Archive for April, 2012

April 25th, 2012

Recommended Reading #96: Abortion, Pt. II



      “Repairing the Damage, Before Roe” by Waldo L. Fielding, M.D. (Politics, U.S. Public Policy, Health and Body, Memoir) 6/3/08


I found this a tough piece to read, and it may be difficult for those with a timid stomach. The takeaway from it I profoundly appreciate is the recognition that abortions will invariably be sought, and 1) if some don’t understand the reasons for that, it’s probably because the reasons are none of their business and do not need to be vetted through them, and 2) criminalizing or impeding abortion access simply puts women in danger. See 1.

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      “The Ultrasound and the Fury” by That Toy Chick (Reproductive Rights, Memoir, U.S. Public Policy) 2/29/12

I found this also a difficult piece to read. The piece is offered, as I interpret it, to contextualize recent abhorrent legislation forcing women seeking abortions to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds. (Beyond that, of course, this is a strikingly poignant and painful memoir piece—I do not mean to give the impression it is simply political.)

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      “Rick Santorum Aborts Presidential Campaign” on Live Funny! or Die [AUTOPLAY] (Recommended Watch, Politics, Humor) Undated

I find this very nicely done. As funny as it may seem, there are (to me) obvious serious undertones that I feel are expressed straightforwardly and respectfully. I much appreciate its production.

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April 18th, 2012

Recommended Reading #95: Humanity and Inspiration, Pt. IV



      “Top 20 Hard-Knock Life Lessons from Orgasmic Meditation” by Candice Holdorf (Sex and Spirituality, Self-Awareness, Memoir) 4/14/12

This is really one of my favorite things I’ve read in a while. The entire tone strikes me as one of acceptance, self-awareness, Presence, and gratitude. I feel a resonance with all of it and an almost uncanny personal relating to some of it. I deeply appreciate the author’s writing and sharing this.

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      “An Invocation for Beginnings” by zefrank [AUTOPLAY] (Recommended Watch, Non-sex-related, Philosophy, Creativity, Psychology) 4/9/12

To me, there seem some lovely messages here that strike me as offered with love, sincerity, and awareness.

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      “‘Alive Inside’: Documentary Explores Music’s Effect On The Elderly” (Non-sex-related, Recommended Watch, Health and Body) 4/10/12

This seems to me to speak entirely for itself.

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April 11th, 2012

Recommended Reading #94: The Female Body, Pt. II



      “Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance” by Ashley Judd (Non-sex-related, Gender Socialization, Sociology, Self-Awareness) 4/9/12

I found this a compelling and level-headed inquiry about far-ranging tendencies of our culture that I myself have frequently found disturbing as well. (She mentions parenthetically the perception that people who have chosen to express themselves or offer their service in a way that leads to fame somehow sacrifice their right to privacy—I understand, of course, why she did not expound on that in this piece, but I appreciated the mention, as it is a tendency I have perceived in this culture that I find abhorrent and unambiguously bullshit.) To see someone address an uncalled-for personal attack with such clarity and self-possession strikes me as both refreshing and inspiring. I appreciate especially the questions Ms. Judd asks in the latter part of her response. Turning a personal attack into an opportunity to ask questions such as those seems of profound value to me, and I truly appreciate her capacity and choice to do so.

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      “Understanding Birth and Sphincter Law” by Ina May Gaskin (Physiology, Medicine) 9/2004

I am fascinated by this exposition about birthing in medical and physiological contexts. I speak as someone who has never birthed a child who certainly appreciates many of the advances of Western medicine; that said, it seems valuable to me to open up the conversation about childbirth and to ultimately recall that the female body is built to undergo this phenomenon.

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      “Connecting How We Have Sex with How We Give Birth” by Ursula Ferreira (Pleasure, Medicine, Sex and Spirituality, Self-Awareness) 4/4/12

I love the emphasis in this piece on pleasure, autonomy, and trust. Again, expanding the way our culture seems to look at birth seems profoundly healing and awakening to me, and to me this piece seems to offer acute potential as such.

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April 4th, 2012

Recommended Reading #93: Questions and Examination, Pt. III



      “What Does It Mean To Be Empowered?” by Dr. Charlie Glickman (Language, Relationship, Psychology, Gender Socialization, Self-Awarness) 3/28/12

Perceiving empowerment as something to do not with certain acts (or not) but with the doers relationship to an act in question (and indeed, as I see it, life) strikes me as a profound and salient consideration. Especially in a context of a perceived co-opting of the word for different purposes, with which I agree, this insight seems incisive and helpful to me.

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      “Genetic or Not, Gay Won’t Go Away” by Frank Bruni (Sexual Orientation, Sex and Culture) 1/28/12

Personally, while I can appreciate eschewing discrimination on the basis of biological characteristics, I too feel sexual freedom is/should be obviously respected regardless of what is biologically determined. I appreciate what I perceive as this considered rumination on the subject.

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      “Science Shows What Sexual Repression Actually Looks Like” by Dr. Marty Klein (Sex and Culture, Psychology, Politics, U.S. Public Policy) 11/7/10

It seems to me the recognition of the dynamics of repression, projection, and other psychological factors are imperative both in addressing social issues (including those around sexuality and its frequently misplaced, as far as I’m concerned, appearance in politics/public policy) and in remembering and holding the humanity of everyone and not being caught up in what Dr. Klein refers to as “a phony us/them divide.” I appreciate this breakdown of the psychological phenomena that may be in play (and truly wish for all a wider awareness of these phenomena and self-awareness in general).

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