Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday Reading

Happy People Fucking
by Maddy Macnab
I don’t need to tell you where mainstream pornography disappoints. Vaginas with the labia photoshopped out; unrealistic, relentlessly rock-hard dicks; the exclusion of any body that is not thin, shiny, hairless and cis-gendered (unless that body is being fetishized); the casual and constant presentation of female bodies as objects of male pleasure; the normalization of sexual violence; a disturbing lack of communication and explicit consent between partners. These are some of the toxic currents that run though mainstream porn. Duh. This has been unpacked eloquently and often by many sex-positive, feminist folk who are vastly better-versed in the topic than I am, ever since the so-called “feminist sex-wars” of second-wave feminism.
Read More at Guts Magazine


Denying Racism in Cape Town Is About Lack of Empathy
by Luso Mnthali
I was on radio the other day, trying to explain to Shado Twala, well-known radio and television personality here in South Africa, how racism personally affects me. I had this great chance to finally tell a wider audience what it feels like to live in a city that denies you so much because you’re black. But I focused too much on how I’d been getting hostile looks from strangers, and being shoved and bumped into a couple of times while walking in my predominantly white neighbourhood.What do you think? 
I felt like I blew it.
Read More at Racialicious


The Grimms on Censorship
by Jeana Jorgensen
So in 1812 and 1815, the Grimms published volumes 1 and 2 of their fairy tales… which also contained a bunch of scholarly annotations. This first edition wasn’t that well received by the public; many readers thought the stories were too crude, violent, and sexually explicit. The annotations didn’t really resonate with the general public, either, and the topic seemed trivial to some. For the next 40 years, the Grimms continually revised their tales, putting out new editions, until the final (and for many, definitive) edition of 1857 was published. The stories from that edition are probably the ones you’ve read, unless you also read German.
Read More at JeanaJorgensen.com


A Child Bride in Jim Crow Mississippi: Scars of Suffering and the Promise of Healing
by Sistah Vegan
WARNING: This may potentially be triggering for those who were forced into marriage, particularly as a child bride. 
My Grandma Emma passed away recently. [This is] one of her many rings she owned and the only one I will be keeping.
Read More at SistahVegan.com


No, Really, How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You Pope Francis I Is A Bigot?
by Jackson Warlock
So in today's episode of "Christian exceptionalism is a hell of a drug," I woke this morning to a nice variety of people posting an article entitled "Pope Francis: No need to breed 'like rabbits'."  The comments they left on this and other articles talking about the same event zeroed in on ridiculing people who have a lot of kids.  Which is really interesting, because I can't fathom how people are reading this and still seeing Pope Francis as some sort of liberal Catholic revolutionary worthy of pro-LGBT awards and uncritical swells of praise.  Is it possible for anybody to pause their standing ovation of his misogynistic judging of women who have a lot of kids to pay any attention to the rest of what he said?
Read More at Reclaiming Warlock


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