Archive for December, 2011

December 28th, 2011

Recommended Reading #79: Humor, Pt. II



      “ANIMALS IN MIDLIFE CRISES: Butterfly” by Lincoln Michel and John Dermot Woods (Non-sex-related, Comic) 4/10/11

As we wind down to the end of the Western calendar year, I’ve chosen three light pieces this week. This one made me smile the first time I saw it, and it still does.

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      “Author Promoting Book Gives It Her All Whether It’s Just 3 People Or A Crowd Of 9 People” at the Onion (Non-sex-related, Writing) 4/14/11

I imagine just about any writer who has held readings or done a book promotion tour could appreciate the humor in this.

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      “I’m On A Mexican Radio pt I” at PostHumorous.org (Non-sex-related, Memoir) 6/8/11

This seriously makes me laugh out loud. Even after reading it numerous times, I still crack up throughout it (often at the same parts, ha). Enjoy!

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Recommended Reading posted every Wednesday

December 21st, 2011

Recommended Reading #78: Humanity and Inspiration, Pt. III



      “These three ladies changed our lives” by Dayle A. Dermatis (Non-sex-related, Memoir) 11/21/11

Since the author of this post (also known as Andrea Dale, a fellow erotica author), is someone I know personally, it’s possible this story affects me more than it would were that not the case. But I’m not sure—it seems to me it is a striking account of beautiful actions that brings me to tears. Regardless of whether I personally know those involved or not, I feel true gratitude for that kind of expression of beauty.

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      “Michigan – Endings and Beginnings” by Jade at A Poly Life (Non-sex-related, Parenting, Youth) 12/2/11

As simple as this post may seem, I felt quite moved by it. The sincere affection and love of a parent combined with the equally sincere recognition of one’s child as an autonomous being, and having the strength and equilibrium to be with both, inspires me deeply.

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      “A Victim Treats His Mugger Right” by Michael Garofalo (Non-sex-related, Personal, Memoir) 3/28/08

This strikes me as poignantly and beautifully encompassing of the kind of love and perspective that it seems to me can change the world.

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Recommended Reading posted every Wednesday

December 17th, 2011

Hold This Space

Once again, it is December 17—the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

My hope was and is to blog about this more here, but I have a graduation party to attend tonight for a friend of mine who has just finished law school, and I don’t have much time now before I have to leave to travel there. I did not want to let this day go by, however, without acknowledging the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers here, so even though this post is not as extensive or complete as I wanted it to be (I may add more/finish it later), I offer reverent recognizance of this day as first proclaimed by Annie Sprinkle in 2003. I have had my red candle burning as I’ve been getting ready tonight, and I take a moment now to breathe consciously in honor of the recognizance of this day, in reverence for all who have been involved in the intersection of sex work and violence, and in a wish for awakening for the same (including perpetrators) and for us all.

I also want to share this quote I encountered last night in a SWOP-Chicago press release:

“Sex workers are not targeted because sex work is inherently dangerous. Sex workers are targeted because perpetrators know prostitutes are afraid of law enforcement and won’t seek the aid of law enforcement until it’s too late. They are targeted because of the stigma surrounding sex work. This stigma is constantly regenerated in the way politicians, end-demand advocates, and media representatives talk about prostitution.”

Blessings and love to all.

Love,
Emerald

“Look behind your own soul, and the person that you’ll see just might remind you of me; I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry, and I know you do the same things too, so we’re really not that different, me and you…”
-Collin Raye “Not That Different”

December 14th, 2011

Recommended Reading #77: Politics, Pt. III



      “Disappointed Doesn’t Cut It Anymore: A Mother’s Rebuttal of President Obama’s Plan B Politics” by Kate Stewart (Reproductive Rights, United States Public Policy, Health and Body, Parenting, Youth) 12/8/11

I wholly agree with this, and indeed it brought up many of the same points that occurred to me when I heard the news of United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s overrule of the FDA approval of making Plan B One Step available without a prescription regardless of age—it was not just anger with the decision and choices that were made but also deep concern that an administration I have tended to appreciate (most certainly compared to the last one) had taken this action that literally reminded me of something the Bush administration would do. The idea that I feel in a position to make that comparison makes me cringe as well as feel stunned. This article really points out some of the ways and reasons I feel concerned, and I appreciate the author’s articulation as such.

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      “A Young Doctor’s Response to President Obama’s Plan B Failure: Where Is the Scientific Integrity?” by Dr. Megan Evans (Reproductive Rights, Health and Body, Youth, United States Public Policy) 12/11/11

This speaks as well to things that occurred to me as I was still reeling in shock at Secretary Sebelius’s decision: specifically, when I read of President Obama’s expression of support for her decision, I was thoroughly unimpressed by the invocation of “11-year-old” girls having access to the drug right on the shelves at drugstores with the apparent concern of what might happen if they don’t know how to use it correctly. Um, perhaps the fact that an 11-year-old has apparently had unprotected sex is of more concern—and keeping her from accessing this medicine if that’s the case is perhaps not the most sensible action in that context to take?? Would we prefer she get pregnant?? Further, might it be that there are numerous drugs on shelves in drugstores that an 11-year-old might not know how to take correctly but yet does indeed have access to whenever he/she/they finds him/her/themselves in a drugstore? I felt so disgusted by this obvious absurdity encompassed by the President’s statement I hardly knew what to do with myself. This piece, I feel, expresses well much of what occurred to me.

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      Speech by The Very Rev. Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale (Reproductive Rights, Sexual Orientation, United States Public Policy, Sociology) 1/24/10

This strikes me as not an easy piece. I am unequivocally pro-choice and supportive of sexual freedom. There were things in this piece that hadn’t occurred to me, and things I read to which I did not know my response right away. (I will qualify that I do not much like the word “God” and would not myself choose to use it where she does.) That is one reason I find this piece so powerful. I recommend this as reading in the spirit of appreciating the contemplation-provoking content I saw in it. To invite or evoke contemplation rarely seems undesirable to me. I’d like also to mention that I happen to know the Reverend Dr. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale (I’ve always loved the sound of her full title and name) personally and, during the time period in which I interacted with her, found her one of the more brilliant and inspiring individuals with whom I’ve had the privilege to be acquainted.

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December 7th, 2011

Recommended Reading #76: Questions and Examination, Pt. II



      “Does Religion Hurt Your Sex Life (Too?)?” by David Foster (Religion, Sex and Culture, Gender Equality, Psychology, Youth, Sexuality Education) 11/9/11

I don’t know if I have anything to add to this. It’s the kind of thing that immediately reminds me, with a rush of gratitude and resonance as I read it, why I started the “Recommended Reading” feature here at The Green Light District.

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      “What we can learn from this..” by Ken Followell (Abuse, Self-Awareness, Psychology) Undated

I find this piece sobering but sensitive…it touches on why I don’t feel a fan of the current “Sex Offender Registry” system and frankly feel it is desperate way for us to collectively feel more comfortable because it is indeed very hard and confounding to face what I interpret this article as suggesting, which is that most sex offenders are known (and often trusted) to those against whom they perpetrate abuse. I see this piece as neither sensationalistic nor indulgent in any way, and I appreciate the tone I do see as well as the content. Healing to us all.

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      “More Musings On #OWS” by Miss Maggie Mayhem (Politics, Economics, Psychology, Sociology) 11/15/11

I find this piece hard to “sum up” or even respond to coherently right after reading it (which I just have). The richness of information and insight it seems to offer feels almost overwhelming as far as doing so, and I simply recommend reading it.

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Recommended Reading posted every Wednesday