing into numbness, but y'know, that's not Rory's fault. I don't feel he spent last series Oppressing the Wimenz simply by wanting his partner to respect their relationship--if Amy didn't want what he wanted, she could have (respectfully) left? Tsundere Princess is hardly powerless. And *sure* in that case he'd have been sad, and she'd have felt guilty, but it still would have ended. That's how relationships work.

Links!

* Mirepoix, which I want to try making/using since we have all the ingredients--any tips/recipes/suggestions? I know VERY little about French food/technique, and have only vague memories of learning about this and Trinity during hs cooking classes. I was not as neat a dicer as my friend Meghan Vohs--something that haunts me to this day. O_O

http://www.frenchentree.com/france-food-cuisine/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=32224

Seriously her knife technique is fucking fierce.

* An EXCELLENT and inspirational album of messy, delicious Food To Eat Over The Kitchen Sink (Why would you do that and risk loosing anything though? My god people, over a plate!):

http://www.chow.com/galleries/178/food-to-eat-over-the-kitchen-sink/3202/banana-and-fromage-blanc-grilled-cheese

* An interesting, articulate fat activism blog [livejournal.com profile] mezzopianoforte linked me to the other day:

http://randomlancila.tumblr.com/page/6

* Another such a blog which THAT blog linked me to, because this is an interesting SJ field I am not sufficiently up on/should be more educated about:

http://danceswithfat.wordpress.com/

News Bites

May. 31st, 2011 10:14 am
x_los: (Russian Church)
A great Rolling Stone article on the formation of the Fox news network, which I think highlights the dangers of thinking of it as I typically do--just a right-leaning news network--instead of as the entirely political organ it is. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-roger-ailes-built-the-fox-news-fear-factory-20110525?page=13
x_los: (The Books One)
...and I wanted to save it to check out later, because some of the titles looked interesting.


Which book would you like to select as a group read for the Social Change & Activism Goodreads Group for June/July 2011?

Answers:

The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks
Marriage Confidential: Rebel Couples Who Are Rewriting the Rules by Pamela Haag
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present by Howard Zinn
The Unfinished Revolution: Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America by Kathleen Gerson
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence by Judith Lewis Herman
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions by Maria Lugones
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria E. Anzaldúa
x_los: (Default)
A good discussion from the beginning of the year with a very savvy, social-justice-y Pakistani-American friend of mine with better information than I had on the coverage of the Egyptian uprising:

Erin
to Amy, Nabihah

http://jezebel.com/5747762/the-woman-whos-explaining-egypt-to-the-west

I'm interested, any insights?


Nabihah

She's not the figure I follow, or plan on following.

I find her analysis problematic, but mostly towards gender, and more specifically, the various coverings of Muslim women.

She recognizes that the Niqab ban is mostly done out of xenophobic European legislation, but is ok with it because that's what she wanted. I have serious issues with her logic, and she doesn't understand that just because someone doesn't agree with the actions she would take in the name of feminism/being progressive, doesn't make the rest of us backwards fundamentalist idiots co-opting the term feminism (although I'm not saying those people don't also exist). The article below touches on some of the things I dislike about her stance, and the gaps in her reasoning (the burger analogy). She is incapable of understanding or trying to understand where other people are coming from because of her own baggage-laden past with dealing with religion and women, and that, for me, is anti-feminist. In addition to the fact that she is blatantly anti-choice because she assumes all people wear face veils because of some deeply pathologized self hatred for their gender.
http://ikhras.com/2010/07/colonial-feminism-among-house-muslims/

In terms of just finding out what was happening in Egypt, I follow:
Sharif Kouddous http://twitter.com/#!/sharifkouddous

The Alexandrian, someone I kind of know, but left Egypt at the height of government caused violence.

Emails/news from relatives of friends living in Egypt

And www.twitter.com/aslanmedia

and random other blogs, Inanities is the only one I can remember right now (www.inanities.org)

That said, her coverage on Egypt isn't terrible, I get the same insights but from different sources.
x_los: (awk.com)
Instead of the Liberal Democrats-Conservative Coalition (ewwwww), can we just have a Parliament comprised of Parliament Funkadelic? There are certainly enough fucking members.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:


Please feel free to consider these to be the Funky versions of politicians you know and... know.




In such a case I /would/ be obliged to Make My Funk the P-Funk. David Cameron as Sir Nose.*

* Wiki reminds us that in P-Funk mythology: "Sir Nose attempts to end the Funk because he is too cool to dance. He is the master of the Placebo Syndrome, which causes unFunkiness (a combination of stupidity and no dancing). His goal is to place the minds of all humanity into a state called the Zone of Zero Funkativity."**

BUT WHO IS OUR STARCHILD?! Surely not the dully departed Brown?


