Archive for Recommended Reading

July 9th, 2014

Recommended Reading #209: Advocating Progress, Pt. II



      “18 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who’s Really in Charge of Women’s Bodies” by Julianne Ross (Gender Socialization, Health and Body, Gender Identity, Sexual Identity) 7/2/14

Huge fan of these!

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      “Let’s Talk About The Sex-Positive Movement” by Kitten Karlyle (Sex and Culture, Feminism, Memoir, Sociology) 5/14/14

I experienced this as a thoughtful, articulate, important examination of relevant issues around feminism, sexuality, and society.

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      “Ultra-rich man’s letter: ‘To My Fellow Filthy Rich Americans: The Pitchforks Are Coming'” by DNA (Non-Sex-Related, Economics, Sociology, Politics, Humanity) 6/30/14

I am so in love with this I don’t even feel I know how to break down into articulation why right now.

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July 2nd, 2014

Recommended Reading #208: Sex(uality) as Labor, Pt. IV



      “Cutting Off Sex Work Advertising Sites Disrupts Communities, Not Trafficking” by Alana Massey (Sex Work, Law, Sex and Culture) 7/1/14

I don’t feel there’s a lot for me to say about this piece or this subject that isn’t already said here. I feel deeply concerned about this (as well as, not surprisingly, disgusted by it).

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      “How the Financial Sector Is Making Life Miserable for Sex Workers” by Tina Horn (Sex Work, Economics, Sociology) 7/14/14

I find this infuriating and appreciate seeing awareness being raised about it. Even if we don’t know the banks’ motivations, reminders of discrimination against sex workers—even those who work in legal areas of sex work—seem important to me.

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      “Red Alert: The Feds Shut Down an Escort Site” by Siouxsie Q (Sex Work, Memoir, Economics, Public Policy) 7/9/14

While this deals, of course, with the same direct subject as the first piece for this week, it touches on slightly different things and strikes me, as the Massey piece, as well worth reading.

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June 25th, 2014

Recommended Reading #207: Questions and Examination, Pt. VI



      “Are men’s naked bodies the stuff of nightmares? I think not” by Zoe Margolis (Gender Socialization, Health and Body, Sex and Culture) 6/22/14

I agree with the assertions I interpret here about gender equality and gender socialization, and I too have lamented for years the seeming lack of expressions of appreciation for the beauty and sexiness of the male body. I appreciate seeing this said.

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      This timeline photo caption on UniteWomen.org’s Facebook page (Gender Socialization, Sex and Culture, Violence) 6/25/14

This, indeed, speaks for itself (be sure to click the “See More” link in the photo caption).

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      “Slut-Shaming Hurts Every Woman—Including Mean Girls” by Shira Tarrant (Sociology, Research, Gender Socialization) 6/23/14

I liked and appreciated this because it struck me as a substantive assessment of both the general cultural phenomenon referred to as slut-shaming as well as the study on the subject to which this piece refers. In a relative few words, this piece brings to light a number of issues, and rather than postulate answers, it raises questions. I appreciate that and recommend it due to its potential instigation of awareness and consideration as such.

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June 18th, 2014

Recommended Reading #206: Humanity and Inspiration, Pt. XII



      “Wil Wheatons response to a little girl on how to deal with being called a nerd” by CGPhotogcom (Non-Sex-Related, Sociology, Psychology, Consciousness/Spirituality) 6/7/13

Though I would use a different word from “pity,” I profoundly appreciate this offering from Wil Wheaton, especially in the context of its being offered to an adolescent in response to a direct question expressing pain.

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      “The Human Walking Program” by Jake Barrow (Non-Sex-Related, Animals, Psychology) 5/2014

What a beautiful, astute, brilliant idea.

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      “What a Shaman Sees in A Mental Hospital” by Stephanie Marohn (Non-Sex-Related, Psychology, Sociology, Consciousness/Spirituality) 6/12/14

I suspect/imagine that a lot of Western culture readers could feel lost by this piece within a few paragraphs. I still recommend it due to the chance it may resonate and/or expand the perspectives of some. Reading it took my breath away, and I felt deep resonance throughout reading it. I so appreciate its being shared and Dr Somé’s work.

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June 11th, 2014

Recommended Reading #205: Digging Deeper, Pt. X



      “Why It’s So Hard for Men to See Misogyny” by Amanda Hess (Gender Socialization, Sociology, Psychology) 5/27/14

I didn’t find this fun to read, but it does express information it seems to me relevant for people to be aware of.

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      “What’s Desperately Needed in Sex Education Today” by Jaclyn Friedman (Sexuality Education, Youth, Sex and Culture, Gender Socialization, Sociology) 5/28/14

I appreciate this piece very much, both in its calm and aware tone and also in its recognition of the significance of the underlying and pernicious messages our culture perpetuates about sex and gender.

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      “Media Fear Tactics” at Gavin de Becker & Associates (Non-Sex-Related, Sociology, (U.S.-centric) News Reporting, Humor) Undated

I simply love this. While I have tended to avoid mainstream news coverage for several years, I have observed some headlines and/or coverage in passing or in an environment when I’m not controlling its broadcasting (e.g., at the airport when CNN is blaring), and I have found what I perceive as both the alarmist nature of it and the content that this culture considers “news” potentially toxic energetically and psychologically. This piece highlights a number of reasons why and does so in a way I actually found humorous at times!

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