Archive for July, 2010

July 28th, 2010

Recommended Reading #5: Entertainment



      “Rock Stars in Particular Order” by Alana Noel Voth (Short Story) 2006

I was blown away the first time I read this story. I’ve been generally blown away by anything Alana Noel Voth has written since I was first introduced to her work.

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      “John Updike Made Me Do It” by Donna George Storey (Erotic Short Story) 7/21/10

This story was originally published last year in Swing!, and I felt truly honored to be published alongside such a beautiful work. Recently reprinted at Clean Sheets, this is one of my favorite stories from one of my favorite erotica writers.

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      This (what I found!) quite humorous account of online gaming (Humor, Non-sex-related) 1/31/10

This has nothing to do with sex or The Green Light District’s traditional subject matter; I simply found it hilarious. :)

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July 21st, 2010

Recommended Reading #4: Eye on the Law



      “John Stagliano is Free on Obscenity Rap!” on reason.tv (Sexual Culture, Free Speech) 7/16/10

This is a “recommended watch” rather than read (I forgot to mention that I reserve the right to take such liberties ;)). Charges against John Stagliano were dismissed last week; this is a short video interview with him thereafter. I have some catch-up reading to do on the charges/trial itself and may blog more about it later. Regardless, I feel relieved that the case has been dismissed.

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      “Hooking Without Crooking” by Juliet November (Sex Work, Sex Worker Rights) 5/09

This is a short article by a working whore discussing work environment and decriminalization.

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      “Legalization vs. Decriminalization” (Sex Work)

This page provides a delineation of the difference between “legalization” and “decriminalization” in regard to sex work. (The organization is based in Montreal, so specific legal references relate accordingly). Given the seemingly common unawareness or misunderstanding of this distinction, this page seems to me a helpful reference.

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July 14th, 2010

Recommended Reading #3: Poetry



      “a dr. like this” by ferret (Sex Work, Sexuality Education)

Found on the site of Dr. Carol Queen (and written in her honor), I have found this poem stunning since the first time I read it.

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      “Down There” by Jacque (Erotic Poetry) 6/1/10

This is a poem recently published at The Erotic Woman by poet Jacque, with whom I have recently had the pleasure of making the online acquaintance.

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      “The Guest House” by Rumi (Spiritual, Non-sex-related)

I simply find this beautiful.

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July 13th, 2010

Reverence and Black Cloths

I had another post ready to go today, but for now, this trumps it. As a lifelong Yankees fan and, even more so, a baseball fan, I offer reverence here in light of the deaths of Mr. George M. Steinbrenner III, longtime principal owner of the New York Yankees, this morning at age 80, and Mr. Bob Sheppard, announcer at Yankee Stadium for almost half a century, on Sunday at age 99.

Though I didn’t always appreciate the impression I had of Mr. Steinbrenner’s actions or behavior, I unquestionably feel deep reverence for the pain and loss the Yankees organization may be feeling with the loss of their legendary principal owner. As well I appreciate and revere the profound contributions both Mr. Sheppard and Mr. Steinbrenner made to a team and to a game I love so much. Most of all, I honor their lives, the form of love they took in this lifetime.

I happen to have just finished reading one of my very favorite novels, The Secret Life of Bees, yesterday for the third time. Though it was my third time reading it, it affected me just as profoundly as it did the first two. The following quote, which I had read just hours before learning of Mr. Steinbrenner’s death, came to me as I reflected on these losses to Yankees baseball and to the world.

As one of the main characters, August, drapes black fabric over her beehives to signify mourning, she says, “Putting black cloths on the hives is for us. I do it to remind us that life gives way into death, and then death turns around and gives way to life.” (p. 206)

To Mr. Bob Sheppard and Mr. George Steinbrenner, beautiful journeys.

Love,
Emerald

July 7th, 2010

Recommended Reading #2: Sex Education and Self-Awareness



      “What Does Sex-Positivity Say About Abstinence?” by Dr. Charlie Glickman (Sexuality Education, Sexual Freedom) 5/14/10

The title is probably self-explanatory for this one.

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      “Our Responsibility” by Shanna Katz (Sexuality Education) 6/22/10

Shanna Katz gives her take on the responsibilities of adult sex educators and supporting each other and why.

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      “My ‘Trendy’ Post-Breakup Celibacy” by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Sexual Culture, Personal) 5/19/10

Rachel speaks about “trendiness” and sexual self-awareness via personal account/experience.

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