NSFW:

http://lolitics-meme.livejournal.com/601.html#comments <-- the uk politics anonymous fic mem
 
http://lolitics-meme.livejournal.com/601.html?thread=183129#t183129 <--unholy proof that cameron/clegg exists
 
http://lolitics-meme.livejournal.com/601.html?thread=8537#t8537-->hilarious epistolary fic between Clegg and Vince Cable.
x_los: (awk.com)
Instead of the Liberal Democrats-Conservative Coalition (ewwwww), can we just have a Parliament comprised of Parliament Funkadelic? There are certainly enough fucking members.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION:


Please feel free to consider these to be the Funky versions of politicians you know and... know.




In such a case I /would/ be obliged to Make My Funk the P-Funk. David Cameron as Sir Nose.*

* Wiki reminds us that in P-Funk mythology: "Sir Nose attempts to end the Funk because he is too cool to dance. He is the master of the Placebo Syndrome, which causes unFunkiness (a combination of stupidity and no dancing). His goal is to place the minds of all humanity into a state called the Zone of Zero Funkativity."**

BUT WHO IS OUR STARCHILD?! Surely not the dully departed Brown?


NSFW:

http://lolitics-meme.livejournal.com/601.html#comments <-- the uk politics anonymous fic mem
 
http://lolitics-meme.livejournal.com/601.html?thread=183129#t183129 <--unholy proof that cameron/clegg exists
 
http://lolitics-meme.livejournal.com/601.html?thread=8537#t8537-->hilarious epistolary fic between Clegg and Vince Cable.
x_los: (Japanese Pretty)
The 10 Commandments (http://jezebel.com/5527723/the-10-commandments-of-pop-culture-feminism) has some good points, but it's frustrating--I feel it should have been edited for coherence?

5. Thou shalt vote with thy wallet (also known as the "I will not pay $12 to see ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell' commandment.")

6. Thou shalt consume shitty forms of media (i.e. tabloids, reality TV) to be aware of what the "mainstream media" is saying about (and to) women and girls.

 
5 indicates that I can patronize alternate media with sex images I don't find degrading as a feminist gesture--6 speaks to the need not to isolate myself within a narrow, rarefied cultural echelon, wherein I only interact with educated social justice people and thoughtful media. These are contradictory drives that the article doesn't acknowledge as contradictory, or seek to reconcile? In real terms, I'm not sure what 6 is telling me to do?

Also:
 

1. Thou shalt not see a sexist, misogynistic ad, say "that sucks" and leave it at that.

and

7. Thou shalt write letters, make phone calls, and send emails to let Dodge know you won't buy their cars or to tell GoDaddy.com that you'll look elsewhere for a domain (or ? or ?).

These need to be better connected as points? In isolation, one lacks a workable IMPERATIVE. 'If not that, then what? Oh, point /seven/.'

 Also there's an edge of what, within the article, they remind you to /avoid/ doing: critiquing women for their survival strategies. If the barrage of sexism is so omnipresent that women are too WORN to attack /every/ instance, or not to prioritize more egregious violations and/or cases where they think their protest may be more effective, I kind of get that?

It's necessary to identify, like with monastic devotion, the Contemplative and Active branches of feminism as /equally/ important, and complimentary, sure.  But it seems really simplistic to say 'challenge everything omg don't be a slacker!!', like--okay, ham-fisted analogy, but remember in Bowling for Columbine, the woman Moore followed who (he made the case) was consistently, systematically punished for her poverty, told by a variety of agencies that her lack of initiative was at fault for her condition? A woman can /choose/ to be an activist, but she is not /obligated/ to devote all of her time and energy to ceaseless activism at the expense of her life and personhood. To phrase this in this manner implies that sexism is her fault, her /problem/, even as her institutional poverty was the 'fault' of the woman in the documentary who didn't Work Hard Enough to End It.

It's one thing to emphasize the importance of putting feminist thought into action, and a /different/, flawed thing to demand CONSTANT VIGILANCE!! of every woman who considers herself a feminist, like you're feminist!Mad Eye Moody.   

