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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:


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Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, April 9, 10:28 PM

Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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"I launched curlBOX in hopes that women that look like me would become more comfortable in their skin a lot sooner than I did."

"I launched curlBOX in hopes that women that look like me would become more comfortable in their skin a lot sooner than I did." | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
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Survey participation: National Collaborative for Women's History Sites

Survey participation: National Collaborative for Women's History Sites | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

nterpreting Gender and Sexuality at Historic Sites


On a 2013 study trip to historic sites in and around Boston, hosted by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, participants were struck by the wide variety of ways they saw gender and sexuality interpreted--or in some cases, not interpreted at all. The trip prompted a number of interesting questions, which representatives from the Pew Center together with members and friends of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites would now like to raise and discuss with other public historians. Toward that end, a session will explore these issues at the upcoming meeting of the National Council on Public History.


The questions to be considered there include: Where is the interpretation of gender and sexuality in 2013/2014? How do we move beyond the "just add women and stir" model of gender interpretation? How do we build on the progress made at a small number of historic sites now interpreting LGBT history? What is the future of gender and sexuality at historic sites?


Please take a moment to reflect on these questions, and help inform a larger discussion


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Dispelling the Stigma Against Single

Dispelling the Stigma Against Single | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Pouring my heart and soul into myself instead of someone else, I found I wasn't defective despite the messages I had been sent. Rather, I was self-reliant in a way many of my coupled friends were not....

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The Selfie Revolution

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Have you ever taken a selfie? If you're unfamiliar with the term, selfies are when you snap a solo shot of yourself. Selfies have received a lot of hate recently for encouraging vanity. Check out this video to understand why that hate is overblown and how selfies are feminist, body positive, and sex positive. The video also includes nine tips to improve your body image with your selfies.
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Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women

Politicians: Erect & Standing Up, But Not For Women | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Maybe you don't want to call it a "war on women". Maybe you find the word "war" to be over-the-top, despite the facts regarding bombings, shootings, rape, and other violent attacks against women, i...
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History of the Yoni in World Faith

History of the Yoni in World Faith | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Although we do have hard and clear evidence - archeologically speaking - that the veneration of women, of the yoni, and of Goddesses have been the primal and primary form of religion around the globe, it has been the East - specifically ancient India with its Tantric teachings - where this seems to have found its most exalted and open expression.


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Also addresses this important question: Simply put, how can a woman raised in a culture that diminishes the value of and beauty of women's genitals try to move past those negative self-thoughts?

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NWS

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Would You Pose Without Clothes?

Would You Pose Without Clothes? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Alan Duncan of the nudist magazine Nude Living looks at what brings women to undress in front of the eyes of the public: is it exhibitionism, does it make them a whore, is it a sign of frigidity...or are they simply sexually healthy women? 

From the August 1963 issue of Nude Living


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 21, 2013 5:45 PM

A classic from a vintage men's mag.

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How well is your birth control working?

How well is your birth control working? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
How well is your birth control working? Is there something better you can get? Check out our handy chart.
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The AIDS Granny In Exile

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In the ’90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed an AIDS epidemic in rural China and the ensuing government cover-up. Forced to leave, she’s now 85 and living alone in New York.

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This is heartbreaking: Both mother and son say the same thing today: Gao is a good doctor, but “maybe not the best mother.”


We don't typically have such sentiments for fathers who dare to do good things for the world.

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This is heartbreaking: Both mother and son say the same thing today: Gao is a good doctor, but “maybe not the best mother.”


We don't typically have such sentiments for fathers who dare to do good things for the world.

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 2, 2013 5:16 PM

This is heartbreaking: Both mother and son say the same thing today: Gao is a good doctor, but “maybe not the best mother.”


We don't typically have such sentiments for fathers who dare to do good things for the world.

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Less Women Watch Pornos Online; Here’s Why (NWS)

Less Women Watch Pornos Online; Here’s Why (NWS) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Last month, the Pew Research Center released a report on the online viewing habits of 1,003 Americans. Among Pew’s findings, no surprise, is that watching online videos has increased ~ as has the number of those who admit to watching adult videos, i.e. porn, which is now at 12%. (If that number seems low to you, as it apparently did to Pew, Pew notes that “this may reflect a reluctance to report the behavior among some adults.”) But where it gets more interesting is in the gender split: 25% of men admitted to watching adult videos, but only 8% of women did.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, November 26, 2013 10:02 AM

Included in the therories as to why there is such a large gender split there is my own. (NWS)

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Casual Sex Feminists?

