“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.
“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.
“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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