Badly realized feminism is, in its way, worse than BLATANT SEXISM, because you don’t immediately tune it out? It takes you /so long/ to figure out what's creepy about it. Which feels wrong to say because surely any feminist thought is adding to the net good? Like, despite their issues, the Vagina Monologues are still Good Work, right? And doing them still a good use of one's time? Sometimes the nebulous nature of social justice work exhilarates me with its complications, juxtapositions and intersectionality, and sometimes it just guts me that the work I've done could be interpreted as meaningless or even harmful via a perspective of greater hindsight. Didn't the people taking aboriginal and native american children away from their parents to learn English think themselves not only morally justified, but /progressive/? Don't we now look back at a vast array of social justice initiatives and find them worse than useless, backward-moving, almost reactionary? Even if they were necessary in the development of our thinking about movements  and issues, /still/, to be the retrograde motion in a Ptolemaic model of social justice would be ghastly.

And I'd call this a light instance of internalized sexism? To see that within the feminist blogosphere is depressing.
x_los: (Japanese Pretty)
The 10 Commandments (http://jezebel.com/5527723/the-10-commandments-of-pop-culture-feminism) has some good points, but it's frustrating--I feel it should have been edited for coherence?

5. Thou shalt vote with thy wallet (also known as the "I will not pay $12 to see ‘I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell' commandment.")

6. Thou shalt consume shitty forms of media (i.e. tabloids, reality TV) to be aware of what the "mainstream media" is saying about (and to) women and girls.

 
5 indicates that I can patronize alternate media with sex images I don't find degrading as a feminist gesture--6 speaks to the need not to isolate myself within a narrow, rarefied cultural echelon, wherein I only interact with educated social justice people and thoughtful media. These are contradictory drives that the article doesn't acknowledge as contradictory, or seek to reconcile? In real terms, I'm not sure what 6 is telling me to do?

Also:
 

1. Thou shalt not see a sexist, misogynistic ad, say "that sucks" and leave it at that.

and

7. Thou shalt write letters, make phone calls, and send emails to let Dodge know you won't buy their cars or to tell GoDaddy.com that you'll look elsewhere for a domain (or ? or ?).

These need to be better connected as points? In isolation, one lacks a workable IMPERATIVE. 'If not that, then what? Oh, point /seven/.'

 Also there's an edge of what, within the article, they remind you to /avoid/ doing: critiquing women for their survival strategies. If the barrage of sexism is so omnipresent that women are too WORN to attack /every/ instance, or not to prioritize more egregious violations and/or cases where they think their protest may be more effective, I kind of get that?

It's necessary to identify, like with monastic devotion, the Contemplative and Active branches of feminism as /equally/ important, and complimentary, sure.  But it seems really simplistic to say 'challenge everything omg don't be a slacker!!', like--okay, ham-fisted analogy, but remember in Bowling for Columbine, the woman Moore followed who (he made the case) was consistently, systematically punished for her poverty, told by a variety of agencies that her lack of initiative was at fault for her condition? A woman can /choose/ to be an activist, but she is not /obligated/ to devote all of her time and energy to ceaseless activism at the expense of her life and personhood. To phrase this in this manner implies that sexism is her fault, her /problem/, even as her institutional poverty was the 'fault' of the woman in the documentary who didn't Work Hard Enough to End It.

It's one thing to emphasize the importance of putting feminist thought into action, and a /different/, flawed thing to demand CONSTANT VIGILANCE!! of every woman who considers herself a feminist, like you're feminist!Mad Eye Moody.   

Badly realized feminism is, in its way, worse than BLATANT SEXISM, because you don’t immediately tune it out? It takes you /so long/ to figure out what's creepy about it. Which feels wrong to say because surely any feminist thought is adding to the net good? Like, despite their issues, the Vagina Monologues are still Good Work, right? And doing them still a good use of one's time? Sometimes the nebulous nature of social justice work exhilarates me with its complications, juxtapositions and intersectionality, and sometimes it just guts me that the work I've done could be interpreted as meaningless or even harmful via a perspective of greater hindsight. Didn't the people taking aboriginal and native american children away from their parents to learn English think themselves not only morally justified, but /progressive/? Don't we now look back at a vast array of social justice initiatives and find them worse than useless, backward-moving, almost reactionary? Even if they were necessary in the development of our thinking about movements  and issues, /still/, to be the retrograde motion in a Ptolemaic model of social justice would be ghastly.

And I'd call this a light instance of internalized sexism? To see that within the feminist blogosphere is depressing.
x_los: (like Ace Rimmer)
If you want, please to be admiring my WICKED AWESOME list of articles for this week's 'Porn and Sex Work' discussion. If you'd like to talk about any of these or if you've got an awesomegood sex industry or porn-related article to share yourself, lay on, Macduff.