Casual Sex Feminists? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Seeing that this article, Mediocre Sex – The Price Women Pay For Freedom? by Jennifer Kabbany, was published at right-wing college site The Collage Fix, I should have resisted and not given it a cl...
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So much to think about, no wonder small-minded conservatives get it wrong.

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Why do women love talking about sex online? And why is it 'more shocking' when mums do it? - Telegraph

Why do women love talking about sex online? And why is it 'more shocking' when mums do it? - Telegraph | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of Mumsnet's 'penis beaker gate', Rebecca Holman explores why women love sharing the intimate details of their sex lives online and why anyone cares.

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Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy

Ilyse Hogue on The Daily Show: Reproductive Health Care Hypocrisy | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
We see hypocrisy around on reproductive health care every day, but this The Daily Show segment with Ilyse Hogue reveals a new twist on a double standard that you've probably never heard of before.
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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 13, 3:13 PM

The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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The Daily Show's Samantha Bee covering, with much more humor, what I wrote months ago.

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#LiesToldByFemales Shows the Sexual Double Standard Lives On

#LiesToldByFemales Shows the Sexual Double Standard Lives On | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
A lot of #LiesToldByFemales are women claiming to adhere more closely to traditional gender roles than they actually do, to present themselves as more chaste and more submissive than they actually are.
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5 Ways Our Society Unfairly Punishes Women For Their Sexuality

5 Ways Our Society Unfairly Punishes Women For Their Sexuality | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

In the United States, women’s bodies are constantly sexualized and objectified. Ironically, however, the women in control of those bodies are expected to refrain from actually using them to express any kind of sexuality. That’s largely because “purity culture” — essentially, the assumption that women need to remain chaste, and present an image of modesty to the outside world — is deeply ingrained in American society. The worldview is instilled in many American kids beginning at a young age through abstinence-only education, and constantly reinforced as women move through the adult world, too.

This approach to female sexuality has far-reaching consequences. Indeed, even though proponents of abstinence until marriage claim it’s a directive that applies equally to both genders, purity culture has an outsized impact on women. Here are five examples of that unfair dynamic

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Periods in the Media

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What's up with the way that the media portrays menstruation? If all you knew about periods came from what you see on TV and in magazines, you'd think they're either hilarious or terrifying. Watch Kat Lazo in this video where she discusses why this misrepresentation is dangerous for us if it causes embarrassment and uneasiness to the point of wanting to hide menstruation.
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Kaitlin Pearson—the Special Needs Teacher’s Aide on Leave for Racy Photos—Is Back at Work

Kaitlin Pearson—the Special Needs Teacher’s Aide on Leave for Racy Photos—Is Back at Work | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Kaitlin Pearson, the Fitchburg teacher put on paid leave because of her racy modeling photos, was welcomed back to work on Tuesday.

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Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group

Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

As a feminist organization, Secular Woman promotes gender equality. We stand against and combat sexism, hate, intolerance, and misogyny.


Transgender women are women.


Cisgender women are women. 


We do not, in any way, view the existence of transgender women, genderqueer individuals or transgender men as a threat to the safety of women, female identity, or the goals of feminism.


As intersectional feminists we acknowledge the privilege that cisgender people experience. We aim to dismantle the axis of oppression that this represents.


Unfortunately, not all who claim the label “feminist” agree with us.  They do not represent us and we reject their actions and views as unethical and devoid of reason.


We stand in opposition.


Members of our community have been targeted by trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Personal information such as former names, current legal names, and photographs have been compiled and displayed on the website “Name the Problem”.  Several of the entries are self-attributed to “Pegasus” ("PegasusBug" is a pseudonym of Cathy Brennan, the head of Gender Identity Watch). This information was presented alongside reports describing rapists and batterers of women.


Countless others, including members of transgender advocacy groups have reported similar treatment, as well as other alarming behavior, such as Cathy Brennan contacting employers, schools and medical doctors of transgender women, girls and young men.


This is unacceptable.

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Rashida Jones, We Have Bigger Problems Than Porn

Rashida Jones, We Have Bigger Problems Than Porn | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Parks and Recreation star Rashida Jones has recently been making headlines. First, with her charming rendition of holiday pop songs on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and just the other week, with her not-so-charming Glamour article titled “Why is Everyone Getting Naked?”


