Friday, January 09, 2009

The Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy # 14

The Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy, edition #14:

Shawnee (of Kinsanity) wrote about being busted with a naught read by her child's counselor in Moms Caught With Erotica:
"Why is it," I asked him rhetorically, "that smut is less acceptable than violence or the shallow idolization of 'famous people'? It's damn odd really, because my kids got here through normal, healthy sex -- not via violence or the vicarious living or emotional stalking of celebrities."
Speaking of books and moms, Elline (at Girl with Pen) happily reviews Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life in Off the Shelf: Mama, PhD:
The contributors in this book, edited by Caroline Grant and Elrena Evans, break the seal of silence that suppresses the intense difficulties and institutionalized prejudice that academics who want to be more than just a "head on a stick" – but rather a whole person, including a maternal body – experience.
Alessia (at Relationship Underarm Stick) asked Do Romantic Comedies Ruin Relationships? The question was based on a recent study by a team at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh:
In what certainly will not be news to feminists who have long argued that images in & portrayals by the media, the bottom line was, according to Dr Bjarne Holmes, a psychologist who led the research, "We now have some emerging evidence that suggests popular media play a role in perpetuating these ideas in people's minds."
Interestingly, after participating in the survey about media and relationships, Alessia then asked Which Came First? The Chick-Flick Or The Egg On Your Face? Worth reading -- and keeping tabs on her continuing thoughts on the study.

Slip of a Girl (of A Slip of a Girl) gives us a biology lesson in Things That Snap My Girdle - In A Bad Way:
Because, yes, it bothers me deeply when you (especially my sweet cross dressers), get all squeamish about menstruation. Some of you think it's TMI, but a few of you have made comments about how "lucky" they are to "take what they want of femininity and leave the rest" -- and that really makes me angry. It makes most women angry.
At A Femanist View, SnowdropExplodes gives a personal account of his history with porn in Porn and Me:
The greatest harm that I can find in the story I have to tell, is that when I thought porn was evil, it had a negative effect on my confidence with women, and in myself; it led to psychological issues for me, and it meant a denial of my true sexuality. That ideology was harmful to me in the same way as it appears that certain right-wing Christian ideologies can be harmful to young gays in their midst. I am glad to accept erotica and porn as being not in and of themselves evil or wrong.
Also, SnowdropExplodes was the only one to take my call as a writing assignment -- producing the fabulous An Incomplete History of the "No Sex Please, We're British" Thing. Too wonderful to take a snip from, so go read it all. Every word. I may post a quiz.

(Rather related, SnowdropExplodes updates us on the UK's current internet censorship plans.)

PaganKinktress, of Erotic Bohemian, discusses the word Slut:
I catergorize the words slut and whore as ways of defining and appreciating one's sexual energy.
Speaking of sluts... Aspasia of La Libertine has a Review of Malena:
It's a great film and is a fantastic illustration of slut-shaming at its worst.
Aspasia also explores sluts (and pop culture notions of sex and spirituality) in space in Slut-shaming comes to a galaxy far, far away!
There just seems to be this inability for some of Luke's fans, mostly male fans from my experiences, to accept the fact that this character is a sexual being. I suppose because the Force and being a Jedi is always depicted as being "spiritual" and away from the body, those fans feel the need to see him as a celibate priest. I won't even get into the debate over the Old Jedi Order (Yoda, et.al.) and its regulation that Jedi have no attachments and whether or not that meant celibacy. Lordisa, I'm not touching that one right now!
Aspasia also reviews Lust and Caution:
...this is one of the most sensual, erotic and unabashedly sexual mainstream films I have ever seen.
Jaynie (at Here's Looking Like You, Kid) discusses her "awkward attempts" to defend one of her favorite movies against a male film expert in Defending To Have And Have Not:
Nothing against him -- he's been very nice dealing with a movie fan whose ignorance is pretty clear -- but how do I better articulate my thinking that our perceptions may be, at least in part, influenced by our genders (and related expectations, emulations, and emotions) without sounding like a silly girl? Or worse yet, some foaming-at-the-mouth feminazi?!
GoddessGlory of Bombilicious The Man Destroying Blog defends prostitution in Introduction to The Return of the Goddess: Whore Power:
But at the end of the day it isn't sex in exchange for money that degrades, cheapens and enslaves women it's societal norms and roles. Prostitution will NEVER go anywhere because it's apart of human/ape/primate identity, it's who we are. Whether or not you look at it this way there is "prostitution" all throughout "regular" sexual relationships between people even marriages.
Because you know there's still a lot more defending of sex work to be done, Amber Rhea (of Being Amber Rhea), has some Red Herrings for you:
It's about people articulating their own sexual desires and boundaries - especially women, as we have been traditionally denied this right.
Last, but not least, Latoya Peterson's post (at Racialicious) called The Not Rape Epidemic which is so good, that I cannot select a quote from it. Just go read it all. I mean it.

A few final words about this carnival...

I had a great time hosting it. While the holidays admittedly slowed the number of submissions, those I received were wonderful; in fact, I'll be adding quite a number of new blogs/bloggers to the sidebar due to this experience.

The carnival, and in fact the issues the carnival supports, needs your support too. So please submit to future carnival editions, consider hosting a future edition, and link to the carnival posts.

Perhaps most important of all, please continue the conversations presented in individual posts/articles in the Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy. It can be silently, in your mind; in person discussion with friends & family etc. in the real world; or via blogging, letters to the editor at other publications, or other use of media. But continued exploration and expression of these issues is important.

While my carnival hosting duties may officially be over, I'm open to hearing from more of you about such related topics; so please, whenever you have or find posts which fit my beat aka submissions call, please do contact me.

The next Feminist Carnival of Sexual Freedom and Autonomy will be hosted by Sugarbutch Chronicles on January 26th, 2009.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Aspasia said...

Thank you for all the link-love! I'm glad a couple of my favorites (from others) made it in as well as my two movie reviews and the geeky one. :) I'm especially proud of the Malena one. It's one of those movies that sparks a conversation about sexuality: private and public.

Good job! Maybe I'll host a carnival at some point. Probably on my next school break.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Amber Rhea said...

Wonderful carnival - thank you!!

8:38 AM  
Blogger Voltaire's Priest said...

Superb, and duly linked!

6:47 PM  
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Great work!

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Nice blog!
Have a great weekend,
Cheers
Kaio
www.meltingduvets.blogspot.com

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