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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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Man Tells Woman He Can't Get Turned On By Her Aging Body -- And She Reacts Perfectly

Man Tells Woman He Can't Get Turned On By Her Aging Body -- And She Reacts Perfectly | Herstory | Scoop.it

I asked this man who had shared my bed for three nights running why we had not made love. "Your body is too wrinkly," he said without a pause. "I have spoiled myself over the years with young woman. I just can't get excited with you. I love your energy and your laughter. I like your head and your heart. But, I just can't deal with your body."

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Corsets Are Too Sexy?

Corsets Are Too Sexy? | Herstory | Scoop.it

If the medial claims about corsets weren’t true, if they were as exaggerated as the corseted female form, why? Sex, of course. (Part two of my research into the complicated history of corsets.)

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Julie d’Aubigny, Digital Art History Project

Julie d’Aubigny, Digital Art History Project | Herstory | Scoop.it

An assignment for Advanced Digital! We were supposed to make a gif portrait of a historical figure. I chose Julie d’Aubigny, 17th century swordsmaster and opera singer, responsible for the deaths of at least ten men in duels, and openly bisexual. After her lover was placed into a convent by the girl’s parents, d’Aubigny took the vows to enter the convent as a novice, then rescued her lover and set the convent on fire to cover their escape. Dang.

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Defining the Historian: Women Who Write About Sex

Defining the Historian: Women Who Write About Sex | Herstory | Scoop.it

So to try and answer this question for myself I turned first to my books, and then to the brilliant community of historians I know on twitter. And we made a list. A list of women who have written about sex, throughout history, so that I can prove women have been doing this for just as long as men. Sexual knowledge is not the authority of just one gender, although history often likes to tell us differently.

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A Cupcake Is Never Just a Cupcake: The Psycho-Sexuality of a Twee Treat

A Cupcake Is Never Just a Cupcake: The Psycho-Sexuality of a Twee Treat | Herstory | Scoop.it

Cupcakes only care about their own orgasms. When you see a woman eating a cupcake, you're basically watching her perform cunnilingus on herself. Small and moist and warm and sweet, a cupcake's sole reason for existence is solitary pleasure. Historically, many symbols of female power or divinity involved fertility and/or reproduction: circles and eggs, Mother Earth and Mother Goose. But modern times call for modern branding, and if you're looking for the shorthand way to label something as being of, for or about the essence of a woman, and you have no pictogram of a vagina handy, by all means, slap a cupcake on it.

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Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut

Your Nostalgia May Not Be My Nostalgia: An Aesthetic Response To Vintage Smut | Herstory | Scoop.it

I believe in the empowerment of aesthetic response. I believe it’s just as important — perhaps even more so –to do with porn and erotic materials than it is with Art.

 

Understanding your reactions, positive and negative, makes you a more self-aware human being. A wiser human being. To me, this is the intellectual version of an opposable thumb because it separates us from the simple wankers. And when it comes to our relationships, it is just as important to be able to articulate our reactions so that we can share them with our partners. Having struggled to do this for ourselves, we become aware just how difficult the process is and therefore we have greater understanding when our partners share their struggled-to-arrive-at reactions. Simply put, talking about turn-ons, turn-offs, and why we have them means not only increased intimacy, becoming better lovers, but we can then select erotica materials for mutual enjoyment.

 

In the case of this photo, and those like them, my negative feelings are deeper than the words “tacky” and “silly”. Deeper and more painful.


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The “Yes, No, Maybe” Chart – A Tool For Talking About Consent

The “Yes, No, Maybe” Chart – A Tool For Talking About Consent | Herstory | Scoop.it
Jamie Utt offers a "Yes No Maybe" Chart to help couples talk about their limits---and their fantasies.

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Because agency to enjoy one’s own body isn’t a crime.

Because agency to enjoy one’s own body isn’t a crime. | Herstory | Scoop.it


"Because hypersexuality isn’t a compliment, nor is it liberating. It’s a racialized, oppressive marking on black and brown bodies that’s been used to degrade us for centuries and I think it’s time we took our bodies back."