...Jones insists that she wasn’t slut-shaming and that the backlash against her statements “crushed” her, since she considers herself a feminist. It’s not female sexuality she’s against, it’s the fact that this “pornification” of pop culture is “showing what it looks like when women sell sex.” “And so much of it feels staged for men,” she adds, “not for our own pleasure.”

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Servant of God, or Prostitute?

Servant of God, or Prostitute? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The Devadasi, a centuries-old caste of sacred temple priestesses, struggles to have it's own renaissance. One woman leads the way...

 

The origins of the practice are often disputed, but historians agree that in India by the 10th century this caste of sacred temple servants enjoyed great wealth & property as signs of respect & clout.

 

Considered married to the Hindu deities, the Devadasi were talented dancers, singers & even viewed as political advisors. At the core of Devadasi faith is the belief all men are incarnations of the male deities & so in addition to performing sacred temple ceremonies, Devadasis offered sexual services. In the act of making love, a man & a Devadasi enact the sacred marriage of god & goddess which therefore allows them to become divine themselves.


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The Science of Sex

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The journalist on researching lust, the myth of female monogamy, and why “voyeurism is essential to good writing.”


...Among the lessons Bergner says he gleaned from his research is that “women’s desire—its inherent range and innate power—is an underestimated and constrained force.” More controversially, he makes the case that “one of our most comforting assumptions, soothing perhaps above all to men but clung to by both sexes, that female eros is much better made for monogamy than the male libido, is scarcely more than a fairy tale.”


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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 5, 2013 1:09 AM

“one of our most comforting assumptions, soothing perhaps above all to men but clung to by both sexes, that female eros is much better made for monogamy than the male libido, is scarcely more than a fairy tale.”

Gracie Passette's curator insight, December 6, 2013 6:35 AM

Fabulous!

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Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948)

Is Wearing Vintage Fashions Feminist? (Or, Sign Of The Times 1948) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

At my vintage living blog, Things Your Grandmother Knew, I’ve written about the tendency to romanticize the past, but I recently read two blog posts discussing vintage fashion in terms of “the vintage girl being the new feminist” and thought it was time to discuss the subject from a more feminist angle…

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion orsex positivity, you'll like this.

 

Thanks @Deanna Dahlsad for including sex workers in this post!

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this.

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Whether your passion is vintage fashion or sex positivity, you'll like this ~ it mentions sex workers in a positive light too.

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Grassroots 1960s Push Reformed Women's Health Care | Womens eNews

Grassroots 1960s Push Reformed Women's Health Care | Womens eNews | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The women's health movement of the 1960s and 1970s transformed the doctor-patient relationship and yielded the novel concept that women can take control of their own health, says Laurie Edwards in this excerpt from "In the Kingdom of the Sick."...


For women, this change started with the radical notion that they had a right to know about their own bodies, had a right to control their own health care and belonged in medical schools where they could fully participate in the very health care decisions that have such significance in their lives. The grassroots women's health activism that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s was fostered by an equally diverse group of advocates, among them middle-class white women, middle- and working-class African Americans, lesbians and heterosexuals.

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Remember that scene in Mad Men, where Betty's doctor calls Don & talks to him about Betty as if she were the child? This is how we got away from that.


"Feminism challenged social practices in the doctor's office and recast relationships between compliant patient and infallible physician as part of the larger process to keep women down."


But we must also look at this history and see how we are moving backwards in America;  this is also a dire warning about where we are headed.


"The landmark court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973 by finding that preventing a woman's right to end her pregnancy violated her due process, was a pivotal piece of legislation in terms of reproductive rights, women's health and women's ability to make decisions regarding their bodies. "

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Remember that scene in Mad Men, where Betty's doctor calls Don & talks to him about Betty as if she were the child? This is how we got away from that.


"Feminism challenged social practices in the doctor's office and recast relationships between compliant patient and infallible physician as part of the larger process to keep women down."


But we must also look at this history and see how we are moving backwards in America;  this is also a dire warning about where we are headed.


"The landmark court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973 by finding that preventing a woman's right to end her pregnancy violated her due process, was a pivotal piece of legislation in terms of reproductive rights, women's health and women's ability to make decisions regarding their bodies. "

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The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine

The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
If only the ratings agency looked as closely at gender bias as it does at consensual sex, it might do some good

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