Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wednesday Reading

My Uncertainty About Banning Grand Theft Auto
I’ve long advocated against censorship on this blog. I’ve stood up for the idea that “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend your right to say it” many times. I have to take this stance because I make porn, something that many people would like to see censored and banned. It doesn’t matter that my porn is relatively “tame” – in some people’s eyes it is offensive and obscene and they think no-one else should be allowed to see it. So I’m naturally pro-freedom of speech. 
Yet I’m currently finding myself uncertain and uncomfortable after the game Grand Theft Auto 5 was removed from Australian Target and KMart stores after a popular petition called for its banning. The November 14 release of the game features an ability to engage in first-person sex with sex workers (all female). The gamer then has the ability to beat or kill the woman to get his money back. This is on top of a popular hack that allows the gamer to rape people within the game.
Read More at Ms Naughty's Porn for Women Blog


The Dangerous Line of Respect
By Scott H. Greenfield
Aside from the truly hardcore stupid, one thing has grown out of the failure to indict the police who killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, coming atop the  killing of Tamir Rice and Akai Gurley.  People who usually exercise their mind by watching the latest episode of Real Housewives of Somewhere are starting to question whether maybe, just maybe, we have a problem with cops.
Read More at Simple Justice


"Menstrual Hygiene" Explored: Capturing the Wider Context
by Chris Bobel
This summer, I bought a new camera. I needed it to snap pictures during a research trip to India where I explored diverse approaches to what’s called in the development sector, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). I chose a sleek, high tech device with a powerful, intuitive zoom.
Read More at Society for Menstrual Research


Sleepy Hollow Delivers Where Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder Fail
by Erika Turner
Unlike Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington, and Professor Annalise Keating, played by Viola Davis, Abbie Mills is not a Feared and Revered Successful Professional Woman. She is a small town cop – albeit a lieutenant – and a far more interesting and sustainable character.
Read More at ErikaTurner.com


Decolonizing my spirit
by Mermaid Rising
As a Peruvian-American, my blood literally tells the story of my people’s colonization. For some time, I have wanted to know what my DNA could tell me about my ancestors, so I ordered a DNA analysis through Ancestry.com. I wanted to know mainly for spiritual reasons, so that I could honor my ancestors properly with specially constructed altars. Not surprisingly , I found out I am mostly (half) Native American of the Americas, part Iberian Peninsulan (land of the conquistadors), part West African and part Greek/Roman. I even have a touch of Irish. When I saw that makeup in writing, my heart ached for my native female ancestors who were raped by the conquistadors;  I know that is how I was made. That, sadly, is the case for all of us mestizo’s. This is the overt colonization to which I refer.
Read More at Mermaid Rising


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