Sex Work in America:

Wired's Rundown of the Suicide Girls Controversy

http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2005/09/69006

Porn actress Sasha Grey on the adult film industry

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=1&hid=105&sid=fdfaee62-b23d-44fe-8357-132a26911cd3%40sessionmgr108&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=aph&AN=39144605

Feminist approaches to pornography and sexwork:

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1297

Sex Workers' Perspectives:

Peruse Spread Magazine, a publication for and by sex workers:

http://www.spreadmagazine.org/index.html
(with articles like 'tips on clients with disabilities,' and Ask a Ho: Should I tell my parents?)

Wikipedia's summary of Sex Worker Rights issues

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_workers%27_rights#European_Conference_on_Sex_Work.2C_Human_Rights.2C_Labour_and_Migration

Sex Trafficking and Tourism:

check out "Why Hiring a Sex Worker is Like Sunning on the Beach: A Defense of Sex Tourism in Thailand" (http://www.spreadmagazine.org/sextourism4.2.html) from Spread, versus

http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/thailand , and
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,208800,00.html

Other cultural perspectives:

Japan's Sex Industry

on the book Pink Box--bouncy, encyclopediac pictorial guide:

http://www.straight.com/article-74893/a-visual-journey-into-japans-sex-industry
http://www.pinkboxjapan.com/about.html

the Darker Side:

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/15/world/tokyo-journal-red-light-scouts-and-their-gullible-discoveries.html

Sex and Taboos in the Islamic World

http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,443678,00.html

"a look (at) how the modern gay rights movement in Cuba is interwoven with the rise in sex workers and why this communist country just may grant same-sex marriage rights before the United States in order to demonstrate their commitment to human rights." PODCAST

http://www.feastoffools.net/gay-fun-show/2009/05/01/fof-979-cuban-sex-workers-and-british-scally-lads-050109/

"Risk exposure and risk management strategies among gay male sex workers in Germany"

http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=102238193.html (abstract)

Holland: Tempting the Tourist With Hookers and Hookahs

http://europeforvisitors.com/europe/articles/holland_hookers_and_hookahs.htm
x_los: (like Ace Rimmer)
If you want, please to be admiring my WICKED AWESOME list of articles for this week's 'Porn and Sex Work' discussion. If you'd like to talk about any of these or if you've got an awesomegood sex industry or porn-related article to share yourself, lay on, Macduff.

Sex Work in America:

Wired's Rundown of the Suicide Girls Controversy

http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2005/09/69006

Porn actress Sasha Grey on the adult film industry

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=1&hid=105&sid=fdfaee62-b23d-44fe-8357-132a26911cd3%40sessionmgr108&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=aph&AN=39144605

Feminist approaches to pornography and sexwork:

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1297

Sex Workers' Perspectives:

Peruse Spread Magazine, a publication for and by sex workers:

http://www.spreadmagazine.org/index.html
(with articles like 'tips on clients with disabilities,' and Ask a Ho: Should I tell my parents?)

Wikipedia's summary of Sex Worker Rights issues

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_workers%27_rights#European_Conference_on_Sex_Work.2C_Human_Rights.2C_Labour_and_Migration

Sex Trafficking and Tourism:

check out "Why Hiring a Sex Worker is Like Sunning on the Beach: A Defense of Sex Tourism in Thailand" (http://www.spreadmagazine.org/sextourism4.2.html) from Spread, versus

http://www.humantrafficking.org/countries/thailand , and
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,208800,00.html

Other cultural perspectives:

Japan's Sex Industry

on the book Pink Box--bouncy, encyclopediac pictorial guide:

http://www.straight.com/article-74893/a-visual-journey-into-japans-sex-industry
http://www.pinkboxjapan.com/about.html

the Darker Side:

http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/15/world/tokyo-journal-red-light-scouts-and-their-gullible-discoveries.html

Sex and Taboos in the Islamic World

http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,443678,00.html

"a look (at) how the modern gay rights movement in Cuba is interwoven with the rise in sex workers and why this communist country just may grant same-sex marriage rights before the United States in order to demonstrate their commitment to human rights." PODCAST

http://www.feastoffools.net/gay-fun-show/2009/05/01/fof-979-cuban-sex-workers-and-british-scally-lads-050109/

"Risk exposure and risk management strategies among gay male sex workers in Germany"

http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/MeetingAbstracts/ma?f=102238193.html (abstract)

Holland: Tempting the Tourist With Hookers and Hookahs

http://europeforvisitors.com/europe/articles/holland_hookers_and_hookahs.htm
x_los: (Daleks Venerate Shakespeare.)
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded"
Ralph Waldo Emerson



Roughly two months ago, Amy Williams and I decided to form a summer reading group. The participants are young, active leaders in social justice organizations and related professions at the University of Missouri and in the larger Mid-Missouri area. Essentially we thought the organization needed to exist because the /best/ intentioned, most committed people doing progressive work tend to become narrowly focused on their area of specialization. They track into becoming rape advocacy experts, or environmental sustainability gurus. Immersion into a chosen passion denies one opportunity to become informed about or involved in other, related advocacy work. This lack of diversification also results in a poverty of communication and lack of joint projects between organizations that are fundamentally complimentary, and could pool their resources to do a lot of conjoined events. A feminist organization and the Latino Students Union, for example, could have a great, third-wave dialogue about the rights of Latina immigrant women in America that might enrich both.