 

 

Curator comment:  This beautifully powerful rant has been re-posted dozens of times in the last few days. One of the many benefits of maintaining the broadest possible view of this topic is the ability to gain appreciation of the many complex social, religious and political perspectives that shape identity, including this expression of Arabo-Muslim anti-imperialist feminism.

 

Source: The quote is from "My friend Khadijah on why she’s sex positive and what it means to her", originally posted on AFRICAN GOON ("Yohanna. Atheist. Habesha. Anticapitalist. Post-colonial Feminist. ERITREAN NATIONALIST 4lyf~")


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You can instantly know a woman's sex history from her stride, claims study

You can instantly know a woman's sex history from her stride, claims study | Herstory | Scoop.it
Belgian researchers watched videos of women walking, and were able to tell whether they regularly had orgasms from intercourse.

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John Waters Reads Sultry Scene from Lady Chatterley’s Lover for Banned Books Week (NSFW)

John Waters Reads Sultry Scene from Lady Chatterley’s Lover for Banned Books Week (NSFW) | Herstory | Scoop.it
Books Week, which reminds us not to take intellectual freedom for granted. Hundreds of books are censored each year in America's schools, bookstores and libraries, many of them works of unquestionable literary merit, books like The Catcher in the...

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Neuroscientists take aim at Naomi Wolf's theory of the "conscious vagina"

Neuroscientists take aim at Naomi Wolf's theory of the "conscious vagina" | Herstory | Scoop.it

Scientiests (wisely) take on Wolf's "a woman's brain and vagina are best understood as one system" and other claims.

 


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Erika Christakis on 50 Shades of Grey: Why Is It News That Women Like Sex? | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Erika Christakis on 50 Shades of Grey: Why Is It News That Women Like Sex? | TIME Ideas | TIME.com | Herstory | Scoop.it
We’re under threat again from American women’s rampaging libidos! You may have heard something recently about 50 Shades of Grey, an underground romance novel that has grown women in a hot flash.
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French Medicine: The Real Language Of Love. And Health. « Sex~Kitten.net

French Medicine: The Real Language Of Love. And Health. « Sex~Kitten.net | Herstory | Scoop.it

What post-natal women in France get that we in the USA do not.

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Turning The Tables On Fairy Tales With Red Hot Riding Hood

Turning The Tables On Fairy Tales With Red Hot Riding Hood | Herstory | Scoop.it

Tex Avery’s Red Hot Riding Hood (MGM, 1943) turns many tables — but not enough — on old stereotypes.

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Interview with Raquel Welch | Men's Health

Interview with Raquel Welch | Men's Health | Herstory | Scoop.it

"I think we’ve gotten to the point in our culture where we’re all sex addicts, literally. We have equated happiness in life with as many orgasms as you can possibly pack in......It’s just dehumanizing."

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Source: Men's Health, March 8, 2012

 

 

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Underage models risk creating 'hyper-sexualised French Lolitas'

Underage models risk creating 'hyper-sexualised French Lolitas' | Herstory | Scoop.it

"Pornography and the use of under age models in fashion risks creating a generation of 'hyper-sexualised' French Lolitas, a government report has warned."

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Source: The Telegraph, March 6, 2012

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No sex necessary: Women have orgasms at the gym, study shows

No sex necessary: Women have orgasms at the gym, study shows | Herstory | Scoop.it
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Women may not need a guy, a vibrator, or any other direct sexual stimulation to have an orgasm, finds a new study on exercise-induced orgasms and sexual pleasure.

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News Flash: People With Disabilities Have Sex

News Flash: People With Disabilities Have Sex | Herstory | Scoop.it
There is a persistent and damaging myth that people with disabilities don't have sex. It is too often believed that if you don't move your legs than you don't orgasm, or if you don't move your arms than you can't make someone else come all over you.

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Kinsey - Trailer (2004)

Let's talk about sex. ________________________ Life story of Alfred Kinsey, a man driven to uncover the most private secrets of the nation, and a journey int...

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American Experience | Kinsey | PBS

American Experience | Kinsey | PBS | Herstory | Scoop.it
Kinsey: In the mid-twentieth century, a little-known Midwestern biologist made a national splash with his explosive, best-selling ⊃3;Kinsey Reports⊃2; on male and female sexuality.

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
Other Topics
A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tormorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.