It may seem a bit pretentiously networky, and it /is/, but it also raises awareness and educates everyone involved. Discussion facilitators refine their ideas in order to present on their areas of expertise to the assembled, who might not know anything about the discussion topics coming in. We're also doing small activism projects: there's an initiative by Columbia Montessori to provide discounted daycare to low-income families, especially those living in the city's impoverished first ward, and as a group we're participating in the fund-raising.

It also keeps us busy during the summer, when the city's largely dead and our brains might otherwise atrophy.

I bring this all up because I /love/ the dedicated, intelligent people I've met doing this. Their diversity of perspectives has been invaluable. I feel regenerated by participating in activism in a way I've not done since high school, largely due to the maliciously complacent vague liberalism of my otherwise charming college town. It's fun. I'm proud of my co-founder, Amy, for doing great work here and elsewhere, and kind of humbled by the amazing woman she's grown up into. I'm proud to be doing this. Validated.

So far we've had discussions of

1) 'Language as a Mechanism of Social Control and Resistance' (a good introduction to each other and the format, language being common--positioned at the nexus of all our work, the means by which we proposed to transgress the boundaries between branches of what is at its heart a single tree, a unified field theory of a movement)
2) rape victims and the legal system, and
3) cultural appropriation (a showing of Sita Sings the Blues followed by a discussion).

Next week's Pornography and Sex Work.

Feel free to check out our blog: http://justreadcomo.blogspot.com/ . The articles range from hilarious to informative to a bit heartbreaking. But like Annette Henshaw sings, "if you want the rainbow, you must have the rain."
x_los: (Daleks Venerate Shakespeare.)
"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded"
Ralph Waldo Emerson



Roughly two months ago, Amy Williams and I decided to form a summer reading group. The participants are young, active leaders in social justice organizations and related professions at the University of Missouri and in the larger Mid-Missouri area. Essentially we thought the organization needed to exist because the /best/ intentioned, most committed people doing progressive work tend to become narrowly focused on their area of specialization. They track into becoming rape advocacy experts, or environmental sustainability gurus. Immersion into a chosen passion denies one opportunity to become informed about or involved in other, related advocacy work. This lack of diversification also results in a poverty of communication and lack of joint projects between organizations that are fundamentally complimentary, and could pool their resources to do a lot of conjoined events. A feminist organization and the Latino Students Union, for example, could have a great, third-wave dialogue about the rights of Latina immigrant women in America that might enrich both.

It may seem a bit pretentiously networky, and it /is/, but it also raises awareness and educates everyone involved. Discussion facilitators refine their ideas in order to present on their areas of expertise to the assembled, who might not know anything about the discussion topics coming in. We're also doing small activism projects: there's an initiative by Columbia Montessori to provide discounted daycare to low-income families, especially those living in the city's impoverished first ward, and as a group we're participating in the fund-raising.

It also keeps us busy during the summer, when the city's largely dead and our brains might otherwise atrophy.

I bring this all up because I /love/ the dedicated, intelligent people I've met doing this. Their diversity of perspectives has been invaluable. I feel regenerated by participating in activism in a way I've not done since high school, largely due to the maliciously complacent vague liberalism of my otherwise charming college town. It's fun. I'm proud of my co-founder, Amy, for doing great work here and elsewhere, and kind of humbled by the amazing woman she's grown up into. I'm proud to be doing this. Validated.

So far we've had discussions of

1) 'Language as a Mechanism of Social Control and Resistance' (a good introduction to each other and the format, language being common--positioned at the nexus of all our work, the means by which we proposed to transgress the boundaries between branches of what is at its heart a single tree, a unified field theory of a movement)
2) rape victims and the legal system, and
3) cultural appropriation (a showing of Sita Sings the Blues followed by a discussion).

Next week's Pornography and Sex Work.

Feel free to check out our blog: http://justreadcomo.blogspot.com/ . The articles range from hilarious to informative to a bit heartbreaking. But like Annette Henshaw sings, "if you want the rainbow, you must have the rain."

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